It was an absolute thrill to hear your thoughts on love (and love at first sight) in my last post. While I’m always up for zesty debates and letting others’ viewpoints show the world in a new light, I must admit it was balm to my heart to find an echo, or even a mirror, of my own thoughts about relationships in many of your words. Thank you.
Of course, anyone who pops by this blog is likely to know that one of my deepest loves is chocolate. Therefore let’s take a look at two recent potential paramours courtesy of Vosges: one that I adored and another that I, in the fine words of Lano and Woodley, tolerated.
Vosges Gingerbread Toffee Bar
I expected to worship at the alter of this chocolate. Considering how much I adore dark chocolate, gingerbread, and the toffee that appeared in the Vosges Bapchi’s Bar, this chocolate should have been a home run. A slam-dunk. A… nope, I’ve run out of sports metaphors already. Could somebody please pass me my cross-stitch?
The unfortunate reality is that I was disappointed in this Vosges Gingerbread Toffee Bar. It was admittedly quite tasty… but only if thought of as a Vosges Salted Toffee Bar.
The aroma of this chocolate was devoid of spice or toffee notes, instead coming across as straight chocolate with a hint of cedar and vanilla. The flavour of the 65% dark chocolate and toffee came through well enough, with hints of hot fudge sauce, butter, and chocolate cake all present.
But there was no gingerbread, and my heart wanted gingerbread. My mind expected gingerbread. My soul reached for gingerbread. Instead of the advertised allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, all I got was toffee and salt. Delicious, yet disappointing. In other words, a tolerable conundrum.
Vosges Creole Bar
Now this, my friends, is a chocolate worth dreaming of marrying. A chocolate worth doodling love hearts in your notebook for. A chocolate worth slipping into bed in your prettiest nightie in anticipation of cuddling.
The Vosges Creole Bar, made with 72% Sao Thome dark chocolate, cacao nibs, and New Orleans-style chicory coffee, is my new chocolate boyfriend. (I should admit that I’m very fickle with my chocolate boyfriends. You could even say I’m a man-eater when it comes to chocolate boyfriends.)
Deep dark chocolate with slight raspberry and burnt caramel notes, thrumming with the gorgeous taste of chicory coffee and intense woodsy smoky cacao nibs. Molasses, golden syrup, brazil nuts, rich and everlasting flavours lingering through and beyond the moment when the chocolate melts away on your tongue.
I think I need some alone time with this chocolate.
Question Time: Have you ever been to New Orleans? I hope to eventually show you a bit of my visit in 2007, if I ever get around to continuing my Time Warp series. Mmm, prepackaged slightly-stale sweet potato pie memories…