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Vosges Chocolate with Bacon . . . Tried it yet?

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I got an email announcement the other day that Vosges now has their chocolate bars with bacon in them. So I'm dying to know if anyone has tried them yet! Do tell!

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  1. OMG! That sounds amazing!

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    1. re: tatamagouche

      Please read "Vosges bacon bar -- not ready for prime time" posted by Ruth Lafler at
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/410359

      I was not impressed, and I wanted to be. I can see how bacon's salty smoky goodness might be wonderful with dark chocolate. But nope, didn't happen. I've very much enjoyed Katrina Markoff's (Vosges' chocolatier) Barcelona (smoked almonds and grey sea salt) and Gianduja bars though.

      1. re: tatamagouche

        I agree...I thought it would be really good, but it's really not that great at all. disappointed that I paid eight bucks for it!

      2. http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/produc...

        1. I love many of the Vosges combinations, but I haven't seen bacon. It's sounds obscene. Must look for it.

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          1. re: chicgail

            Don't know if you've heard of this one, but...

            http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/ask...

            Dip this in chocolate and what was obscene before is now foreplay...

            1. re: bulavinaka

              My mom makes this, but I've never tried dipping it in chocolate. Mmmmmmmmmmmm! I think I might need to be alone for a while.

              1. re: bulavinaka

                I know this is an ancient reply, but Jill Conner-Browne mentions a recipe in at least 2 of her "Sweet Potato Queens" books...http://sweetpotatoqueens.com/, but I don't think the website posts the recipes.

            2. I am also a vosges fan - maybe it's bacon flavored - like the chile one - but, salty? UGH. I cannot imagin them putting something out that gross, so it is probably good.

              1. The key here is Vosges uses Applewood smoked bacon...not your Oscar M. variety!

                1. I must find and eat this immediately.

                  1. Okay, I had to bite, so I placed an order online. I'll post when they get here.

                    1. It is very yummy with LOTS of bacon bits. I have no clue how people would not have tasted the bacon but everyones taste buds are very different you ALWAYS have to try for yourself.
                      When I got my bacon bar the people in front of me were buying 60 of them!

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                      1. re: 1cookhay

                        1cook, I also enjoyed the Vosges Choc w/Bacon...just last week we paired the bar with a fruit and nut platter and our guests loved it!

                        1. re: 1cookhay

                          I like it also - ordered two as soon as I heard about it! Love the Barcelona bar also but they are different!

                        2. I'm going to be in Harvard Square tomorrow. Does anyone know of a place where they sell Vosges? Cardullos perhaps?

                          1. Wait, didn't Homer Simpson "invent" chocolate-covered bacon on some episode a few years back? (I recall it involved him praying for a snack while driving, which caused a truck carrying bacon to collide with a truck filled with chocolate sauce.)

                            Haven't tried chocolate with bacon, but my BIL was doing PR for a company that made bacon brittle--like peanut brittle with little bits of thick-cut bacon instead of peanuts. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would!

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                            1. re: Piglet

                              piglet, bacon brittle rocks and you are quite right about Homer....which leads one to wonder if the gal who began Vosges is a Simpson fan..

                              1. re: HillJ

                                There's another chocolate shop in Chicago (Coco Rouge) that's been making a bacon chocolate bar for a while. Katrina Markoff, Vosges' founder, has some blurb on the Vosges site about how she "discovered" this flavor combo as a six year old...

                                1. re: emily

                                  emily...now that's funny! I suppose anything is possible...mom is warming choc bits over a gentle boil of water and the mornings bacon just happens to drop into the bowl...young Katrina becomes kitchen taste tester and the rest is history...vosges history...OR perhaps at the tender age of six its was just a personal discovery for this young entrep!

                            2. It's been sold out at the vosges in manhattan and they won't have any more until mid-july! I am desperate to give it a shot, since it's two great tastes that will undoubtedly taste great together.

                              funkymonkey
                              http://thebestbite.blogspot.com/

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                              1. re: funkymonkey

                                hmmm I tried to make this same concoction at home since I love chocolate and bacon equally the same..yet together they just conflicted. I'm curious to see if someone can do it justice!

