Good thing there’s a pronunciation guide.

Yes, this is the last bar. I made them last for over a week, which is an incredible testament to my willpower. I’m sad they’re almost gone, but there are other bars to sample, and I think this has rekindled the chocolate romance that started about three years ago when I began planning to teach a class.

Here is another entry from Vosges Haut Chocolates. If you’re interested in their story, you can read about it here. Hopefully, you are more mature than I am and won’t want to bang your head against the wall or try to concoct some electrical charge conveyance device that will facilitate a “Freaky Friday”-esque changing of souls with one Ms. Katrina Markoff.

Interesting stuff, but, really, we’re all here for the chocolate, right?

First surprise: There is a coupon up in there! Yea! It is the closest thing to Willy Wonka’s golden ticket that I’m ever going to get, so I’m thrilled. Especially since, on the back, there is a rather sensual picture of a caramel-topped marshmallow dipped in chocolate and topped with nuts. *droooool*

This bar has hemp seeds, coconut, and macadamia nuts. I am not a giant fan of coconut. I love macadamia nuts, and don’t know that I’ve ever actually had hemp seeds.

First, there is a giant partial macadamia nut in this sucker!

Of course, that is the part that I ate.

First of all, the chocolate is very smooth. It is milk chocolate, but also has dark chocolate mixed in. So, there’s a bit of a snap to it, but it’s not extremely crisp. The macadamia nuts, which themselves have a pretty mild flavor, provide two things: some crunch, and salt. Both of these are so much fun in this chocolate. I adore savory chocolate, and there is palatable saline content to this one.

The coconut tastes like actual coconut, and not like coconut “flavoring.” Because of the balance of the salt and chocolate, I was actually okay and even enjoyed the tropical flavor. There is none of what Steve Almond refers to as “cuticle”-consistency coconut in here. It’s not at all discernable by texture; there is just a mild flavor of it throughout the chocolate.


The most fun thing was the hemp seeds. They practically pop, adding a fun little explosion to each bite.

Of the four bars I received, this one is probably my favorite. There is so much going on, and the flavors play against each other in an exciting way. The Blood Orange bar, which I loved, had all sweet notes. This one is salty and nutty and savory and sweet and just super enjoyable to eat. It’s also the only one about which I cringed giving any to my ten-year-old daughter, whom I think equally enjoys Hershey bars.

And then there’s this, which I can only assume is a rendering of Katrina Markoff, toting her bag as she globe-trots, learning from master chefs and sampling chocolate. Devouring her is ridiculously satisfactory.

Now, to shop for my 15% off chocolate…

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