Not Your Usual Truffle

Yes, this is a truffle.

If you’re used to dainty, bite-sized chocolate confections, then Sterling Truffle Bar will come as a shock.

It’s a veritable log of chocolate. Triangular-shaped and spanning 4- or 8-inches in length, these hand-painted truffle bars are meant to be served in slices. They make for a great, simple dessert to have on hand for last-minute parties.

Made by Sterling Confections of Redwood City, the bars come in seven flavors, including Rocky Road, Pineapple Ginger Macadamia Nut, and Banana Honey Caramel. The small version is about $14; the larger size about $25.

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.

Sterling Truffle Bar (Cappuccino Liqueur with A Twist): Eye-catching with hand-painted brush strokes of deep green, the shell is a little bit waxy tasting. The interior is much tastier — layers of milk chocolate, coffee-infused white chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee liqueur, and a whisper of lemon. Creamy and very thick, the super-sized ganache filling is a decadent treat that tastes like an after-dinner cup of coffee. Rating: 7 lip-smackers.

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