(I love me some chocolate samples that arrive wrapped in pretty ribbon)
I'd never tried any of Madelaine's chocolates before as I don't think they are widely available in Canada - though you can buy them on-line.
The Madelaine Chocolate Company, based in Queen's NY, is the quintessential all-American chocolate maker. They recently celebrated their 60th birthday. (I love the archival photos on their site of the early days of chocolate making - reminiscent of that awesome "I Love Lucy" chocolate factory episode.)
But what about the chocolate?
Available beginning April 12th, Duets are "the first double-filled chocolate truffle". Essentially each truffle ball is filled with two flavours.
I expected a different texture for a "truffle" so at first I wasn't sure if these were for me. I'll admit that after tasting the Milk Truffle/White Truffle version I wasn't in love.
That was until I tried Raspberry/Peanut Butter.
Oh. My. God. Close your eyes and pretend you're 6-years-old and eating a peanut butter and jam sandwich. Now wrap it in chocolate.
It was the perfect gooey, nostalgic combination of flavours. I could have eaten a dozen of them. My son chose the same favourite - so it's not just nostalgia - it's gooooood.
Duets is not gourmet chocolate - and I don't think they are trying to be. They are a chocolate company that makes simple, good quality, delicious confectionery. (And now have me craving more since I've devoured all that they sent me - New York here I come!).
You can follow the Duets launch on twitter @duetsny or @madchocny. Thanks for including Blog Chocolate in the sneak peek.
**Edited to Add: The folks at Duets want to offer Blog Chocolate readers a special discount. Use the code DUETS10 for 10% off your purchase. **