As I believe I’ve made perfectly clear here in past posts, I love pork. I love pork belly, pork cheek, pork snout, pork loin, honey-baked ham, hot dogs, pancetta — if it’s pork, I love it. And I love no pork-based item more than I love bacon.
A strong runner-up to pork in the Food I Live For Battle is chocolate. Chocolate on its own is lovely, but I really love chocolate when it’s been smacked around a bit and perked up with an unexpected ingredient, hence my total foodgasm over Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.
When I heard about Vosges Haut Chocolate’s new creation, Mo’s Bacon Bar, I knew it was only a matter of time before we’d meet and fall madly in love. My totally rad friend Groovehouse obtained one for me this week, and it’s totally on, people. The love affair has begun.
As with every Vosges bar, the packaging is just as fascinating as the chocolate inside. I giggled as I read the back of the package, which smacks strongly of food porn:
Beside my chocolate-laden cakes laid three strips of sizzlin’ bacon, just barely touching a sweet pool of maple syrup. And then, the magic—just a bite of the bacon was too salty and I yearned for the sweet kiss of chocolate and syrup, so I combined the two. In retrospect, perhaps this was a turning point; for on that plate something magical happened, the beginnings of a combination so ethereal and delicious that it would haunt my thoughts until I found the medium to express it—chocolate.
It’s always nice to see I’m not the only one that holds such intense feelings for bacon and/or chocolate.
Following their instructions, I opened the package and broke off one small square of the smooth, dark chocolate, rubbing it with my thumb to release the dusky aroma. Upon first glance, it looks like any other bar of chocolate. Where is the bacon?
Still following instructions, I snapped off one small piece from the square and popped it into my mouth. Ah. Yes. There it is…
The bacon is buried deep inside the bar in the most delicate little nuggets. I was fascinated, and kept breaking off successively smaller pieces of the chocolate just to see the bits inside. For such small pieces, they pack a hell of a punch. Not aggressive or overwhelming, just an unexpected salty rush with just the faintest hint of sweet maple syrup. It’s a pairing made in food heaven.
In a move that’s surprised even me, I’m now viciously hoarding the rest of the bar, determined to make it last as long as possible. Greedy, rapacious me? Who hoovers up anything set in front of her? Hoarding food? I know; it’s stunning. But that should give you an idea of just how damn good this chocolate bar is.
I’d suggest getting one of your own, since any attempt to take mine would result in teeth and/or scratch marks. It wouldn’t be pretty. You can order it online at Vosges for a mere $7.50, or simply head down to your local Whole Foods Market and raid their Vosges section yourself.
p.s. The answer is no longer 42. It’s now Mo’s Bacon Bar.