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If you haven't treated yourself to a chocolate bacon truffle or two yet, then you're suffering needlessly.

What's that you say? You didn't even know such a confection existed? Well, neither did Your Humble Author until he came across one in a high-end chocolate shop. Having had the infamous Vosges chocolate bacon bar in the past, there was no way I was going to pass up this little chunk of ambrosia.

It was worth the cost -- which, by the way, was substantial, though not as bad as I had feared. I'll get back to that in a bit.

Many of us have helped ourselves to the occasional chocolate truffle, one of those earthly delights that uses ganache as a stand-in for the subterranean fungus the candy somewhat resembles.

It would seem logical to consider a chocolate truffle something like a mushroom dipped in chocolate, since most of us realize that true truffles are, in fact, a kind of underground fungus that's traditionally dug out of European soil using specially trained pigs. But in this case, the term "truffle" is a most often a misnomer.

As a matter of fact, with most of these truffles -- as with some other fine foods -- the food in question contains not a trace of its expected prime ingredient. In other words, with rare exceptions, there are no fungi in the chocolate version of truffles. Let us explain, if we can.

Caramel, fudge, and cherry crème are hardly unusual chocolate flavors. In fact, you find them in every box of Christmas candies, right alongside other standbys like mint, coconut, and orange crème. If you're dealing with a really adventurous company, you might find something like chilies or cereal crunch hidden in your chocolate delight. But that's not the end of the story when it comes to chocolate flavors!

Fusion cuisine, the newest trend in cooking, means blending flavors that don't traditionally go together and, well, seeing what happens. In the world of chocolate, that means some pretty interesting ideas, ranging from pop rocks buried in chocolate truffles to olive and balsamic vinegar laced treats.