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Chocosphere purchase: $50 bargain bag, 3 months x $50 monthly subscription
arrived 27 April 2016
Venchi: Venichi Biologico 70% Cacao dark chocolate; cacao fino aromatico Criollo Blanco e nacional Amendolado; 70g; 70%; cocoa, sugar cane, cocoa butter; Ecuador ~$10 http://www.venchi.com/uk/organic-blend-dark-chocolate-bar-70-cocoa.html
perfectly balanced and unbitter dark chocolate. (The organic ad copy is over the top, though.)
Guido Gobino: Dark Chocolate Bar Extra Bitter Blend; $5?; 63%; 55g; cocoa, cane sugar, cocoa butter 3 starsDespite the name, mild, pleasant, inoffensive. Almost a bit like milk chocolate.
Guido Gobino: Dark Chocolate Bar Blend; 70%; $5?; 55g; cocoa cane sugar, cocoa butter 2.5 starsVery similar to the 63%, but the extra 7% somehow comes with a slightly sour aftertaste reminiscent of the distinct sourness of Hershey milk chocolate, making it somewhat worse.
Valrhona: Noir Alpaco, Floral and Oaky; Ecuador; 66%; 70g; $6.95; cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract 4 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/t-z/valrhona/alpaco-bar.html
The majority of the cacao used for Alpaco (66% Cocoa) comes from the Ecuadorian Arriba bean. It combines strength and sophistication, offering delicate floral aromas of jasmine and orange blossom, intimately and intricately intertwined with deep cacao notes.
One of the first I've tried using vanilla, I think it makes a big difference. The inoffensive dark chocolate aspect of the Guido Gobino is here augmented by the, yes, 'floral and oaky' overtones and the vanilla.
Pralus: Djakarta: 75%; 100g; $8.35?; cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/j-p/pralus/djakarta-bar.html
Fresh and subtle, woody aroma with wild mushrooms, slightly acid and long on the palate. Cocoa origin: Indonesia. 75% Cocoa, 100g/3.5oz.
Michel Cluizel; Plantation Mokaya; 70g; 66%; Mexico; cocoa, cane sugar, cocoa butter, Bourbon vanilla pod $6.7 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/j-p/michel-cluizel/dark-mokaya-bar.html 3 stars
Crafted from cacao grown on the Mokaya plantation in the Mexican state of Chiapas, this chocolate perpetuates the local age-old tradition of producing a unique chocolate taste. First to burst into the mouth, the powerful notes of cocoa and fruits which then transition into dried fruit flavors. Certified organic by Arigculture Biologique.
Domori: Il Blend 70% dark chocolate. 70%, $4.45, 25g, cocoa mass, cane sugar https://www.chocosphere.com/default/blend-line-il-blend-bar.html 3 stars
Il Blendis the archetype of chocolate. Sweet, round, and balanced in flavor, thanks to Criollo, the source of excellence of this formula. A combination of fine plants, fermentation technique, and method of processing. Extremely long persistence and extraordinary balance. Also, the new
Il Blendbar is of reduced thickness to improve the tasting experience
Domori: Il Blend 100% dark chocolate. 100%, $4.45; 25g, cocoa mass/ 1 star https://www.chocosphere.com/default/blend-line-il-100-bar-25g.html
The same blend of cacao as in the
Il Blendchocolate bar but with no added sugar. Pure and unadulterated. A bold and very palatable tasting experience.
Chalky, bitter, dry, inedible. This tastes exactly like dark baking chocolate or dark cocoa powder eaten straight, and is a reminder of why
purityis an ignis fatuus of chocolate. 100% is the reductio ad absurdum of the belief that higher cacao percentage is better. It is bizarre that Domori sells it, and more bizarre that anyone buys it (I didn’t, it was part of the subscription). If it was being sold as baking chocolate, that would be one thing, but Domori intends this for eating, with the box saying
The long-lasting flavor and extraordinary balance of this product make for a unique sensory experience.Well, I can agree that the
long-lasting flavordoes indeed
make for a unique sensory experience- and not one I intend to repeat. Even eating a roasted cocoa bean is more pleasant. May be usable as a substitute for powder or for baking.
