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!)