bottom photo courtesy of Al NassmaSometimes dreams really do come true! Back in July I read about the new line of camel milk-based chocolate bars produced in Dubai and immediately added it onto my wish list. Yesterday I was walking through Union Square towards the subway in a post-work haze, ipod blaring, when my attention was arrested by a lone man with a basket of candy bars handing out free samples (and who can resist checking into that further?). He turned out to be a (very good) representative for the Al Nassma brand and not only provided me with samples of all their exotic flavors but was also selling the candy bars at a fraction of the ordinary price. It was so my day. For $2.50 each I purchased both the Spices Arabia bar and the Macadamia Nut and Orange Zest bar (Ordinarily each bar will retail for a little under $10. However, if you go to the brand's website, the bars retail for 7.50 each and are delivered with free shipping, even if you order only one! Good to know!). Both of these flavors blew me away and were unlike any chocolate confection I've encountered before. First off, camel milk chocolate is delicious! It's really smooth and mellow, a hard almost brittle consistency that melts surprisingly quickly. The Arabia bar is laced with Cardamom and some other spices that leave the most amazing aftertaste behind. It's perfect for pairing with a hot black coffee or tea. The Orange Zest in the Macadamia Bar tastes Fresh and juicy, not like orange "flavor" dropped into the batch. Instead, the citrus sparkles out of this nut-heavy bar. Eating these bars is a little bit like trying Willy Wonka's everlasting gobstopper- the taste of chocolate predominates at first and only after it begins to melt away do the secondary flavors build and build to surpass the chocolate. I highly recommend Al-Nassma chocolate products and believe that camel milk may be the next big ingredient to reckon with!