Domori: Arriba Ecuador, 70%, 25g; cocoa mass, cane sugar 3 > features hazelnut, banana and citrus notes. Fresh and mellow. Domori: Cacao Criollo Puertofino, 70%, 25g, cocoa mass, cane sugar 3 > It has notes of caramel, tobacco, walnuts, papaya, brushwood, mushrooms, and dates. Domori: Teyuna Columbia, 70%, 25g, cocoa mass, cane sugar 3 > Features cashew and honey notes and a sweet, long-lasting flavor. Nutty aftertaste Domori: Cacao Criollo Guasare, 70%, 25g, cacao mass, cane sugar 2.5 > The father of all Criollos. It is an ancient cacao with notes of white flowers, toffee, cream, and extraordinary elegance. Flat, somewhat bitter, with coffee overtones. Domori: Cacao Criollo Puertomar, 75%, 25g, cocoa mass, cane sugar 2 > Puertomar has notes of cream, spices, almonds and cherry jam with excellent smoothness and sweetness. Bitter and unpleasantly sour.
Cacao Prieto: 72%, Dominican Republic; 85g; cacao, cane sugar; 3 stars $7.95 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/a-c/cacao-prieto/cprt-72-bar-85g.html
Handcrafted from single origin, Dominican cacao, the original 72% criollo bar, as with the rest of the criollo line, is produced from some of the oldest and finest criollo cacao strains in the DR. Roasted in small batches this chocolate bar contains notes of berry, and undertones of burgundy and oak, with an earthy richness that showcases the beautiful terroir of this chocolate.
Bonnat: Vale do Juliana Bresil dark chocolate, 75%; $12.25 Brazil; cocoa beans, cocoa butter, sugar; 100g 3.5 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/juliana-75-dark-chocolate-bar.html
The Juliana Plantation is located in the heart of the protected area of Pratigi. For twenty years, farmers have embarked on a rigorous selection of the best cacao, to offer the quality that has made the Brazilian bean a reference point for others. The planters follow the advanced social model initiated by Norberto Odebrecht and is a dazzling example of economic justice. This chocolate will impart the fine fruit flavors of Brazil and the spirit of the people who work there.
Moist and sweet with a slight floral aftertaste.
Pura Delizia: 73%, Venezuela, 100g; $8.95 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/j-p/pura-delizia/pdza-venezuela-bar-100g.html ; cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin
The magic of chocolate, the excellence of prime beans, and heady spicy notes: a whole world in a single bar. With 73% of single origin cocoa painstakingly selected on the plantations of Venezuela to give a special aroma to the chocolate.
Pura Delizia: 65%, Dominican Republic, 100g, $8.95 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/j-p/pura-delizia/pdza-domrep-bar-100g.html cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin. 2 stars
A delicious single origin, made with Trinitario cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic. Bursting with tobacco flavors and an underlying note of roasted almonds.
tobaccomay be more apt than
Pura Delizia: 75%, Vietnam, 100g; $8.95 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/j-p/pura-delizia/pdza-vietnam-bar-100g.html ; cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin. 3 stars
An explosion of cocoa fragrance, enriched with citrus and wood notes. A special chocolate with a great deal of character.
Kah Kow: Organic Dark Chocolate 70%, Dominican Republic, 50g, $5.50 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/j-p/kah-kow/70-bar-50g.html, Cocoa liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla, soy lecithin. 4 stars
Kah Kow Dark 70% bar. This amazing bean to bar dark chocolate has beautiful notes of red fruits and prunes; followed by the intense flavors of roasted coffee and cacao. There is an elegant lingering note of subtle bitterness and a long lasting licorice finish. Kah Kow chocolates are Rainforest Certified, Agriculture Bio UE/UE, USDA Organic, Dominican Republic Organic, Control IMO. …The initial attack displays beautiful note of red fruits and prunes; followed by intense flavors of roasted coffee and cacao, ending with an elegant subtle bitterness and a long lasting licorice relish.
