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Truffles to get Royal treatment

posted Nov 12, 2011, 12:02 PM by Myria Sawler   [ updated Nov 19, 2011, 12:19 PM ]
Published in the Daily Gleaner, Wednesday February 10th, 2010

Photo by Stephen MacGillivray

Truffles made by a Fredericton chocolatier are fit for the Queen.

Uwe Kuester of Chocolaterie and Patisserie Fackleman shows the letter he received from Buckingham Palace. He’s making truffles for the Queen.

Uwe and Beate Kuester are the owners of Chocolaterie and Patisserie Fackelman on Woodstock Road. As soon as the rush for valentine truffles has been filled, they will begin preparing a sweet and special order for Queen Elizabeth.

Recently, Uwe Kuester watched a television show about Queen Elizabeth's busy work schedule and the charitable work that the Royal Family does.

"I felt sorry for them. I said, 'You know, they deserve a good dessert.' Then I found out that you could write a letter to Buckingham Palace. I wrote a letter and asked if I could send them a few truffles."

Kuester said he thought that he might receive an impersonal and standard response from Buckingham Palace. But when he opened the letter he discovered it was handwritten from Queen Elizabeth's master of the household. "I thought I was going to have a heart attack I was so excited."

The letter from Air Vice-Marshal David Walker arrived Saturday. It said the palace would be pleased to accept the Kuester's gift.

"He said that, 'Yes we want to have the truffles and please call my secretary and make the final arrangements for the delivery.' "

The Kuesters will make their original truffle creation called The Frederictonian. It's a maple cream confection covered in dark chocolate.

Kuester is searching for a special container for their offering to Queen Elizabeth. The presentation of the sweets is equally as important as the taste of the truffle, he said.

"What I am now looking for is a very nice box from Fredericton, maybe with a picture on it. When do you have the chance to send something officially to Buckingham Palace?"

Will the truffles be eaten by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip or will someone else eat them?

"I was told that the master of the household would pass them on to the Queen. I hope she will like them."