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Hurray, hurray, hurray! The Epicerie Gourmet store on Monkland carries 3 flavours of the Vosges chocolate bars! I asked if they would be getting more, but it doesn't sound like it, at least not for now. No matter, I picked up my fave, the Goji Bar, with goji berries and pink Himalayan salt--yum yum! It is a tad overpriced ($12 once taxes are added on), but since I haven't seen it anywhere else in the city, I paid with a smile. If anyone knows of any other stores in Montreal that carry this delightful chocolate, please post!!

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  1. La Vieille Europe carries most bars, including the recently released bacon and salt one, and it is a tad cheaper I think.

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    1. re: emerilcantcook

      Oh really? Excellent! On St.Laurent, right?

      1. re: foodismyfriend

        A few doors down from Schwartz's

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        La Vieille Europe- Charcuterie Jose Santos
        3855 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W, CA

      2. re: emerilcantcook

        bacon and salt? Doesn't bacon contain a helluva lot of salt already? Got to try it to see how it tastes.

        1. re: Campofiorin

          It is very yummy. Just a little bit bacon is added, along with smoked salt. The end result is smoky and smooth (Vosges makes one of the few milk chocolates I like), rather than bacony-salty.

          Here is the product info:

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

          1. re: emerilcantcook

            With the Epicerie Gourmet being within walking distance, it makes more sense for me to head there----but they don't have the bacon & salt bar (which I can't wait to try), nor do they have my other faves of curry& coconut and that red fire one.....so I will schlep across town unless someone knows of another place in town stocking Vosges. Thanks for letting me know!

          2. re: Campofiorin

            Just sampled a piece and it's definitely different. Haven't figured out what I like or if I really like it but it's intriguing... going to break off another piece. I would invest if you can find one, just for the experience.

            1. re: swissfoodie

              I told the GF about it a couple of days ago and she wants to try also. Next time a wilk by Vieille Europe, I'll drop in and buy it and will report back.

              1. re: Campofiorin

                I went yesterday and they are all out. If I find some, I'll let you know :)

                1. re: swissfoodie

                  La Vielle Europe ordered more in! Mo's Bacon Bar is back on the shelves, plus most of the other varieties in the Vosges line of "exotic candy bars".

                  1. re: lait cru

                    What prices are they charging for the Vosges chocolate bars?

                    1. re: BLM

                      9.59+tx

                      1. re: swissfoodie

                        Thanks. I got two Vosges bars from La Vieille Europe friday night(Mo's Bacon Bar & Woolloomooloo Bar). Haven't tried them yet. I first became aware the Vosges bars becoming available in Montreal area, several months ago, when I saw it at a West Island gourmet food shop(can't remember the name, as I'm very rarely in the West Island). I didn't buy then, as they were charging probably in the $11-12 range going from memory.

              2. re: swissfoodie

                I also just tried the bacon and salt bar. It is good, but I wasn't blown away. I've had the truffles from Vosges, and I have liked them very much, so I was a bit disappointed by the bacon bar for the following reasons. Firstly, I adore bacon. I love the smoky crispy fatty flavour of bacon, I love the smell of bacon frying in my kitchen, I love the hot fat and the crispy meat. Bacon is an experience. The bacon in the bar has none of what I love about bacon. And I'm not sure you can capture the experience in this format. I don;t think you want gobs of crispy fat in your chocolate bar. As for heat, well it's physically impossible due to the melting point of chocolate. The bacon in the bar is slightly chewy, not crispy. If you didn't know it was bacon, you might not figure it out. It could just as easily be beef jerky. Which leads to my second point. I do think the chocolate bacon flavour could work. Think about black mole sauce, which combines cocoa and smoky chiles. So yes to the idea. But in the bar, the flavour of the bacon seems a bit muted. Would the bar work if the flavour of bacon was stronger? Possibly not, it might turn off a lot of people. But to paraphrase, "Do your business or get off the pot". If you want to give an extreme food experience, then give it.

                Now don't get me wrong, it is a tasty bar, and a surprisingly accessible product. I would eat it again... but not at $10/bar. I will however shell out for the curry and coconut and the wasabi bars, which I think are more successful, and are quite special. And I love hot chile in chocolates, which is a classic combination. I think spices work better in chocolate than chunks of meat.

                1. re: moh

                  Hmmm, looks like I'm not alone, see the recent thread:

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/406783

                  Other people seem to need more bacon flavour too.

          3. I now officially regret pointing to La Vieille Europe, because when I stopped by this afternoon, they were all out of the Mo's bacon bar. You guys ate all my chocolate!

            Perhaps better for my wallet.

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            1. re: emerilcantcook

              Dang--I didn't make it over there. Ah well, probably better for my wallet AND my waistline!

              1. re: emerilcantcook

                I am one of the guilty parties who bought a mo'bacon bar at La Vieille Europe. My coworkers love me tho.

                We had the White Chocolate + Kalamata Olives, Goji Bar, and Wasabi+Ginger as well.

                1. re: marblebag

                  Which was your fave? I LOVE the Goji bar, but my fave so far is the curry & coconut......I neeeeed to try that bacon bar!

                  1. re: foodismyfriend

                    I like the Goji bar best although the others forked over cash for the next Bacon, Wasabi and Olive bars. Today I will go get the other varieties to try.

                    I had most of the Olive bar sandwiched in a Premiere Moisson croissant.

                    1. re: marblebag

                      Are you trying to make me cry?

                      1. re: foodismyfriend

                        I don't know what parts made you cry but if you tell me I can work on it.

                        La Vielle Europe is having a Valrhona sale, 56% chocolate bars for $4.

                        I bought the rest of the flavors they had from Vosges and the cash girl told me they have tons in stock cos they know people like this product. She even said I had "good tastes".

                        1. re: marblebag

                          I passed by the Epicerie Gourmet store on Monkland this morning and the windows are papered over. Unless they are just doing a quick redecoration, you might have to look elsewhere for your chocolate!

                          1. re: eat2much

                            No kidding, that was fast. Maybe Monkland has finally reached its quota of over-priced gourmet stores. At least I hope it has!

                            1. re: kpzoo

                              Monkland can handle the gourmet stores but this one, imho, misjudged how much people were willing to pay for high end products. Locals would certainly be willing to pay an extra dollar or two for convenience but some of their vinegars were $20 or more beyond what one would pay at Douceurs du Marche or Latina.

                              1. re: eat2much

                                I noticed it papered over yesterday but one of the employees was going in and out and talking on a phone. Then today, still papered over, but I noticed a new decal on the window advertising that they specialize in fine quebec cheeses.

                                Not sure what this means for the chocolate....

                                1. re: lorie

                                  They were just doing some Christmas decorating and adding to their stock. Incredibly overpriced as they are, they have a lot of hard-to-find products and service is grand. I think they might be around for a while.....or at least until Maitre Boucher opens in their new location up the road.

              2. Le Vrac du Marche (second floor of Atwater Market) now stocks them too.

                I picked up a pile of different flavoured bars, and some truffles, at one of the Vosges shops this weekend, and am currently working my way through them... I am currently enjoying the Mo's Bacon Bar - chocolate, bacon, salt - what's not to like? Although Goji is still my favourite so far (and they're only $7.50 measly US dollars there, which explains why I got a little carried away with my purchases...)