Yesterday after French class, I checked out the Italian Fair at Hankyu. It was actually the last day but I was interested in checking out some chocolates.
Lunch was proscuitto and cheese sandwiched in an espresso bread by Bar Del Sole, an Italian bar from Tokyo. The espresso flavor was quite strong but amazingly matched with the proscuitto and cheddar cheese.
I tried this chocolate covered marron glace. The whole chestnut is Italian and covered in a caramel olive oil sauce. Then coated with dark chocolate. I'm not sure who made this but it was delicious.
Another thing I tried was this tartufo (truffle) by Tartuflanghe, a shop in Alba, Italy.
This was hazelnut paste with hazelnuts and covered with a sweet chocolate.
I also bought some bon-bons by Luca Mannori, whose shop is in Prato, Italy (Tuscany).
Top row: Black Pepper: milk chocolate ganache, black pepper covered with milk chocolate
Orange & Lemon: orange lemon dark chocolate ganache, covered with dark chocolate
Earl Grey: earl grey milk chocolat ganache, covered with milk chocolate
Bottom row: Pepperoncino: white chocolate ganache, chilies, covered with milk chocolate
Olive & Salt: salt, olive hazelnut praline, covered with dark chocolate
Chestnut: chestnut paste covered with milk chocolate
All were delicious, but my favorites were olive & salt (sweet, salty), orange & lemon (citrusy), earl grey (very nice earl grey flavor) & black pepper (peppery).
I'm glad I was able to try these items. I hope Satoshi likes his half of the chocolates too.
Lastly, we were informed that we were included as part of their top 50 Japanese food blogs...nice! and thank you!