If you are looking for a special holiday treat for yourself, or for someone special -- Vosges Holiday Candy Bars are the perfect thing. Vosges sent me these delicious bars to sample and review here and I have to say that they are all delicious, but I do have my favorite.
Peppermint has always felt like Christmas to me, and this bar is no exception. The chocolate is deep, dark and rich with no bitterness. The peppermint pieces are bright and give a pleasant texture to the bar, contrasting with the creaminess of the chocolate. I loved this bar, as did my 10 year old daughter.
The Gingerbread Toffee Bar is a 65% cacao chocolate with gingerbread spiced toffee pieces throughout. The touch of ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg give an added dimension to the buttery toffee which shatters beautifully with each bit. A well balanced bar that has a real holiday feel.
The Marzipan Bar combines a lovely dark chocoalte with almond marzipan and amaretto. The chocolate here is once again rich and smooth, and each square holds a pocket of creamy, but slightly textured amaretto infused marzipan. The flavor is almondy without being overwhelming and it is certainly not boozy. While I'm not a huge fan of marzipan, I was able to finish off this entire bar with no problem.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Bapchi's Caramel Toffee Bar -- a deep milk chocolate with sweet butter toffee, walnuts and pecans. This bar was my absolute favorite and deserves a 10 out of 10! The chocolate is amazingly smooth and rich, the toffee is buttery and salty and the nuts give the bar a rounded flavor and an added bit of texture. The toffee shatters with each bite, releasing the caramel notes which enhance the chocolate. This bar was not safe in my drawer -- I couldn't stop breaking off just one more square -- and all too soon it was gone. I'll definitely be asking Santa for one of these in my stocking!
You can see all the Vosges Exotic Candy Bars at the Vosges website. And as a reader of the Chocolate Blog, you can get 10% off your order! Just use code "BLGF10" at checkout. (Coupon good December 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.)