Kah Kow, Chocolate de Referencia: 55%, Dominican Republic, 50g, $5.50 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/j-p/kah-kow/55-bar-50g.html ; Cocoa liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla, soy lecithin
This amazing bean to bar dark chocolate has a unique balance of ingredients. This recipe reveals an initial hint of acidic Caribbean fruits, followed by an alluring sweetness. This bar ends with a note of licorice and dried figs. Kah Kow chocolates are Rainforest Certified, Agriculture Bio UE/UE, USDA Organic, Dominican Republic Organic, Control IMO …The unique balance of ingredients in this recipe reveals an initial slight hint of acidulous Caribbean fruits, then some sweetness arises, ending on a note of licorice and dried figs.
Kah Kow, Organic Extra Dark Chocolate: 82%, Dominican Republic, 50g, $5.50 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/j-p/kah-kow/82-bar-50g.html
This amazing bean to bar dark chocolate has beautiful notes of red fruits and prunes; followed by the intense flavors of roasted coffee and cacao. There is an elegant lingering note of subtle bitterness and a long lasting licorice finish. Kah Kow chocolates are Rainforest Certified, Agriculture Bio UE/UE, USDA Organic, Dominican Republic Organic, Control IMO …Its smell reminds us of the flavorful aromas of the roasted nuts, which slowly give place to the scent of Green moss. In the mouth a typical relish of cocoa arises powerfully, then licorice; it finishes with an elegant dry bitter note.
Domori: Sur del Lago, Venezuela, 70%, 25g, cocoa mass, cane sugar $4.50 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/dm-cru-70-25g-sur-del-lago-clasificado-bar-cs.html 3 stars
Domori Sur del Lago Cru bar. This distinctive Cru chocolate contains trinitario-type cacaos with a high content of criollo genotype. The cacao used to make this chocolate is grown in the Andean region of Venezuela. It has mild notes of almond and coffee, excellent finesse, smoothness and finish. …With its almond and coffee notes, Sur del Lago is extremely elegant with a round, long-lasting flavour.
Francois Pralus: Bresil Forastero 75% 100g 75% cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin $8.90 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/j-p/pralus/bresil-bar.html 2.5 stars
Single plantation chocolate. Powerful nose, well-balanced, coffee, cocoa and woody aromas. …We source our beans from the Monte Alegre plantation located in Itacare, along the Rio de Contas, in the South of Bahia. Cacao Badaro is a family tradition with more than 100 years of history in the magical world of cacao. Using environmentally friendly technologies: shade grown, organic and biodynamic, they have achieved outstanding productivity and quality. You know how Francois Pralus works his chocolate, imagine the two cmbined and you have our Brazil bar. A hint of raisin blending into grapefruit/pomelo notes with an earthy grass/hay finish. Cocoa origin: Brazil.
Boringly bitter (in the baking chocolate direction).
Dolfin: Chocolat Noir, Oranges Ameres D’Espagne; 30g; $2.50; coca mass (60%), sugar, orange (5%), cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural orange flavor, natural vanilla. Dark chocolate with bitter orange. https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/d-i/dolfin/dolfin-chocolat-noir-oranges-ameres-d-espagne-mini-bar-30g.html 3 stars
60% cacao. Dark chocolate harmoniously blended with the zingy freshness of Seville oranges.
Ethereal Confections: Inclusion chocolate bar; 64g; $7.50; cacao beans (66%), cane juice, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, candied ginger, candied orange pell, coriander. Dark chocolate topped with coriander, candied orange peel & ginger. http://www.etherealconfections.com/inclusion-bar-ginger-orange.html 5 starsThis sounds like a bizarre combination of ingredients, and my first dubious thought looking at the label was
no wonder this didn’t sell and was put in my bargain bag- candied orange is a reasonable combination with dark chocolate, but ginger is questionable (not used too much outside of gingerbread men and ginger snaps because it’s such an overwhelming flavor) and coriander? That’s a spice I use frequently in cooking for carrots, but I couldn’t imagine why it would be paired with dark chocolate, much less embedded as chunks on the top of a dark chocolate bar. But to my surprise, it’s extremely tasty! As you bite in, you savor the aroma and taste of the ginger, which mixes with the spiciness of the coriander followed by the orange making itself known and it all being embedded in a rising dark chocolate flavor, for a highly effective combination. I couldn’t help myself and finished the whole bar in an hour. This combo probably isn’t for everyone but it sure worked for me.
