I just spent a few days showing off some of the best of what Nashville has to offer to my friend Sherri who’s thinking of moving here from San Diego. One of the stops on our whirlwind tour was the small chocolate factory in East Nashville where the magical production of Olive & Sinclair happens.
I think most of you here in Nashville are familiar with Olive and Sinclair Southern Artisan Chocolates and it’s quite likely that even those of you from other parts of the country have heard of them as well. In the two years they’ve been in business, they’ve received recognition from Saveur, Martha Stewart’s food blog, Food & Wine, Epicurious epi-log, Details magazine, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
This small-batch, bean-to-bar maker has put out some of the best and most interesting chocolate bars on the market. Go back in time to fall 2009 to read a little more about the company and see my excitement over a new flavor they’d just introduced then.
Today my excitement is once again over something new. This something is the reason Sherri and I made a special trip to the East side last week. Scott (the founder of O & S) invited me to come sample the new Buttermilk White Chocolate that is set to be released in a few weeks.
Most white chocolates are so sweet that I’m only able to eat a couple of bites, but not these. Both that I sampled, the Salt & Pepper bar and the one with Cacoa Nibs, had flavors so perfectly balanced that I found myself going back for more. Even though I’m a dark chocolate girl at heart, this new white chocolate will have a place in my home too. I’m already picturing white chocolate salt & pepper cookies…mmmmmm…
And that’s not all…..
A couple of months ago, Scott also gave me a little sneak peek of another product he’s been working on, a Smoked Nib Brittle. A collaboration with Alan Benton from Benton’s Smoked Country Ham and Bacon, this is one of the most unique treats I’ve had in a long, long time.
Smokey, salty, and sweet all at once, it’s meaty yet has no meat. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to see what kind of reaction it gets once it hits the market in a few months. Be on the lookout for all of these new products, give them a try, and then let me know what you think!
I even used the smoked nib brittle as a topping on my ice cream- delish!