Elephants are awesome. They're incredibly smart, can communicate over long distances, and are family-oriented. Elephants also have feelings like humans do: They get angry, they get happy, they get sad. Not to mention that razor-sharp memory they're famous for. But they're also in danger of losing their habitats thanks to climate change, poaching, and other forms of suffering inflicted by us humans. What does any of this have to do with food? Needless to say, we're not writing about elephant meat here (or ever). We are, however, writing about elephant chocolate.
To be specific: The chocolatiers at the famed L.A. Burdick have created a limited-edition line of elephant chocolates to honor World Elephant Day on August 12, and to raise funds to save the elephants. The chocolates are handcrafted, hand-piped and hand-decorated.
Photo by Tom Moore.
L.A. Burdick Chocolate will donate 10 percent of sales of those chocolates to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), a charitable organization in Kenya that works on orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation programs.
“Since L.A. Burdick has a long history of making hand-shaped whimsical animal chocolates, it was our wish to create an authentic shape in connection with an important cause in animal protection," chocolatier Michael Klug tells The Feast. " We hope to bring more attention to elephant conservation and the DSWT organization.”
Made without preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, the chocolates are shaped by hand-piping the ganache (instead of using molds).
The passion fruit-tinged dark chocolate elephants are made with a velvety Amarula cream liqueur-flavored dark chocolate ganache, and tiny ears and tusks of toasted almond. There’s also a milk chocolate option, made with orange-flavored chocolate ganache. Price? $5.50 for one and $18 for a box of three.
If you miss the August 31 deadline, or elephants don't do it for you, the shop's signature chocolate mice and penguins are available year-round.
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