morning glory confections
All photographs ©Fortunately for us, Max Lesser didn't follow another career path as a fine artist. While there is no doubt he would have (and has) provided the world with beautiful prints, photography and painting, I'm selfishly glad that instead he is now devoted to providing us with his small batch, exquisite brittles, at Morning Glory Confections.
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Ron Dunlap/Doglight Studios
Morning Glory Confections chocolate enrobed brittles are divine in every aspect. They combine the the heavenly elements of silky chocolate and crunchy, buttery toffee. They are sometimes savory and sometimes sweet but always exceptional. The brittles are all dipped decadently and sensually in Valrhona chocolate and each flavor boasts a flourish from Max's artistic eye; a sprinkle of salt or perhaps a carefully placed cocoa nib or nut, making each of these treats a mini-masterpiece.
There are six divine flavors and you need to taste them all "for your own goodness sake," as my Chinese mother would say.
Our first bite was of the Fleur de Sel and Peanut. We were rewarded with a brittle that was crunchy, salty and buttery with fresh toasted peanuts.
The next to be devoured was the Chai Tea and Cashew. Here, the all natural ingredients and spices are showcased to perfection. The chai is rich, spicy and exotic the way it is supposed to be - a flavorful blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and pepper. The spices combined with cashew, priceless.
After a bite of the Morning Glory Confection called Cocoa Nib, Coffee Bean and Pecan we decided this is the perfect chocolate to start off your morning. There is enough caffeine to attach you to the ceiling, protein (in the pecan) and of course, chocolate clearly providing you with all the essentials for facing your day.
The Indian Curry and Pistachio chocolate enrobed brittle offers another complex, flavored, taste with traditional Indian spices combined with fresh toasted pistachios. We enjoyed this brittle with Bel Paese, a mild, creamy cheese and think this combination would make an elegant and sophisticated after dinner treat and more importantly impress all your guests.
My favorite Morning Glory Confection brittles were the New Mexico Chili and Pumpkin Seed and the Thai Curry and Peanut. Both of these brittles left a taste that wandered and danced on your taste buds long after the brittle was sadly, heartbreakingly gone. The New Mexico Chili and Pumpkin Seed takes you by surprise. It's so spicy it stops you in your tracks with unusual flavors like Mexican oregano woven in. Lemongrass and kaffir lime make the Thai Curry and Peanut chocolate enrobed brittle outstanding. It's delicately infused with chili, coconut and ginger, and you can't help taking bite after bite as you try to unravel the source of your pleasure.
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