Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Vosges Bars: Amalfi

When I got the Vosges Marzipan Bar at the most recent Biagio sample day, I also picked up another Vosges holiday season bar I’d been eyeing over the internet: The Amalfi bar, which features a 36% cocoa white chocolate, pink peppercorns, and lemon zest.

The bar, which greets me by telling me that I’ve never been lovelier, has a strong lemon aroma; the pink peppercorns are also evident immediately upon visual inspection.

The chocolate itself is quite smooth with a bit of grit that can probably be attributed to the lemon zest and peppercorn. Each bite features a definite lemon note, which covers up the traditional vanilla taste of white chocolate and contrasts well with the sugary white chocolate. The pepper taste, however, seems to only be evident when the flecks of pepper are in a given bite, and it seems that the pepper is there more for visual enhancement than taste. As an unapologetic white chocolate lover, I enjoyed this bar both for the soft white chocolate and the flavor contrast offered by the lemon zest, though I’d be curious about how I might have enjoyed this differently had the pepper taste been more pronounced.

Do you like bars with a white chocolate base?

14 comments:

  1. If I am in a white chocolate mood, I love it. I usually need it to be contrasted with something though (like not plain white chocolate).

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  2. I agree with Anna. I don't mind them and often enjoy them when I have them. But they aren't my go to when trying to meet a chocolate craving.

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  3. I kind of like white chocolate...it depends on my mood I think. =D

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  4. @Anna S. You would LOVE this bar then - the tart lemon zest is amazing against it.

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  5. @Pixie I agree, white chocolate meets a different kind of craving - a sweet creamy craving that dark chocolate just doesn't get.

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  6. @fitchocoholic I think this bar is something you could be in the mood for quite often :).

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  7. Funnily enough, while my heart is with dark chocolate, I prefer white to milk chocolate :) It's *really* hard to find any good/interesing white chocolates in Australia, though. This is one of the ones I asked my brother to look out for!

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  8. White chocolate gets a bad wrap. This looks crzazy I've never had anything like this. Didnt know this company either. Thanks for enlightening me!

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  9. My favorite type of chocolate by far is dark chocolate. White chocolate I'm okay with, but it's not my favorite. I do like that they added lemon zest and pink peppercorn to this bar to enhance it, I bet that was a fun flavor combination :)

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  10. Ooh, I've been curious about this one. I don't think I've had pepper and chocolate together, so I should pick up the small one next trip to WF.

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  11. @Hannah I hope your brother can find some - the juxtaposition of the sweet, creamy white chocolate and the tart lemon zest is...well, I picked up 3 full-size bars yesterday.

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  12. @foodjunk You and the storm trooper need to get your hands on some Vosges. They have seriously whacked out but delicious flavors.

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  13. @Victoria It's definitely a great flavor combination. I think white chocolate does best with other flavors, especially citrus-based flavors.

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