Reetsy Reviews: Just Truffles

Because my husband is awesome, I was recently treated to a box of truffles from Just Truffles in St. Paul.

Just Truffles carries about 30 regular flavors of truffles in addition to some seasonal flavors.

In order from left to right, top to bottom:
  1. Chocolate Malted: malt powder blended with heavy whipping cream folded into a milk chocolate ganache, dipped in milk chocolate
  2. Peanut Butter: creamy peanut butter in a white chocolate ganache, dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peanuts
  3. Passion Fruit: milk chocolate ganache blended with passion fruit puree, dipped in milk chocolate
  4. Just Chocolate: dark chocolate ganache, dipped and decorated in dark chocolate
  5. Key Lime: key lime juice from the Florida Keys and white chocolate ganache dipped in white chocolate
  6. Bailey's: Bailey's Irish Cream blended with a combination of white and milk chocolate ganache, dipped in milk chocolate
  7. Grand Marnier: orange rind and Grand Marnier in dark chocolate ganache, dipped in dark chocolate
  8. Raspberry: tart raspberries, raspberry liquor and dark bittersweet chocolate ganache, dipped in white chocolate
Just Truffle's fluffy centers aren't dense or fudge-like at all. The centers are light and creamy, and the coating cracks as you bite into the truffle. Also, they're large - 3 or 4 bites per truffle.

I liked the Just Chocolate truffle - dark chocolate ganache dipped and decorated in dark chocolate. The intense shell snapped open cleanly, revealing a milder smooth ganache inside.

Owner and candy-maker Kathleen O’Hehir-Johnson uses all natural ingredients and makes each truffle by hand. They last about 3 days at room temperature, or 30 days in the refrigerator.

I'm a sucker for the 99% truffles at Legacy Chocolates, and I really appreciate Legacy's efforts regarding sustainability. But Just Truffles has a lot of fun flavors, and the bigger size makes does make their truffles a perfect size for sharing.

Evidently, during a performance at the St Paul Civic Center, Luciano Pavarotti was seen wearing a tuxedo accessorized with a gold stretch bow from a box from Just Truffles. Supposedly, he insisted, "I wore it for you," to O'Hehir Johnson, as he kissed her hand. She created the "Tenor's Temptation," a rum-coconut truffle, in his honor.

Sweets made by star-kissed hands!
Just Truffles
1363 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

[where: Just Truffles, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Twin Cities, Minnesota]


arah said...

Just Truffles' Cafe au Lait is my fave, there. They do a great job with the whole "truffle experience," with the cute boxes as well as the huge and pretty truffles themselves.

Legacy, while I love love love their chocolate, falls down on the larger truffle experience, by selling their treats in flimsy little salsa containers. I'm sure chocolate- and sustainability- purists don't mind that so much, as the spared effort and $ goes into the chocolate.

Love the review-I'm overdue for a visit to both shops.

Oh- and Gerg rawks. Killer gift!

Weierd said...

Women are so...uhhh..."different".

Guys know that there is no such thing as a multi-bite truffle.

I remember a time when we were eating chocolates - Jen, me and her two brothers. The three guys had eaten about 30 of them when Jen arrived. Jen takes a few bites and said "Hey, they have different colored centers!"...all three guys turned and said "What?" and then each bit one in half to see. Ha!

Reetsyburger said...

Arah - To me, it's totally worth a sacrifice in packaging to know that I'm helping to patronize small-scale, sustainable farmers in Latin America. I don't eat a lot of chocolate, but when I purchase it as a gift, I go for organic and fair trade. That said, the Just Truffles were a lovely gift, and it was nice to try something different.

Weierd - I suppose you could fit a whole Just Truffle in your mouth in one bite, but it wouldn't be easy. They're pretty big.