Monday, January 4, 2010

Vosges Bombalinas - Black Pearl Cashews

Vosges Bombalinas - Black Pearl CashewsI like wasabi and ginger, and of course cashews and dark chocolate. So Vosges Bombalinas Black Pearl Cashews, which are 62% dark chocolate covered cashews with ginger, wasabi & sesame seeds should be an amazing mix.

I bought this small box of chocolate covered cashews when I was in Las Vegas in November and I’d completely forgotten that I’ve had the Black Pearl bar from Vosges oh, so many years ago. It could be the reason I forgot was that it wasn’t that memorable. (It’s also entirely possible I’ve eaten too much between then and now ... entirely possible.) Something about Vegas made me spend $9 for less than three ounces of nuts, must be the fact that my honor bar in my hotel room made that seem reasonable.

Bonus featured here include the fact these are gluten free and considered vegan (the confectioners glaze is made from gum arabic and corn syrup, not shellac).

Vosges Bombalinas - Black Pearl Cashews

They are lovely. They are big, luscious cashews. They are expertly panned. So I had no quarrel with that.

The crunch of the nuts was great and the chocolate was dark and rich. But the other notes, the woodsy ginger, the sizzling wasabi and the toasty sesame were all missing. There was a grassy note to the chocolate and some smoky and woodsy qualities, but I really wanted my sizzle and burn. Good dark chocolate covered cashews aren’t hard to find, and since these pack no special punch, I’d say go for the cheaper plain versions.

Did I eat them all? Eventually. Were they worth nine dollars? No. Would I buy them again? Probably not.

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Name: Bombalinas - Black Pearl Cashews
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Vosges Haut-Chocolat
Place Purchased: Vosges (Las Vegas)
Price: $9.00
Size: 2.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Nuts, United States, Vosges, All Natural

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:57 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. i was just snacking on these chocolate minutes ago except mine wasnt really vosges bombalina, it was silverqueen bites smile but its the same chocolate covered cashews

    Comment by ayu on 1/04/10 at 5:38 pm #
  2. I’m so glad to have a reliable source telling me not to bother with these! I remember having the Black Pearl bar and being super disappointed by the fact that I couldn’t taste any sesame, wasabi, or ginger, but I’ve always wondered if these might be better.

    Now I’ll know to save my candy-money for something with stronger whizz-bang flavours smile

    Comment by Hannah on 1/05/10 at 7:37 am #
  3. I am not a chocolate covered nut fan, so love Vosges as I do this wouldn’t rock my world (although I did like the Black Pearl bar).

    But also in the Bombalina line is the Naga Mango (mango with curry enrobed in dark chocolate). OMG I have gone through about 4 boxes of them (one box didn’t make it out of the cab we took from the store to the hotel). Have you tried them?

    Comment by Gigi on 1/05/10 at 2:53 pm #
  4. They sound fabulous!  I agree with what you say about the prices in Vegas; it’s easy to lose perspective.

    Comment by Pam Walter on 1/07/10 at 4:51 am #
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