ga·​nache | \(ˌ)gä-ˈnäsh, gə-\

Definition of ganache 

: a sweet creamy chocolate mixture used especially as a filling or frosting

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The Mexican-themed four course meal will include homemade churros with ganache dipping sauce, sangria reduction and homemade whipped cream served with dry or sweet red wine. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Chef-prepared dinner pairs with homegrown Antioch wines," 3 July 2018 The dessert choices include semifreddo and ganache, but also pretzel salad, a Pennsylvania potluck staple. Michael Meyer, New York Times, "A Pittsburgh Area Restaurant That Trades Fussy for Fun," 7 July 2018 The Ganachery: This chocolate shop is opting for a different type of smoke by offering s’mores made from homemade marshmallows, salted caramel ganache, and Ganachery Dark 65. Lauren Delgado,, "Disney Springs restaurants serving special barbecue dishes, beer pairings this summer," 28 June 2018 Her chocolate tart with peanut ice cream is draped with milk-chocolate ganache, resembling (to me) a chocolate mullet. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018 Among its offerings is The Ron Bennington and features chocolate cake with peanut butter filling topped with ganache and crushed butterscotch. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Molly's Cupcakes coming to downtown Naperville," 10 July 2018 For some food writers, answering would be a breeze: An eight-layer chiffon sponge with citron curd, crème Chantilly, and Valrhona ganache by Frou Frou et Frou Frou or something like that. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "What Statement Should Your Wedding Cake Make?," 17 May 2018 Truffles are traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts or coconut. Cassie Armstrong,, "National Truffle Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 2 May 2018 The culinary pièce de résistance was a five-tier cake, each layer a different Cardi-favorite flavor: Dominican pineapple, strawberry, red velvet, chocolate ganache, and honey bun. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Exclusive Photos From Cardi B’s Bronx Fairy-Tale Baby Shower," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of ganache

1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ganache

borrowed from French, originally a kind of bonbon manufactured by the Parisian confectioner Siraudin (probably after Les Ganaches, a play by Victorien sardou first performed in October, 1862), literally, "lower jaw of a horse, jowl, imbecile," borrowed from Italian (Tuscan) ganascia "jaw, jowl," central Italian ganassa, going back to Vulgar Latin (northern and central Italy) *ganassa, re-formation (with gender conformed to the source noun) of Greek gnȧthos "jaw" (attested in Medieval Latin of Italy as ganathos) — more at -gnathous

Note: The French word occurs in a list of bonbon varieties produced by "la maison Siraudin" ("Courrier de la mode," LʼIllustration, journal universel, vol. 44, no. 1139, 24 décembre 1864, p. 415): "Les bonbons preférés sont: le Maltais, la Praline du club, la Praline Livry, au sucre de violette, lʼÉmélie, lʼOrangine, puis les Ganaches, qui eurent presque le succès de la pièce de Victorien Sardou, etc., etc." ("The preferred bonbons are: the Maltese, the Club Praline, the Praline Livry, with violet sugar, the Émélie, the Orangine, then the Ganaches, which had nearly the success of Victorien Sardouʼs play, etc., etc."). The Ganache bonbon is cited in English in a list of popular French bonbons, others of which are named after successful operas and plays of the period ("Bonbons," Every Saturday: A Journal of Choice Reading, vol. 7, nol. 163, February 13, 1869, pp. 220-21).

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