A rush of Almendrado (almond) Tequila suddenly bathed my tongue, swirling together with the melted dark chocolate shell. I immediately wanted to try a second flavor. This time an explosion of rich, seductive ruby port and melting chocolate enveloped my tongue.
These are only a few varieties of the liquid center chocolates available at this must-visit destination for chocolate lovers. Among Duke’s Spirit Filled Chocolates, liquid center flavors include Irish Cream Liqueur, Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream Liqueur, 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, Tennessee or Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Anejo Tequila, Peach Schnapps and Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur.
Wine lovers may taste Cabernet Sauvignon, Australian Tawny Port or Raspberry wine inside other liquid center chocolates. And non-alcoholic selections include mesquite roasted or espresso coffee and black cherry or raspberry nectar.
Duke created her three- to five-day molding and filling process for cast liquid center chocolates, following her apprenticeship with a Swiss master chocolatier. By 1984, her business was born.
Duke and her staff primarily use chocolate with 50-53 percent cacao, and her American roots inspired her to add liquid flavorings that Americans would appreciate. Vegan Fortunata #4 chocolate is used to make keto confections.
But there’s more to Duke’s repertoire than liquid chocolates. Sample her silk fudge – melt-in-your-mouth, creamy and luscious. Crafted with chocolate, heavy whipping cream and natural flavors, this fudge takes its sweetness from the chocolate itself. Be sure to sample truffles too, available in more than a dozen flavors.
No matter what you sample, I guarantee you won't want to stop with just one.
Please note: As a travel writer, I received accommodations, entry fees, etc. while visiting this area, in advance of reviews and/or profiles. I do my best to remain impartial and offer full disclosure to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
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