Taza Chocolate: Dark chocolate Mexicano Coffee; 77g; $4.50; cacao beans (55%), cane sugar, coffee beans 4 starsAdopting a coarse chocolate texture with visible sugar crystals, the coffee flavoring turns out to combine harmoniously with the dark chocolate for a hearty & savory taste. While I normally hate anything coffee-flavored, I liked this and ate both disks quickly.
Pacari: Chile (chili peppers & spices); 50g; $4.49; Ecuador; cacao mass, can sugar, cacao butter, sunflower lecithin, chili, coriander, salt; 60% https://www.chocosphere.com/default/pcri-merken-spice-bar-cs.html 1 star
Pacari Single-Origin Chili Spice Bar .For those who like their chocolate picante, but want more than just fire, this bar combines rich dark organic chocolate with Merken, a chili spice traditionally used by the indigenous Mapuche people of Chile. It gives the heat of chili but with a spicy, smoky flavor.
Amedei: Toscano Blond Bar with Peaches and Apricots; 50g; $6.39; 63%; https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/on-sale/amdi-toscano-blond-chocolate-bar-ps.htmlcocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, dried fruit (peach , apricot) (10%), vanilla. 4 stars
Amedei Toscano Blond mellows intense 63% cocoa content chocolate with the addition of bits of peaches and apricots. Recipes conceived to enhance the flavor of the Amedei’s premium chocolate.
Bahlsen: Choco Leibniz (butter biscuits covered with milk chocolate); 125g; $3 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/blsn-butter-milk.html
A lavish layer of European milk chocolate tops this original all-butter biscuit. Choco Leibniz proudly displays its name in chocolate, lest the bliss of eating it makes you forget.
Biscuit here means a pasty-like shortbread, the sort of crispier quasi-bread you see a lot of in sweets and treats for children. This is a cut above that sort of stuff, and though it’s just milk chocolate, it’s a pleasant pairing.
Domori: cubetti d’arancia (candied orange covered with dark chocolate); 50g; $4; candied orange peels, cocoa 72%; 2 starsThe orange filling was tasteless, leaving the dark chocolate to do all the work, and there was much less dark chocolate.
Domori: Fave di cacao, intere tostate e sgusciate (whole shelled and roasted cocoa beans); 100g; $19.95? https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/d-i/domori/dm-kashaya-fave-di-cacao-criollo.htmlI was not sure how one uses whole roasted cocoa beans. I tried eating one and while it had an interesting flavor which combined nuttiness with chocolate and a coffee-like aroma, it was not that enjoyable. Apparently they can be ground up into nibs and turned into cocoa liquor, which can be used in various kinds of baking or to make regular chocolate or to make Mayan-style hot chocolate. I wound up grinding them in a food processor (I overdid the grinding and the powder became hard and stuck together), followed by boiling it in 5 cups of whole milk for ~10 minutes and steeping for an hour. With some tablespoons of sugar, plus vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and red pepper, it was… OK? Somewhat gritty but tasted a lot like what I would expect making hot chocolate from dark cocoa powder would be like.
Kane Candy: Marbled Chocolate Heart Cups, includes chocolate decorating curls (4 cups holding ~17g each); intended for serving chocolate or fruits or desserts in. I have no particular use for them.
Overall lessons learned:
- I tend to prefer dark chocolates with 60-80% cocoa. Less, and it starts to become too sweet or, if milk chocolate, too sour (especially Hershey’s). More, and it becomes horrible, culminating in 100% cacao which is not fit to eat. Vanilla is a good addition.
- Single-origin bars really do taste distinct and difference and have more complicated flavors. Is it worth the premium? Unsure. Often the complication is through adding more unpleasant flavors. More flavors != better: they have to synergize.
- I enjoy hazelnuts more than I thought
- Dark chocolate on its own is nice, but is also boring. The tastiest chocolates are a combination - the best bar of them all was the coriander+ginger+chocolate bar.
- The Chocosphere monthly subscription was not a ripoff, but it was more expensive than the bargain-basement, especially since it required multiple costly shipments. I would have been better off sinking the same money into a single big order of everything in the Chocosphere bargain-basement (especially since dark chocolate keeps for a long time).
