Monday, January 9, 2012

ChocolateBet: January 9, 2012

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

Vosges Haut Chocolat
1.) Verde caramel - 2 pieces - Good + - Very Good
2.) Leaf caramel - 2 pieces - Good+
Weight: 1.2 oz. (33.8 g.)/5.4 oz. (152.8 g.) total 18-pc. asst box (estimate)
Calories: 170 calories (estimate)
Cost: $29.00 for 18-piece box
Purchased from: Vosges Haut Chocolat, Chicago, IL

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Licorice Theme Week. Both of these chocolate-covered caramels from Vosges (Chicago, IL), had licorice tie-ins. The "Verde" -- Mexican guajillo chillies + licorice root + dark chocolate + organic pumpkin seeds, and the "Leaf" (or should that be "Leaves"?) -- Aboriginal anise myrtle + dark chocolate  -- were both part of a fun, 9-flavor (2 of each flavor) Exotic Caramel assortment, packaged in a classic Vosges-purple box and bow. 

The Verde was a rich caramel in a small package, with subtle hints of flavor -- that I would have liked to have tasted more of -- and topped with an organic pumpkin seed. I would probably not have guessed that one of these flavors was licorice root unless I'd read it on the description sheet tucked in the box.

I had a similar comment about the Leaf -- a caramel with a dusting of faintly green (leaf) powder. I only picked up vague hints of grass/leaf and bubble gum (not sure where that came from). It was interesting, and relatively pleasant. I would have liked to have experienced a bit more of the Aboriginal anise myrtle -- which I believe comes from a medium-sized tree from the rain forests of eastern Australia that has a anise/fennel flavor.

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