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  1. Victoria (District Chocoholic)

    This is also one of my Vosges favorites. I mean I love them all (especially the Naga – coconut, curry, and chocolate? more please), but this once is super well-balanced.

    Oh, and I can get it at a grocery store a mile away from me :D.

  2. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Your descriptions of chocolate are truly epic. Too bad there’s no such thing as a Nobel Prize on chocolate literature, you’d totally deserve it! That category should be invented for you! 😉

    It’s funny because, although I’m not a chocolate eater and I don’t know most of the branches you test (at least I know Lindt chocolate ;)), I always enjoy your chocolate reviews. They’re artwork.

    I also loved the pictures you included in this post – the orange-dressed crowd and especially the trees. I believe sensual experiences aren’t necessarily limited to a single sensory faculty, but rather can be enjoyed with all your senses. It starts with unfolding the paper (haptic) and hearing how it crinkles (auditory) – good chocolates have lovelily crinkling wrapping paper – and then (still auditory) hearing the sound the chocolate makes when you break it. (I believe that some chocolates break with a rather dry sound, and others with a soft sound.) Then (haptic again), touching the surface of the chocolate … which is soft if it’s a plain chocolate bar, and a little rough when there are nuts or pieces of caramel in it. Of course, at least now we have sight involved (visual), when you look at the surface of the bar and get an opportunity to peek into the inside at the point where you’ve broken the bar. (Some chocolates promise amazing creaminess now already. You can actually *see* the degree of creaminess, no?) You continue with taking a piece you have broken from the bar and smell it (olfactory) – and now a world of flavors opens up to you. It’s like doing a wine tasting: There are so many flavors that can only be detected if you take your time to smell them appropriately, then lean back and let the aromes selectively revive memories from the past … Then, *finally*, the actual tasting (gustatory) takes place, and if it’s a good chocolate, and explosion of flavor will take place now. Some of them you know already from the smelling (although not all the flavors of the scent are actually tasteable), and some are new. So you see, the tasting stand at the end, and if you’re a real chocolate taster (and you *are*), a lot of things have been going on before …

  3. Miri Leigh

    Wonderful chocolate descriptions! My mouth is watering right now!

  4. Lauren

    WAHOOWA/aw! :'( Lincoln and I will be in different countries in East/Southeast Asia this summer, so if you have any frequent flier miles, you have your pick of student dorms in Taiwan, Vietnam or Malaysia!

    Also, I think you’re seeing Kate Middleton in the sort-of smirk I have going on.

  5. Shannon

    I want this chocolate now! Where can I get it?!

  6. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    I am a BIG BIG fan of chilli and chocolate – so this sounds just perfect!

  7. Johanna GGG

    for one moment I thought that your amazing close up pic of the chocolate with heaps of chilli flakes actually looked like a crowd of people – then I realised it was people 🙂

    lovely post because food is so much about people and memories and and I am glad this chocolate is full of both (metaphorically speaking of course)

  8. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Ooh. This looks so amazing! I have a sneaking suspicion it will not be accessible to me on this continent though, so I’ll have to live vicariously through your photos. It’s also nice to share in your memories of America 🙂

  9. Emma

    I also have been nibbling on a Vosges bar as of late; I’m always so pleased when I eat Vosges. I’m not telling you anything new though, you know as well as I do the happiness of good chocolate…

    I haven’t been to the Monticello you speak of, although there’s always the uninspiring town of Monticello, Minnesota to consider. Don’t forget about that gem.

    Heading to the South soon…. hope to find me some NASCAR and some good ol’ boys. Some shotguns and some cane poles. Some grits and some bourbon. Some rebel flags and some po’ boys. And all that other southern stuff!

  10. chanel11

    It sounds delish – and how great that one bite transported back to a great memory.

  11. penny aka jeroxie

    Oh… I think I will like this chocolate. I love that the heat creeps up and up. And love the photo of the mass. Brilliant!

  12. Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily

    Spice and chocolate are one of those combinations where you have to ask yourself why?? Why is this so good? Why can’t I eat it all the time?

