Examiner: Roni's Chocolate Roses: Helping fight domestic violence
Written by Terri Marshall
"Chocolatiers are good people and one of the chocolatiers I have profiled in this column previously is proving my point! Roni-Sue always has delicious candies worth sampling. What with her cocktail collection of truffles, her pig candy (chocolate covered bacon) and her signature buttercrunch to name a few, how are we supposed to decide what to buy? With Valentine's Day approaching, Roni Sue has added two edible roses to her line-up of extraordinary chocolates. Appearing only for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day each year, Roni's Roses are not only delicious, they are helping in the fight against domestic violence.
Before opening her chocolate shop, Roni Sue worked for many years with the Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Today Roni Sue donates a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Roni's Roses to the agency where she used to work to help them provide phone cards to victims. Providing victims with phone cards provides them with a safe way to make phone calls to access essential services from the hotline.
It is hardly a sacrifice for chocolate lovers to try out these roses! Roni's Red Rose has a Callebaut bittersweet chocolate ganache center blended with rose petal jam, powdered fresh dried rose petals and rose liqueur. The center is hand-rolled and dipped in dark chocolate then topped with a fresh-dried rose petal. Her White Rose is a Callebaut dark chocolate rose bon bon with a white chocolate ganache center blended with rose petal jam, rose petal powder and rose liqueur. Either choice is a winner and both choices help turn victims of domestic violence into winners.
For those of you in the New York City area, Roni-Sue will be doing a tasting for the Chocolate and I - New York event in Manhattan on Monday, February 8th from 7:30 to 9:00pm. She will also be doing a demo and sampling in Soho at the Dean & DeLuca store on Thursday, February 11th from 3 to 6 pm. If you are not in the New York area, the roses are available for order from her website. Trust me, you do not want to miss these roses!
See, I told you chocolatiers are good people - and not just because they make our treats!"
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