march 2016

All the proceeds ($400) were donated to JOIN, a non-profit organization here in Portland. JOIN engages homeless individuals on the street, building relationships and working with them to overcome their barriers to finding and maintaining housing. 

Gamle Aquavit ~ Barrel-aged aquavit from House Spirits, based on a traditional Scandinavian recipe with caraway and star anise. Blended with a single origin Venezuelan bittersweet chocolate and organic coconut milk, finished with salt. [Non-dairy]

february 2015

Half the proceeds (over $200) were donated to JOIN, a non-profit organization here in Portland. JOIN engages homeless individuals on the street, building relationships and working with them to overcome their barriers to finding and maintaining housing. 

Westward Whiskey ~ Bittersweet chocolate blended with organic coconut milk and Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey from House Spirits Distillery, a craft distillery in southeast Portland. This small-batch whiskey is made with 100% malted barley (locally sourced), fermented with ale yeast, double pot distilled, and aged two years in charred oak. [Non-dairy]

I made these with my favorite chocolate - a lovely single source bittersweet that's made from "Nacional" beans grown in the Esmeraldas province in Ecuador, sourced through the nonprofit APROCANE cooperative of cacao growers. Really good stuff.

december 2014

Over $700 was raised for JOIN, a non-profit organization here in Portland. JOIN engages homeless individuals on the street, building relationships and working with them to overcome their barriers to finding and maintaining housing. 

All the truffles were made with bittersweet chocolate and organic coconut milk (no dairy), with handcrafted spirits from the Portland area.

Fresh Ginger & White Rum ~ Fresh, young ginger root (organic and Oregon-grown) and a small-batch, limited release white rum from New Deal Distillery.

Baijiu ~ Baijiu, a traditional Chinese spirit, somewhat like a white whiskey or vodka. This one is distilled from rice by Vinn Distillery.

Oregon Cranberry & Gin ~ Oregon cranberry liqueur from Clear Creek Distillery and New Deal Distillery's 33 Portland Dry Gin.

december 2013

Half the sales ($500) went to Street Yoga, a Portland nonprofit that spreads mindfulness & healing to youth in need. 

Gamle Aquavit ~ Barrel-aged aquavit from House Spirits, based on a traditional Scandinavian recipe with caraway and star anise. Bittersweet chocolate, with salt.

Douglas Fir (aka Sasquatch) ~ Douglas fir eau de vie from Clear Creek Distillery and juniper berry-infused cream. Bittersweet chocolate, topped with a bit of dried Oregon cranberry. GRRrrr.... (what you say when someone tries to take your sasquatch.)

Weihnachts Redux ~ An old favorite, reimagined. Dark milk chocolate, spiced cream, and Hoppin' Eights aged whiskey (barrel #10) from Stone Barn Brandyworks.

Winter Spice ~ Bittersweet chocolate & spiced coconut milk, topped with cacao nibs. Non-dairy/vegan.


first-time-ever valentine's day, february 2013

white dog truffles
100% of the sales (over $400) went to Street Yoga, a Portland nonprofit that spreads mindfulness & healing to youth in need.

White Dog ~ Bittersweet chocolate blended with organic coconut milk and White Dog whiskey from House Spirits Distillery, a craft distillery in southeast Portland. Their unaged white dog whiskey is made from 100% malted barley, double pot distilled. [Non-dairy]

I made these with a lovely single source bittersweet chocolate that's made from "Nacional" beans grown in the Esmeraldas province in Ecuador, sourced through the nonprofit APROCANE cooperative of cacao growers. Really good stuff.


people's choice, december 2012

Half the sales (nearly $500!) plus several sweet overpayments were passed along to Urban Gleaners, a Portland nonprofit that distributes surplus food to local elementary schools and local agencies that feed the hungry. 

Vodka! ~ Bittersweet ganache & plenty of Medoyeff vodka from Portland's Bull Run Distilling Co.

Blue Christmas ~ Yes, the margarita truffle! Bittersweet ganache spiked with aged tequila, Grand Marnier, & fresh lime.  Sprinkled with salt, of course.

Weihnachts Trüffel ~ The German holiday truffle, always a favorite. Dark milk chocolate, spiced cream, and Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) from Portland's Clear Creek Distillery.  Lightly dusted with cocoa powder & wrapped in pink foil.

The Nutcracker ~ Creamy milk chocolate ganache infused with fresh orange and walnut liqueur, topped with a bittersweet chocolate-drenched, honey-candied walnut. Insanely good.

Winter Spice (Non-Dairy) ~ Bittersweet chocolate & spiced coconut milk, topped with cacao nibs. No dairy, no alcohol.


welcome, spring...  march 2012

100% of the sales ($275) floated on over to Street Yoga, a Portland nonprofit that spreads mindfulness & healing to youth in need.

sunshine ~ lemongrass & kaffir lime leaves, organic coconut milk, bittersweet chocolate. non-dairy/vegan.

flowers ~ jasmine pearl tea, organic cream, milk & dark chocolate.

& a little green fairy ~ trillium absinthe, organic cream, bittersweet chocolate.

flowers & fairies found smack-dab in se portland ~ the tao of tea and integrity spirits.
the sunshine comes from sunnier lands, as we have so little to spare....


portland craft distillers, december 2011

Thanks to all of you.... Half the sales ($300) went to p:ear, a Portland nonprofit supporting homeless & transitional kids. 

