Know what’s weird? I went to the Oscars last weekend. That’s weird itself. And at these Oscars, Wolfy Puck was handing out chocolate shaped Oscars to people more important than me. Guess what though? They sucked. In my mind at least, they sucked. Who cares about little chunks of dark or milk chocolate when something so much better exists? Suck on this, Wolfie!:
Yes, my friends, more non-traditional chocolate delights from our friends at Vosges. You might remember them from their Bacon Bar or the Chocolate covered Tortilla chips with chiles we’ve reviewed recently. Well they’re back, and this time, …they’re kinda changing everything. Peanut Butter Bonbons. Check ’em:
What you’re looking at but wishing you were eating are “deep” milk chocolate bonbons filled with organic peanut butter that’s infused with Himalayan salt (cause…that’s important, right?), and topped with Maldon sea salt, which is the best salt you can buy.
I say that last piece with authority, since I am a confirmed salt addict. I have @ 12 different kinds at home, and Maldon is the best. Instead of being thick coarse grains like Kosher salt, they’re more like crunchy thin slices and chunks. Perfect for putting on top of grilled flank stank and asparagus, eggs….and peanut butter bonbons.
Just look at those things. They’re freakin’ gorgeous, right? But who cares about that. it’s about the taste, of course. First, look at these little lovelies a bit closer:
Wanna know why these are quite possible the greatest thing ever? Because the filling that you’re looking at isn’t some concocted “this tastes like peanut butter” filling crap. I HATE those fillings, it’s why I really don’t eat truffles or bonbons. No, this filling is not a “filling”. It’s amazing, complex peanut-y tasting peanut butter, perhaps mixed with a scoshe of chocolate-I’m not sure about that part. But you can definitely feel the grainy consistency of the peanut butter, and that’s what takes these over the top.
The Maldon on top is another layer of surprise. It brings a crunchy, ocean-y tasting salt accent to the party. It makes for one of those times where you take a bite, realize what’s going on and say, with your mouth full, “oh, man”. Then you chew some more and let out a “oh my GOD!”. They’re that good.
Listen. I’m telling you. I’m NOT a big chocolate person, as you all know. But these…change everything. I had some Gurus over and other friends, and everyone was raving about these. Mrs. Guru, potentially the former Mrs. Guru, ate the remaining 4 or 5 bonbons while I was at work.
While I was AT WORK, people! That’s so wrong. But that’s my problem, not yours. The point is that everyone adores these.
Do you like Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups? Of course you do, unless you’re dum. In my experience, every single peanut butter chocolate wannabee imitation of those has gotten it wrong-they didn’t have the peanut consistency, or they didn’t have the salt accent, or they didn’t have the right amount of chocolate (usually too much). But the Peanut Butter Bonbons from Vosges get it right. So right in fact, that they sort of bitch-slapped Reeses out of the way. Vosges’ version of this classic delight sets the new standard. They’re like the Reeses version, but all grown up and way more intense.
No, they’re not cheap, but aside from me, what quality item is? Vosges has made it clear that their primary interest is making organic (when possible) delicious interesting treats. And they deliver big time. It’s always been Candygurus’ mission to bring you guys the best stuff out there, ideally made by creative people who care about what’s in their products. This costs money. Do yourself a favor if you are even semi-interested in these-buy some. I promise that the recipient will either:
1. Sleep with you
2. Thank you profusely
3. Ideally, sleep with you while they’re thanking you profusely. There’s nothing like that, right?
Or don’t give them away. Eat them. Eat them ALL. Let us know what you think. Chocolate and peanut butter gets no better than this, that much I can promise you.
So…F*ing good. I need more.