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Product Review: Vosges d’Oliva Candy Bar

June 17, 2008 1 comment

Who thinks of these things?

I received the Vosges Haut Chocolate d’Oliva bar as a Father’s Day gift.  I should have taken heed of my wife’s warning when she said it seemed like a good idea until she got to the car, but decided to bring it home anyway.  At first glance and sniff, it seems like an ordinary white chocolate bar.  Taste is another matter entirely.  

The white chocolate is buttery and rich without being overly sweet, but it still requires a sweet tooth that is more advanced than mine.  The difficulty factor comes when you get your first briny bits of olive.  Conceptually, the olive should provide some salt to counteract the sweetness of the white chocolate, but it just doesn’t work.  The saltiness of the brine is overshadowed by the familiar kalamata flavor, which does not mesh well with the white chocolate.  It’s not necessarily unpleasant, just not all that good. 

For the record, let me state that I am a proponent of including savory flavors in desserts. I am a fan of other unusual Vosges Haut Chocolate products, like Mo’s Bacon Bar.  I like my hot chocolate a little spicy and my chocolate bars dark and bittersweet.  I am not afraid of offbeat food combinations, as long as they taste good.  Unfortunately, this unusual bar is a miss – the flavors don’t work well together.

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