Of course I had to share more of Vosges’ chocolate!!! What actually caused me to try out all three of these bars was that the Smoke & Stout Caramel Bar first caught my eye. And then I noticed the other two bars next to it in the chocolate aisle and I decided that I couldn’t take just one Vosges bar home by itself. That wouldn’t be right!
Because I’m biased and have already fallen in love with Vosges’ chocolate, I happily sampled everything 🙂
Black Salt Caramel Bar – “black Hawaiian sea salt, burnt sugar caramel, dark chocolate”(according to the packaging)
Already at the word “Hawaiian” I am intrigued, but I have absolutely no idea what black sea salt tastes like on its own. Already the caramel has oozed out onto my fingers and I’m admiring the deep amber color of it. One bite and it’s like you put a bucket made of smooth dark chocolate filled with caramel goodness in your mouth. There’s just enough salt swimming around in the caramel so you can detect it, but it’s not overpowering. The caramel tastes rich and smooth. I guess burnt sugar makes caramel have a richer flavor?
Barcelona Bar – “hickory smoked almonds, sea salt, deep milk chocolate” (according to the packaging)
This would be like your typical dark chocolate with sea salt and almond bar without the disappointment of a dry feeling in your mouth from not-so-yummy, lower quality dark chocolate. It’s not filled with salt or a ton of almonds to make up for the poor quality of the chocolate, which is good because those kind of bars make me sad. This bar is creamy, has just enough richness to not be too heavy, and has just the right hint of sea salt and almond bits. I could eat the whole bar, but I have one more chocolate bar I need to share 😉
Smoke & Stout Caramel Bar – “Rogue Ale’s Chocolate Stout beer, alderwood smoked salt, burnt sugar caramel, dark chocolate” (according to the packaging)
Just like the Black Salt Caramel Bar, I have no idea what alderwood smoked salt tastes like on its own. Nor do I know what Rogue Ale’s Chocolate Stout tastes like. The saltiness tastes a little milder in this bar, and the caramel looks more brown in color than amber but has the same smoothness and richness as the Black Salt Caramel Bar. And then there’s that touch of extra chocolatiness from what I’m guessing is the Chocolate Stout beer. I can’t say I taste any obvious beer flavors, but there is something special about this chocolate and I like it very much 🙂
All three bars were delightful to try and I would recommend all of them! Just be ready to get messy with the caramel bars 😉
Vosges Haut Chocolat: Made in Chicago, IL