The 10 Weirdest Chocolates for Your Valentine
Vosges.com The Hunger Games truffle collection is designed for an elaborate 18-course tasting.
Ever since Vosges Haut-Chocolat broke through with Mo's Bacon Bar, chocolate flavor combinations have wandered away from the safe territory of fruits and nuts toward shocking infusions including vinegar and even pig's blood. Strange as they may sound, each of these 10 chocolates has its fans.
The chocolates make great gifts year-round for birthdays, holidays, and pranks. But with the biggest chocolate holiday of the year only a couple of weeks away, you'd better order these bizarre chocolate bars by mail ASAP. Whether your sweetie loves shiitake mushrooms or pepper vodka, kimchi or ketchup, there's a box or bar of chocolates here for every Valentine -- or at least those with an adventurous spirit.
Always looking to make something new, Vosges recently created a truffle collection inspired by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The full collection ($225) contains 18 flavors, plus all the accouterments to stage an elaborate tasting for two. Truffles include Tulsi (huckleberry gelée + holy basil milk chocolate ganache + dark chocolate), Flora (peach + orange flower + white chocolate + crushed candied violets) and Tamarindus (chilies + tamarind + dark chocolate + salted mango powder).
Don't want to shell out for the whole shebang? Pick up one of the complementary Catching Fire chocolate bars by sister label Wild Ophelia. Available in flavors like District 5: Power (Crispy Crunchy Caramel Corn) and District 10: Livestock (Beef Jerky & Smoked Mesquite Milk Chocolate), these bars are priced at $4.99 each, or $65 for the complete The Hunger Games Chocolate Bar Library of 12 in a book-shaped box.
Seattle Chocolates If Crunch is your favorite candy bar, ramen chocolate is a must-try.
Savory Ramen Noodle Komforte Chockolates
There are not one but two options for ramen chocolate from West Coast-based Komforte Chockolates, a brand that specializes in savory sweets. For fans of crunch, there's Ramen Noodle with plain noodles in 55 percent dark chocolate. Those who want a truly unique chocolate experience can try Savory Ramen with not only the crunchy noodles but also onion, garlic, and soy sauce. Komforte also makes Movie Night, 64 percent dark chocolate with HALFPOPS® partially air-popped kernels, and for milk chocolate lovers, French Toast or Tortilla Lime + Salt. All bars are available online from Seattle Chocolates for $3.49 plus shipping, and they can be found in the Valley at Scottsdale's Industrie Denim.