These “anytime” bars are especially fine Halloween gifts for your connosseiur friends and family. The Black N’ Burnt Barley Bar has crow imagery. Quoth the raven, “give me lots of these” (all photos © Omnom Chocolate).
 The Burnt N’ Black Barley Bars have bits of roasted barley that add a wonderful nuance to the bars. Shown: the front and back of the bars.
 The Coffee + Milk Bar is wrapped with bat imagery—a Nordic folk animal that’s also a Halloween icon.
 Close-up on the bat label.
 There are sets of bars for the holidays, and individual bars for stocking stuffers.
 Hearts and swans are available year-round, and in special packaging for Valentine’s Day.
 The Superchocoberry Barleynibbly Nuttyliciou Bar, with a foxy label and Reykjavik’s volcano in the background.
Have you had any foods from Iceland? You can probably find skyr, a.k.a. Icelandic yogurt, at your nearest Whole Foods. But you’d probably have to head to the icy land itself to try the national dish, hákarl—fermented shark. It’s made with Greenland shark, a cousin of the Great White. A catch means lots to eat: The shark grows to an average of 21 feet long and hits the scales at 2,200 pounds—more than a ton (2,000 pounds). The bigger boys reach 24 feet and 3,100 pounds.
Now, chase that image from your mind, toward what might be Reykjavik’s greatest treat: chocolate from Omnom Chocolate, a confectionary shop located on the premises of the chocolate factory.
The bean-to-bar* artisan line is so wonderful that we put Reykjavik on our destination list. If the chocolate that’s available in the U.S. is this charming, what about those ice cream sundaes? Yes, we’ll walk into the Reykjavik shop and say, “We came from New York for the ice cream!”
And for the chocolate bars and almonds, too, of course!
Each bar has a beautifully designed wrapper that embraces an animal from Scandinavian folklore. The designs are so enchanting that we haven’t thrown out the empty wrappers. We’ll re-purpose them for something nice.
Just in time for Halloween, we’re highlighting two bars that celebrate the holiday:
The Black N’ Burnt Barley Bar, whose “folklore animal” is the crow. Inspired by the volcanic island that is Iceland, this pitch-black chocolate bar (the color is from activated charcoal) is made with real lava salt, boasting a rich toasty flavor of malt and barley. Yes, there’s some sweetness as well; but part of the loveliness is that it’s not a conventionally sweet chocolate bar. It’s an eye-opening example of what a chocolate bar can be.
The Coffee + Milk Bar’s folklore animal is the bat. Coffee lovers will want to keep these “in stock” at home. The coffee and milk notes are delish, and each bar contains as much caffeine as a shot of espresso.
Both of these are flavored white chocolate bars. If you haven’t embraced white chocolate in the past, you’ll want to give these bars a big kiss!
Beyond Halloween, look toward the holidays and your weekly chocolate treat, 52 weeks a year.
OMNOM’S REMARKABLE CHOCOLATE
This alluring, small-batch chocolate line comprises chocolate bars and what the industry calls panned products†, like chocolate-covered almonds. Many of the ingredients are organic.
Not only is the packaging enchanting; the bars have a lovely grid on one side and the inclusions on the other side. These are chocolate bars to admire before you take a bite.
The flavor pairings are inspired by Iceland.
Their combination of chocolate and lakkrís (Icelandic for licorice) is a local bestseller. (Salted black licorice is very popular in Scandinavia.)
Their milk chocolate has distinctive notes of the fermented milk‡ commonly used in Iceland.
It was love at first bite for us. While some of these chocolate flavors may be less familiar, if you have a palate that wants more and more, you must try these! Buy the whole line (seriously!). Shipping is free to the U.S. and Canada, on orders of $50 or more.
The Chocolate Bars
Black N’ Burnt Barley Bar (BEST SELLER)
Caramel Chocolate Bar
Coffee + Milk Bar (BEST SELLER)
Cookies + Cream Bar (whole chocolate cookies embedded in white chocolate—WOW)
Lakkris + Sea Salt Bar
Lakkris + Raspberry Bar
Sea Salted Almonds Bar (BEST SELLER)
Sea Salted Toffee Bar
SuperchocoberryBarley NibblyNuttylicious Bar
Milk Chocolate Bars: Single Origin Madagascar, Nicaragua and Tanzania
Dark Chocolate Bars: Single Origin Madagascar, Nicaragua and Tanzania
Single Origin Chocolate Bars
Mango Passion Chocolate Almonds
Resistance is futile, but the rewards are great!
Co-founder Kjartan Gíslason worked as a chef across Europe for nearly two decades before discovering bean-to-bar chocolate. He teamed up with his childhood friend Óskar Þórðarson to begin sourcing cacao beans around the world.
They set up a small production lab and were joined by pastry chef Karl Viggó Vigfússon and designer André Úlfur Visage, the creative force behind Omnom’s striking packaging.
The name Omnom is the Icelandic version of the American nom nom nom (or num num num, depending on how your mother spoke it). They got it right, except that nom nom is modest. We might have gone for Yippee!
There’s free shipping over $50 to the U.S. and Canada. Head to OmnomChocolate.com. You won’t have any problem selecting $50-worth.
Some products are available on Amazon. But Amazon charges their sellers a 30% commission. Let all the money go to Omnom, so they can continue to create ravishing chocolate.
*Bean to bar means that the company buys raw cacao beans and toasts and blends them to their own unique formula. The opposite of bean-to-bar is purchasing the chocolate ready-made to be melted by the chocolatier and turned into bars and bonbons. This ready chocolate is known as couverture (coo-ver-TYOOR).
†Panned products get their name because the handmade products are coating by tossing them in a pan with chocolate. Chocolate-covered nuts are an example.
‡Fermented milk products are also known as fermented dairy products, cultured dairy foods, cultured dairy products, and cultured milk products. They are dairy foods that have been fermented with lactic acid bacteria such as Lactobacillus. Buttermilk and kefir are examples.