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Price:  $3.00 per bar

Product Description:

Almost immediately after making the first Raleigh Bar with Salted Caramel, I made one with my Bacon Caramel.  It was delicious, and nice counterpart to the original. It is the most popular of the three types of Raleigh Bars, and for good reason too. The smokey, bacon-y goodness complements the nougat, pecans and the chocolate very well.

Pecan Chocolate Nougat, Bacon Caramel, 72% Chocolate from Ecuador.

What I Think:

Oh YUM!

Yes, these bars are small… but, they pack a lot of flavor into one little bar.

I’ve tried several different chocolate covered bacon type confections, but, this one has the most bacon flavor of any that I’ve tried to date.  And what I like best, aside from the fact that I can really taste the bacon, is that I can also taste each of the other flavors that are enrobed in this thin coat of dark chocolate (thin, yes, but, I like that I can still feel it snap as I take a bite.  It is fresh and rich and truly delicious).

Once my palate recognizes the bittersweet flavor of the dark Ecuadorian chocolate, it almost immediately tastes the burnt-sugar sweetness from the caramel, and then the salty, smoky flavor of the bacon comes through.  The pecans add a really delightful flavor and texture to this candy.  Just a little crunch, and a nice nutty flavor that adds another dimension to this very rich, decadent treat.

Nougat, as I’ve said before, isn’t my favorite flavor inside a candy, but, here, it doesn’t come across as too sweet.  The savory qualities from the bacon offer enough contrast to help keep this definitely rich and sweet confection from being too cloying.

And, even though this bar is (was!) small, it is just the right size.  Any larger, and I think it would have been too much … too sweet, too rich, too cloying … or at the very least, it would have left me feeling guilty for taking in too much decadence.  As for a tea pairing, I wanted something strong and sturdy to go along with the strong flavors presented in this bar, but also, something that didn’t have flavors other than the tea (in other words, not a flavored tea), that might compete with this candy, as it does have quite a bit to it as it is.  I chose this Assam Kama from Simpson & Vail, which has a rich, malty flavor that really complimented the flavors of this bar very well.  Any high quality, rich Assam would do, of course, but if you can get your hands on some of this Assam Kama, you’ll be doing yourself a big favor!

My Final Thoughts:

Completely, and totally, YUM.  With the inclusion of these two little candy bars in my Bacon and Bourbon Box from Foodzie, it definitely made the entire box worthwhile!  If you love the combination of bacon and chocolate – you MUST try this candy bar!

As I mentioned last month (several times, I think), Foodzie has changed, and I am still not sure if these changes are for the best.  That being said, they certainly did tempt me this month.  They offered several different boxes to choose from at the beginning of the month, and I couldn’t decide between two of them:  The Bacon and Bourbon Box & The Stocking Stuffers Box.  So, I ordered one for a Christmas gift for myself.  So, I guess it could be argued that the changes are for the better, but, I must admit that part of me does miss the SURPRISE of the tasting boxes of the past.

But, I did get one surprise this month… and that is that I got one of the boxes a bit earlier than I expected.  I had ordered the Bacon and Bourbon Box as my subscription box, and the Stocking Stuffers box was the box that I placed an additonal order for.  I had expected to receive the Stocking Stuffers box today … not the Bacon and Bourbon box!  But that is what was in my mailbox this afternoon!

This Bacon and Bourbon Box contains five delicious treats:  Bourbon Cocktail cups from Lillie Belle’s, a Jar of Bacon Jam from Skillet Street Food, 2 Bacon Raleigh Bars from Xocolatl de David, a jar of Bourbon Smoked Paprika from Bourbon Barrel Foods, and a package of Bacon Peanut Brittles from The Redhead.

The reason I chose this one as my subscription box is because two of these items have been on my mental “wish list” for quite some time, and I’m thrilled that I will finally be tasting them.  And I’m even more excited to learn that three of the five items in this box are local!

Also enclosed in my Foodzie box (as always!) was the card formerly known as the map card (which I guess I should now start calling the theme card), which tells the story behind the Bacon and Bourbon card:

We’ve learned by now that the salty tang of bacon doesn’t pair with everything, but it’s irresistible when paired with peanuts and chocolate.  Bourbon provides a smoky complexity that takes meats and even chocolate to a whole new depth of flavor.  We’ve sourced five of the best Bourbon and bacon products in the country for you to taste.  Each has it’s own special take on at least one of these two memorable ingredients.  You’ll especially enjoy the Bourbon Smoked Paprika, smoked with the wood from old Bourbon barrels, which lends both sweetness and spice to an already memorable spice.  Our canister is sitting right on the Lazy Susan by our stove, ready to be sprinkled on a fried egg.  We loved the idea of taking these two favorite ingredients and putting them into one box.  Enjoy!

I loved the idea too, especially when the box included the bacon jam and the bacon peanut brittle!  I can’t wait to dig in to this box!

Alright, so… I guess I might try another month with Foodzie… and as long as they keep creating tempting boxes such as this one, they may keep me hooked.