Before the year ends, I want to feature this brand of chocolatey goodness that I thoroughly enjoyed this Holiday Season—TsokolaTeh’s Chocolate Truffles. What else is better than to indulge in chocolates this merry season, right? TsokolaTeh is an artisanal chocolate shop in Metro Manila, Philippines. They do not have a physical store yet, but you can order online and get your orders at select strategic meet-up points in the city. They also occasionally join bazaars in Metro Manila malls and other popular go-to places.
Aside from chocolate truffles, TsokolaTeh also offers different desserts with chocolate fondue dip and Temptations in a Jar—Oreo Butter and Bottled Fondue Dip. Ahh, makes my mouth water just by typing the selections they offer. But let me focus on TsokolaTeh’s Truffles for now.
TsokolaTeh’s Chocolate Truffles Flavors
TsokolaTeh’s Chocolate Truffles comes in three flavors:
- TsokolaTeh’s Signature Chocolate Truffles–smooth and creamy classic chocolate truffles dusted in cocoa powder;
- Siling Labuyo (Chili) Truffles–TsokolaTeh’s signature chocolate truffles with a kick of chili spice; and
- Baileys Truffles–Chocolate truffles blended with Baileys.
Of course, my favorite is the Labuyo Truffles. It’s the Bikolana in me that loves the perfect kick of chili combined with the smooth chocolate that melts in my mouth.
Chocolate Truffles in a Box
TsokolaTeh’s Truffles are sold in boxes of 5 and 12. You can order a box of TsokolaTeh’s Classic Chocolate Truffles, Labuyo, Baileys, or a mix of your chosen flavors. Each box is priced depending on the flavor combination that you have chosen. TsokolaTeh uses cupcake liners in different colors to signify the flavor of the truffles. However, if you are more of an adventurous type, you can always choose the “Surprise in a Box” option. It’s a box of assorted flavors of truffles where they won’t color code the cupcake liners, leaving you to guess what flavor you picked after putting it in your mouth. Exciting, right?! What a chocolate adventure! Haha.
The chocolate truffles in boxes are perfect as gifts or giveaways. I especially love the classy look of the box of 12. It is also a great party food, something you can bring as dessert contribution for your family or friends’ gatherings. TsokolaTeh also offers individual truffles during bazaars.
Chocolate Truffles Shelf Life and Freshness Peak
Some say that chocolate truffles can last for a month or more if properly stored in an air-tight container and placed in the fridge. However, since TsokolaTeh values that its customers experience fresh chocolate truffles, it is advised to consume your chocolate truffles within a week after purchase. Best if you can eat them within three days after purchase as the flavors are stronger and at its peak during those time. I once stored truffles in the fridge for more than two weeks, it didn’t stale, but the flavor was not as fresh anymore.
Based on my experience, the freshness of my TsokolaTeh truffles is best kept if placed in a chiller or vegetable crisper as the refrigerator temperature there is relatively higher, so it avoids hardening the truffles. Just ensure that the truffle box is properly closed and avoid exposing the truffles to moisture. If you are eating the truffles after refrigeration, let it sit for two to three minutes first in room temperature. Remember, lower temperature hardens the chocolate, so exposing it to room temperature softens the chocolate again. But no problem if you would like to eat it straight out of the fridge, of course!
Let us all support creativity and craftsmanship by patronizing and promoting artisan shops! Let us keep small local businesses alive!!! ❤
(P.S. For my crochet and travel readers, I will be posting more crochet and travel articles real soon!)