As featured in The Chocolate Professor Top Strategies for Pairing Whiskey & Chocolate in Confection.
Our collaboration began in 2015 when our Executive Pastry Chef & Chocolatier René Bollier, André’s grandson, had the opportunity to collaborate with Andy Rieger, great-great-great grandson of Jacob Rieger of distillery, J. Rieger & Co.
These two multi-generational, family-owned, Kansas City area businesses were brought together at a Whiskey & Chocolate event, part of WWI Museum's Operation Indulgence. René wanted a chocolate candy to pair with Rieger’s new Kansas City Whiskey, released in 2014. His goal was to create something that would both mark the occasion and highlight the compatibility of whiskey and chocolate. The result, J. Rieger & Co. Chocolate Shots, was so well received that we started making them for our local stores. And as Rieger released their spirits, we've made Chocolate Shots for each. The collection now also includes Gin, Vodka and Caffè Amaro, as well as the original Kansas City Whiskey. All flavors of Chocolate Shots are available locally. They are not recommended for shipping in cold weather or with polar packs (due to temperature sensitivity and fragility).
Inspired by customers’ enjoyment of the Chocolate Shots, in 2020 René adapted André's Caramel Bar by blending Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey with caramel and encasing it in 60% Dark Chocolate to create the new Kansas City Whiskey Caramel Bar. The bar has since been featured in Forbes Gift Guide for The Best Fancy Chocolate Bars.
Encouraged by the success of the Whiskey Caramel Bar, KC Whiskey Caramel Sauce was created later that same year and featured in Bloomberg Best Super Bowl Dips. The bar and sauce are both celebrated by lifestyle site, Spy, in “Does Your Old Man Love Whiskey? Then Give Him One of These 10 Boozy Father’s Day Gifts”.
In 2021, a limited run of Rye Whiskey Caramel Drops were created to mark the launch of Reiger's exciting new product. Rieger's 2021 Bottled In Bond Straight Rye Whiskey was barreled in the Fall of 2015 and represents the first Whiskey distilled in Kansas City since Prohibition and the first barrels laid down at the J. Rieger & Co. distillery in nearly a century. We infused our creamy caramel with Rieger's Straight Rye Whiskey and encased it in a dark chocolate shell, ready to enjoy as a confection or to drop and stir into a hot beverage (such as a cocktail, coffee or hot chocolate) for an added flavor boost.
KC Whiskey Caramel Drops released in 2021 and were soon after featured in Gift Guides for both Forbes & Allrecipes. These drops have a delicate Swiss milk chocolate shell filled with Rieger's smooth Kansas City Whiskey infused caramel and a soothing blend of vanilla and spices, perfect as a luxurious creamy caramel on its own or for boosting flavor in your hot beverage.