Every now and again, it’s possible to come across chocolates that make you cry inside. Not because they’re awful, but because they could have been so much better.
It’s a bit like when you were in kindergarten and, at the end of the year, you found out you’d been cast as an angel in your school’s Nativity play. You had so many high expectations and delightful images in your mind about how you’d flit around on stage with glittering wings and a dress that went “swoosh!” when you twirled, and how maybe, just maybe, you’d get hoisted up by cables in order to fly over the stage like Tinkerbell.
And then, in reality, it turned out that you were only allowed to stand in the background in a drab white dress while your gorgeous blonde best friend got to play Mary with a Real Live Baby.
That kind of deep disappointment is just what this chocolate represents.
Vosges Organic Enchanted Mushroom Dark Chocolate
I was tremendously excited when I spotted this mushroom-flavoured chocolate bar amidst the many treats my brother brought back for me from America earlier this year. Mushrooms! I thought with glee. Fungi! Chocolate-y fungi! Delicious woodsy earthy flavours in my chocolate! What clever folk these Vosges masterminds are!
(I tend to think in exclamation points when chocolate is involved.)
Unfortunately for my giddy inner-self, the mushroom component of this dark chocolate is all but undetectable flavour-wise. 6% of this bar is Reishi mushroom powder, but overall this powder contributes little but a crunchy grittiness. However, lest you think that by “grittiness” I mean “as horrible as chewing on sand”, I’ll have you know I that wrote in my tasting notes that the texture was “like eating sparkles”. (I guess I’ve never stopped wanting to be a glittering angel.)
The walnuts, like the Reishi mushroom powder, make up 6% of this chocolate, and are similarly subtle in flavour. They do at least contribute a nice, albeit faint, nuttiness.
I don’t want you to think that this chocolate is terrible, though. It’s not.
In fact, I found this Vosges chocolate rather delicious if approached as a complex dark chocolate rather than a mushroom-flavoured chocolate. Its flavour notes range from praliné and rye bread to cocoa, malt, vanilla marshmallow, and the slightest edge of earth and rainforest ferns. The latter must must come from the Reishi mushroom powder.
Vosges’ Organic Enchanted Mushroom Dark Chocolate is a pleasant, inoffensive, and subtle dark chocolate. Unfortunately, it doesn’t taste anything like mushroom to my mind. While this may be a good thing overall (who knows if mushroom chocolate would truly taste nice?), I have to say that when I’m told to expect fungi-chocolate, I want to taste fungi-chocolate. Considering the high cost of Vosges, I’d recommend skipping this one and saving your fancypants-chocolate dollars for something more definitively unique.