|Photo courtesy of Bissinger's|
We first encountered Bissinger's line of premium chocolate bars at the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. Always on the look out for new and different flavor combinations in premium chocolate, their line gave us exactly what we were looking for--excellent chocolate paired with ingredients in ways we hadn't seen before or didn't already carry in our store in other lines. The packaging was attractive and the price point was equally alluring, so we brought in the entire line of twelve bars.
We haven't worked our way through every bar yet, but what we've had, we've liked. The Dulce de Leche bar was an easy favorite of some of our Dickinson College student customers, so we thought we'd give it a try. Described as a 38% cacao milk chocolate bar with "creamy caramel, cinnamon, and a touch of smoked fleur de sel," we eagerly ripped open the box and tore the foil wrapper.
Tom: When you open the bar, you push your finger into a tab and pull it up to reveal a foil wrapper. The wrapper is hard to open, which was astonishing to me. By the time I opened the wrapper, I had broken a piece of the chocolate bar. Inside I found a big bar that was segmented and had a fancy B on the front of each section. When I bit it, I was surprised by it having filling. The bar has a chocolate exterior with caramel inside and salt on the bottom. The chocolate is decent, but as with most fancy bars, the chocolate is not really the point of the bar. The bar tastes of a sweet caramel flavor battling with cinnamon. The biggest flavor, however, is the salt on the bottom. It takes you by the hand and throws you into the ocean and sometimes masks all of the other flavors. Overall, this is a Tom Gilbert recommended bar and something you should try.
|A peek inside a chocolate pocket, |
revealing the caramel center.
Overall, the Bissinger's Dulce de Leche bar is dulce-de-lectable and definitely a bar you'll want to try.