Did you know that the bonbon originated in 17th century France within the royal court? It was actually named after the French word bon, which means good. The truffle, on the other hand, dates to the 1920s, and was supposedly created when French chef Auguste Escoffier mistakenly poured hot cream into a bowl of chopped chocolate instead of eggs and sugar. Learn more about mouthwatering chocolate treats like these at Gräem Nuts and Chocolate’s (graemroasters.com) new virtual classes and tasting experiences. Started just last month, owner Nikki Crugnale partnered with Cocoa Beantown’s Victoria Kichuk in hopes of teaching Boston more about chocolate. “A lot of times, people just come in and say, ‘Oh, I’ll just have a bonbon,’ but they really don’t know what’s behind it,” Crugnale says. “We want consumers to know what’s behind the bite.” Upcoming classes include exploring cacao beans and their origins; learning about Greek, French and Belgian chocolate; what percentage of cacoa actually means; milk and dark chocolate definitions; and more. On Oct. 25, a special class celebrates the fall season with “trick-or-treats” like bonbons, truffles and chocolate barks.
Photography by: Rachel Bissonnette