                              2. There is a store in Harvard Square (Cardullo's) that does sell Vosges bars. I will see if they have this one when I go there later today. If they do, I'll report back!

                                I think though that unless they put in a recent order, they won't have them yet. Maybe I'll call!

                                Meryl
                                http://theoccasionalcook.blogspot.com/

                                1. Some Bacon Bar Trivia-- the "Mo" in the name of the bar is Mo from Zingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, MI!

                                  1. I bought two bars last week. It's tasty but not as good as the bacon truffle in the Groove collection. The bits are too small, and you do hit a nice pocket of salt once in a while, but it really did remind me of upscale "baco bits" in a chocolate bar. That said, I did eat the whole bar, as I like the salty-sweet combination, but it just wasn't bacony enough for me.

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                                    1. re: kathryn

                                      I finally secured two bars. I agree, I wish it were more bacony. When I bite into and taste the salty, I'm not sure whether it's bits of the bacon or the smoked salt.

                                      I'm going to have to fry up some applewood smoked bacon myself and eat it with the Vosge bacon bar.

                                      1. re: slacker

                                        I'm beginning to wonder if the Vosges Chocolate with Bacon bars are consistent...the bars we shared with friends had plenty of bacon/salt taste. Do you think batches could vary?

                                    2. I just realized, I'm in Chicago at the moment. I'll walk down Michigan tomorrow and see if I can procure some...

                                      1. i managed to get my finely manicured fingers on one as well. i thought the salt/bacon proportions were a little out of whack. the first thing you taste is that fine, creamy, vosges milk chocolate. the second thing you taste is crunchy grains of sea salt. that's also the third thing you taste. and the bacon is kind of a minor note that pops in at the end. i enjoyed it, but wished they'd up the bacon ante on it.

                                        funkymonkey
                                        http://thebestbite.blogspot.com/

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                                        1. re: funkymonkey

                                          My thoughts as well. The bacon is just a little too subtle. It works, but I had higher hopes for this.

                                        2. Pics, if people are wondering:

                                          http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaszeta/...
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                                          1. We got one at our favorite neighborhood wine shop outside of Asheville - my husband's favorite tastes...bacon, chocolate and salt all in one bar....euphoria!

                                            1. I had very high hopes for this bar, I am also one to douse my bacon in pancake or maple syrup. I'll start my comments by saying that I did, in fact, eat the whole thing. With that said, I agree with other posters that the bar needed less sea salt and more bacon (who ever would have thought I would be saying that about a chocolate bar). The salty flavor profile was a bit overwhelming and I kept waiting for a more "bacony" taste.

                                              I won't hesitate to try more unusual flavors from Vosges, but I don't know that I'll buy this one again. I guess I'll keep looking for a bacon chocolate that tastes like bacon! LOL

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                                              1. re: lisamarie

                                                I loved the bacon bar and it had plenty of bacon for me. I wish I had a piece right now.

                                                1. re: mrsjoujou

                                                  I thought the bar was fine. They have a very good thing going, IMO, with the dark milk chocolate-- salty flavors. However, I have found that not all bars of any one flavor taste the same; it must vary by batch.

                                                  The only Vosges bar I couldn't finish was the Matcha. I thought it tasted like it had gone bad. Green tea does taste funky in chocolate, but I've liked that effect in some Japanese candies; this just tasted off.

                                                  1. re: bibi rose

                                                    I haven't tried the Vosges Matcha bar, but my sister did give me a Hershey's (i know, i know...not the same quality as Vosges) bar with a green tea filling. She bought it in New York, but I haven't seen them in LA. I think I remember seeing Japanese characters on the wrapper. I thought it was delicious! I ate a little bit at a time because I wanted to savor it over a few days.

