I often wonder, how did Valentine’s Day became synonymous to chocolate giving?
Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine, whom apparently had no connection whatsoever with romance.
As history evolved, people started celebrating Valentine’s Day romantically dating back to the 1300s, gifting roses, songs. cards and gifts.
So happened, in 1800s, the Cadbury family (yes! that British chocolate company Cadbury) made eating chocolate available to the market in beautifully decorated boxes; notably in creating the infamous heart-shaped boxes.
From then on, chocolate and Valentine’s Day have been linked ever since.
Seattle is the coffee capital of the U.S., with our homegrown coffee giant Starbucks, to the many coffee houses in our neighborhoods, that title is well-earned.
We may not be known as the chocolate capital, but we do have some darn good chocolate places to offer.
On top of my list is Fran’s.
A traditional chocolatier who has been around for over 30 years in Seattle, Fran’s remains small with just about four stores in town, and with many of the local grocery retailers carrying their products.
It was said that when President Obama came to visit in Seattle, he had simply fell in love with Fran’s, and could not get enough of them.
My favorite chocolate in Fran’s is the truffle chocolate-filled figs.
One whole fig, with its inside hollowed, fruit mixed with chocolate truffle and stuffed back in the dried fig skin, sealed at the bottom with a light dip of chocolate.
It is one of the funniest chocolate eating experience; very dense, and it certainly requires multiple attempt to finish.
Soft to cut once the knife went through the chewier fig skin outer layer; when you bit into it, it had all these crunchy bits from the seeds, giving both texture and fruit sweetness, along with the smooth chocolate.
Of course, Fran’s truffles are all superb with a crunchy outer layer, and smooth and creamy centre; highest praise to their pure dark chocolate and earl grey truffle.
Their sea salt caramel is ultra delicious as well even though I am not normally a caramel fan.
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