Black Salt Caramel Bar Taste Test

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The contenders are <insert drum roll please> Vosges versus Trader Joe’s.You may know Vosges for their more unusual flavors, such as the Black Pearl Exotic Candy Bar, which is Ginger + wasabi + black sesame seeds + 55% dark chocolate.  No, I haven’t tried that one yet.

And I’m sure most people are familiar with Trader Joe’s, although there are few and far between in some places.

Both are 70% cacao with caramel and black sea salt, basically the same thing.  I paid $6.99 for the Vosges and $1.99 for the Trader Joe’s.  They taste pretty much exactly the same except for one thing.

Notice the bits of salt on the back of the Trader Joe’s chocolate on the right.  That my friends, makes all the difference.  I love the punch and crunch that it gives.  The Vosges is smooth all the way through, which isn’t a bad thing.  I’m just saying the bits of salt give more contrast to the chocolate and caramel.

 I’ve also heard that Trader Joe’s will get bigger brand names to make items for them, so that they can sell those items under the Trader Joe’s brand name.  And of course, the bigger brand names make money off of it too.  This article better explains what I just said.

Maybe the Trader Joe’s salted caramel bar is really a Vosges bar, with a few sprinkles of salt to throw the consumer off!!

Hmmmm……

My advice is to save your money and buy the Trader Joe’s version.

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