                                                    I have tried the Vosges bacon bar, and I liked it, but it wasn't as magical as I had hoped. Definitely above and beyond your everyday chocolate bar, but it could be improved. I thought the bacon could be more...bacony-er... I also thought the bits shouldn't be as hard as they were, and perhaps a little bigger. Overall, I was pleased with the taste. My favorite Vosges bar (I've tried 5 varieties) is the Naga bar with yellow curry and coconut flakes. Now THAT was magical.

                                                2. re: lisamarie

                                                  me too - i mean, you can't put bacon on the label and not deliver! I was expecting big bacon taste and was really let down. sure there was some smokiness, but the whole thing was a bit of a letdown. that said, i LOVE the idea and plan on working with this. I would love to try making some bacon truffles, and maybe it's just me, but i think i would prefer bacon with a really good quality milk chocolate. I think what sounds so good about bacon and chocolate is the combination of smoky heavenliness with the sweetness and caramel tones of a milk chocolate, not the bitterness of a really dark chocolate. who's with me?

                                                3. Funny you should ask as Windy just had me try it yesterday. I couldn't really get any bacon flavor out of it. It was more like a milk chocolate bar with some crunch and that was it. Someone else said she could pick up smoke but not bacon, another could taste the bacon. I guess it all depends on the bite you get.

                                                  1. I finally tried the bar this weekend - wow! Salty, smoky, creamy chocolate. I like that they use a not-too-dark chocolate that acts as a backdrop of creamy texture for the crunchy bacon bits. It's all the good points of the bacon - salty, crunchy, fatty, without the sometimes overwhelming flavor crunched into a not too sweet bar. Yum!

                                                    1. Attn all bacon lovers: Vosges now sells the "Blues" bacon truffle separately from the Groove box set. You can buy individual bacon truffles!

                                                      Blues = free range apple wood smoked bacon + milk chocolate + bacon morsels

                                                      I went to one of the NYC stores and a person behind the counter sold us two bacon truffles this afternoon. She even reported a woman coming in and asking for a 16 piece customized assortment of only the bacon truffles.

                                                      The bacon truffle is great! Easily 3x better than the bacon bar. And I do like the bacon bar.

                                                      1. i love that there is all this "sweet bacon" phenomenon. i remember last spring when food and wine (i think?) had recipes for both candied bacon and bacon baklava.

                                                        last spring there was a big focus on sweet bacon dishes. i must try this bacon chocolate.

                                                        1. was the proud (?) recipient of this bar for my birthday--or was it christmas.

                                                          i am a firm lover of bacon--have always loved bacon since i was a kid. also am a firm lover of chocolate--nothing finer in this world.

                                                          the bacon chocolate--in one word----intense.

                                                          you get the sweetness and creaminess from the chocolate, then all of a sudden you get the saltiness and the bold taste of bacon.

                                                          i usually am able to sit down and consume an abundance of bacon, the same for chocolate.

                                                          this bar, however is pieced out very gingerly to my mouth--i just cannot handle the overwhelming mixture of tastes.

                                                          i love it---you have to try it.

                                                          1. It's crazy, crazy good! They don't skimp on the salty, smoky, crispy bacon and it mixes perfectly with the chocolate. It's my new favorite passing up the white chocolate with kalamata olives. Enjoy!

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                                                            1. re: jenuine cowgirl

                                                              I noticed the new ones I bought, had more bacon in them than before.

                                                              1. re: mrsjoujou

                                                                I might have to go get another one then (although my July and November ones were near-identical)

                                                            2. My fiance is a wine manager at Balducci's, where they carry Vosges, and first of all, I could hardly contain myself when he brought one of these little babies home to me. Freakin genius! Not only that, but it is to die for. It sounds a little crazy, but it's along the lines of maple syrup and bacon – sweet and savory. And, the bacon in the chocolate bar couldn't be any more perfect. The little chunks of bacon are a crispy/chewy combo, accompanied by morsels of salty bursts. They're a bit pricey at $7 a bar, but the flavor explosion is worth every penny. Highly highly highly recommended.

                                                              1. I love them..... I kept making people try it and I got a 50/50 response on it, but I think they are fantastic. My 2 favorite foods? Sweet and salty. Yum. Super-Yum.

