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Nov 01, 2011   

Trufflology: Q & A

 Truffle?  Isn’t that a mushroom thing?
Indeed, those round, hog-hunted little mushroom things did coin the term ‘truffle’.  Some time later, upon seeing a mostly round-ish, ganache-based confection, someone said, “Hey, that looks like those mushroom things!”  Someone else said, “Heh, that’s funny, it does!  A truffle!”  A good laugh was had, it was discovered that the mushrooms hadn’t filed for a trademark yet, and here we are today.

Ok, ha ha.  But ‘ganache-based confection’?  Please explain.
What makes a truffle a truffle is the creamy, luscious, chocolaty ganache found in the center.  ‘Ganache’, from the French ‘pillow’ or ‘cushion’, is – at its most simple – a melt-in-your-mouth emulsion of cream and chocolate.  Depending on the ratio of these two ingredients, ganache may be soft enough for spackling walls and frost a cake, or firm enough to roll into mushroom shapes.  For the chocolatier, basic ganache is a canvas upon which to create further (infinite!) taste sensations.

How do you make truffles at Modern Dwellers?
There are many variations on the basic technique of making truffles to suit the spectrum of home and professional choco-nauts.  At Modern Dwellers, it takes 3-4 days to get a batch of truffles from spatula to shelf.  We do not use preservatives, aside from the occasional bit of natural preservatives like alcohol or honey and maple syrup.  Therefore, please indulge within a week of purchase.  Eat up! 

ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants have the ability to trap free radicals which can initiate degenerative disease. Antioxidant compounds like the flavonoids found in chocolate scavenge free radicals and inhibit the mechanisms that lead to damage to our cells especially through oxidization. According to studies at UCSF the flavonoids contribute to “increased blood flow, less platelet stickiness and clotting and reduced bad cholesterol.” Another benefit of flavonoid rich chocolate according to results of German research, is smoother and moister skin and less damage under UV exposure.

HIGHEST NATURAL SOURCE OF MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is beneficial for the Cardiovascular System and reduces hypertension. Magnesium deficiency is linked to diabetes and joint problems. Adding magnesium to the diet of pre-menstrual sufferers has proven to increase progesterone levels helping to alleviate mood swings.

MEMORY BOOST

Research has suggested that chocolate may “boost your memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem solving skills” by increasing blood flow to the brain.

MOOD ENHANCER

Chocolate contains small amounts of the chemical phenylethylamine which elevates mood. This chemical is associated with emotions of love and joy and our brain naturally produces it. Chocolate is also shown to increase serotonin, our brains anti-depressant, and endorphins. Endorphins create the euphoria associated with peak physical exertion. The experience at Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge blends the finest in chocolates with a contemporary art environment creating joy for all the senses.


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