Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mmmm....peanut butter, exotic salts and "deep" milk chocolate after a long stretch of peanut-free eating

I have pretty much dropped peanut butter for the last nine months because of my pregnancy.  I once read somewhere that if you have seasonal allergies or food/medication allergies and you eat peanuts during pregnancy, it can cause your child to be allergic to peanuts.  Of course, this is all without back-up research, since there still seems to be no solid research to explain the reasons why some kids are allergic to peanuts and others are not.  However, since I LOVE peanut butter so much and I do have seasonal allergies, pet allergies and allergies to some medications, I figure that dropping peanuts for a limited amount of time is much better than having to drop them from my life forever because my child is allergic.  So I have been living (mostly) without peanut butter for the duration of this pregnancy.  I say mostly because this is my second pregnancy and I am struggling more and more to drop all the things I love this time around.  I followed the rules very closely last time that I was pregnant, but this time it seems to be more annoying. So I have fell off the peanut-free wagon more than a few times during this pregnancy, but I suppose it is better than my non-pregnant days when I ate peanut butter ever single morning for breakfast.

Today, I have decided to treat myself.  Since my baby's due date was three days ago and there is still no baby, I feel like I deserve a treat and truthfully, I can't wait anymore to try the Vosges organic Peanut Butter Bonbon chocolate bar.  The package says it has organic peanut butter, pink Himalayan salt, Maldon sea salt and "deep milk chocolate". I would have been sold simply on the organic peanut butter and deep milk chocolate, but must admit that the exotic salts peaked my curiousity.

The overall flavour is awesome.  At first I felt that it wasn't a real sweet treat - which is fine with me since I usually prefer chocolate to be less sweet than your average candy bar.  But as I ate more of the chocolate bar, I found that the treat seemed to taste richer and more luxurious.  The salt was a nice touch and added a wonderful hint of crunchy texture to the otherwise smooth, melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate and peanut butter combination.

I not only loved the taste, but I like the fact that this chocolate is made from organic ingredients and is all-natural. It is not easy finding a peanut butter-and-chocolate treat that does not have hydrogenated oils or modified corn starch in it, but Vosges Haut Chocolat has done a wonderful job of making an all-natural and organic peanut butter chocolate bar with a big flavour kick.

So if you like peanut butter and chocolate and want to treat yourself with a high end product that includes exotic salts, the Vosges Organic Peanut Butter Bonbon bar is worth the $8 for 85 grams of chocolate indulgence.

Here are the package details from the chocolate that I tasted today:

Vosges Haut Organic Peanut Butter Bonbon, 45% cacao, 3 oz (85g)
Vosges IP, LLC
http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/
Ingredients: *Milk chocolate (*sugar, *cocoa butter, *whole milk powder, *cocoa mass, *vanilla powder), 22% *peanut butter (*dry roasted peanuts, *palm oil, *sugar, salt), salt. Milk chocolate (45%) contains 40% cocoa solids minimum, 25% milk solids minimum. *organic ingredients.  Contains allergens: peanuts and milk.  Manufactured in a facility that also handles tree nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, milk, eggs, wheat, pearl dust (shellfish) and soya.  Gluten-free.  Certified organic by Oregon Tilth.

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