Yes, I missed Whole Foods. Even though they have a monopoly on the bourgeois central Connecticut area. Even though they cajole me into paying $30 for a pound of raw fish. Even though they have products with stupid names like ‘Paleonola’. I missed them. The Fresh Market in Arkansas just didn’t quite cut it for me. So today, after joining the gym, missing hot yoga, and cleaning my house, I decided to break my streak of responsible adultability and bought a $10 chocolate bar, #noregrets. Vosges has been on my radar and palate for a long time, since the booming success of their bacon chocolate bar. While perusing the cheese section, I found a cheese-infused chocolate bar- a Whole Foods exclusive, with aged parmesan cheese and tellicherry peppercorn.This is part of the Vosges Super Dark line, which uses superfoods and dark chocolate to create clever flavor pairings and allow the consumer to pretend they’re eating well after sweating to Giada’s breasts at the gym. Not that I did that or anything. This particular bar has 72% dark chocolate. It was in the refrigerated section, vaguely cold, near the cheese in the market, but when I got home five minutes later, I found the bar to be oddly soft and malleable. Given the low cocoa fat content of dark chocolate, this was an unusual physical characteristic and gave the chocolate more of a ganache-like, gooey texture than the typical snap of dark chocolate that I expected. I’m not sure why this is. With that bit of heat, the chocolate was accentuated to a ridiculously overwhelming degree. Not to say that it wasn’t good chocolate, but the natural salinity, grassy flavors, and hints of coffee in the base really detracted from what I expected to be the main attraction, the cheese.That being said, the peppercorns were a delightful addition. Peppercorns are no stranger to chocolate, and when they’re too large, they can add an annoyingly spicy rush or odd, synthetic crunch to each bar. These were finely ground and allowed for a pleasant pepper and spice flavor without feeling too bulky within the composition of the bar. For $10, I’d expect to see a better balance of the main ingredients, especially with the cheese so prominently displayed. To me, this more resembles the diffusion Wild Ophelia bars than the haut Vosges standards I’ve come to expect from the company.