Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Troubles McSteans Taste Test: Bacon Flavored Chocolate

McSteans' buddy Heather stopped by on Friday to join in the Steans family Independence Day festivities bearing some chocolate treats found at Whole Foods. One was a chocolate bar flavored with bacon and the other: red peppers. Inspired by the League's many adventures with questionable foods, I thought this a perfect opportunity for a taste test.


Ryan v. Brussel Sprout Jones Soda, Dec. 25, 2005 (courtesy the League of Melbotis)

Surely if the League could sacrifice his digestive system in the name of bloggy entertainment, I could likewise rise to the challenge. Bravely joining me in this culinary adventure were the League, the League and Steanso's cousin Susan, and Heather (who conveniently opted out of the bacon challenge due to her "vegan" status). Let the taste test begin:

First up: Mo's Bacon Bar. I don't know if you used to play this game as a child, but we had one where the goal was to out gross your friends with the most disgusting combinations of foods. Examples: ice cream and pickles, ketchup and cereal, brussel sprouts and anything. I don't remember bacon and chocolate specifically being one of those pairings, but it should have been.


This item was actually located inside Whole Foods, a 'Health Food Store'



I cautiously take in the aroma of bacony chocolate


Ryan takes a whiff


Even Mel is skeptical


I fearlessly take the first bite in the name of science. My first impression is that of a normal chocolate bar...


And then the bacon kicks in


Do not want

The two flavors are battling it out on my tongue and it's taking all my power not to hock the piece of candy across the room just to get it out of my mouth.

I hand the offending chocolate over to my other tasters.


Susan is in agreement - this is food meant for no man nor beast


Except that Ryan kinda likes it



Ryan unbelievably declares 'Mo's Bacon Bar' A-OK. I must try putting ketchup in his cereal.

Next up: Red Fire Bar. Chocolate flavored with red peppers.

Having wisely passed on the bacon chocolate, Heather volunteers to be the first Red Fire Bar taster


It tastes like burning


I give it a go


Tastes like chocolate


Susan gets a big bite of pepper



Ryan says: "Chocomatey, with a slight hint of zing"

Well, that about wraps up my first and possibly last taste test. Thanks to Heather, Susan, and Ryan for being a part of it. I may have actually cured myself of my love of chocolate.

5 comments:

rhpt said...

Is there anything you guys won't eat at the Steans household?

Steven G. Harms said...

Just yesterday as I looked up from a round of study drills I realized that that was Susan pulling out of Thunderbird Café's parking lot up in Allandale with Pierre!

Dug said...

I too have had Mo's Bacon Chocolate. I actually thought it was ok. But then I'd probably eat my left hand if you wrapped it in bacon.

Ellen said...

Now I'm going to comment 15 times on your blog since I've found it.

I have had the Mo's Bacon Bar. I was excited about the idea, because I love bacon, and I love chocolate. But as much as I like the Vosges chocolate bars most of the time, I thought the chocolate wasn't dark enough to suit the bacon.

However, do not discount bacon for dessert. I recently went to a party where someone had made homemade chocolate chip cookies, iced them with molasses, and stuck slices of bacon to the top. I'm not kidding. These were delicious.

mcsteans said...

Yay, Ellen - I love comments :)

You are right - perhaps if it had been a dark chocolate it would have worked. It sounded like a good idea, but for some reason once it was in my mouth my brain just couldn't process those two flavors in the same place at the same time.