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What flavours are available?
We have nine standard flavours: Raspberry, Cherry, Almond, Orange, Mint, Cinnamon, Banana, Cranberry, and Pur. Have a peek at our Flavours page for more details.
We also do short runs of Limited Edition flavours throughout the year. Watch this site or our page on FaceBook for details on that.
How do I tell the flavours apart?
Our favourite method is to take a little nibble. But we've also created some handy markings to help distinguish which is which. Take a peek at our Flavours page for a simple reference, or look on any of our packaging.
Can you do special flavours?
Are your truffles made with Fair Trade and/or organic ingredients?
We've made every reasonable effort to produce chocolate truffles that are yummy, cost effective, AND good for the environment and beneficial for the people that supply the raw materials and ingredients. Some of our ingredients are "local" or "responsibly sourced", and others are "nut free" or "gluten free" or "Kosher." Because of the fact that we combine them together, we are unable to say that our truffles are Fair Trade or Organic or Kosher. The parts are, but not the whole.
The chocolate we use for the centre of our truffles is made with "responsibly sourced cocoa." The farmers and their families receive fair prices for their product, and training in farm management. The program brings about improved community infrastructure, farmer livelihoods, education, and healthcare. It improves crops, helps farmers, and reduces the environmental impact of operations.
The cream we use is from a New Brunswick dairy that supports programs like P.R.O. Kids, The United Way, Christmas Families, and many other worthwhile causes.
Our flavours are certified Star K Kosher Pareve, and are gluten free (except for the maple, which has naturally producing gluten).
The chocolate coatings ingredients are manufactured and packaged in facilities that DO NOT allow exposure to peanuts, wheat/gluten, eggs, tree nuts, sesame, fish, or crustacean. They contain milk (and/or lactose) and soy lecithin. Our coating chocolate is certified AKC Kosher Dairy.
I have a nut allergy.
That’s not a question. But we’re sorry to hear that.
Can I eat your truffles if I’m allergic to nuts?
You can. But you might be better off not doing so. Currently we cannot guarantee that our products do not contain or have not been in contact with or in the same county as other nut products. We don’t actually use nuts in anything that we make, but if you’re that sensitive to nuts, our best advice is, sadly, to not eat our truffles. Or have a fresh epi-pen handy. Although our coating chocolate is certified nut free, our main chocolate ingredients are labelled “may contain peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soybeans, milk, and eggs.” Please use your best judgment.
What about dairy products?
Besides chocolate, our other main ingredient is cream. There's also a small amount of butter in ganache centres. If you’ve got a lactose issue, or some conviction about eating animal products, we apologize but these truffles are probably on your naughty list.
I suppose gluten allergies/celiac is an issue, too?
Again, that’s not really a question. See our answer about nuts; the same answer generally applies. We’ve had customers who have super severe gluten sensitivities tell us that they’ve eaten our truffles and had no problems. But we can’t promise that you’ll have the same success.
What do you do with the proceeds again?
The money that you give us in exchange for a box of yumminess goes in a few different directions. Of course, we have to cover the expenses of purchasing supplies and ingredients. Chris and his brother Liam each pay themselves $1 a dozen (of which they both tithe back at least 10%). The majority of the funds goes to a variety of charitable causes — typically drinking water projects in third world areas.
What kinds of charitable causes?
• In the summer of 2013 (only 8 months after beginning this venture) we funded a drinking water project in Tanzania, through Compassion Canada.
• In November 2013 Chris and his mom Angela participated in a mission trip to Oklahoma where they helped with cleanup & rebuilding after recent tornadoes flattened the community of Moore.
• Proceeds from our Christmas 2013 orders (about 30 dozen!) were directed to relief in the Philippines, following the devastation of Cyclone Haiyan.
• We're currently working with Compassion again, raising funds towards a rain water harvesting system project in Uganda (read more here).
How’d you get into the truffle business?
