Address: 251 W. Main, Fredericksburg, TX
Web Page: https://www.liquidchocolates.com/
Monday: 10 am – 6 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm
Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 4 pm
Quintessential Chocolates makes distinctive liquid center chocolates in the 200-year-old European style of the “liqueur pralines,” which are liquid filled chocolates (“with a sugar crust”). They have been at it since 1984 and believe they are the only such manufacturer of this specialty confection in America. They sell these liqueur filled chocolates at their retail shop Chocolat on Fredericksburg’s Main Street.
Europeans primarily make Brandy filled chocolates, and because Americans do not typically drink Kirschwasser as a rule, these candymakers created liquid center chocolates filled with premium spirits, wines, coffees and fruit nectars…flavors that cater to American tastes…These confections are all handmade.
Quintessential reports that from start to finish the process takes 3-5 days to complete. Because the wines, coffees and nectars have more suspended solids (pectins, botanicals, etc) within, they can get in the way of the sugar shell formation. When they get in between the sugar crystals bonding to sugar crystals, then it makes for a more fragile shell. These products will actually require additional time and these suspended solids can also effect shelf-life. Once the liquid capsules are formed, all of the cornstarch is removed, then the capsules are enrobed (literally covered) in rich dark chocolate.