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flavour combinations in sweets are becoming increasingly popular. Most
and retailers now do some variation on a
salted caramel theme, for example (Hint: don’t try Disney ones
unless you REALLY like salt – my mum and I had to throw them away
during a recent visit to America, and we love salted caramels). Here
are some more exotic, weird and wonderful chocolate treats from around
Chocolate covered bacon
This is an increasingly popular American snack that’s even been
featured on TV programmes about food. It is based on the idea that everyone
loves bacon and everyone loves chocolate (which is more or less true!),
and consists basically of rashers of crispy bacon coated in either milk
or dark chocolate. Sometimes toppings such as sea salt or nuts are added.
This treat is popular at State Fairs in The US. But it definitely seems
to be a love it or hate it kind of thing. Who knows though? Maple syrup
and bacon works well, so why not chocolate and bacon? Don’t think
I’ll be having it with pancakes any time soon, though!
Japan seems to have a fascination with KitKats that borders on obsession.
This is thought to be largely because the name “Kit Kat” is
similar to “Kitto Katsu”, which is a sort of good luck expression.
As a result, KitKats have become a bit of a good luck charm in Japan,
especially among students taking exams.
To capitalise on this, Nestle Japan have released more than 50 flavours
of KitKat to date. Some of these are limited edition, some are only available
in certain regions, but almost all of them have some kind of weird and
Some examples include: corn, purple sweet potato, whole wheat, melon,
green tea, red bean, rose and sports drink.
Many of the flavours sound quite scary, but they sell like hotcakes.
If you don’t live in Japan and fancy trying something a bit different,
you can find some flavours on the internet. There’s even a blog
devoted to tasting all the different flavours. It can be found here: Jen’s
From ants to beetles and spiders to scorpions, you can buy a variety
of different chocolate-covered bug products. Why not try white chocolate
ant wafers? Or maybe milk chocolate covered crickets? Anybody? No? For
those brave enough to attempt these things (not me!) apparently all you
can taste is slightly crunchy chocolate, so if you’ve got a taste
for the weird and wonderful (or if you’re evil and want to trick
your friends!), give these a try.
Sounds like a match made in Heaven, right? Or maybe not, depending on
your taste in alcohol. At any rate, an American company has blended French
Cabernet wine with Dutch dark chocolate to create a “tantalizing
blend” of flavours. And it’s done rather well. Plenty of
people love wine, and even more love chocolate, so it’s a win-win.
And even better, chocolate and wine are both rich in antioxidants, so
you can tell yourself it’s a healthy option too!
Helen Laird writes for Martin's
Chocolatier, an online chocolate retailer
specialising in sourcing chocolate from artisan chocolate-makers around