Sunday, July 12, 2009

What is the future of chocolate???

We all know about the regular chocolate bars we grew up with. The kit-kat, Snickers, Milky Way and of course the classic Hershey's Bar that we all knew and loved. Well with the world ever changing in terms of cultural melding and the never ending growth of technology, what happens to our old friend chocolate? Well like all of us, chocolate didn't want to get left behind. I have scoured the Internet and found some fantastic melt-in-your-mouth chocolate treats that prove chocolate is not going anywhere. In fact, at some points it may even be ahead of it's time.

Now of course there are still the classic milk, dark and white chocolate bars out on the market, and I believe, like a good black suit, they will never go out of style. But here are some exciting new ways to enjoy our old friend.

1) Single Malt Scotch Bar - This adult take on the traditional chocolate bar is being made by a company that really knows their chocolate, Bon Bon Bar. They promote the bar by saying "This candy bar is bold enough for Scotch lovers and smooth enough for all chocolate lovers." Scotch and chocolate seem so right together I don't know why these weren't out years ago.
2) Dagoba Lavender - I know what you're thinking. Lavender? Really? But trust me you will not be disappointed! I have always been a big fan of Dagoba Organic Chocolate and they did not let me down on this one. This is the kind of bar that you'll want to enjoy while you sit and relax after a long stressful day. Pop a piece into your mouth and feel like chocolate heaven is melting into you.
3) Hibiscus Flower Chocolate Bar - This flowery bar is being hand made and sold by Black Flower on etsy. The description given to the bar is short and right to the point, "70% dark chocolate blended with organic dried hibiscus flowers. Dark and fruity."
4) Gnosis Pomegranate Acai Bar - This is a great and healthy bar that packed full of anti-oxidants. To top it off, it's vegan! That's right, it really is raw, organic, handmade and guilt-free. The healthier take on our old friend is being sold on etsy by Gnosis Chocolate.
5) Dagoba Xocolatl Hot Chocolate - OK I know it's not a chocolate bar, but sometimes you just want to drink your chocolate! Dagoba Organic Chocolate has resurrected the ancient drink of the Aztecs with this recipe. It is definitely not like the hot chocolate my mom used to make for me. This orgasmic drink is a blend of chocolate, chilies and cinnamon. Now I know chilies don't sound like a fun treat to everyone, but Dagoba has really mastered the perfect way to marry the sweetness of chocolate with a slight kick from the chilies.
6) Le Whif - Chocolate has just been propelled into a future where it no longer needs to be eaten. Now it can be inhaled! That's right, INHALED!!! This futuristic take on chocolate can be purchased at Le Labo Shop. And as if the idea of being able to breath chocolate wasn't enough, it is also ZERO calories. I think that might be healthier than the air I breath for free in Los Angeles! You will also be able to buy these babies in 4 flavors, - mint chocolate, raspberry chocolate, mango chocolate, and plain chocolate.

Now of course I couldn't write about all the different kinds of chocolate bars that are on the market now. A whole book could be written on all of them. But feel free to go searching on your own and report back on new and exciting flavors. I know Vosges makes bacon chocolate bars and lots of other exotic flavors. So go out and show chocolate that no matter what he changes into, he'll always have a place in our hearts!

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