With Valentine’s upon us and Easter around the corner, we spotted these new "candy bars" from Blue Table Chocolates when we stopped to get coffee at Public Espresso in the Hotel @ The Lafayette.
We were curious, since Blue Table Chocolates of Buffalo normally sells specialty box chocolates online and for select retailers only.
We called owner/chocolatier Ben Johnson to learn about the bars. Here's the skinny (but not fat free):
The bars are $3 each and are selling at a few retail outlets including Public Espresso, Village Beer Merchant (547 Elmwood Ave.), Lace & Day (445 Franklin St.) and Fern Croft Floral (291 Bryant St.). Also at the Winter Market at Horsefeathers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
There are three delicious flavors. Coffee-Hazelnut, a housemade gianduja (chocolate and hazelnut) layered over espresso ganache in a dark chocolate shell. Next up is a classic Peanut Butter Caramel, which features a peanut butter and hazelnut gianduja over a salted milk chocolate caramel in a milk chocolate shell. Last but not least, Coconut Passion Fruit is a housemade passion-fruit jelly layered over a shredded coconut ganache in a white chocolate shell.
Yes. Yes. And Yes.
“We are not selling online yet,” said Johnson. “The costs for a single bar are prohibitive so we are working on bulk order pricing after the holiday [Valentine's].”
He hopes to add a few more retail locations, but the response has been overwhelming so far. (And we can see why.)
In the meantime, keep tabs on his progress on Facebook. We like to think of it like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If you find a bar, buy it.
The question is, can you bring yourself to eat something so beautiful?