Bubble Chocolate: An Expose

In recent months, we've heard tell of a frothy new confection called "bubble chocolate." Let's check it out together, shall we?

Since its debut at Chicago's Candy Expo in June 2006, bubble chocolate has become a favorite treat among American chocoholics. A star turn on The Today Show along the way certainly didn't hurt. A taste sensation in Europe since the 1940s, it's taken a while to jump the pond -- but rumor said it was worth the wait.

That being the case, we decided recently that it was about time for us to determine whether it is, in fact, extreme enough to become an X-Choc favorite. After extensive research, we decided that it is indeed; and in this article, we'll tell you why.

Mmm, yummy

Although it's been described as "chocolate covered bubbles" or "bubbles wrapped in chocolate" -- as if that were even possible! -- bubble chocolate is actually well-aerated chocolate, whipped into such a frenzy that it's more air than candy. Swiss cheese ain't got nothing on this stuff.

Whatever you want to call it, it's become so popular that it's even entered the realm of fantasy (online, anyhow). In the popular game Final Fantasy XI, it's a lighter-than-air confection that can cure all ills. The real thing doesn't float, but some partakers might argue that it does, in fact, have healing properties.

Two, two, two tastes in one!

Medicinal or not, bubble chocolate's biggest claim to fame (besides its bubbly personality) is that it offers two taste sensations wrapped up in one package. Of course, so do bacon chocolate and chocolate-covered ants, but this particular couplet is a result of the extreme bubbles, not extreme ingredients.

The top note, as wine snobs like to say, is dependent on the variety of chocolate you've chosen -- generally dark, milk, or coffee-flavored. Once you've enjoyed that, you get another taste-burst as the chocolate bubbles melt upon your tongue. Heaven!

Tiny bubbles...in the chocolate...

While bubble chocolate is relatively new to us crass Americans, chocolate extremos who've visited Europe might have encountered the popular Aero candy bar, which is basically the same thing. It's just that for some odd reason, no one had bothered to market it in the US. Oh, we have Nestle Crisp, but not this.

At $1.75 per 80-gram bar (that's 2.8 ounces), it's not too expensive, considering that we've paid, what, upwards of six bucks for a sugarless dark chocolate bar and even more for that infamous bacon chocolate. Taste-wise, it's extremely light and lip-smackingly good, especially the dark stuff.

We had a little difficulty finding it in the real world, but it's easily available online (especially in bulk), and it's worth the effort. Let's just be glad that the company that introduced it, Bubble Chocolate, Inc., didn't go with their original name -- Bubble Wrap Candy.