Dear Kohler Chocolates,
I am a chocolate Enthusiast (with a capital E) and I've been known to gush and rave unapologetically about the world's most perfect food.
But it is not often that you'll hear me use this collection of words: "These chocolates are one of the best chocolates I've ever seen or tasted."
Best. It's a pretty big word that shouldn't be thrown about lightly - and, believe me, I am not. Because Kohler Chocolates deserves to wear that crown.
I was recently sent a box of their Garden Ganache that is presently featured on Oprah's February 2009 O-List. Mrs. Winfrey absolutely knew what she was talking about this month ... they are nothing short of spectacular and now sit atop the "S-list" for sure.
To begin with, they are stunning to look at. Really, they are beautiful perfect round domes each artfully hand-painted with a burst of lovely colour like they were a canvas. I almost didn't want to bite into them because they were so pretty. Almost.
These original-recipe, hand-made chocolates were brilliant. Not too sweet, not too rich, and you could taste the artistry with each bite. The mouth feel was smooth and the flavours distinct, bold and elegant. I am beyond smitten with Kohler's delicious gems.
In the Garden Ganache box there were a host of lovely and creative flavours each with special hand-painted colours: Coconut, Pear, Asian Spice, Hazelnut Coffee, Macadamia, Chai Tea, Raspberry ... plus my favourites: Passion Fruit, Creme Fraiche and Earl Grey.
And in case you are wondering about the company behind these delectable creations, yes, it is that "KOHLER". The one that makes covetous sinks as well as a host of other seemingly unrelated international businesses. I was prepared not to like them just because of their strange brand heritage that didn't seem to fit.
But the truth is it fits perfectly with their reputation of bringing superior products to market. Kohler Original Recipe Handmade Chocolates were first developed at their five diamond resort in Wisconsin after their incredible chefs were charged by Mr. Kohler with trying to create the best chocolates in the world.
And as far as I can tell, they have succeeded.
Gorgeous to look at and with flavours that satisfy your palette and leave you craving more. I'm having daydreams of buying one of everything they create to savour ... especially the Terrapins (in a word: heavenly).
The only complaint I have (and it is a big one) ... they currently only retail and ship to the US. When they are available internationally I've asked that they let me know so I can share with my readers who live beyond the red, white and blue border.
Thanks Kohler for making chocolate so perfectly.