Chocolate Curry Bites

by Valerie on February 14, 2011 · 9 comments

When I lived in New York, I discovered Vosges Chocolate.  Now they are ubiquitous. I see them at every Whole Foods, and you can even order them on Amazon.  But back then, one had to trek to their actual stores (only a couple of Whole Foods in New York carried their items) and soon my husband  and I had a favorite – the Naga flavor.  A warm mix of rich milk chocolate, coconut and curry.  We would always get a two or four pack of their truffles for special occasions.

By the time we moved to Washington, Vosges bars were at the Whole Foods we shop at here.  So instead of truffles, we would split a Naga bar for special occasions.

Vosges Naga Chocolate Bar, 3-Ounce Bars (Pack of 4)
When I started working with an elimination diet, I was heartened to see many Vosges bars were gluten-free and vegan (see the
FAQ) though sad that my beloved Naga had dairy.  However, since I avoid refined sugars, Vosges never re-entered my life.  Their bars are among the few things I miss from my life pre-elimination diet.  Good greek yogurt is another thing, along with strong cheeses – ok, maybe more than a few, but I don’t think about it much. 

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I had kind of forgotten about Vosges until my husband reminded me.  When I mentioned to him that this month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free, hosted by Naomi of Straight Into Bed CakeFree and Dried, who also happens to be the events’ creator, was Love Potions and Charmed Foods,  my husband immediately said Naga! 

So I made these Chocolate Curry Bites.  Like the Naga, they have creamy coconut and curry flavors, though I definitely dialed down the sweetness.  I love them, and my husband agreed that they were “completely like the Naga, except they are more like Naga without the sugar, but then again you have totally reprogrammed your taste buds” – that said, if you want more sweetness, you could experiment with adding a bit of agave.  the mixture that makes up these bites is pretty dense, a teaspoon of agave should not alter the texture too significantly.

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I made these chocolates more rustic, but you could also shape them into spherical truffles and roll them in additional coconut or curry. Naomi’s request with this month’s GAHIGF was to pick foods that changes your body chemistry for the better. I know chocolate is ubiquitous for that, but coconut and warming spice blends such as curry fit the bill too.  You could always swap the curry for pomegranate or maca, which are also known for such properties. 

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In addition to GAHIGF, I am also submitting this recipe to the Sweet or Savory Kitchen Challenge, hosted by Ricki of Diet, Dessert and Dogs and Kim of Affairs of Living.  This month’s ingredient is stevia! This recipe is both indulgent and gluten-free, so I am also submitting it to Amy’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday. and The Gluten-Free Homemaker’s Gluten-Free Wednesday

Chocolate Curry Bites (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Low-Glycemic, Soy-Free)

Makes two bites

Combine the coconut oil and milk with the vanilla stevia.  Add the remaining ingredients until you have a thick ganache-type mixture.  Divide into two mini cupcake cups (I use silicone ones) and freeze for at least 15 minutes.  If serving bites after they have been in the freezer overnight or longer, allow to thaw for about half an hour before serving.  

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1 Debi Smith February 14, 2011 at 5:07 am

Valerie, I love the idea of this flavor combination! My husband and I both love curry. He goes nuts for coconut. I'm a chocolate fiend – the darker and richer, the better (and healthier). I absolutely love that it's like an amuse-bouche. I'm all about dessert before dinner to whet the appetite. :D Thanks for sharing!

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2 Ricki February 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm

OMG I am totally going to have to try these the SECOND (okay, maybe 10th second) I am back in my kitchen! They sounds and look amazing. Never tried Vosges but boy does this flavor combo sound fabulous. Thanks for another creative and delicious submission to the SOS–your entries are always amazing. :)

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3 Maggie February 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I really need to branch out when it comes to chocolate! I can't even imagine how these would taste! Can you send me some please?

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4 withoutadornment February 16, 2011 at 6:02 am

I don't know why, but these remind me of the movie Chocolat with the interesting flavour combination. I'll have to try it sometime!

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5 Wendy @ Celiacs in the House February 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Theo Chocolate has a coconut and curry chocolate bar that I love. I have all this stuff in my pantry, but never would have thought to recreate this favorite combo. Guess that's why I have to visit your blog. I did my first post on my new site for Linda's Gluten-Free Wednesdays. Stop by, but excuse the mess.

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6 Cheryl Harris March 2, 2011 at 1:55 am

mmm…how did I miss these 1st time around? Just saw them in the GAHIGF roundup

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7 The Healthy Apple March 7, 2011 at 1:49 am

I love Voskos Chocolate…living in NYC I always purchase their dark chocolate and use it in all of my gluten-free baking and cooking, too as it's perfect for chili recipes and even added to pasta sauce for a little sweetness instead of adding honey or sugar.
Great recipe; thank you for sharing.

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