- Published on December 19, 2011
- Written by Lexi Castagna
On Sunday, December 18th, the slickest TCHO Pros in San Francisco joined us for our first ever Holiday TCHOcase. We got to enjoy a few of our favorite things from Auntie Fruf’s aahsome fudge, Biscotti Bari, DeLise Cafe, Le Dix-Sept, Modern Cookie Co., Skylite Snowballs, Snyder’s Honey, and Three Babe’s Bakeshop. Treats included mini chocolate pies, scrumptious chocolate fudge, melt-in-your-mouth (literally) chocolate snowcones, classic French indulgences like délice au chocolat noir and TCHO’s own peppermint bark. Mouth water yet? Keep reading to learn more about what went down at the TCHOcase. <!– more –>
auntie fruf’s aahsome fudge
We met auntie fruf on Twitter. Yes, seriously. On Twitter. Also known as Christine Hanson, auntie fruf got our attention by tweeting about using TCHO in her Raspberry Truffle and Chocolate Chip fudge. Sounds seriously scrumptious, right? We thought so, too.
A few weeks later, a beautiful box of aahsome fudge arrived at TCHO. It was love at first bite. And second. And third and fourth and fifth! We nommed away Espresso, Raspberry Truffle, Chocolate Chip, Caramel Pecan and Milk Chocolate fudges. After finishing the grand feast of fudge, we knew auntie fruf’s aahsome fudge needed to come to San Francisco.
Now, aahsome fudge has arrived! You can find these gorgeous, giftable boxes in our Pier 17 Retail Shop.
Want the tasty treat but can’t stop by Pier 17? Give auntie fruf’s TCHOcolate brownie recipe a go (available on the “Recipes” section).
We are nothing short of obsessed with Stacey Bruno Migale’s Biscotti Bari. Taking a bite out of her handcrafted biscotti brings your tastebuds on a whirl-wind of a trip to Italy and back. The only thing we could love more than the taste of her biscotti is the story behind it.
Her love of making this traditional Italian treat goes all the way back to her Nonie’s kitchen. There, in that kitchen, she experienced the pure bliss of sitting in the morning light, enjoying Nonie’s biscotti dipped in the perfect latté.
Fast forward a few years, and Stacey meets one of the founders of TCHO. She shares her dream of recreating this simple pleasure, of making enough homemade biscotti that everyone can enjoy dipping that Italian treat in their morning latté. TCHO’s co-founder encouraged her to go ahead! Do it! And, of course, to use TCHO!
So, Stacey did it! She went ahead! And, of course, she used TCHO! Now, Biscotti Bari is available for wholesale, retail and to buy directly online.
Even with all that TCHO/Biscotti Bari love, we couldn’t pry the top-secret biscotti recipe out of Stacey. Instead, she’s shared her “flippin’ crazy good” recipe for Chocolate Budino. Well, if it’s “flippin’ crazy good”, Stacey, we’ll definitely have to give it a try!
DeLise Dessert Cafe
DeLise is the epitome of what a dessert cafe should be: pure delight! DeLise, named for the two owners Dennis and Catherine Eloise, is committed to offering only the freshest, most delicious, and most nutritious selection of sweets and treats. Yes, you read that correctly: most nutritious. DeLise seeks out organic and local ingredients, without artificial flavors or preservatives.
Based on this criteria, Dennis and Catherine Eloise sought out TCHO. And we’re so pleased they did! DeLise worked with the TCHO Store Manager to develop a Kinder Bueno mousse cup. Kinder Bueno is a German candy bar, kind of like a Kit Kat filled with hazelnut cream. For the mousse cup, think Nutella-like whipped, creamy goodness on the bottom, then a layer of chocolate ganache and sprinkled with candied hazelnuts on top. Tasty! Or should we say “schmackhaft” (German for “tasty”).
Another delight DeLise has so skillfully crafted is their World Peace Cookie. This cookie is one schmackhaft treat you’ve got to try!
First things first. For all those non-French speakers, Le Dix-Sept is pronounced: “lay dis-set”. Michelle Hernandez, food goddess extraordinaire behind Le Dix-Sept, chose the name as an ode to the Parisian quarter she called home while studying classic French technique at the Michelin-starred houses of L’Angle du Faubourg, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, La Table de Joël Robuchon and L’Agape. (You’re on your own for pronouncing all those names!)
