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C.G. Higgins Chocolate Truffles 'Must Be Experienced'

By Kelly Church

At C.G. Higgins, creating quality, handcrafted chocolates means using real chocolate, sugar and low fructose corn syrup. Owner Chuck Higgins started making chocolate candies for the Santa Fe, NM community in 2001 and it has helped him create an environment he now confidently calls home. His unique ingredients reflect flavors of the region, including using a blend of New Mexico chilies in multiple recipes. These combinations are, according to Higgins, impossible to describe.

"I have personally found absolutely there are no words in our vocabulary that can describe a flavor with any accuracy," Higgins says. "A taste is worth 1,000 words. IT makes no difference what flavors dance across the tongue, they must be experienced."

Higgins recommends his personal favorite, the pistachio truffle, a chocolate ganache center infused with pistachio then dipped in white chocolate and rolled in crushed pistachios. For the more traditional customer, Higgins sells a line of basic truffles, which include chocolate ganache dipped in either dark chocolate or white chocolate.

There are fruity twists on these classic flavors as well: orange citrus, lavender, strawberry champagne, cherries jubilee, meyer lemon, pumpkin and even a jalapeno lime flavor. For the more daring customer, there are a few options that challenge your taste buds with something different: blue cheese truffle, grand Marnier, smoked salt truffle, anise peppercorn, ginger and blackberry balsamic.

Higgins uses the popularity of his handcrafted chocolates to help the community. C.G. Higgins often provides gift certificates to silent auctions as a way of being part of as many charitable events as possible, since Higgins is unable to provide monetary donations to all of the requests that he receives. He also provides his candies to fundraising sales, since sweets are a realistic way of raising funds. Charities like working with C.G. Higgins since it's a local, avoiding shipping costs and keeping the revenue local.

There are two locations in Santa Fe to visit: Lincoln Ave. just north of Santa Fe Plaza and Ninita St. at St. Francis Dr. To order, visit a store, call or email your order directly to Higgins.

Photo Credit: Daniel Quat

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