In a word: Delicious art.
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JM and John each ate a French Vanilla chocolate.
Nichole ate a raspberry chocolate from the sample tray, and over the next two days savored the caramel and grey salt, chai, and Earl Grey varieties.
We bought three 4-piece boxes (gifts, you know) for just over $20.
Nichole gave Ambrosius Chocolatier an A+; JM gave Ambrosius Chocolatier a B+; John gave Ambrosius Choolatier a B (see our grading rubric).
Ambrosius Chocolatier shares a building with the Willy St. Co-op off-site kitchen and Jim Manos' yoga studio, to which we made a sortie (Nichole would now say pilgrimage) one lunchtime.
In a pleasantly bright second-floor room, Gail Ambrosius crafts her exquisite chocolates. The fragrance alone is enough to make your day - or distract you, if you're trying to focus on your asanas in yoga class.
Though we were only able to sample a small fraction of the offerings, Nichole is confident that every truffle there is worth trying. Her favorite so far is the caramel with grey salt, a take on what could be, in less expert hands, just a pedestrian lump of sugar. Ambrosius' version is laced with crystals of gourmet fleur de sel which serve to break up the sweetness with bursts of delicate saltiness.
The men were less impressed, the heathens. John and JM both opined that "dark chocolate isn't our thing." Their loss.
We can't wait until Christmas, when we can justify going back to buy large boxes for our chocolate-appreciating friends and relatives, who, we can only hope, will share.