So my primary business took me over to San Antonio about a month ago. Not only does our Railway Supply business keep the lights on it pays for our chocolate making habit. There are also some perks to enjoy along the way like when I was invited to a dinner at Las Canarias in La Mansion Del Rio hotel. If you haven’t had the pleasure of eating at Las Canarias you should make it a point to get over there. It’s one of my favorite places on The River Walk. Not one to come to a free meal empty handed I did bring some chocolate along to share after dinner. We really had a good time talking about chocolate. Then there was that guy at the other end of the table who wasn’t a dark chocolate fan raining all over my dark chocolate parade, and he ordered the Tres Leches Cheesecake. He’s the one picking up the tab so I said “pass the cheesecake sir”. It was a cheesecake so lite, so creamy, and so yummy. It reminded me how much I love a Tres Leches cake. Suddenly it dawned on me. I’ve got to figure out how to make a Tres Leches chocolate. Traditional Tres Leches cake uses evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream. It’s cake resting in a puddle of sweet dairy cream happiness. Its just a heavenly moist and creamy cake. If you are looking for a good recipe The Pioneer Woman has one. And, she does a marvelous job of illustrating the recipe and method.
The first trick was to find a happy cow. See picture above.
Happy cows make better dairy products.
It’s a proven fact.
Just ask BlueBell.
The next trick was deciding how would we make Tres Leches our own and how that might work with chocolate. We settled on two kinds of dairy milk, whole and heavy cream. Then we thought a little hint of coconut was in order. Whole milk does the heavy lifting, heavy cream brings an extra level of creaminess, and coconut milk adds a nice subtle distinctive touch. Even though this was our first attempt at a milk chocolate it really came out wonderful. We have some bars now and more to come. I believe we will make this one a regular.
The Tres Leches chocolate bar was such a hit with a local Chocolatier they hit us with an idea about something special for Easter.
I was all ears.
Chocolat d’ Arte
Nancy of Chocolat d’ Arte does some pretty groovy chocolate confections. Nancy is so cool that she joined the Houston food truck scene with her confectionery wheels d’ arte truck. I’ve sampled many of her creations and I’m here to tell you Nancy has game. Nancy has this Easter Bunny mold and she’s dying to fill it with our Tres Leches Chocolate. That’s exactly what we aim to do. The Easter Bunny will be a 1/4 lb solid decorated chocolate. Nancy has a decorative box for a nice presentation and we are going to make 50 of these in the next two weeks. The Bunnies will be $15.00 each and on a first come first serve basis.
Do not dilly dally.
We’ve sold 15 of these before I had a chance to send this note out.
If you would like one send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve yours. They will be available for pick up at our shop sometime late next week. We can also ship these if you prefer. I’ll keep you posted.