My former boss gave me a box of Vosges Chocolate Truffles as a farewell gift, which she braved a Chicago snowstorm to buy. I'd never heard of Vosges before, but I could tell they were pretty fancy just by the packaging.
As soon as I opened up the box, the aroma of cacao and other exotic things breezed out of it. Not only were they fragrant, they were beautiful!
As you can see below, the flavors are all quite interesting. I tried the naga first, with the curry powder and coconut. I don't know who came up with putting curry in chocolate, but it was delectable!
My favorite was the absinthe, with woolloomooloo coming in at a close second. My mother recently gave me some star anise to try cooking with, so I was drawn to that one in particular. Star anise has a distinct, licorice-like flavor that is rich and rare.
The most surprising one was olio d'oliva, which had olive oil and green olives. White chocolate isn't my favorite, but the olives actually added a nice balance to the super-sweetness of the white chocolate!
There isn't a Vosges chocolatier in the DC area (that I could find), but lots of places sell them, including Whole Foods. The only exotic chocolates I've had that hold a candle to these are Co Co. Sala's. (Try the Earl Grey and PB&J!) Both make a lovely gift!
Or, if you're like me, you can just bite into each one to see what's inside and then be forced to eat the rest when no one wants your leftovers.