I was ready to add one such recipe to my ever-growing baking to-do list, when I noticed that my local Whole Foods had, yet again, expanded their offering of Vosges bars.
They were now selling the limited-edition Peppermint Candy Cane bar.
Still on sale.
God bless them. Every one.
I opened the bar, and had a chance to appreciate a strong, but not overwhelming, peppermint scent mixed with the aroma of a 62% cocoa dark chocolate. A quick visual inspection revealed chunks of crushed candy cane that were relatively large, but not so large that a bite would be overwhelmed by candy cane bits.
The finely crushed candy cane bits resulted in a refreshing mint taste that balanced well against the dark chocolate, which had a hint of sugar and a coffee undertone that was a bit difficult to tease out with the strong mint flavor. The overall level of sweetness is just about perfect, with most of the sugar coming from the candy cane bits, which somehow stay nice and crisp surrounded by the buttery dark chocolate and simultaneously blend seamlessly with the dark chocolate with each bite – not a bit of crumbling occurs with this creation. Vosges seems to have nailed this one in every way – sweet and bitter harmonized, mint and chocolate flavors perfectly balanced, and crunchy candy cane bits mixed with silky dark chocolate in a way that they meld together perfectly.
I might have stockpiled some of these as well. In my chocolate cabinet.
Look, how many times to I have to reference my chocolate cabinet before you believe that it’s real? It’s a necessity for times that you discover limited edition chocolates and have to stockpile for the long haul. And this, my friend, is one of those times.
Do you like chocolate and mint together? Is there a bar that you think does it exceptionally well?