There are plenty of people around the world who will argue long and hard that chocolate is better than sex. These people have clearly never had the misfortune to come across one of the bars on this list. Despite being incredibly delicious when paired with something as straightforward as milk and sugar, people seem determined to do all sorts of awful things to candy. Some of the results are ridiculous. Coming in all sorts of shapes and sizes, here are seven seriously strange chocolate bars from around the world.
1. Bean sandwich
There isn’t a country on earth that loves a chocolate bar as much as the Japanese love Kit Kats. Over the years, the island nation has come up with several mad flavour combinations, but this idea might just take the biscuit. Based on a popular Japanese red bean sandwich known as adzuki, this bar is baffling on every level.
2. Potato Vodka
Austrian chocolatiers Zotter have in the past been dubbed the world’s “Most Creative Chocolate Company”, which in itself should provide plenty of warning to potential shoppers. Of all their “creative” concoctions, this bar filled with a vodka infused sweet potato ganache might just be the most surprising.
3. Cheese and Onion Crisps
Even though you should never judge a book by it’s cover, it’s hard when the cover looks this horrible. Made by twisted minds at Irish potato chip manufacturer Tayto, this sweet and savoury treat features a milk chocolate bar laced with cheese and onion flavoured chunks. Despite it’s odd collection of ingredients, the bar has actually proved something of a hit.
4. Cream Cheese
If you thought that stuffing chocolate with cream cheese is a concept that could never possibly make commercial sense, you would, apparently, be wrong. Popular in Japan and across Southeast Asia, this bar comes courtesy of Ghana - a company who apparently aren’t content with making food that we know tastes nice.
It’s always worth introducing tasty things to one another in the off chance that you discover something awesome. Bacon and chocolate, however, might just be a bridge too far. Even if it tastes good, there’s something seriously obscene about eating something that’s this indulgent. Hang your head in shame.
If there’s a bar that better epitomises the phrase “less is more”, we’re yet to find it. Pair pizza with almost anything and you’ll end up with something tasty, but stuffing it inside a cube of white chocolate is just wrong on every level. If you’re looking for a way to ruin two great food groups in one fell swoop, this could be it.
We mentioned earlier the Japanese propensity towards crazy Kit Kats. Even a world where bean sandwich flavour is a thing, nothing tops the strange chocolate charts like the decision to introduce fish into the equation. A limited edition run featuring the flavours of tuna, egg and sea urchin, sushi chocolate is living proof that there is no limit to man’s hubris.
For some people, a Bounty or Peanut M&M might be all the adventure that they can handle from their chocolate. If you know someone like this, you’d be well advised to steer them clear from some of the options on this list. If they freak out over some coconut, imagine what they’ll do when they discover that sushi is potentially on the menu.