As I write this we are only a few days before the Christmas holidays in Charlottesville. I’ve been thinking about all of the wonderful things that I want to share with you about features that make Charlottesville a unique world-class place to live. And then it hit me. I must tell you about Gearharts Chocolates. You need to know this in time to use the information for Valentine’s Day.
Disclaimer: I have no vested interest in Gearharts nor any personal relationships with Gearharts owners. My interest is one of simple lust for their products. They do it right.
The company began as a small shop on W. Main street in Charlottesville in 2001 (they are now on Ridge McIntire Rd as well as a shop in Richmond). At that time it was just a small partnership of two men who were devoted to producing the finest chocolates in the most artistic arrangements from only the best ingredients. They have succeeded far beyond their expectations. And they’ve earned every bit of it, due to their hard work and adherence to excellence. This was not just some kind of investment venture… they put on aprons and got their (gloved) hands chocolate-y.
Disclaimer: I am a chocoholic. As such, I’ve sampled some pretty great confections from around the world (all in the name of science, of course). I would put Gearharts Chocolates up against any other chocolates on the planet Earth and my bet is that they would win. You can tell that I’ve given this quite a bit of thought.
That challenge couldn’t be a blind taste test, although they would win that too in my opinion. But it would need to be a full sensory experience in order to appreciate the beautiful detailing of each piece of chocolate. You must be able to see and examine the gorgeous arrangements and artistic combinations that make up Gearharts signature presentations.
Disclaimer: The answer is “yes” if you ask me if I have any favorite chocolates from Gearharts. My broad answer is that I love every one of their chocolate pieces.
But I must confess my fondness for two of their signature pieces in particular…. those are the Maya and the Raspberry Zin.
Gearhart’s Maya is best described in their own words: “… rich, bittersweet chocolate ganache flavored with cinnamon, Ancho chili and orange, dusted with cocoa.” If the combination sounds impossible, it’s impossibly delicious. And very rich. We save a Maya for a special occasion and then we split it so we each have a half to savor at the same time. It’s nearly the most fun you can have fully clothed.
My other favorite, the Raspberry Zin, they describe as … “semi-sweet chocolate ganache with raspberry-zinfandel conserves, dipped in dark chocolate.” In my own description, it is simply heaven.
Disclaimer: No foreign power nor domestic entity nor corporate representation has threatened or influenced this article in any way, and it was delivered of my own free will, and strictly for sharing my love of Gearharts Chocolates.