- the cost per dose of dark chocolate is not convincing. I like dark chocolate as much as I like high-quality tea, but whereas a $9 dark chocolate bar might weight 100g and I get perhaps 5 snacks out of it (at 20g a piece, anything less is unsatisfying), $9 could also buy me 50g of good tea - and I only need ~1g of tea per mug (and might get a second mug out of it if it’s a tea that resteeps well). So the tea is >5x more cost-effective, while the dark chocolate is roughly on par with mead for costliness. To compete, the dark chocolate bar needs to be around $0.9 instead or ~$10/kg; this is a difficult price to reach (for example, the 70% Kah Kow I rated 4 stars is available at $11/0.5kg https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/chef/blocks/70-bloc-500g.html which is close - but only if I buy at least 12 of them or $132. Other blocks are more expensive: https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/chef/blocks.html)
Bargain Basement order:
Dolfin Chocolat Au Lait Noisette Mini Bar [Milk chocolate with hazelnuts] 4 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/dn-chocolat-au-lait-noisette-mini-bar-30g-cs.html 30g sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, hazelnuts, soy lecithin, vanilla $2.50 38%
Dolfin’s Chocolate Au Lait Noisette. The sweetness of milk chocolate is enlivened by hazelnuts. Crunchy chocolate with a powerful hit that leaves a light, aromatic note in the mouth.
Dolfin Chocolat Noir Aux Feuilles De Menthe 3.5 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/dolfin-chocolat-noir-aux-feuilles-de-menthe.html 70g $4.95 52% > Dolfin’s Dark Chocolate (52% Cocoa) with pieces of Mint Leaves. These Dolfin Chocolate bars are Non-GMO and made by blending Belgian Chocolate with other natural ingredients to achieve unique, unusual, and delicious chocolate flavors! All Dolfin Belgian Chocolate bars come in a unique resealable plastic pouch. Enjoy the chocolate as the urge strikes you, then keep the rest fresh until you want more!
Dagoba 12-Bar Assortment 24oz https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/d-i/dagoba/12-bar-assortment-box.html 680g $32.25
Dagoba superberry 2.5 stars 56g 74% cacao beans, cane sugar, cacao butter, soy lecithin, cane sugar, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, acai, sunflower oil, canola oil, milk $2.69 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/superberry-organic-dark-chocolate-bar.html > Dagoba’s Superberry bar combines blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and acai with 74% rich dark chocolate producing a chocolate bar that explodes with flavor and provides the ultimate chocolate experience.
Dagoba lavender blueberry 2 stars 56g cacao beans, cane sugar, cacao butter, soy lecithin, blueberries, cane sugar, lavender oil, milk 59% $2.69 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/lavender-organic-dark-chocolate-bar.html > Dagoba
Lavender Bar. A uniquely wonderful blending of flavor! Dagoba’s signature rustic grown organic dark chocolate is infused with lavender essence and organic wild sun-dried blueberries.
Dagoba mint:2 stars dark chocolate (59%), mint, and rosemary essence 56g, cacao beans, cane sugar, cacao butter, soy lecithin, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, milk; an ordinary dark chocolate flavored with mint and a disturbing hint of rosemary. As much as I like rosemary in my cooking and my garden, the combination does not work. The rosemary comes off as… sour? Wrong? Eating three bars of this did not change my mind. The flavor doesn’t work any more than the lavender does.
Dagoba Beaucoup Berries 4 stars 56g 74% cacao beans, cane sugar, cacao utter, soy lecithin, cane sugar, cranberries, cherries, vanilla, milk harmoniously subtle blending of the cherry/cranberry flavor, in little crystallized chunks, with the dark chocolate.
