One can say that I’m a bacon fanatic. There was a time that I ate a pound of fried bacon every weekend for 4 months. Then there was the time we were on the low carb diet that brought in more bacon into the house.
I make an awesome BLT sandwich too. I’ll blog that later. In the recent years, I’ve noticed some shows on FoodTV that show chef’s that use bacon in desserts–bacon ice cream, bacon cupcakes, etc.. One of chefs that I first heard about that infused bacon into other food was Elizabeth Faulkner of Citizen Cake who makes a Maple Bacon Ice Cream.
A few months ago, one of my coworkers asked me if I tried the bacon chocolate bar. They knew I was into chocolate and they knew I was into bacon (from the huge plate of bacon I had on my desk). I never heard of the chocolate bar but I had to look it up. Vosges Haut-Chocolat created this bar of bacon and chocolate called “Mo’s Bacon Bar.” Okay, the first time I saw it I didn’t buy it. Why? The cost–I couldn’t justify buying an $8 chocolate bar. Finally I just made the decision to try it out. The bar definitely has bacon in it. What’s cooler is that it comes with instructions:
Breathe…engage your five senses, close your eyes and inhale deeply. Be in the present moment, notice the color of the chocolate, the glossy shine. Rub your thumb over the chocolate bar to release the aromas of smoked applewood bacon flirting with deep milk chocolate. Snap off just a tiny piece and place it in your mouth, let the lust of salt and sweet coat your tongue.
I’ve tried it without following the instructions. I was craving chocolate and wanted to get my fix faster. Let’s say it didn’t turn out to be what I expected. After reading the descriptions and instructions from the other chocolate boxes from Vosges, I realized that they are using chocolate as a medium for you to taste other foods from around the world. Here’s their mission statement:
The Vosges Haut-Chocolat mission is to create a luxury chocolate experience rooted in a sensory journey of bringing about awareness to indigenous cultures through the exploration of spices, herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, nuts, chocolate and the obscure. We invite you to be aware and open to the many cultures, artists and theories of the world’s people, through the medium of chocolate. What better way to learn about a culture, person or object than through eating. If we can embrace the idea of trying something new such as the perplexing oddity of curry and chocolate, we just may come one step closer to bringing peace to the world through chocolate. One Love, One Chocolate.
You have to take time with this bar and bring in all the tastes and aromas. I really like this chocolate bar. Give it a try and let me know what you think.