Gallery: Behind the Scenes V-Day Edition: Making Rose Chocolates with Roni-Sue

Roni-Sue herself
Roni-Sue herself

Yes, there is a real Roni-Sue of Roni-Sue Chocolates. She is both a hard-working chocolatier and a delightful person to be around.

Roni's Roses
Roni's Roses

Roni's Roses come in two varieties: white chocolate rose ganache (rose-shaped) and dark chocolate rose ganache (not rose-shaped).

Rose buds
Rose buds

How do you start making rose flavored truffles? With roses of course!

Making rose liqueur
Making rose liqueur

Roni-Sue makes her own rose liqueur by infusing St Germain with dried rose buds

Rose liqueur
Rose liqueur

After only 20 minutes the St Germain is looking perfectly rosy

More dried roses
More dried roses

Dried rose petals are ground to a fine powder for the rose ganache

Use all the rose flavors
Use all the rose flavors

For a more complex rose flavor Roni Sue combines a number of rose flavoring agents: rose water, her homemade rose liqueur, rose hip syrup, rose marmalade, plus the powdered dried rose petals

Use all the rose flavors
Use all the rose flavors

The result is an intense rose concentrate

White chocolate
White chocolate

Melted white chocolate ready for rose-ifying

Making the ganache
Making the ganache

The rose concentrate is mixed into the melted white chocolate

Just a pinch!
Just a pinch!

Don't forget a pinch of salt!

White chocolate rose ganache
White chocolate rose ganache

The rose flavoring is fully incorporated into the white chocolate

Dark chcocolate
Dark chcocolate

The dark chocolate is directly sourced from Belize

Dark chocolate ganache
Dark chocolate ganache

The dark chocolate ganache is made in much the same way as the white chocolate

Roni at work
Roni at work

Roni-Sue in her natural habitat

The rose molds
The rose molds

The nooks and crannies of the rose molds are painted with melted chocolate to make sure the final product is flawless

The rose molds
The rose molds

Then the molds are completely filled with chocolate....

The rose molds
The rose molds

...and emptied, leaving a thin chocolate shell ready to be filled with rose ganache

Filling the molds
Filling the molds

The molds are then filled with the white chocolate ganache

Dark chocolate truffle
Dark chocolate truffle

The dark chocolate truffles are hand-rolled and dipped in finishing chocolate

Dark chocolate truffle
Dark chocolate truffle

These are then finished with a rose petal garnish

Shimmering roses
Shimmering roses

The roses are finished with edible pink shimmer dust (something I never knew my kitchen was missing!)