Dagoba milk chocolate 3 stars 56g $2.69 cane sugar, cacao butter, cacao beans, milk, soy lecithin 37%
Dagoba New Moon rich dark chocolate 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/d-i/dagoba/new-moon-74-organic-dark-chocolate-bar.html $2.69 56g 74% cacao beans, cane sugar, cacao butter, soy lecithin, milk > Dagoba’s New Moon is very intense rustic grown organic dark chocolate with just a little hint of sweetness
Dagoba Dark Chocolate 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/d-i/dagoba/organic-dark-chocolate-bar.html $2.69 56g 59% cacao beans, cane sugar, cacao butter, soy lecithin, milk > Dagoba Dark Bar. A rich and full bodied rustic grown organic dark chocolate bar, 59% cocoa, for chocoholics who like dark with a bit more sweetness than found in New Moon
Dagoba Eclipse extra strong dark chocolate 2.5 stars $2.69 56g 87% cacao beans, cane sugar, cacao butter, soy lecithin, milk A bit chalky and bitter
Dagoba Xocolatl rich dark chocolate, chilies & nibs 3 stars 56g $2.69 74% cacao beans, cane sugar, cacao butter, soy lecithin, cacao nibs, chili powder, citrus oil, vanilla extract, nutmeg oil, milk https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/d-i/dagoba/xocolatl-organic-dark-chocolate-bar.html > Dagoba Xocolatl bar is inspired by ancient chocolate culture and tradition, infused with chilis, cacao nibs, maca, vanilla and nutmeg. This chili chocolate doesn’t go overboard with the chili and balances it out with other flavors.
Dagoba Orange dark chocolate & orange zest 3.5 stars 59% $2.69 56g cacao beans, cane sugar, cacao butter, soy lecithin, orange peel and pulp, orange oil, milk
Michel Cluizel Crystallized Fresh Mint Leaves Bar 75g 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/dark-chocolate-with-crystallized-fresh-mint-leaves-bar.html 75g $7.50 55% > Michel Cluizel Dark Chocolate with Crystallized Fresh Mint Leaves Bar Refreshing crystallized mint leaves embedded in Michel Cluizel dark chocolate. 55% cocoa content. (Contains rapeseed lecithin) cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter, mint leaves, egg whites, vanilla, rapeseed lecithin A bar with a single large dried mint leaf encrusted in crystallized sugar and embedded into the back, it is both striking and messy. The mint leaf is itself the mint flavoring, there is no mint oil mixed into the chocolate. The leaf is not adequate to the job because it can’t cover the whole bar and the strength of a single mint leaf is not huge, so it’s not as good as the Chocolove xoxox Peppermint Bar’s consistent mintiness. The dark chocolate is adequate.
Chocolove xoxox Peppermint Bar 4 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/peppermint-in-dark-chocolate-chocolate-bar.html 90g $2.95 > Chocolove Peppermint in Dark Chocolate Bar. Dark semisweet Belgian chocolate and natural peppermint oil. Creamy dark chocolate gives way to refreshing natural peppermint; the flavors of chocolate and peppermint swirl on your palate, ending in a cool mint finish. 55% cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla, peppermint oil
Venchi Extra Dark Bar 80% Mediterranean Fleur de Sel & Nibs 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/vnci-salt-nibs-bar-70g-cs.html New Guinea 70g $6.95 80% cocoa mass, sugar, toasted cocoa nubs, cocoa butter, salt, soy lecithin, vanilla > Premium cocoa blend extra dark chocolate is infused with Mediterranean sea salt and bits of roasted cacao.
Taza Chocolate Tazito Hazelnut Crunch Mini Bar 4 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/hazelnut-crunch-mini-bar-cs.html 24g $1.95 65% Organic Dark 65% cacao with Hazelnuts and Crispy Brown Rice > Taza’s new Tazito Hazelnut Crunch are little but mighty! Crispy brown rice is paired with 65% dark chocolate in five irresistibly crunchy flavors. Convenient grab-and-go minibars are the perfect size for a wholesome treat. This is stone ground, organic, dark chocolate as you’ve never experienced it before! cacao beans, cane sugar, hazelnuts, cocoa butter, brown rice crisps, salt, vanilla beans Addictively delicious combination of Tazo’s mild textured dark chocolate with hazelnuts and rice - it’s like Kit Kat and Hershey Krackel but better
D-Fusion Biancomenta Bar 4 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/d-fusion-biancomenta-bar.html 25g $4.75 ?% > Domori
D-Fusion Biancomenta bar. The duet that you wouldn’t expect. White chocolate and pieces of real wild mint leaves from Morocco. Delicate and refreshing. cane sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, spearmint leaves (2%), soy lecithin White chocolate is always a guilty pleasure of mine. The mint dominates the sour-sweet of the white chocolate appropriately, making a blend I have a hard time resisting even if it’s just white chocolate.
