Woodhouse — The Tiffany’s of Chocolates
I think of Woodhouse Chocolate like that because they are so lady-like elegant, and because I can’t help but picture the gamine actress, Audrey Hepburn, nibbling one of these exquisite bonbons as she gazes at the glittering windows of Tiffany’s.
I’ll use my patented scale of 1 to 10 lip-smackers, with 1 being the “Bleh, save your money’’ far end of the spectrum; 5 being the “I’m not sure I’d buy it, but if it was just there, I might nibble some’’ middle-of-the-road response; and 10 being the “My gawd, I could die now and never be happier, because this is the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth’’ supreme ranking.
Woodhouse Chocolates: Members of the family that founded the S. Anderson Winery in Napa Valley, chocolatier Tracy Wood Anderson, and her husband and business partner, John Anderson, have created a jewel-box of a shop in downtown St. Helena. Assortments of chocolates ($44 for 24 pieces; $22 for 12 pieces) come prettily wrapped in a shallow hatbox almost the color of a Tiffany’s one.
Unlike many other truffles that have very dense fillings, Woodhouse’s are lighter and more mousse-like in texture, yet have astoundingly deep flavor. These chocolates are made with a lot of fresh cream, so the Andersons advise you finish off the box within seven days. Believe me, it won’t be difficult, especially if the gianduja, peanut croquant, or pistachio ones are inside. These are chocolates to give when you want to make a big impression. Rating: 10 lip-smackers.