I want you to know about these. They are tiny, bb-sized pearls of chocolate surrounding a crunchy center (shown below) and they taste amazing. The container I bought was labeled Valrhona Perles Craquant, but I’m finding spelling variations all over the place.
They most closely remind me of the crunchy biscuit cookies with a layer of chocolate that come from the UK. Or maybe those little Japanese chocolate mushroom snacks with the cookie stem? Something like those, but yummier.
They are perfect for throwing on top of some ice cream that wasn’t as good as the container promised. They would be great in ice cream. And according to what little I can find out about them they won’t melt in baked goods, something great has got to be created with that. Anybody know what they are supposed to be used for?
I found them at Whole Foods, in plastic containers branded Whole Foods like they were portioned out from bulk foods. These were found near the very fancy cheeses, just past the prepared foods and before the wines, it might be different in your store.
I initially used these as small candies to fit inside the Chocolate Easter Surprise Eggs and the Easter Surprise Eggs, but it was lucky we didn’t eat them all before I could get them into the actual eggs. If you find these buy them.