Delysia Chocolates are Delicious

Delysia Chocolatier's handmade, square bonbons.

Austin, TX is quickly becoming a hub of good eats.

So, if you’re still looking for mail-order sweets for the holidays, look no further than Delysia Chocolatier of Austin.

The chocolate company was started by former engineer and techie, Nicole Patel, who decided to turn her love of cooking and baking into a sweet business.

In addition to handmade truffles, Delysia offers some really fun, unique custom products such as a sculptural bride-and-groom wedding cake topper molded from chocolate (starting at $70). To add dazzle to any soiree, Delysia also will make chocolate “menus” — edible tablets imprinted with your menu (price varies depending upon the number you order).

I recently had a chance to try a sample box of nine truffles.

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.

Delysia Chocolatier truffles: These square bonbons have dense ganache fillings and colorful, contemporary transfer designs gracing their tops. Among my faves was the milk chocolate bonbon decorated with a green swirl that hinted at the pistachio nut paste filling inside made even more interesting by chunks of pistachios mixed in. I also fell for the dark chocolate tile with brown tiger stripes that held a lively gingery-infused ganache. A nine-piece box is $20. Rating: 7 lip-smackers.

Packaged and ready for gift-giving.

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