That proverbial kid in a candy shop would have fought like crazy to get into last night's grand opening of Charm City Cakes West. The slightly older party crowd could take all they wanted from a massive display of Godiva cake truffles — hundreds of them.

Introduced Sept. 1, the truffles are the latest product from Charm City Cakes' Duff Goldman in collaboration with Godiva chocolates. There's no cake in the truffles. They're pure chocolate but with cake flavors, like one based on the fruity hummingbird cake of the Old South. Another is birthday-cake pink, with white sprinkles.

There's a butterscotch-walnut cake truffle too, topped with maple sugar. And another based on chocolate chip cookie dough rather than cake.

If you want to learn to make such cakes (not the truffles), you can go to the Godiva website and enter to win a class with Goldman. The truffles are on sale through the website too.

At last night's party, Goldman displayed a box he designed for the truffles. It's as bright and colorful as a circus, maybe worth the $25 that Godiva charges even without the eight truffles inside.

Duff Goldman at Charm City Cakes West; Credit: Barbara Hansen

Duff Goldman at Charm City Cakes West; Credit: Barbara Hansen

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