Ah, Vosges! What is there not to love? The elegance, the purple, the chocolate…
I first stumbled upon Vosges when I was living in Florida. I took a trip back home to Chicago, and I was at the airport, waiting for my delayed flight, when I walked past their shop at O’Hare airport. The entire shop motif is an elegant, white, Victorian look, which forms a stark contrast to emphasize their purple packaging (purple is my favorite color). I ended up purchasing a variety of chocolates for gifts as well as for myself. Since then, I have made a point to wandering into downtown Vosges shops whenever I happen past.
Price wise, Vosges is not your most affordable chocolate, but they are pretty well on par with most high end chocolate shops. A box of two truffles will run you $5.25, four truffles $10.50, nine truffles $26, and so on. Their various flavors of chocolate bars are $7.50 each, or you can purchase smaller bars in various sets for between $8.50 to $33.00.
As for taste, Vosges specializes in savory chocolate flavors. One of their most popular flavors is probably their various bacon chocolates, but they also use ingredients such as African roobios tea, blood orange caramel, sweet Indian curry powder, ginger, wasabi, stout bear, carrots, pink peppercorns, and the list can go on forever. There are also some more traditional ingredients such as toffee, marshmallows, and various flavors of toffee.
An extra bonus to visiting Vosges Boutiques, is that they put out sample dishes of some of their flavors, so if there are some that you are curious about, but you do not want to spend the money on something you might end up hating, you may have the chance to sample it first. They also run deals, and if you sign up for their mailing list, you receive additional offers and coupons.
For me, I think I appreciate the image of Vosges slightly more than the actual taste, as I generally prefer sweet flavors to the savory. The flavors are extremely potent, so it is good if you want to limit your intake of chocolate.