This journey up North was a much-needed time for Sweets and I to unwind and relax in the company of like minded friends. We soaked and played in snow, and though I didn’t get to hit the chocolate shops on the way, we did indulge in some chocolate nibbles paired with raspberry lambic- taste bud heaven!
Portland has so much to offer in the ways of culinary adventures, we often have a difficult time squeezing these bites into our already stuffed schedule! I had to pair down that list of desires as I navigated us to Pix Patisserie on our way home Sunday.
I dashed into the tiny and crammed Division location and thoroughly raided the chocolate case, making up my own gift box of goodness, remembering endorsed favorites from my friend Becky.
Over all the chocolates we sampled from Pix shared an amazing set of texture combinations I rarely find in chocolates. They all predominantly exhibited the characteristics of being coated in snappy bittersweet chocolate that yielded a dripping soft center. The fluid center makes these better suited to pop all at once in your mouth rather than bite in half to share, as I found out the messy way.
The hit list:
Fleur de Sel: Salted caramel with a dusting of fleur de sel on the bottom. This was the first chocolate I sampled, which dribbled itself all over my chin. The splash of salt on the bottom lends itself to a wonderful spark, and the caramel center is such an unctuous liquid consistency! Your tongue can’t help but fondle this wonderful smooth sweetness.
Pink Flamingo: pink grapefruit infused ganache. I have a story filed away from a friend who was accidentally served a pink grapefruit mocha at her favorite coffee corner… she was scared for life to put it mildly. For some silly reason, I have extended this story to mean that grapefruit and chocolate shouldn’t go together… boy am I wrong. This chocolate is rather tame, and in fact is more an ode to citrus that to grapefruit itself. I look forward to more future experiments with grapefruit and chocolate. I think it’s the coffee that this fruit should steer clear of!
Amelie: Grand Mariner caramel, candied orange and praline crisp. I am a lover of all things citrus and chocolate. Oddly though, I found the praline component of this sweet to be distracting. Shrug.
Blue Cheese Truffle: Blue cheese & chocolate caramel ganache, dusted with silver. Wow… I have been looking forward to this sweetie for a while and was rewarded with a nice surprise. The blue cheese exhibits itself as a warm earthiness, which compliments the chocolate perfectly. Interestingly it tastes like truffles- a fitting flavor for a chocolate truffle!
Earl Grey: an Earl Grey tea infused ganache. This was a nice chocolate. Not splashy, and maybe a bit too slight for my tastes, but a reminder of the gentle fit of Earl Grey and chocolate.
Ambrosia: Port reduction & rosemary ganache. I like port, but I found the rosemary distracting in this flavor pairing. The herb came on rather strong and strikes me as tasting of soap. I think thyme would be an interesting accent for further exploration. Though this chocolate was very pretty with its colored hues, not my favorite.
These are such a fun set of flavors and colors, however the textures are really what impressed me. This is an interpretation of ganache I have not encountered before- so so smooth and soft, more like a chocolate caramel. I can’t wait to sink myself into Pix again, maybe in a cozy seat with some cozy friends.