Lately I have found myself craving bizarre foods that most pregnant women would turn their nose up at... Hot cross buns with Marmite, sharp cheddar cheese and spicy lime pickle and all other manner of bizarre combinations. So when I popped into Selfridges and saw the very glamours Vosges 'Mo's Dark Chocolate Bacon Bar', I had to take it home with me.
As this is an import, you can expect to pay an eye-watering £7.25 per bar for the privilege of getting your gums around this fusion of dark chocolate and salty bacon. The taxi driver that drove me home asked me if I'd bought any nice and I told him about my find and offered him a piece, to which he replied "Fanks love but I fink I'll give that a miss". So I guess it's not everybody's cup of tea, which is fair enough.
But what does this bizarre marriage of Franken-fusion actually taste like? Well it tastes like your average good quality dark chocolate with the addition of chewy bacon bits in it. In a blind test, my Guinea pig (in this case, my poor Mum) was made to close her eyes and try it. "God, ok... I'm not going to be eating any bugs am I?" No Mum, no bugs... just chocolate with a different ingredient. At first bite she commented that it contained some kind of nuts, then salt; but she couldn't put her finger on the key ingredient. After divulging the porky secret to her, we both felt that there wasn't enough bacon in the bar to merit the a repeat purchase. I guess we are both from the school of "If you do something, then do it properly." So although I would recommend that you try it if you have the opportunity, I would suggest you race out to buy it. Bizarre combinations don't always work and in this case, they seem to make a bigger statement than they do impact.
Selfridges - Oxford Street, London W1