I have a friend called Jenny, and she is one of the kindest, sweetest, and strongest women I have ever known (or could hope to know). It’s probably just as well that cloning doesn’t really exist yet, because if it did, everyone would want a copy of this girl.
Once, several years ago, we were sitting on couches in our uni library when I told Jenny, in a perfectly calm and rational voice, that I liked the way the BBC Robin Hood looked in his pants. Jenny realised that this was the closest I could bring myself to admitting that I thought a man had a nice bottom, and then she laughed so hard she cried.
More recently, Jenny demonstrated her deep understanding of who I am by bringing me back a Vosges chocolate bar from England. To truly understand the generosity of this action, you need to know that Jenny had rushed to England on a last-minute trip to visit her sick grandmother, and had spent most of her time there in hospital.
The fact that she saw and bought this chocolate for me, simply because it was the craziest flavour she’d ever seen and she knew I’d love it, meant rather a lot.
And now you get to benefit from her kind-heartedness too.
Vosges Naga Bar
As you can see from the package above, this chocolate bar is comprised of 45% milk chocolate, coconut, and sweet Indian curry powder. I’ve previously tried these flavours in Theo’s Coconut Curry bar, so I was eager to see how Vosges’ version compared.
When I unwrapped the bar, I was greeted with a lovely red-brown sheen to the chocolate and an aroma marked by notes of caramel, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Already it seemed that the curry powder here was more on the sweet than savoury side of the spice spectrum, as opposed to Theo’s Phinney 3400 bar which made use of intensely savoury spices like turmeric and fenugreek.
The first flavours I noted upon nibbling this bar were cream and toffee in the milk chocolate itself, and cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves in the curry powder. Vanilla also came through nicely, lending another level of sweetness to the overall taste.
The curry powder in Vosges Naga bar is certainly noticeable and distinct, but in comparison to Theo’s Coconut Curry bar it is warmer and more subtle in spirit.
The texture has a pleasantly fudge-like quality, punctuated occasionally by small shreds of coconut. As my friendship with coconut is akin to two seven-year-old girls tentatively sharing their Barbies one afternoon then steadfastly ignoring one another the next, I was glad that the coconut was present but not aggressive in flavour.
All in all, I really enjoyed this Vosges Naga Bar. Slightly less hot and spicy in its curry flavours than Theo’s version, Vosges’ chocolate nevertheless provided pleasantly intriguing notes of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, vanilla, caramel, and cream.
But you know what? Even if this chocolate bar had tasted like burnt sardines, I still would’ve loved it for what it represented to me: kindness, friendship, and the best J-girl in the world.