With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be struggling with what to buy your sweetheart. For chocolate lovers, Moonstruck Chocolate Company, an artisan chocolatier in Portland, Oregon, has created the Sweetheart Collection, a fun and delicious collection of love-themed truffles, including whimsical Truffle Love Bugs.
Moonstruck’s Sweetheart Collection includes a large selection of handmade chocolates in beautiful heart-shaped and foil boxes and solid chocolate hearts and peanut butter filled hearts. But the Moonstruck Valentine chocolates we’re especially in love with this season are their fun Love Bug Truffles and their Heart-shaped Chocolate Truffles.
The Love Bug Truffles come in two flavors: Raspberry and Strawberry. The Love Bugs are made with silky extra-bittersweet dark chocolate ganache that contrasts nicely with natural raspberry or strawberry flavors. Both one-ounce hand-dipped truffles come in the shape of an adorable love bug, hand decorated with smiling face and chocolate hearts. They come in boxes of four or 18.
Our other favorites in the Sweetheart Collection are the Heart-shaped Truffles that come in three flavors: Crème Brulee, Hazelnut Praline, and Pink Champagne. These are pretty truffles with creamy ganache centers and dipped with chocolate shells that are the perfect thickness. The Crème Brulee Truffle features a milk chocolate ganache that’s made with heavy cream and caramelized sugar, which gives the truffle the delicate lilt of crème brulee. It’s coated in a milk chocolate heart-shaped shell finished with a hand-painted design.
The Hazelnut Praline Truffle, one of our favorites, is a red heart-shaped truffle with a silky blended milk and chocolate ganache that’s studded with hazelnut praline and crispy caramelized rice puffs that gives the candy a nutty flavor and satisfying chewiness. It’s coated with a hand-painted red chocolate shell.
The Pink Champagne Truffle, a fun hand-painted pink speckled heart, comes with a white chocolate ganache that’s flavored with a champagne reduction with subtle flavor of raspberry and a chewy candied raspberry center. The crème brulee, Hazelnut and pink champagne truffles come in boxes of six or 20.
You can purchase Moonstruck’s Valentine Love Bugs, heart-shaped truffles, or other Sweetheart Collection Chocolates at four Moonstruck Chocolate Café’s in Portland, Oregon, or in Beaverton, Oregon, or online at www.moonstruckchocolate.com. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor