In the small town of Conshohocken (often referred to as “Conshy”) in eastern Pennsylvania 15 miles northwest of Philadelphia is an artisan chocolate shop called Tradestone Confections. Owned and managed by two local chefs – Chip Roman and Fred Ortega – Tradestone Confections, as their name suggests – makes exquisite confections and gourmet bonbons using high quality ingredients and locally sourced seasonal fresh fruits, herbs, and dairy products. Among the choices: hand-crafted ganache covered in milk and dark chocolate, creamy truffles, homemade buttery caramel, traditional bark studded with dried fruits, sweet sticky toffee, roasted nuts or pretzels, and more.
Chocolate Truffles are among the most popular selection with the classic version made with dark, bittersweet chocolate ganache rolled in deeply flavorful cocoa powder. Two other varieties are also offered: Espresso and Malted Milk.
Hand-crafted chocolates come in a variety of flavors including Tahitian Vanilla, Caramel Apple, Double Mint, Hazelnut Crunch, Salted Peanut, Rum Raisin, Anise, Maple Passion Fruit, and more. The assortments come in boxes of 4, 9, 16, and 32 pieces and sell for $8.50-$48.
Tradestone Confections makes three types of Chocolate Bark – all contemporary interpretations of a classic indulgence including Berry, Salted Pretzel, and Toffee Almond. The Berry Bark is dark chocolate studded with dried cherries, blueberries and cranberries while the Salted Pretzel Bark is a variation of the chocolate covered pretzel: dark chocolate combined with bits of pretzel and sea salt.
The Toffee Almond Bark combines dark chocolate with roasted marcona almonds (they deserve an award just for using these great tasting almonds from Spain) and sticky toffee morsels. A 7 ounce bag of the bark is $8.50.
Handmade buttery caramel with a touch of sea salt is chewy and delicious. The only thing better than this caramel is if several were melted and enrobed around a fresh Honey Crisp apple. Caramels are $8.50 for 7 ounces or choose among a 9, 16, or 32 piece chocolate covered (both milk and dark) box for $17-$48.
For those who love to combine the three unique flavors and textures of caramel, nuts, and chocolate, there is the Chocolate Turtle which comes in three varieties: Spiced Pecan, Salted, and Marshmallow. A 14 ounce box is $14.
Purists will swoon over the artisan Chocolate Bar selection: Ghana 68%, Madagascar 64%, and Venezuela 72%. Each bar is 3.5 ounces and individually wrapped in Tradestone Confectionary’s classically designed box. Bars are $7-$8 each or all three bars for $18.
To read more about Tradestone Confectionary or to place an order, go to the company website: www.tradestoneconfections.com.