Teuscher Marron Glacé – Let the Holidays Begin!

by Jacqueline Church on November 20, 2013 · 2 comments

Certain things signal the change of seasons, a robin in the spring, summer sailboats on the harbor, crimson maple leaves against a clear blue sky…

For the holidays two things tell me it’s the holidays:

One is a cookie jar full of Snappy Ginger Snaps.

Another is a box of marron glacé.

30 Rock and Rock Hard Chestnuts

A long time ago when I made regular trips to New York for various consulting clients, I discovered Teuscher chocolates on a trip to Rockefeller Plaza while working with GE.

After that, every time I could manage to swing by there, I did. First I was smitten by champagne truffles. Who could resist? Perfectly balanced and rich, each truffle was a single bite of luxurious, silky chocolate heaven.

Years later, Teuscher arrived here in Boston and they’ve been on our special treat list ever since. These marron glacé are a harbinger of the season for me. A texture unlike anything else, both firm and yielding, smooth and slightly granular, these are produced through a multi-day process of preserving whole, shelled chestnuts in sugar syrup.

I tried to make them one year at home. Forget it. I devoted two or three days to the sugaring, dehydrating process and ended up with a big sticky mess and barely edible chestnut-flavored rocks.

Marron Glace

 

 

 

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Treat yourself to this hand-made confection that is both sweet and savory. Treat a friend. Add some to a holiday dessert tray if your guests have been very good this year. They would also make a lovely hostess gift, guaranteed to get you asked back.

What tells you the holidays are here?

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