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Marc de Champagne – did you know…?

You might think that Marc de Champagne truffles contain Champagne.

In fact, Marc de Champagne is a spirit, usually clear, produced by distilling the ‘waste’ seeds and skins from the Champagne or indeed any wine-making process.

Generically called a ‘pomace’ spirit or brandy, pomace meaning ‘by-product’ in French, the creation of a liquor from the waste pressings of wine-making is a common practice in many countries.

Of course, it is the Critical Ingredient in the famous truffle, one of the most popular types in the world, bringing a gentle aroma and distinctive creaminess to the party. But it’s also a drink to be savoured - you might know versions of it such as Orujo in Spain, Bagaco in Portugal and most famously perhaps, Grappa in Italy. Marc de Champagne is of course the variety from the Champagne region in France, where the predominant grape is the white Chardonnay.

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Marc De Champagne Truffles 100g

Net Weight: 100g

£16.00
Decadent Marc de Champagne Milk Chocolate Truffles featuring velvety Marc de Champagne ganache within a creamy milk chocolate shell, finished with a delicate dusting of icing sugar. The perfect gift or self indulgence.

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Let them know you're thinking of them with the most romantic chocolate of all. Decadent Marc de Champagne Milk Chocolate Truffles featuring velvety Marc de Champagne ganache within a creamy milk chocolate shell, finished with a delicate dusting of icing sugar. The beautiful Kaleidoscope box is easy to wrap just on its own or include in one of our bespoke hampers.

Ingredients

Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Dried Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier: Soya lecithin, Natural Vanilla Extract), Cream (Milk), Icing Sugar, Invert Sugar Syrup, Butterfat (Milk), Humectant: sorbitol, Cocoa Mass, Marc de Champagne (2%). Milk Chocolate contains cocoa solids 35% minimum and milk solids 19% minimum.


Allergens

Not suitable for nut, dairy and gluten allergy sufferers. Contains alcohol.
Soya, Milk

Nutrition

Typical values 100g – Energy: 2123kj/501kcal | Fat: 31.5g, of which saturates: 19.3g | Carbohydrate: 48.5g, of which sugars: 43.8g | Protein: 5.8g | Salt 0.15g


Storage

Store in a cool, dry place avoiding direct sunlight and strong odours.

Net Weight: 100g

Stories

The London Chocolate Houses

London arrived rather late to the chocolate party... Cocoa was used as a beverage over 2000 years ago by the Mayans, who, like the later Aztecs, used cocoa as a special occasion beverage, to reward brave warriors and as an aphrodisiac. Both empires also used cocoa beans as currency.

Columbus first brought cocoa back to Spain in 1502 to little acclaim but after Cortes conquered Montezuma and the Aztecs, he successfully introduced cocoa, transformed from bitterness with sugar or honey, to the Spanish court, saying “One of this precious drink allows a man to walk a whole day without taking nourishment.”

Chocolate soon arrived in Britain, being first sold in 1657 in The Coffee Mill & Tobacco Roll. It was all things to all people: to some, as with the Aztecs, it was the viagra of the day; to others including Samuel Pepys, a hangover cure.
London Chocolate Houses also became the fashionable meeting places for the elite of London society, as well as being dens of iniquity for the colourful characters of London. The surviving White’s Chocolate House was like all, an all-male establishment, charging a penny for entrance, whilst The Cocoa Tree in Pall Mall saw Tory strategy developed over cups of chocolate.

The East India Company did trade in cocoa, paying 2 shillings in tax per pound of cocoa imported by 1760, the equivalent to one day’s wages, for these beguiling cargoes of cocoa from far off lands, but in truth was more engaged in tea than chocolate. And industrialisation made chocolate a food for the masses around this time and Chocolate Houses soon fell out of fashion.

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  • FAQ

    Does the Marc de Champagne truffle contain alcohol, and if so, how much?
    Yes, our Marc de Champagne truffle does contain alcohol, but only a very small amount - too much will spoil the experience completely. In fact, it’s about 2% of the total ingredient, each truffle weighing 10g – so just enough to flavour it delightfully.

    Is Marc de Champagne a type of Champagne?
    No, although many assume it is. In fact, Marc de Champagne is a spirit, usually clear, produced by distilling the ‘waste’ seeds and skins from the Champagne or indeed any wine-making process. If you would like to find our more, look ‘Behind the Craft’ [click on the sidebar at the top of the page!]

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