It’s worth a trip to Mt. St. Helens (about 50 miles north of Portland, Oregon), not only to see the majesty of the mountain up close but also the still re-growing forestation after this active volcano erupted in 1980. It was the most deadly and economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. The re-growth of that vast, charred area is a testimony to the miracle of nature.
After absoring all that history and nature, it’s good to sample some of the wonderful food and drink of the Pacific Northwest. My daughter Kelly went straight for the chocolates, of course. She gave me a hand crafted wooden box filled with private reserve chocolate truffles. I loved them – Mt. St. Helens Huckleberry Merlot Wine Truffles. Huckleberries grow lushly all over the Northwest and are a uniquely wonderful pairing with Merlot. The truffle ganache was a light and delicate blend of huckleberry and merlot flavors; just enough of a fruity tang to make them very interesting. The box said zero alcoholic content so that must have evaporated in the cooking process. The thin dark chocolate shell was the perfect complement.
I could not find them online to reorder, but that just made them more special. If you ever see them in a gift shop, I recommend you grab a couple of boxes.