Back in the dark ages when I was a wee lass and dinosaurs roamed the earth (okay, in reality is was probably the late 70s or early 80s), my father brought home from a business trip to Belgium a box of the most delectable chocolates. It started a tradition of having a special box of them every Christmas, and they would be parceled out, one per day, until they were sadly gone.
Both Mom and Dad are gone, and my brothers can't remember the name. Pheonetically it was something like "twass-on-door." I have no idea if that's Flemish, French, German or what.
I recall there was one chocolate shaped like a wine cork and it was my favorite. I always had to snag it first before my brother got to it.
Happy memories. I'm hoping to restart the tradition this Christmas if only I can remember the doggone name!
Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.
It wasn't L'Etoile D'Or was it? That's a chocolaterie in Paris.
Phonetically, what you're saying the name was would be "Trois en D'Or" which means "Three in Gold" but I can't find anything by that name. There is a famous Belgian Chocolate line by the name of Cote D'Or.
I still remember one of my dad's coworkers coming to visit our house--he was from Ford of France and he brought us a box of Godiva, before they had a store in every mall here. First time I had EVER had chocolate like that! I think the box is still floating around my parents' house being used for something. (I mean, I would never have let them throw it out; it had a horse on it!)
There are so many "chocolateries" in European cities now, it's a chocolate lover's paradise! Even my small home town has one that got the Gold medal in Paris one year. And my university hosted a conference by a young "artisan-chocolatier" from Comptoir du Cacao near Paris...he had us taste little slivers of chocolates just like you would taste wine, rinsing our mouth with water between each different kind...and I discovered my favorite is Peruvian chocolate (70%, dark). Smooth, fruity....YUM!
Leionidas, Jeff de Bruges, Godiva are the best known chocolate makers from Belgium (well, at least they used to be from Belgium, but I bet they've been bought by one of the huge global food conglomerates now), but they're not the best ones!
To be honest... "Cote d'Or" is still one of the best... and you can buy it in all grocery stores over there!
I make a KILLER chocolate mousse based with the dark Cote d'Or and people are always hunting me down for the recipe... the recipe is good- but it's the quality of the ingredients that make it!!
Just looked it up and you can find it on Amazon!!!!! HOLLY MOLLY- I've been living under a ROCK for the last few years!!!
Proudly living in my "let's save the world bubble"!