As much as I’d love to take all the credit for this genius idea, it actually belongs to an ex-employer of mine, Gearhart’s Chocolates in Virginia. See, I worked for a few months in Charlottesville, VA making chocolate (and gaining weight due to eating chocolate!) It was an amazing experience and opened my eyes to what artisan chocolates are – handmade, detailed, delicious confections. With bread being in first place, chocolates & confections come in a close second as my favorite items to make.
See, at Gearhart’s we made Chai Spiced Chocolate Dipped Pecans. They were so carefully made and packaged, that we only packaged WHOLE pecans, meaning a few did break in the process. And those were the ones we got to take home. We also took home the “ugly” chocolate truffles. The ones that weren’t perfect, the ones that were scuffed. They were still delicious and needed love, so I was glad to give them that loving!