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Vosges 70% Blood Orange Caramel Bar

November 12, 2011

Completing my several week Vosges chocolate binge is the 70% Blood Orange Caramel Bar, which contains hibiscus flowers, blood orange caramel, Campari, and of course, 70% dark chocolate.

Considering my last experience with a Vosges caramel bar, it may seem contradictory that I picked out a bar that also had caramel. I believed that because of the infusion of other flavors in the caramel, it would take a little bit more away from the overwhelming sweetness of the center of the chocolate, and bring it back to either the cacao, or at least bring a nice citrus flavor to offset the sweetness.

This bar was actually quite delicious. Still a bit too sweet, but much better than the last sea salt caramel bar. The infusion of blood orange puree and Campari helped a bit, although it leaned far more toward the former in terms of taste. I could only detect a few small notes of the hibiscus, which I was hoping would enhance the taste of the caramel a bit better. The chocolate came as an afterthought, but it was not in a bad way.

Overall, an improvement from the Hawaiian sea salt bar, but not a very large one either. Still too sweet, which comes from the caramel filling being too thick in the bar. If they managed to thin out the amount of caramel filling and have more chocolate, I would be much more accepting of both bars.

Nutritional information for 1/2 bar: 190 calories, 12g fat, 19g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g protein, 2% Vit A, 2% calcium, and 20% iron. Contains dark chocolate (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), 43% caramel (sugar, organic cream, corn syrup, soy lecithin, Campari, hibiscus powder, orange zest, blood orange puree, water, sea salt).

Dai Dai

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