Now that you’ve got the basics, we can move on to ogling over the divinity of French desserts. French desserts are like the Aston Martins of the sweets world. Other cars, like a cute Volkswagon Beetle, a sturdy F150, and the ever energy-efficient Prius are great. And in the sweets world these vehicles would probably be a darling strawberry shortcake cupcake, a triple-chocolatey-chunk brownie with extra fudge sauce on top, and a raw, vegan, organic, gluten-free, Fair Trade slice of banana bread, respectively. All of these treats are wonderful in their own right. But there’s just something about French desserts, like sitting behind the wheel of an Aston Martin, that’s beyond blissful, just pure pleasure.
Whatever that extra-special element is, Le Dix-Sept has mastered it—and then some! Le Dix-Sept marries San Francisco food culture with classic French techniques. Michelle uses organic, Fair Trade, and local ingredients in all her dishes. Extra bonus: each Le Dix-Sept treat is made-to-order. So your dish will be much fresher, much faster and much more delicious than waiting for those macarons directly from Paris.
If you can’t even wait that long for pure heaven to reach your tongue, try making Le Dix-Sept’s Délice au Chocolat Noir yourself. Ready, set, nom!
Modern Cookie Co.
Make it. Bake it. Dip it. Roll it. Eat it. Give it. Love it.
That’s Modern Cookie Co.‘s philosophy and that’s a philosophy we’re totally ready to hop on board with! Modern Cookie Co. is like the Coldstone of cookies. The ultimate personalization experience. Of course, we highly recommend TCHO, but the possibilities are truly infinite!
Mod’s top TCHO recommendations? Chewy Fudge Brownie with PureNotes™ “Chocolatey” Bars, Sugar Round with TCHOPro 66% and their Biker Bar with Roasted Cacao Nibs—nom nom nom!
“Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, TCHO?” you’re thinking. “Snowballs in San Fran year-round? You must be off your rocker!”
But please believe, we are still very well situated on our beloved rocker. The snowballs we’re talkin’ ’bout are not only available year-round, but completely edible and ridiculously scrumptious. We’re talkin’ ’bout Skylite Snowballs, a gourmet shaved ice truck roaming around the Bay Area with Baltimore native Katie Baum at the helm. Katie’s driven (pun intended) to bring the tastiness of the traditional Baltimore snowball snack to California. She crafted her fresh seasonal menu with Chez Panisse pastry chef Stacie Pierce. The result? A grand assortment of anything-but-traditional, purely ambrosial snowballs.
Snyder’s Honey & Cristina Liberati
Snyder’s Honey is a family run apiary in the Bay Area. Since it’s a bit of a challenge to have a shop right next to the beehives, the Snyders themselves can be found at different farmer’s markets throughout the week. We love to tromp down to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on a Tuesday morning and snag a taste of their delectable honey.
Lately, one of our own has become especially enthralled with the concept of honey + chocolate. Cristina, a long-time farmer’s market fanatic, started up a conversation with the Snyders about how the two treats would taste together. The Snyders were immediately intrigued. And so the task of pairing chocolate and honey had begun!
High quality chocolate and honey share a distinct quality: the flavor depends on origin. For chocolate, the origin of the cacao bean gives the distinct flavor notes. At TCHO, we distinguish these notes with our Flavor Wheel (“Chocolatey”, “Fruity”, “Nutty”, “Citrus”). Honey’s flavor depends on the bees, where the bees fly and what time of year the bees are producing honey. Two seemingly totally different foods are really extraordinarily similar!
While the final pairing menu is still underway, Cristina created another glorious way to combine the two heavenly products—the Tuesday Market Granola Bar. Enjoy!
Three Babes Bakeshop
Three Babes Bakeshop is a pop-up pie shop in San Francisco. You can find this skilled trifecta at Stable Cafe every Saturday and Sunday, surrounded by a posse of perfectly prepared, pleasantly palatable pies ready to purchase. (Alliteration, anyone?)
These babes believe in building community. A piece of this community building is a strong devotion to using only organic and locally sourced ingredients. So, for all their chocolatey needs, they come to TCHO. We’re pumped they do, because we could all do with some additional babe-liness in our lives.
Take a slice out of their pie. Craft their Chocolate Cream Pie (recipe below) and amplify your babe factor.