We don't stray off topic too often, but it does happen: I wrote three posts about chocolate back in 2008, and I tried, but mostly failed, to talk about perfume at the same time.* After that I went on eating lots of chocolate but I kept my chocolate talk confined to Twitter where I occasionally announce my bar of the day. Then Jessica told me she was going to do a post about chocolate-scented body products and perfumes, and I figured I'd go ahead and share two recent discoveries. You have to eat to keep up your strength for all that perfume testing, right?
Some time ago I tried a Mo's Bacon Bar (applewood bacon + alderwood salt + deep milk chocolate) from Vosges. Bacon + chocolate is not a taste combination most of us are used to, and I was torn: I either hated it or loved it, and I couldn't decide which, so I kept buying them and eating them. Eventually I decided I hated the combination: it was just too sweet. Then last year they started making Mo's Dark Bacon bar, which uses a 62% dark chocolate instead of the 41% milk chocolate in the original Mo's bar. I'm hooked. It's salty, slightly sweet, and has just enough bacon to give the bar some chewiness, but not so much bacon that you forget that you're eating candy and not breakfast. Wonderful. It hasn't really displaced my all time favorites from Vosges — I especially love the Black Pearl and Calindia bars — and I wouldn't want to eat one every day, but it makes a nice change. Vosges also makes a Bacon Caramel Toffee, and that is next on my list to try.
If you're not used to boutique chocolate prices, you'll probably find the Mo's Dark Bacon bar ridiculously expensive: it's $7.50 for a 3 oz bar. It's the sort of thing that could eat into your perfume budget if you weren't careful.
My second discovery is a bar I could eat every day: Chuao Chocolatier's Panko bar. Panko breadcrumbs are used in Japanese cooking, and according to Wisegeek, they "tend to be lighter, crispier, and crunchier than Western bread crumbs". Chuao's bar also features sea salt, and it's perfect: the 60% dark chocolate is wonderful and the breadcrumbs are just as described — light as air and very crunchy. Think of it as a Krackel bar for grownups. Two other bread-based bars I tried over the past year can't compare: Theo's Bread & Chocolate bar is tasty, but it's not as good (or as light and crunchy) as the Chuao, and Komforte Chockolates's French Toast bar is just too sweet (if you prefer milk to dark though, the Komforte is probably the one you want).
The Panko bar is $18 for a pack of three 2.82 oz bars. A bargain, right? Look for another post about Chuao soon, as I tried some other wonderful things but ate them all up before I could write about them. I'll have to do another order.