Monday, February 04, 2008

Vosges Caramel Toffee

For the next installment of Vosges Haut-Chocolate, I opened the box of caramel toffee. It comes in this nice purple heart box. Perhaps this is a good choice if you've wounded your valentine?

The toffee is in a plastic bag, tied with more purple ribbon.

The large pieces of toffee are made from roasted pecans, walnuts, sweet butter toffee, pink Himalayan sea salt and milk chocolate. It tastes great. Do watch your teeth if they or your fillings are at all fragile.

The hot chocolate will have to wait until this weekend, because it will keep me awake if I drink it on a weeknight. I'll definitely be looking forward to it.

5 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of Vosges - I've found the best selection of artisan chocolate on the internet (maybe a hundred bars and a few hundred chocolate truffles) at Chatham's Fine Chocolates!

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  2. I'm glad you're having fun with chocolate.

    Sadly, I can't find much good chocolate down in Mexico, and this is the damned origin of the stuff! (So I seem to recall.)

    Back in Durham, Anar at Xiloa has done some interesting stuff with chocolate. I've seen her ~1 lb. bags of roasted cacao seeds that she buys from somewhere for a small fortune.

    Here in Merida, I've found one place (near the tourist spots) that sells organic chocolate for high-US prices. I had their hot chocolate with milk over ice. It was good. But I really want to try an antique recipe of bitter chocolate with little or no sugar. I haven't found one. Will let you know when I do.

    Last night I was with some Aussies, one of whom was craving chocolate. Best she could find at the convenience store (at midnight) was a regular Hershey's milk chocolate bar. Eww. But good enough for the moment. But my intuition (plus the my own sweet sentiments toward this nice young woman) guided me into the next convenience store where I found some Hershey's dark chocolate bars. We enjoyed some straight, and later we enjoyed dipping the pieces into either rum or tequila for a little more zing. I preferred with the tequila. She with the rum.

    BTW: hot countries = not so much for the chocolate candy bars.

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  3. Speaking of Vosges, here's an article on their founder. I really love the family's story:

    http://www.inc.com/magazine/20050401/26-markoff.html

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  4. Oh turkeys, I just realized that I sent you a link to the wrong article. I can't find the correct one, but the gist of the story (as I remember) was that the the Vosges founder was a relatively late bloomer in a family of business-creators. Her mom had started a successful business. Her older sister had started a successful business. And little sister was still wandering around doing whatever, well into her 20s or thereabouts. Then little sister finally figured out what she wanted to do. And now you're eating the result.

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  5. Marsosudiro, the link you included was still interesting, though. It sounds as if the founder was in a pretty amazing family. $4.5 million in annual sales (in 2005) by the age of 32 isn't too shabby, particularly for a late bloomer. ;)

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