It could have been included with meat, but bacon fans would argue that the combination of sweet chocolate and greasy bacon deserves a stand-alone mention. Chocolatiers seem to agree. The brilliance of the pairing comes from bacon's two most predominant characteristics, salt and fat. When chocolate bars are dotted with bacon bits, the textures melt together on the tongue. Heavy smoke tends to permeate the chocolate and add another layer of complexity.
Vosges' Mo's Bacon Bar collection blends crumbles of applewood smoked bacon and alderwood smoked salt into milk or dark chocolate. As potent as a bacon-infused chocolate bar is, though, some bacon fans crave more. The hardcore pork lovers dip full strips -- thick or thin cut, soft or crispy -- in chocolate.