Will the fact that the local chocolatier now possesses famed placements in "Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring" lead to booming popularity levels rivaling Bella Gelateria on the West Coast? Nothing can be said as of yet, though I'm am indeed curious to view the impacts that these awards may or may not have caused.
After a solid five-minutes-worth of staring up and down the homey wooden shelves and peeking into the glass case in which their rotating selection of truffles resided, I swiftly asked one of the store attendants (or "sales representatives " - however you'd like to name it.) for assistance. Some sort of direction was required, even if it was as little as introducing their (already) brightly displayed drink menu, or providing a brief description of their best-selling truffle pieces.
I wasn't about to make the same mistake, though I did contemplate requesting a sample to justify their value before having my eyes wander back towards the shelved items and storefront. The truffles were a tad too tempting though - I soon forgot about the remainder of their available hot beverages and cold treats.
One of the more experienced members of staff was teaching an evidently newer employee about the proper ways of removing the chocolates from the case, as they were to melt at body temperature. These were then placed into a medium, wood-toned paper box (free of charge) and laced up in coloured ribbons of your choice. I chose a mix of turquoise and purple - for aesthetics, of course.
The flavours are prominent: the Spicy Mayan Dome packs a light punch of heat, while the Ginger Lemon mixes Australian ginger and Meyer lemon to create a wonderfully unique, partially-balanced bite. I must confess that I generally prefer milder options over the more intense styles, but have a distinctive weakness for buttery smooth ganache fillings. That being said, I have yet to be disappointed by a single SOMA truffle, but do find that their creations place an emphasis on widely-accepted spicy flavours while reducing the depth of the dark chocolate itself.
Their chocolate gelato has been described to be a must-try, and their hot chocolate to be sinfully delicious. I guess I know what's next on my to-try list!