Country Artists Get Into Truffles


If I was going to the CMT Artists of the Year special that airs on Dec. 3, the chocoholic in me would be revealed. That’s because Nashville chocolate artisan Bethany Thouin of The Cocoa Tree has created five insanely decadent truffles to honor the stars. Which I’d devour. The truffles, not the stars. There’s one inspired by Carrie Underwood — Carrie’s Red Velvet, which is red velvet cake ganache and milk chocolate dipped in dark chocolate, with cream cheese frosting and a candied pearl on top. Then there’s one for Jason Aldean — Jason’s Bourbon and Cola, like the cocktail but covered in chocolate. So basically, perfection. Lady Antebellum’s Honey Whiskey has chocolate ganache, honey and whiskey dipped in even more chocolate. For Taylor Swift, there’s Taylor’s Chocolate Cheesecake with a heart of white chocolate cheesecake ganache, dark chocolate and graham crackers covered in more white chocolate. The only one I might not care for is the Zac Brown Band’s Molasses and Grits truffle because I don’t like grits or molasses. (Then again, you could cover anything in chocolate and I’d probably eat it. Remember that saying about country music, that even when it’s bad it’s good? That’s how I feel about chocolate.) Thouin told me she wanted the flavor of the truffles to tell the story of who each artist is. She is a big country fan and the music inspired her, too. “Carrie is so elegant, her voice is so velvety and her persona is so regal,” she said of the Carrie’s Red Velvet. “So the red velvet truffle is just her. And the candied pearl makes it stand out, just like Carrie’s music does.” View photos from The Cocoa Tree.