Chocolate of the Day
Vosges IP, LLC
Dulce de Leche 45% Cacao (bar)
Weight: 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 390 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $9.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Mollie Stone's, Sausalito, CA
Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and VWXYZ Theme Week, featuring chocolate items with origins and flavor inclusions that start with the letters V, W, X, Y and Z.
Today's Dulce de Leche 45% Cacao bar was from Vosges IP, LLC (Chicago, IL). Vosges is a women-owned company, headed by founder and chocolatier Katrina Markoff.
This bold, ultra-dark milk chocolate was a great choice for such a sweet filling--a thin layer of soft, flowing dulce de leche (a form of caramel made with sweetened condensed milk popular in South America). The 45% cacao chocolate tasted more like 65% or 70% chocolate, much to my delight.
The darker cacao choice off-set the sweetness of the whole milk caramel. A hint of vanilla and Celtic sea salt rounded out the flavor blend.
Ingredients: Milk chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, soy lecithin, natural vanilla flavor); dulce de leche caramel (reduced lactose sweetened condensed whole milk (milk, cane sugar, skim milk), non-GMO corn syrup, water, cane sugar, butter (cream, salt), butterfat, pectin, non-GMO soy lecithin, baking soda, natural flavor, salt); burnt sugar syrup (cane sugar, water), bittersweet chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural vanilla flavor); sea salt, cultured dextrose. (47% fair trade ingredients include sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, vanilla flavor)
Allergen-related information: "Processed on equipment that also processes milk, soy, peanuts and tree nuts."