Gammal Krogstad  *  House Spirits  *  SE 7th & Lincoln
A small batch, barrel-aged version of their Krogstad Aquavit, which is based on a traditional Scandinavian recipe with caraway and star anise. Batch 30/Bottle 14. Bittersweet chocolate, salted.

McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt Whiskey  *  Clear Creek Distillery  *  NW Wilson & 24th
A very limited production barrel-aged, pot distilled whiskey from 100% peat-malted Scottish barley. Batch W08‑02. Bittersweet chocolate with just a bit of milk chocolate.

Temperance Trader Straight Bourbon Whiskey  *  Bull Run Distilling Co.  *  NW Quimby & 23rd
A "found" whiskey ("spirits that we didn't craft, but which we were fortunate enough to find"), being a high rye bourbon (35%) of 4 and 5 year old Kentucky bourbon barrels. Their Oregon whiskey is still aging...patience, grasshopper.  Batch 2/Bottle 774. Bittersweet chocolate.

Oregon Pear Brandy  *  Stone Barn Brandyworks  *  SE 19th & Pershing
Distilled from the Bartlett pears of Wells Orchard in Hood River, Oregon. A blend of milk & dark chocolate, topped with a bit of candied ginger.

Non-dairy/vegan options ~ Oregon pear brandy and chile-cinnamon.


chocolate for the people, february 2011

White Dog:  Bittersweet chocolate blended with organic cream or coconut milk and White Dog whiskey from House Spirits Distillery.  House Spirits is a craft distillery in southeast Portland (on "Distillery Row").  Their unaged white dog whiskey is 100% malted barley, double pot distilled...from Batch #24, Bottle #74.

Lots went to the Water For People's fundraising gala in Portland on February 5, 2011.  Proceeds from the rest - $120 - have been donated to the Neighborhood House in southwest Portland. 


a northwoods homage, december 2010

Sasquatch:  Bittersweet ganache blended with Douglas fir eau de vie from Portland's Clear Creek Distillery, topped with a slice of dried Oregon cranberry.  GRRrrr.... (what you say when someone tries to take your sasquatch.)

Deer Camp:  Bittersweet chocolate, roasty coffee, toasty liquor....  The coffee is a direct trade Brazilian bean from Portland's Water Avenue Coffee.  And Black Bush whiskey.  Ahem, disclaimer:  Guns & alcohol don't mix, kids, aside from this truffle here & Da Yoopers.

Moose & SquirrelHokey smokes!  Creamy milk chocolate ganache, organic walnuts, and Sortilège - that's a mighty tasty liqueur of Canadian whisky & maple syrup.  Mmmmm....

Yellow Snow:  White chocolate ganache infused with Tahitian vanilla bean and organic lemon zest, blended with Tuaca, a vanilla-citrus liqueur.  Unlike the yellow snow of your youth, no one will fault you for trying this one more than once (don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about).

Gratuitous Quote:  Stand there, Do-Right, don't just do something!   - Inspector Fenwick to Dudley Do-Right, 1962


the grapefruit experiment, april 2010

Grapefruit & Gin:  Ooh!  Fresh Texas red grapefruit, Ransom's Old Tom Gin, organic cream, & dark chocolate (made from a wild Bolivian cacao, 68%).  The trickiest part, unexpectedly, was finding a decent red grapefruit - thanks to Todd for finally tracking one down!  For the curious amongst you, Ransom is a small-batch distillery in Sheridan, Oregon; their Old Tom Gin is "a historically accurate revival of the predominant Gin in fashion during the mid 1800's and the golden age of American cocktails."  ¡Salud!


water for people gala, february 2010

Honey Wine:  Bittersweet chocolate blended with fresh organic cream and Rabbit's Foot "Melia" mead, a sweet honey wine made from orange blossom honey.  For Water For People's fundraising gala in Portland on February 6, 2010. 


winter truffles, december 2009

blue christmas Blue Christmas:  The ever-popular margarita truffle ~ bittersweet ganache spiked with aged tequila, Grand Marnier, & fresh lime.  Sprinkled with salt, of course.
tres reyes Tres Reyes:  An infusion of fiery Mexican chiles, sweet Ceylon cinnamon, and rich Tahitian vanilla bean in a dark bittersweet ganache; sprinkled with roasted cacao nibs.
chocolate mousse Chocolate Mousse:  A decadent blend of dark and milk chocolate, gently whipped with fresh organic cream.  Dipped in dark chocolate, drizzled with dark & milk chocolate.
Weihnachts Trüffel Weihnachts Trüffel:  Inspired while on holiday in Germany ~ a dark milk chocolate blended with festively spiced cream and Black Forest cherry brandy.  Lightly dusted with cocoa powder & wrapped in pink foil.  Frohe Weihnachten!
Nutcracker The Nutcracker:  Creamy milk chocolate ganache infused with Italian walnut liqueur and fresh orange, topped with a bittersweet chocolate-drenched, honey-candied walnut.  Dipped in milk chocolate with a dark chocolate drizzle.
Winter Spice Winter Spice:  A non-alcoholic version of the Weihnachts Trüffel, in all-bittersweet chocolate.
chocolate critters Chocolate Critters:  A fun little treat, made with the same chocolate I use for the truffles.  A favorite among kids & grown-ups alike.  Solid dark and milk chocolate.