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Luxury chocolate-maker creates “Hunger Games” themed bonbons

The Katniss chocolate bar by Vosges Haut-Chocolat is flavored with bacon and apples. - AFP pic, November 20, 2013.The Katniss chocolate bar by Vosges Haut-Chocolat is flavored with bacon and apples. - AFP pic, November 20, 2013.If the main "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss Everdeen were a confectionery, the lady warrior would be a bar of milk chocolate, flavored with hickory-smoked bacon and accented by sweet, crisp apples.

That’s according to premium Chicago-based chocolate-maker Vosges Haut-Chocolat, which has released a range of new products inspired by the blockbuster sci-fi hit.

Launched to coincide with the highly anticipated silver screen sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the new Vosges chocolate series ranges from a luxury $225 truffle collection dubbed The Capitol to $5 chocolate bars created to represent some of the different districts of the dystopian state.

To evoke District 10, for instance, where livestock is produced, the chocolate bar combines a smoky, salty, mesquite-flavored beef jerky with milk chocolate.

Earthy, chipotle chilis are likewise used to conjure up images of District 7’s lumber industry. The District chocolate bars are part of the company's grocery store brand Wild Ophelia and are sold at Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway.

Vosges chocolatier Katrina Markoff also retells the sci-fi adventure through her luxury, pre-party, 18-course chocolate tasting collection.

Included in The Capitol Truffle Collection are 36 bonbons in flavors like rosemary, pink peppercorn and white chocolate as well as coconut, banana and dark chocolate, rolled in coconut charcoal ash.

But the box set goes beyond just chocolate. Underneath the luxury bonbons are 16 vials of crushed violet petals, pearl dust, gold leaf and matcha tea and a set of mixology instructions that allow fans to create cocktail pairings for different truffles.

Company founder Katrina Markoff is an award-winning chocolatier who has apprenticed under Spanish culinary legend Ferran Adria. Vosges has also been named one of the top 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World by National Geographic.

“The Hunger Games” chocolates are the latest food or wine cinematic and TV tie-up.

"Downton Abbey" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" both have their own line of wines while "Breaking Bad" has its own beer. – AFP/Relaxnews, November 20, 2013.

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