Monday, May 25, 2009
Vosges Organic Dominica Noir 74% Dark Chocolate Bar
Vosges is one of the companies that I love. I think that no matter what they do, they always produce a high quality product. This bar is a single-origin bar made with cacao from the Dominican Republic (Criollo & Trinitario beans, to be exact), and the bar is organic.
The bar is divided into little squares that feature either the Vosges logo alone, or a cartoon sketch of a girl carrying a shopping bag with the Vosges logo on it.
I decided it'd be fun to release my inner Hannibal Lecter, so I started with a square that featured the girl.
Aroma-wise, it's like opening the world largest bag of chocolate chips. Great smell. The squares have a crisp snap, but the chocolate is easily bitten into.
I was worried that I might find the 74% to be too dark, but this bar straddles that line very well. Yes, the chocolate is bitter -- but not so bitter that that it's unpleasant. In fact, it's sort of like good black coffee. It seems like there is a touch of cherry. It's woodsy, but there is also a hint of vanilla-like sweetness.
I was also surprised by how rich and relatively creamy the bar's melt was. One of the things I dislike about very dark chocolate is that it tends to be lumpy as it melts. No such issue here.
All around, everything about this bar was damn near perfect. If you have never tried a truly dark chocolate and want something mild to start with, this would be a great choice.
Vosges NYC (Soho location)