  13. Camille

    I’m thinking the cinnamon might actually be tolerable in a melange such as this.

  14. Anna Johnston

    Aaawwwhhhhh, “I miss you like a fireplace” – you thing you ….., you’ve got a way with words y’do 🙂
    Chillies & chocolate…. love it 🙂

  15. Errign

    I’ve tried a few varieties of spicy chocolate, and while they were good, they weren’t necessarily “my thing”..

    Did you study abroad in the US or just do a far amount of visiting?

  16. Ellie@fitforthesoul

    I always wondered how chili chocolates taste! O mannn~this is making me droooool. Thanks a lot Hannah, now I need a new computer! 😛 hehe

  17. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I don’t think I’ve ever had spicy chocolate, but I’ll try anything chocolately once 🙂

  18. Monique

    I’ve tried their bacon chocolate bar. It was really… underwhelming. Thought I was going to hate it, but you really can’t taste much bacon at all. I was kind of let down, for something I thought I was going to passionately hate.

    And I think I’ve had a lemon chili chocolate bar before. It was something I had in France. It hurt. But in a good way 🙂

  19. Lincoln

    Aw, I’m flattered to be mentioned in your blog and to be associated with a spicy chocolate bar. Every time I open a bottle of vegemite and mix it will Jelly, I think about our adventures with mr. bottom, the police, and the low budget roller coaster simulator we rode together in the mall. Seriously, we had some great times, and I hope to see you again sometime in the near future. As Lauren mentioned above, I will be in Vietnam and Malaysia this summer. So, I will (kind of) be in the neighborhood!

  20. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Reading this got me all choked up, and not in a chilli-in-the-back-of-your-throat type way. I hope you can get more of this for when you need some extra happy in your mind (because, you know, I can’t be there to poke some in for you (poke in the happy, not the chocolate, I don’t want you to get literally choked (third set of parentheses! Woo!)))

    Of course, it may just be hormones talking. Stupid hormones.

  21. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Now you’ve done it again Hannah. I want to try some of this chocolate bar. Except that perhaps it might seem like I’m intruding on your private moment with it? 😉

  22. Kath Lockett

    Sheer poetry, dear Hannah. And i LOVE the photo of it close up – makes me want to go and start looking for some hot chilli chocolate right now…..

  23. Anna Johnston

    Listen to you lovely legs…. When I grow up I wanna write just like you, lovely description of a superb choccie. WANT! 🙂 I want some mind filled with happy.
    PS: Surname – Newton

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  25. Christine @ Merf In Progress

    Oh, and did I mention that I went to UVA for graduate school? Yeah, but I graduated in 2002, got married and had a baby before you showed up there! 🙂

  26. Jess

    I walked past the Vosges store in Soho in New York and I DIDN’T GO IN. WHY DIDN’T I GO IN? I DON’T KNOW. Some temporary madness must have seized me.

    I got the Vosges bacon bar and the black pearl bar when I was in San Francisco, though. I think the bacon bar is as close as I will ever get to understanding the addictiveness of crack cocaine.

    I’m setting up a parcel-forwarding account so I can buy more Vosges bars from their website, since they’re all namby-pamby about it and seem to refuse to compromise the quality of their product by shipping it anywhere that will take too long to reach or places to which the journey cannot be guaranteed to be temperature controlled. It’s like US$75 to ship just to the UK! But I neeeed more bacon bars. And also the peanut butter bar. And also all of the other bars, pretty much. Sigh.

  27. hungryandfrozen

    Aw 🙂 as if eating good chocolate isn’t a sentimental experience in its own right. Will have to look out for Vosges next time I (sigh) travel.

  28. sheila @ Elements

    This is my favorite Vosges chocolate bar! It’s absolutely incredible! Of all the chili chocolate bars I’ve tried, this one has the most intense chili flavor. All the others I’ve tried aren’t bold enough. I want to feel the spice. I want to feel the heat. And I want it to mingle with the chocolate in a way that my mouth is bursting with a spicy sweetness! It’s a perfect bar if you ask me! 🙂

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