Roni-Sue’s Chocolates

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I couldn’t have moved to the Lower East Side at a better time. Restaurants and bakeries are springing up right and left, and everywhere I turn, I spot a new place that was not there the day before. It is akin to a never ending magic show – where each moment brings wonderful new surprises. I’m surrounded by a mix of the new, as well as older classics I’ve quickly grown to love like Russ & Daughters and Economy Candy.

Barely two blocks away from my home is the Essex Street Market, notably home to Shopsins, Formaggio Essex and Anne Saxelby’s darling cheese shop. Today marked the official opening of Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, and I stopped in after a long day at work. This invitingly tiny shop is on the east wall of the market, truly a blink-‘n-miss, so keep your eyes out!

Pop in and you’ll be rewarded with eye candy of the sweetest sort, a whole bounty of truffles made by the lady with a warm smile standing right behind the counter – that would be Roni-Sue herself. She patiently walked me through an array of her truffles, each one more enticing than the next. There’s something to catch everyone’s whimsy and wishes, whether you crave flavours of pine nut marzipan, fresh coconut, mint, chili, and if, oddly enough, truffles are not your love, then surely you’ll be enraptured with single nibble of the buttercrunch. More nutty than sweet, it’s a truly buttery toffee with a fine balance between the smooth milk chocolate and caramel crunch.

I am writing this as I eat, or rather, savour my way through this Portly Fig. The thick dark chocolate shell encases a smooth and intense ganache, only disturbed in the best way possible by little crackles of fig seeds from the burnt fig jam. You can make out the slightest doozy of fig vinegar, and should you pay close attention, yes, what is that? Oh yes, a whisper of port wine!

I also picked up a quartet of truffles for Shann, the best apartment-mate anyone could ask for! From left to right: Frida – bittersweet chocolate with espresso, Mexican cinnamon and Kahlua, Strawberry Rhubarb – blended with strawberry and rhubarb puree, then infused with wild strawberry liqueur, Rhubarb jam Mango – with mango puree and an infusion of Galliano liqueur and mango jam, Zydeco – with red chile confit, sweet red pepper leather, red chile jam, fresh chile infused tequila, sea salt and ground mixed dried pepper mélange. The last one plays sister to another spicy truffle, the Diablo, which Roni-Sue cut me a nice sample. It instantly reminded me of Jacques Torres’ wicked hot chocolate, only concentrated into one potent, and memorable truffle. Her truffles are of the homey sort, a distance cry from the delicate perfection of Kee’s and La Maison Du Chocolat. Nonetheless, they’re wonderful for what they are, each truffle warrants three averaged sized bites, enough to satisfy a craving…or perhaps whet you appetite for more.

Truffles run $2, and I can see how this might turn into a nightly addiction, as the chocolate shop is merely steps away from my subway stop. Nonetheless, it’s an addiction of the most wonderful sort, because chocolate, especially dark chocolate, seems to whisk you away in a instant, off to another world where one would remain blissfully content to stay.

Roni-Sue’s Chocolates
Essex Street Market, #24
120 Essex Street at Delancey
New York, NY 10002
212.260.0421

10 Comments
  • Tina
    October 30, 2007

    Chocolate…How my heart flees by the sight of it! (Besides PH macarons, of course.)I’ll go there. Soon. Probably in a couple of days? I dunno. I must have the fig! Figs in any form (fresh or dried) are AWESOME. Yeesss…

  • Kathy YL Chan
    October 30, 2007

    Tina!Didn’t know you loved figs that much….ME TOO!!!! Okay, the day we go on a sweetbread outing, we’re doing fig-related stuff for dessert! =)

  • K & S
    October 30, 2007

    dark chocolate! I’m there.

  • Robyn
    October 30, 2007

    AHH you’re such a fast blogger!!! .__. We should do a weekend brunch at Shopsins sometime..and then get the chocs…and then pass out in your apartment and wake up later for more eating.

  • Kathryn
    October 30, 2007

    Can I come, too, Robyn? Next Saturday?We should go to that new candy shop, too.

  • anonymous
    October 30, 2007

    these comments sound like panic in needle park, for food instead of heroin.

  • anonymous
    October 30, 2007

    oohhhh man….i really enjoyed this writeup kathy. in other words, my mouth was and still is watering..good to see that your enjoying the little trinkets of pleasure over there in ny. thanks for sharin’ and inspiring :)

  • shann
    October 30, 2007

    i will eat the other two tonight :o)thanks!!!

  • Tina
    October 30, 2007

    Me three! I’ll join you guys! It’s a shame I’ve never been to Shopsin’s even before it closed down from its original location.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    October 31, 2007

    Hey Kat!hehe, just fly right on over! ;)Robyn!oh my goodness, that’s the bestest idea ever!! you know…cause I’m only like a two dozen or so steps west of Shopsins, hehe!! and thai! chee, we have so much on our agenda (don’t forget about Hawaii!:)Hey Kathryn!Don’t think I’ve ever met you, but anyone who’s that excited about Shopsin’s must sure be fun to eat with! :)Hey Ron!hehe, now I’ve got all these warped images in my head! :)Hey Henry!I liked how you started with “oohhh man…” – lol, that’s totally how I start half the comments I write on other blogs! Glad you enjoyed this post! There’s just so much wonderful foods to eat in this city, it’s mindboggling! :) Shann!thanks for playing that song tonight! thumbs down for the vegan blueberry scone :( and 10 million thumbs up for your bday dinnah tomorrow! =)Hey Tina!Awesome!! I also never got to try the original…but this new one is right by me! :)

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