It all started just after Christmas 2012, when we realized as a family that we spend waaay too much money on ourselves for stuff we really don’t need and that makes very little difference. The four of us decided that we’d look for ways that we could save a certain amount of money in 2013 (similar to the amount that we’d typically spend on ourselves at Christmas) and give it towards a cause that we believed in. We chose a water project through Compassion Canada, and collectively set aside our spare change, looked for ways that we could economize in some areas, and even sold some stuff that had accumulated in our house. Around the same time, Chris started making chocolate truffles, just for something fun to do. It turns out, he’s pretty good at it. After sharing them with a few friends and colleagues, he decided to make it into a bit of a business. Then it just kinda grew from there, to a point that the whole family is involved.
How many truffles have you sold now?
Well, as of this writing (mid-November, 2015), we’re getting close to 700 dozen. That works out to 8400 truffles, not including any of the “seconds” or “quality control” ones we’ve done, nor any that we’ve given as gifts.
Wait, you give truffles as gifts?
Well yeah. To say “thank you” to someone who has helped us out with something significant, or to family or close friends.
Will you give me truffles?
Of course. Right after you give us some money.
Ok, ok. How much are they?
A mere $12 buys you a dozen delicious hand-made chocolate truffles. They're also available in smaller packages of three, for $4. Although you’ll probably be tempted to eat them all at once, we don’t recommend it.
Where can I get some of this delectable chocolaty goodness?
We’re located near Fredericton, New Brunswick. If you’re in the area, we can arrange for you to pick them up either at our home, or in town. Just send a note with your order, and we’ll work out the details.
We also our excited to have our wares available at the Oromocto Galleria, at 291 Restigouche Rd. They showcase lots of fun locally-made gifts and crafts — be sure to pay them a visit!
Can you ship them to me? I live somewhere that’s not near Fredericton.
We don’t typically ship the truffles. That’s not to say that we cannot and will not. We’ve sent some to Moncton when someone was already going there. We’ve had some go to London ON (again, a customer purchased them here and packed them in their luggage). We did ship a dozen to family in Ontario, but it cost $15 to mail one box of truffles — that’s a bit silly. We also shipped an order of 25 dozen to Manitoba, and it cost roughly $65.
So, ix-nay on the ipping-shay?
It depends. See, the truffles don’t really like excessive heat or excessive cold. If we can get them in a courier during a fairly temperate time of year, and if you’re willing to pay for a short delivery time, we can do it. It’s just not particularly cost effective. If you’re dead set on doing it, send us an email and we’ll figure out the details.
Can’t I just make a donation to your cause?
You absolutely can, and we’d be very grateful. We can’t send you a tax receipt though, so if that’s important to you, we respectfully redirect you to an organization like Compassion Canada or Samaritan’s Purse. But if you just want to give us money anyway, send us an email and we’ll square off the logistics of that.
What payment methods do you accept?
Cash is simplest in most cases. We’ll also accept a check. You can probably send an Interac online money transfer through your bank’s website. PayPal works too, but they charge us 3% to get the money out of their system and into ours, so we’ll have to add a small service fee to your order if that’s how you want to pay. If you’re meeting us in person, we can also accept your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Again, they knock us with a service charge, so we’ll have to add 3% for any of those methods, too. We can’t accept gift cards or Canadian Tire Money.
How are your truffles made?
When a mommy truffle and a daddy truffle love each other very much….
No really? How do you do it?
It’s not a terribly complicated process. We mix hot cream with chocolate chips and flavouring to make the rich creamy centre. This mixture is shaped by allowing it to cool in a food-grade silicone mould. Once the centres have solidified, they’re removed from the mould, and dipped in a specially formulated chocolate coating. After the coating cools and hardens, the truffles are decorated, boxed, delivered, and eaten.
You must be something of a celebrity!
There you go again with the not-a-question. We don’t claim any kind of special status. The local newspaper did an article on us back around Mothers’ Day 2013. In August, CBC did a little television story. Chris has presented at a couple of churches in the area. Compassion Canada had a little write-up in their quarterly magazine. Shucks, it’s not such a big deal. We’re just normal people doing a little thing, and letting God use it however He wants. This isn’t even remotely about us.
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