Lots of people think our busiest season in the chocolate business is Valentine’s Day. Flowers and chocolates, teddy bear and chocolates, champagne and chocolates; it might be hard for you to think back on a Valentine’s Day when you didn’t give or receive chocolate, am I right? Well, while we do see a surge in business around the big day it is not our “busiest” time. It is, however, a fun time in the factory.
Here in New England we are in the depths of the winter doldrums, we are coming down off the Christmas season production and we like creating confections with a little whimsy. Enter the Cinnamon Cream!
This unassuming chocolate has a sweet heart shape and is nestled in a heart printed cup. Inside the chocolate is a smooth Cinnamon flavored cream center. The chocolate cools the heat of the cinnamon for a creamy finish that is simply divine.
If you are familiar with Wilbur’s of Maine the first thing you may notice is that this is not our typical cream. That is because the cinnamon cream is a cooked fondant based cream while our other creams are uncooked.
The result? Smaller sugar crystals for a softer finished product.
So soft, in fact, that it can actually be funneled into forms and that is how we get the heart shape on this beauty.
Everything is done by hand, as you can see. We cook in copper pots, ladle into funnels and fill each heart shape one by one with funnel and stopper.
Once cooled the creams shrink slightly and naturally release from the form when turned over.
Then it’s time for everyone’s favorite ingredient: chocolate! They are sent down the enrober to be coated in milk chocolate. Later, we will make another batch and use dark chocolate instead.
They are hand-packed and head to our stores to be used in Valentine assortments and more! Send your Valentine a red hot chocolate sweet from Wilbur’s!