Aside from my salty sweet demands, there is one other thing that I can't get enough of...bacon. Don't get me wrong I love the healthy stuff like organic vegetables, seasonal fruit, fresh salads, lean meat, and all other things life extending, but I must admit that I am a member of the "bacon makes everything better" camp.
Given my contradictory food lusts, imagine how giddy I was when I discovered bacon studded chocolate during my weekly Whole Foods trip. I know, a bunch of you are saying things like eww yuck, or that's a heart attack waiting to happen. Guess what? I don't care. Because I know someone else is salivating and wanting to know more.
I'm sure you are all familiar with Vosges Chocolate. If not, its an awesome chocolate company that seeks to allow people to "travel the world through chocolate" in an effort to make chocolate a sustainable and cultural experience. Vosges makes a number innovative and exotic luxury chocolate bars using flowers, spices, fruits, herbs, and roots. I personally am a fan of their Oaxaca Chocolate Bar, which is bittersweet with a kick, thanks to Guandillo chiles. Bacon is the newest frontier for the company as a number of bacon-chocolate products have been introduced including bacon caramel toffee, bacon and chocolate chip pancake mix, and a number of bacon + chocolate bars.
The Taste Test:
Before I put anything in my mouth, I ate with my eyes. And get a load of all of the visible bacon in this bar! I was so excited to find out how bacon and chocolate complimented one another.
On to actually eating it. Okay let me clarify how I eat chocolate. Because I'm neurotic I don't like to chew chocolate because you don't get to taste that much of it that way. Instead, I bite of a portion and just let it sit and melt on my tongue. Once all the chocolate is gone, I chew up any goodies that may be incorporated, like nuts...or in this case bacon. Weird, I know, but that's what I do.
The first thing that I tasted was the alderwood smoked salt. Once you let the chocolate melt a little more the deep flavor (it is after all 45% cacao) of the milk chocolate starts to come into play. Just when you think the chocolate is gone you get hit with another taste of salt and then...bacon! The bacon has a nice smokey, hickory flavor. Each bite has bacon in it with pieces ranging from the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen to that of a small sequin or rhinestone. The flavor profile and combination is natural and effortless.
Not satisfied with just tasting the chocolate, I wanted to do something with it to elevate it to a new level. Chocolate chip pancakes, cookies, mousse? Oh my! Due to the fact that I wanted instant gratification, I decided to make myself a salty sweet s'more :) This was also a great excuse to use my new creme brulee torch!
The s'more was great! If you look at the photo you can even see some of the bacon poking out! Once again, salty sweet paradise. What made it really yummy was as the chocolate melted, bacon bits began to get absorbed by the marshmallow. Amazing and highly recommended!
The bar on its own is a truly is a nice treat and I recommend it for anyone who has a salty-sweet fascination like myself. This is however not cheap-99 cents with your VIP card-chocolate. I bought it at Whole Foods and it set me back about $8! You can also order directly from the company online. It is however well worth it as its something that you will enjoy slowly because of the intense flavors.