Time for another chocolate review! And this is a good one -- the Vosges Barcelona Bar. First let me tell you what it is -- It's a slightly darker milk (41% -- a lot of milk chocolate seems to be in the 30% range) combined with hickory smoked almonds and grey sea salt. Now I'm a sucker for the whole sweet & salty thing, so I knew that there was a good chance I would like this bar. And apparently so do a lot of other people because I had a bit of trouble finding it. (Keep in mind that I don't live in a major city, so opportunities for chocolate hunting are limited.)
So when I went up to Chicago to play in the park last week with Maddie and Theresa, I decided to take a look and found it! After all this searching, I was hoping it would live up to the hype I had created for it in my own mind.
I have to say that I finished the bar in 4 nights -- it was delicious! The salt was intense and flavorful and combined perfectly with the sweetness of the milk chocolate. And the hickory smoked almonds? They gave the bar a strange and interesting flavor that you weren't expecting -- a bit of savory in your sweet and a nice crunch too.
If I had one complaint -- well, I have two complaints. First, the bar is way too expensive. It's $7!!!!! There's not gold leaf on the thing -- it's chocolate, salt and almonds for goodness sake. All high quality, no doubt! But $7??? (Okay, now that I got that off my chest.) And second, there was a bit of a distribution problem with the salt. The first square I tasted was *very* salty. My first thought was that if the whole bar was this salty, I wouldn't be able to eat it. But every other square was perfect, so all was well. I just think that for that much money, ever square should be perfect, know what I mean?
In the end I can't complain -- I'm already thinking about driving up to Chicago to get another one -- it was that good. The perfect combination of ingredients in the right proportion -- it's magic, I tell ya!