A Different Chocolate Experience… In My Own Backyard

Oh, do I have a treat for you! No, no-no, I don’t have a free giveaway of chocolate (maybe another time), but I have some information that may send you packing down my way.

If you are a foodie, a chocolatier, or someone who is just plain interested in trying out new concoctions, you have to stop in at Big Top Candy Shop. Located on “SoCo” as us Austinites call it or South Congress Avenue, Big Top is nestled in between many of the cute boutiques, shops, galleries, and eateries that make up the row of old buildings along the street. I always come back, bringing my friends and family, to check out the nostalgia inspiring ambiance and treats.

Every time I visit, overlooking the rows and rows of candy from today and yesteryear, I buy myself a slice of their Chocolate Covered Bacon. Yes folks, chocolate… covered… BACON. Since I eat mine right up, I do not have a photo of my own.

Photo by MoxyJane @ flickr.com

This goes beyond the level of a chocolate covered pretzel! You’ll taste smokey, salty bacon covered in a blanket of double milk chocolate heaven. Interested in trying out other mysterious treats? Big Top also has a chocolate case filled with other goodies like chocolate covered potato chips, orange peels, and banana chips. I personally love the bacon, potato chips and gummy bears dipped in chocolate!

Not everyone is as excited about the bacon as I am. Coworkers and friends all have had mixed reviews, mainly them being: “I like my bacon and my chocolate separate. Not together.” Maybe it’s just the texture or the taste or BOTH! Either way, that leaves more for me and my fiance Jon. Maybe even you – brave enough?

Big Top Candy Shop / 1706 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 / (512) 462-2220

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If you are looking for something conveniently closer to home and the bacon idea isn’t all that scary, let me tell you where to buy another chocolate bacon treat. I picked up a Mo’s Bacon Bar, made by Vosges Haut-Chocolat, at my local World Market for Jon on Valentine’s Day. Luckily, he was *sweet* enough to share and I am so glad that he did!

It was salty, sweet, and euphoric. I am not one to seek chocolate out, but if this bar ever came back into my life by chance – I would not turn it down! It is made with fine, premium ingredients like applewood smoked bacon, Alder wood smoke salt, and deep milk chocolate – 41% cacao. I can just taste the bits of bacon and sprinkles of salt on my tongue again!

Vosges also has other “Exotic” Chocolate Bars: Dark Chocolate Bacon, Red Fire (Mexican ancho, chipotle chillies, & cinnamon), Black Pearl (Ginger, wasabi, & black sesame seeds), and so much more!

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To take this chocolate voyage one step further, I will introduce you to chocolate paired with sushi. Yep, sushi! Close to home, at Hayashi Sushi Bar & Grill in Cedar Park, Texas, they have a roll called The Chocolatier. Not having the exact menu description, I recently remember it having 2 types of salmon, asparagus and avocado, topped off with several different tasty sauces and dark chocolate flakes. All I know is that it melted in my mouth like butter and the colorful array of flavors were perfection.

If you are interested in trying out some of their other flavor packed signature sushi rolls, try Hayashi’s “Foxy Lady”, “Ex-Boyfriend”, “Affair”, or “The Bomb”. They are open late and have happy hour specials, entertainment, and special events!

Hayashi Sushi /1335 E Whitestone Blvd, Suite T-140, Cedar Park TX 78613 / (512) 986-7176 / Also located in Georgetown

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