Mo’s Dark Bacon Bar: Applewood smoked bacon + Alder wood smoked salt + dark chocolate
So keeping up with my commitment of a review a week ain’t easy. It means I’m continuously looking for something great or interesting or weird or so god awful that I have to warn you about it. Sometimes we have bags of stuff waiting for review and sometimes I’m searching the aisles of Walgreens or Cost Plus. (And please help us – send us candy – send us ideas – we will review it.) This time, I found Mo’s Dark Bacon Bar in Whole Foods.
Let’s get the bad out of the way. First, it’s expensive – actually the most I’ve ever paid for a chocolate bar. But after a quick check online, there are certainly chocolate bars that are more expensive, and gourmet chocolate in general doesn’t appear to be cheap no matter where you look. Second, bacon is bad for you. That’s right, hold the presses. Bacon is high in fat and cholesterol. The side of me that refuses to listen to how bad bacon is because of how great it tastes (if you haven’t heard – it’s yummy) just kicked the nutritionally savvy, trying-to-keep-me-alive-as-long-as-possible side in the nuts, and when he was down gave him a wet willy. That side has nothing further to say about bacon.
And I have nothing else bad to say about Mo’s Dark Bacon Bar (btw, I love the name. It’s intriguing but doesn’t completely give away its identity). To address the two bad issues, which are both legitimate: first, I will pay for quality and this bar rocks – it is plain and simply phenomenal. It is so good that it could make me go back and change my 9-star rating of the Cost Plus World Market’s All Natural Sea Salt Dark Chocolate . It won’t however, because I can buy about 4 of those for one of these. Second, regarding bacon and health – SHUT THE F UP. Plus there isn’t really too much bacon in this. You can definitely taste the bacon but it’s in small, ground up bits which adds to the essence of the flavor instead of being overwhelming.
Really I can’t say enough about how much I like Mo’s Dark Bacon Bar. I’m actually writing this review from memory because Matty and myself and our two Guru wives chowed it down. I wanted to save a square for the writing but I just couldn’t. In my estimation, this is as good as a chocolate bar gets. Now, I’m not a hardcore chocolate aficionado and I’m sure that it’s not the very best chocolate in the world but it’s definitely high quality chocolate and the combination of the bacon, salt and cacao is spot on. You can taste all the flavors, chocolate being the predominant taste with some pretty powerful compliments. Even though these bars retail for about $7.50, I will buy it again and maybe more than occasionally. It just hits my sweet spot.
If you want to pick up this or the other Vosges Haut-Chocolat bars, do so here. They have a milk chocolate version of their bacon bar, other chocolate and bacon treats, and their site seems like a great resource for chocolate and specifically for Valentines Day. The owner, Katrina seems real neat – and she’s darn cute. She writes a blog about food – mostly chocolate and even offered up a recipe with Mo’s Dark Bacon Bar called Bacon Bar Stuffed Dates.
I would love to try these. If we end up making them, we’ll review it but please let us know if you try this recipe – I’m completely intrigued.
So if you don’t dig on swine, well what can I say – neither did Jules from Pulp Fiction:
Vincent: Want some bacon?
Jules: No, man. I don’t eat pork.
Vincent: Are you Jewish?
Jules: Nah, I ain’t Jewish, I just don’t dig on swine, that’s all.
Vincent: Why not?
Jules: Pigs are filthy animals. I don’t eat filthy animals.
Vincent: Yeah, but bacon tastes good. Pork chops taste good.
Jules: Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I’d never know ’cause I wouldn’t eat the filthy motherfucker. Pigs sleep and root in shit. That’s a filthy animal. I ain’t eatin’ nothing that ain’t got sense enough to disregard its own feces.
Vincent: How about a dog? Dog eats its own feces.
Jules: I don’t eat dog either.
Vincent: Yeah, but do you consider a dog to be a filthy animal?
Jules: I wouldn’t go so far as to call a dog filthy, but they’re definitely dirty. A dog’s got personality. Personality goes a long way.
Vincent: Ah, so by that rationale, if a pig had a better personality, he would cease to be a filthy animal. Is that true?
Jules: Well, we’d have to be talkin’ about one charming motherfucking pig.
Like Vincent knows, “bacon tastes good.” And While I’ll eat bacon by the slab, I haven’t found a much better combination than Mo’s Dark Bacon Bar. Keep the creations coming Katrina.