Hope and change are such ephemeral qualities subject to the whims of health, wealth, and the latest scandle in the White House. But now “hope” and “change” are something you can literally ingest, like a pill to fix what’s ailing you. Artisan Confections in Arlington and Biagio Fine Chocolatein Adams Morgan have taken Obama’s two favorite buzz words and turned them into a limited-edition line of artisan bonbons.
Biagio owner and artist William Knight created the designs that adorn the two chocolates. He even made sure to spell out “hope” and “change” in several different languages, no doubt his own sly expression of hope that America will stop acting like an international schoolyard bully.
According to a press release sent my way from Artisan, the “change” message will appear on a pineapple-passion fruit bonbon, “which features a tart pineapple pate de fruit and a dark chocolate passion fruit ganache.” The “hope” design will adorn a coffee-hazelnut bonbon, in which “[l]ightly roasted Kenyan coffee beans enhance a milk chocolate ganache paired with a layer of hazelnut praline.” The former is a nice nod to Obama’s Hawaiian roots; the latter references the future prez’s Kenyan ancestry. (The coffee, of course, might also be a reminder that Obama’s gonna need to stay up really late to fix all these damn problems.)
The chocolates are available at both Artisan and Biagio. Artisan is located at 4815-B Lee Highway in Arlington. (703-239-0616), and Biagio is located at 1904 18th St NW (202-328-1506).