Monday, August 17, 2009

Red Fire Bar

I made the trek into the city to Whole Foods today and this fell into my basket.

RED FIRE BAR - 55% dark cacao Dark chocolate with Mexican ancho y chipotle chilies and Ceylon cinnamon.

Some Spanish priests during the 19th century were said to be wary of the passion inspired by chile peppers, assuming they were aphrodisiacs. A few preached sermons against indulgence in a food which they said was almost as "hot as hell's brimstone."

Avert your eyes, I'm going to take my chances.

24 comments:

  1. Looks like a good base for a mole negro.

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  2. That looks interesting. Don't have a Whole Foods here. I'll have to find out if anyone else around stocks it.

    +1 to BobG on the mole idea. There's a Mom and Pop mexican place called 'El Maya' in Springfield, IL that serves a fantastic polle en mole.

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  3. Just leapt right in there, hmm? I hear that from both wife & daughter on a fairly regular basis. It only happens to me in sporting goods and automotive departments. I'm okay with that.

    Enjoy!

    (wv: minuredd (menu red)- how do they always know?

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  4. ooooooooooo,

    My kind of treat.....chocolate and smoky hot.

    Yum!!

    And I will not avert my eyes! LOL!!

    Bob
    III

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  5. OOOOOHHH, this ought to be interesting! I can't wait for the report
    YeOldFurt

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  6. In the late seventies and early eighties there was a cult/commune here in Arizona that thought capsaicin was the key to spiritual enlightenment. They gathered at natural hot springs around the state, especially on solstice days, ate peppers, got naked, communed with.........something. Despite capsaicin being a staple in my diet, I always thought they were fruitcakes. They did get alot of press though.

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  7. I don't know but that sounds like quite the combination. I would have to muster up a sense of adventure to try that.

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  8. Hmmm... inquiring minds want to know. Let us know if it was awesome!

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  9. (peeks through fingers!)

    WV = rests. I will rest when I am dead.

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  10. I tried one dark chocolote chili flavored bar by Lindt. It started chocolaty with a hint of sweet, and in the end it was all heat.

    Interesting, but not yet a staple of my desert diet...

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  11. Avert my eyes? What, and miss such a spicy dish?

    Jim

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  12. I like spicy food, I like dark chocolate, but I must admit I did not like the two together. A fiend gave a similar bar a few months ago. I hope you enjoy them better then I did. My preference is simply dark chocolate, especially the 70% to 80% bends.

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  13. A good friend of mine makes a chili pepper fudge that is most excellent. I will see if she will give up the recipe. Rey B

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  14. Dagoba makes a bar, Xocolatl, that is not so hot but has s much higher cacao content (74%). Whole Foods has them, and so do some grocery stores. Highly recommended.

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  15. I've never seen or heard of this product but at face value I'm willing to wager it would make a fantastic hot beverage mixed with cocoa.

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  16. Brigid,
    Sounds good. But I like my chocolate more dark, about 65%+.
    I've had some 99% chocolate. No room for any flavoring. Quite the experience. Like the difference between water & whisky. One can be drunk, the other s-l-o-w-l-y sipped and savored.

    Enjoy, & let us know how it is.

    B Woodman
    III

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  17. I love Vosges! I've also been known to put a smidge of cayenne in my home-made chocolate pudding as well (only for my personal consumption). I think chiles and dark chocolate are two tastes that complement each other.

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  18. Whole Foods? My friend calls that place Whole Paycheck!

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  19. World Market sells those, for those who don't have a Whole Earth Foods emporium near-by.
    I prefer the European version of the Lindt with chili and cinnamon. The US version is not bad, but the European tastes more complex to me.
    Then again, I can't taste coffee, so normal people probably should not trust my tastebuds when it comes to things gourmet! :)
    LittleRed1

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  20. ...and the chocolate covered bacon?

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  21. "Some Spanish priests ..., assuming they were aphrodisiacs. A few preached sermons against indulgence in a food ...was almost as "hot as hell's brimstone."

    Avert your eyes, I'm going to take my chances."

    Darn, I was hoping for a range reportsd that found it it WAS an aphrodisiac.

    Oh well, salacious thoughts of our hostess being, ahem, overheated will have to be tabled.

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  22. Vosges makes the Bacon bar too... excellent...
    The bacon's texture is almost like toasted rice, but with some salt and smoke flavor!

    I work about a block away from the huge new Chicago Whole Paycheck and I love the chocolate selection there!

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  23. The whole foods version sits in my desk drawer to stave off madness, one small square at a time. (No, there's not a whole foods in state - it arrived at the end of a favor-for-friends chain.)

    I must admit, I liked the vosges version better, as the fire was not quite so pronounced and prone to leaving me teary-eyed when I was hit with the next interrupt-driven priority. I shall avert my eyes if you promise not to note the suspicious shine in mine!

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