Saturday, January 26, 2008
Custom-dipped chocolate beignets! Does it get any more decadent? I can just envision the hot, fried beignet (reminding me of New Orleans) slathered with a dark, creamy chocolate. When I was in New Orleans, I had to have one of their delicious beignets every day. So, when I heard that a new local store would be selling chocolate covered beignets, I almost started salivating.
Chocolee Chocolates is a new chocolate store opening on February 8 in Boston's South End. And during Valentine's Day week, the custom-dipped chocolate beignets will be available on a limited basis.
The Proprietress of this new store is Lee Napoli who has worked at or consulted for many local restaurants over the past 10 years including Icarus, Maison Robert, Grill 23, Anago, Metro, Bricco, The Buttery and Sandrine’s Bistro. She also established the region’s first and only association for pastry professionals in the 1990s, the Professional Pastry Guild of New England, and still acts as its head.
While winning cake awards, constructing gingerbread houses, and turning out thousands of perfect cookies, tarts, pies and pastries, Lee’s secretly been making truffles in her downtime – sold without fanfare at a select few hidden venues. She has now chosen to take the plunge into fulltime chocolate-making, and open Chocoleee, her jewel box of a truffle emporium.
Chocolee Chocolates specializes in handmade truffles, available by the piece ($2.25) or by the pound ($40). The chocolate truffles come in five signature flavors (espresso, hazelnut, chocolate mint, Grand Marnier and poblano chile). Lee will add more products depending upon demand. Currently, besides the truflles, she is filling chocolate candies with a honey-bourbon-cherry cream, enrobing salted caramel with dark chocolate and experimenting with exotic flavors for next season.
If you cannot make it to Chocolee, you can also find the truffles at some Whole Foods Markets in the Boston area. And remember that those chocolate covered beignets are only available for a limited time!
83 Pembroke Street
Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM til 7 PM