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Edible gifting: Handmade, locally made truffles for Valentine’s Day

The Sonsie Chocolatier, Edie Rahlf , makes handmade artisan truffles at the French Hen Bistro in Lakewood.
The Sonsie Chocolatier, Edie Rahlf , makes handmade artisan truffles at the French Hen Bistro in Lakewood. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

Edie Rahlf’s chocolate truffles mirror her sense of humor – delightful and cheeky.

Take, for instance, the most rollicking flavors: A tickle of coconut milk with a note of lemongrass. A pop of peppercorn followed by a tiny push of lemon. Strawberry licked with balsamic vinegar.

Her two-bite truffles create movement on the palate – first, a deeply delicious coating of chocolate, followed by a tease of heady aroma and a touch of something sharp.

Move down her product line and find more muted flavors with a traditional approach. Dark chocolate with a burst of Grand Marnier. A simple citrus-tweaked lemon truffle. Her mint truffles appeal to kids and grownups.

She makes truffles with dark or milk chocolate – even some in white chocolate.

In all, she has more than 20 flavor combinations for Sonsie Chocolatier, the secondary business she has operated simultaneously with her French Hen Bistro in Lakewood since 2008. (See a list below of other local confectioners that make for great last-minute gift giving). Read more »


Food gifting: Chocolate truffles and confectioneries around Tacoma

Truffles from the French Hen come with pretty designs painted onto the chocolates.

Editor’s note: This gifting series features edibles from South Sound food businesses. Check back daily through Dec. 23 for something new.

I rely on a category of foolproof holiday gifts when I don’t know what to buy someone – I give the gift of gluttony. Because nothing is as universal during the holidays as the need to stuff our faces. (January is for ditching those extra five pounds.)

Caramel sauce, freshly roasted coffee beans, truffles made in a cafe and tied up with a ribbon in a pretty box, a meat log, a cheese basket – all universal food gifts. They’re handmade and easily purchased right here in our community, mostly economical and you might even earn bonus points from the recipient for shopping local – a worthy endeavor any time of year.

The next few weeks, I’ll write about a different food gift every day. Check back daily for something new.

Today’s featured gift – truffles made at two local cafes and one of Tacoma’s oldest candy companies. I’ll also tell you where to score discounted candy from Brown & Haley. Read more »