If you’re anything like me, coming across a chocolate called “Black Pearl” is likely to make you think of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. You might think about how it was quite enjoyable, and how Johnny Depp pulled off his wacky pirate with aplomb. However, if you remain like me, you’ll also find yourself bemoaning the fact that, ever since Pirates, Johnny Depp has seemed stuck in such wacky character roles in similarly wacky movies, to the extent that they all start to blur together.
Don’t get me wrong; I love a bit of Burton and Sondheim. It’s just that I miss seeing Depp in movies like Dead Man or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And Chocolat.
Chocolat. Chocolate. Vosges chocolate. Right! That was the point of this post. Ahem.
Vosges Black Pearl Bar
Instead of pirates, rum, and that dude from Coupling, the Vosges Black Pearl Bar is filled with ginger, wasabi, and black sesame seeds. The aroma speaks mostly of straight chocolate, with just a hint of something spicy weaving through.
I took a bite, and for the first few moments simply enjoyed the vanilla-heady dark richness of the smooth chocolate, which tasted deeper (oops, I just wrote “depper” accidentally) than its 55% cacao content would suggest.
Vosges’ Black Pearl Bar does have a subtle complexity to its flavour, a sense of spices flickering just out of reach. I wanted to taste strong wasabi and bright spicy ginger, but I couldn’t. Instead, it felt more like the chocolate itself had smoky tones, while even the black sesame seeds provided little more than textural crunch.
This is yet another Vosges chocolate that was conceptually innovative yet didn’t live up to its promise. It’s not an unpleasant chocolate, as it does have lovely notes of muscovado sugar, smoke, and sweet vanilla. However, if I wanted gorgeously nuanced straight dark chocolate I’d buy straight dark chocolate, and not an expensive Vosges bar that purports to, but doesn’t, have ginger, wasabi, and black sesame flavours.
Just like Johnny Depp, the Vosges Black Pearl Bar is slightly disappointing yet, on the plus side, still remarkably pretty to look at.