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                                                                1. re: deborah24

                                                                  I am also a fan of this bar (obtained via whole foods) and have learned to stock up when availbe as dirstibution is still spotty (I currently have 7 bars in my drawer) I am beginng to wonder if (in additon to the fact that the concept migh be a bit jarring to many people) part of the reason for the spotty availability may be that sticker on the back that lists an expiration date about 4 months from when you bought it) now that it has been available for a while I was wondering if anyone has eaten a bar that was around for a while and if they really spoil that fast. Also what is the bacon truffle I heard about earlier in this posting. It sounds yummy.

                                                                2. I know it's been awhile since you posted this but, I wanted to know if you ever tried it. It is one of my absolute fav's!!! I recently saw it packaged as a flying pig. A solid Vosges Moe's Bacon bar.
                                                                  Enjoy!

                                                                  1. I loved the flavor but wasn't keen on the texture of the bacon bits.

                                                                    1. It's fantastic. I don't usually like milk chocolate, but this is a whole different thing. And my bacon-loving husband went nuts. Really, any of the salty chocolates will float my boat.

                                                                      1. I know this is an old post but I had to add my 2 cents....I have a standing order for Vosges Bacon Bar...it is so fantastic, I can't imagine being without it. I'll be discreet, but there are just times in a woman's life when the combo of chocolatey sweetness and bacon saltiness are an absolute necessity. And this bar answers all my cravings!

                                                                        I also adore the Hip-Hop Truffle collection, which is white chocolate, covered with Krug champagne & gold leaf. I've never been dissatisifed with any Vosges Chocolate product.

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                                                                        1. re: godsfavdiva

                                                                          I love this too. Just bought another bar yesterday @ Whole Foods. I try to only eat 1 square at a time, it's very difficult.

                                                                        2. Actually this has been around for a few years. Whole Foods has the whole line.I think its really interesting and tasty. Sweet and salty is a great combo ;choocolate dipped pretzels,
                                                                          Fleur de Sal (can't spell) caramels are a big trend at the moment.Try it, though its expensive its a treat.

                                                                          1. I found Vosges chocolates a few weeks ago. I Bought two bars, the Moe's dark chocolate bacon bar and the Calindia. After a few bites I ended up throwing the bacon bar in the trash - ick. I was so excited about the Calindia with the cardamom in it, but ended up very disappointed. There was a hint of cardamom (and I mean a HINT) and I tasted no walnuts or dried plums at all. Perhaps I hadn't followed the instructions and hadn't "breathed" and "engaged my five senses" before eating them, but after these two bars I won't be wasting more money on their chocolate.

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                                                                            1. re: Axalady

                                                                              The flavor is really great. The bits aren't. Too small to chew on. Uncomfortable sensation when I bit them, I kept wondering what all the grit was. Keep the flavor, lose the meat bits, and don't mention the bacon.

                                                                              1. re: Axalady

                                                                                I think Vosges is a complete triumph of marketing sucess over quality of taste/product. I find them bland, barely hinting of the exotic flavors listed and a complete waste of money. There's a much better chocolate shop local to me (they're a local WF supplier, too) that does internet business. Their truffles are to die for and all the listed flavors are pronounced and blended beautifully, too.

                                                                                http://azurechocolat.com/

                                                                                I learned about them on these boards, and woe be to DH if I don't see their box for any special occasion. Have never found better chocolates anywhere.

                                                                              2. I've had it, I found nothing special about it really. But my friend is obsessed with it. She bought 4 bars and shipped 2 to her boyfriend in Vietnam and ate the 2 bars in less than a week. I did not taste the smokiness of this bacon, but there was a decent amount of bacon. The dark chocolate one is better than the milk chocolate one.

                                                                                If you want to try "different" chocolate I recommend http://www.chuaochocolatier.com/
                                                                                The firecracker one was great. =
                                                                                )If you're still looking for vosges chocolate, or any other kind of special chocolate they have a cute little chocolate shop in the pru (Prudential Center, Boston) where you can buy Vosges and tons of other different kinds of chocolate.