Yes yes, ladies and germs, I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath, desperate for the important news about Candygurus’ first candy partner. Well, the wait is over, and we think you’ll like who we’ve chosen : The kings of gourmet chocolate delights, Vosges Haut-Chocolat!
Hopefully, you’ve been tracking our obsession with them. When Scotty tried the Mo’s Dark Chocolate Bacon Bar, he paid even less attention to his wife and child (than normal). When I tried the Peanut Butter Bonbons, my world was rocked, I questioned Reeses’, and everything changed.
Now, you guys can buy this stuff via a link on Candygurus.com. Are you on our home page, reading this post? Scroll down. See that box with the “Vosges” logo? Click it, and buy to your heart’s content. If you’re not on the home page, just click on the “Candygurus” logo on the top of this page to get there. Big thanks to Vosges for being daring enough to partner with people such as us–I know I wouldn’t!
But rather than setting you off towards Vosges’ online store based on previous reviews, let’s talk about something new and fresh that we just had the privilege of trying : Bacon Caramel Toffee.
I love bacon. I LOVE caramel. I love toffee. So what’s not to love?
Think back to your first time mowing down a Heath Bar. Delicious. Smooth chocolate on top of crisp, flaky toffee, with a tiny hint of salt along the way to pull everything together. You probably also had acne and watched a lot of “Alf”, or I could just be projecting. Regardless, you’ve had one, and you were young. Let’s move on.
Vosges’ Bacon Caramel Toffee is like an evolved Heath Bar-the best Heath Bar you’ve ever had. The chocolate’s there, which is mos def a higher grade than Heath’s. It’s a deep, evolved milk chocolate, and it’s delicious. We also have the toffee, which tastes about the same to me, very yummy. But instead of having plain old salt thrown in, the brain trust at Vosges decided to toss in tiny pieces of Applewood smoked bacon and Alder wood smoked salt. Hi.
We don’t have chunks here, people–in fact, you never really know when or if you’re chewing on a piece of bacon or not. Rather, it’s a subtle affair, which at first disappointed me. I was hoping for bold, smokey bacon flavor, maybe even large chunks to chew on. As I thought about it though I realized I was wrong-if the bacon was too pronounced, it would totally take over the toffee flavor. It probably wouldn’t dominate the chocolate, but the toffee would be lost. As is, the bacon simply accentuates the overall taste, and balances it out. There’s not too much bacon or salt-in fact, it’s not quite as salty as one would expect with bacon being high on the ingredient list. Again, it’s a case of perfect balance.
I recommend tossing these in the fridge before eating, but then again, I recommend doing that for 90% of all candy. My reasoning is that is makes the chocolate a bit denser and cooler, the toffee a bit more brittle, and that combination just rocks. Last piece of advice: only take a small handful over to the couch with you, or I promise you, you’ll eat the whole box.
Once again, we’d like to welcome our first official partner, Vosges. Now go out there (and by there, I mean our partner section on our home page) and but some of their wares! Be a consumer! Do it for the Gurus!