Costly Candy from My Connecticut Hometown

$250 truffle from Norwalk chocolatier.

Knipschildt-logoI interrupt my usual Colorado fixation with this post about Connecticut. When I was growing up, Norwalk, which had been urban-renewed within an inch of its life, was the more vibrant of the two downtowns. South Norwalk was by the New Haven Railroad tracks. It had the railroad station, City Hall, the big library, the big  post office and a lot of vacant turn-of-the-last-century commercial buildings. Neglect turned out to be a good thing, since those buildings remained ignored.

That was then, and this is now, and the charms of old South Norwalk have been discovered. South Norwalk (promotionally and predictably rechristened SoNo) is now home to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, hot clubs, cool restaurants and one-of-a-kind buinesses. Imagine my surprise when TheDailyMeal.com’s post and video about “The World’s Most Expensive ‘Cheap’ Dishes” included Knipschildt Chocolatier of South Norwalk.

This truffle doesn't look much different from others. but its rare ingredients make for a $250 price tag.
This truffle doesn’t look much different from others. but its rare ingredients make for a $250 price tag.

The Daily Meal wrote:

Chocolate Truffle: La Madeleine au Truffle, Knipschildt Chocolatier, Norwalk, Conn.: $250 

Master chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt is selling the most expensive chocolate truffle in the world from his shop in Norwalk, Connecticut. It’s made via a seven-step process and contains chocolate ganache made from 71 percent Valrhona dark chocolate, French Perigord truffle (or Italian white truffle if they’re not available), and truffle oil. If you want one for yourself (or for your significant other), you’ll need to order it at least five days in advance so Knipschildt can import the truffle.

Fritz Knipschildt also runs a cafe and retail shop called Chocopologie on Washington Street, the main drag of South Norwalk. Next time I return, I’m going to the cafe and will pay homage the over-the-top truffle with a cappuccino and a chocolate treat of some sort.

Chocopologie By Knipschildt Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

5 thoughts on “Costly Candy from My Connecticut Hometown”

  1. A Connecticut friend (in fact, high school classmate, sent this message: “Is it the same place that has chocolate everything?
    if so i did go for lunch with friends- a least 5yrs ago. I had chocolate CHICKEN! that was a special treat !”

    My reply: “I don’t know whether it’s the place you went some years back. One of the TriipAdvisor reviews indicated the café moved “ around the corner” within the last couple of years. The current only menu doesn’t mention chicken of any kind. Did you have chicken mole or some more aggressively chocolatey dish?”

    1. Chocopologie does not serve a chocolate chicken dish…the menu is continental but it is the desserts that are to die for! And after visiting the cafe, Norwalk has some fabulous attractions, the Lockwood Mathews Mansion is opening a special behind the scenes tour this spring and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s new vessel, “Spirit of the Sound” is offering a special three hour lighthouse cruise.

  2. Chocopologie does not serve a chocolate chicken dish…the menu is continental but it is the desserts that are to die for! And after visiting the cafe, Norwalk has some fabulous attractions, the Lockwood Mathews Mansion is opening a special behind the scenes tour this spring and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s new vessel, “Spirit of the Sound” is offering a special three hour lighthouse cruise.

  3. Another Connecticut friend wrote to me too. “We also have another chocolate place on a farm in Goshen on a dirt road…. Kim uses the milk from certain cows to make the fillings…and grows some of the items that go into the chocolates…. it is an amazing story. She won best chocolate in CT. Website: http://milkhousechocolates.net

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