French Broad Chocolates: The Buddha Collection
French Broad Chocolates – an Asheville, North Carolina-based company that includes a chocolate factory, a chocolate bar library (French Broad Chocolate Boutique), and a dessert restaurant (French Broad Chocolate Lounge) in the heart of downtown – also makes the most decadent, beautiful, and scrumptious chocolates called The Buddha Collection. With no dairy, gluten, soy, nuts, eggs, or corn syrup, The Buddha Collection is beloved by vegans and omnivores alike.
How do they do it? By making their own bean-to-bar chocolate and using coconut cream to make a rich and creamy ganache. Then they add other delicious ingredients like locally grown strawberries, balsamic vinegar, lemongrass, ginger, lime, bananas, rum, essential oil of orange and fennel infused olive oil to make truly remarkable chocolates.
Chocolate Caramel: A rich, gooey dark chocolate caramel made with coconut milk in a dark chocolate shell.
Lemongrass and Ginger: Lemongrass, ginger, and lime in dark chocolate coconut cream ganache; topped with a toasted coconut flake.
Each chocolate sells for about $2 each in French Broad’s Chocolate Bar Library or the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Boxes of 6 ($15.75), 12 ($29.95), and 24 ($56.50) can be purchased on-line and shipped for a flat rate of $6. Go to www.frenchbroadchocolates.com.
Photo Credits: Katrina Ohstrom for French Broad Chocolates; and Paddock Post