By rough estimate, I made over 800 bonbons today. 4 trays of 6 chocolate molds with an average of 25 bonbons per mold, plus a bunch of chocolate covered macadamia nuts, plus
some chocolate covered pear-gel-and-pear-ganache bonbons. Still doesn’t feel like I accomplished much for 13 hours of intense labor, but then I also put most of the chocolates away in boxes, and ran out to the candy shop to buy some more gift boxes, so that ate up some time.
Hmm. I guess I also mixed up 12 types of ganache and made an excellent batch of orange marmalade. Okay, I suppose that’s a pretty good workday.
At any rate, I have now finished everything except:
- second batches of coffee, jasmine tea, pistachio-cinnamon, and three other flavors (these are ones where I didn’t have enough chocolate molds of a particular type and so have to do it in two rounds)
- chocolate covered coconut almond fudge (“high class Almond Joy”)
- figuring out what (if anything) to do with the quince paste – I may wind up just eating it myself 🙂
I have also decided that this year, for Christmas, my miscellaneous family are going to get marmalades. I really like the satsuma mandarin orange marmalade I made for the marmalade flavored truffles – orangey and zingy and just a little bit bitter to balance out the sweetness. Must play more with marmalades.
Wish I could write more coherently about the fantastic flavors of the truffles (my favorite for this year is the coffee – coffee mixed with milk chocolate in a milk chocolate shell produces a very nice vanilla-y mocha – wonderful!), but I’m way too tired.
Off to bed! Tomorrow, I finish, pack, and box up the chocolates. Then I call in the vultures to collect the leftovers…Monday I ship. Tuesday I’ll clean up the apartment and sleep.