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)


Anonymous said...

And also costs $7 a bar. It's chocolate with snob appeal. No offense.

Gigi said...

Anon: None taken.
True, it is one of the pricier bars out there-- but I think it's like many other things where you get what you pay for.

Much like other higher end chocolates such as Hotel etc., there is a larger price tag with even the smaller products in the line -- but you are getting higher quality ingredients, and in some cases, more exotic fillings and flavor combos. In a world where not all chocolate is "real" chocolate anymore, those bars/products that ARE real almost always now come with the more expensive price.

That's not to say that there aren't some perfectly good lower end chocolates, but there is a distinct difference. Example: Dove Dark Chocolate is one of my favorite of the lower end bars--but it would never be mistaken for Vosges or Hotel.

That said, you are also right. I am sure that like any other well-known, branded product, there are some people that only buy it because they want the label, not so much because they notice or care about the difference between Vosges and its lower end cousins.