You may recall a while back Vosges Haut Chocolat sent me a bunch of their chocolate to try. Specifically I had the opportunity to taste a variety of bars from their Super Dark line, as well as some from their sister company Wild Ophelia. I would like to say they lasted well into the New Year but truth be told, they are already gone. Cue the Eagles. Oh wait, that’s “I’m already gone.” I’m not feeling too strong either, my self control when it comes to chocolate is pretty minimal, if not completely non-existent. Did I mention that I have seen them in concert? The Eagles that is. They were pretty incredible. Now back to the chocolate.
Where to begin? After sampling the Reishi mushroom and walnut bar, I was pretty excited to taste all of the other unique flavour combinations that Vosges Haut Chocolat Super Dark bars have to offer. It is hard to pick a favourite but if I had to choose a single bar to eat again, it would probably be the Matcha green tea one. Dark chocolate can carry so many savoury flavours and this pairing is no exception. The grassy notes really work with the bitterness of the chocolate and it also had the smoothest finish of all of the bars.
With that said, you cannot go wrong with the pomegranate and goji bar either, especially if you are looking for some texture. Then there was the coconut ash and banana. I am always weary of banana flavoured anything as it tends to taste like soap but this actually had pieces of dehydrated banana in it. Plus they were small enough that they did not overwhelm the chocolate and coconut.
I also tried several of the Wild Ophelia bars. The New Orleans chili – let’s just say it packed a punch. That was some spicy chocolate! The peanut butter banana bar was also good, I just wish I got more of a peanut butter flavour and a little less banana (although it still was not synthetic tasting thankfully). The most interesting was probably the BBQ potato chip variety. Smoky chocolate actually tastes pretty good. Chocolate has a strong enough flavour on its own that it can stand up to the pungency of smoke. Actually there’s an idea, someone should try smoking the chocolate itself, rather than putting something smoky in it.
Thanks to Vosges Haut Chocolat for sending me so many delicious bars to try. I cannot wait to see what other flavours they come up with in the future!