$250 truffle from Norwalk chocolatier.
I 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.
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.