Vosges Blood Orange Caramel Bar

You can always count on Vosges to come up with something unique and intriguing. This Blood Orange Caramel Bar boasts hibiscus flowers, blood orange caramel, Campari, and dark chocolate (70% cacao).

This bar was comprised of a thin, chocolate shell filled with a liquid, limpidly oozing caramel. All of the flavorings resided in the caramel rather than in the chocolate.

The chococolate itself was quite fabulous. It had lovely, dusky cocoa notes, like chocolate distilled to its essence. The texture of the chocolate was exquisite as well – the melt was velvety smooth.

I’ve never been big on flower-flavored things, so I was feeling iffy about the hibiscus flowers. Fortunately for my taste, I couldn’t really detect their presence in the caramel.

Instead, the caramel tasted strongly of orange zest. It tasted like orange oil smells. There was a strong bitterness as well, which I attributed to the addition of the Campari.

The caramel had a brightly sweet finish, so sweet that it made my throat burn. For me, that was the only downside to the bar.

Otherwise, it was a nicely complex take on the usual orange and chocolate combination. An OM.