D-Fusion JavaGrey Bar 1 star https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/d-fusion-javagrey-bar-cs.html 25g cane sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, milk powder, cocoa mass, soy lecithin $4.75 45% > Domori
D-Fusion JavaGrey bar. The unusual liaison between Indonesia and Austria. The step from the Alps to the shade of the volcanoes of the island of Giava is shorter than it seems: the smoked and slightly spicy hints of Javablond cocoa mix together with the encompassing encounter with milk from the grey cows of Tirolo. Overly sweet, tasteless
Domori Milk-Chocolate Covered Toasted Corn (Mais tostato e salato) https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/dm-mmaize-dragees-40g-cs.html $3.99 40g > Milk-chocolate covered toasted corn…Toasted corn kernels dusted with salt then covered in Domori milk chocolate.
D-Fusion Cappuccino Bar 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/dm-d-fusion-cappuccino-white-bar-cs.html 25g cane sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, coffee, soy lecithin $4.75 0% > White chocolate and coffee. From the cup to the bar, the reshaping of a typical Italian rite.
Galler Milk Chocolate Praline Bar 2.5 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/glr-lait-praline-bar-cs.html 70g $3.50 ?% sugar, vegetable fat, dry whole milk, hazelnuts, cocoa fat, whey powder, unsweetened chocolate, polydextrose, cocoa powder, isomalt, dextrin, inulin, soy lecithin, vanilla > Almond and hazelnut praline covered in milk chocolate. The filling is most of the bar, and tastes essentially peanut-buttery and super-sweet. So it’s like a bar form of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, but much more expensive. Almost seems like a waste of hazelnut to me.
Galler Milk Crispy Praline Bar 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/glr-lait-crispy-praline-bar-cs.html 70g sugar, dry whole milk, cocoa fat, unsweetened chocolate, hazelnuts nougatine (hazelnuts, sugar), vegetable fat (shea, coconut oil, sunflower oil), hazelnuts, rapeseed oil, whey powder, polydextrose, cocoa powder, isomalt, soy lecithin, dextrin, inulin, natural vanilla flavor $3.50 ?% > Milk chocolate bar with crispy praliné filling
Galler Lait (milk chocolate) 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/glr-lait-tablet-cs.html 80g 34% sugar, dry whole milk, cocoa fat, chocolate, soy lecithin, vanilla $4.50 > Tablet of milk chocolate with hints of caramel.
Galler Milk Chocolate Lait [Roasted ] Almond Tablet 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/d-i/galler/glr-lait-almond-tablet.html 80g 34% sugar, dry whole milk, cocoa fat, chocolate, almonds, soy lecithin, vanilla $4.95 > Tablet of milk chocolate milk chocolate with roasted almonds. The almonds are minimal enough to not make it stand out from the other milk chocolates.
Galler White Raspberry-Yogurt Tablet https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/glr-white-rasp-yogurt-tablet-cs.html 80g $4.50 ?% > Tablet of white chocolate mixed with the freshness of raspberries and yogurt. Delightfully tart!
Galler Lait Tablet https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/glr-lait-tablet-cs.html 80g $4.50 34% > Tablet of milk chocolate with hints of caramel.
Galler White Chocolate Coffee Bar 1 star https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/glr-white-coffee-bar-cs.html 70g sugar, dry whole milk, cocoa fat, concentrated butter, hazelnuts, polydextrose, rapeseed oil, natural coffee flavor, invert sugar syrup, isomalt, dextrin, soy lecithin, glucose syrup, inulin, natural vanilla flavor $3.50 0% > Coffee mousse and nibbed hazelnuts, covered in white chocolate. A mushy mass of sugar.
Cafe-Tasse White Chocolate with Rooibos Tea and Vanilla 3.5 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/white-rooibos-vanilla-5270d-cs.html 85g sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, natural vanilla powder, Rooibos tea powder, Rooibos tea, soy lecithin $5.50 12% > Cafe-Tasse Belgian White Chocolate Bar with Rooibos tea and Vanilla. Rooibos is a caffeine-free red herbal tea grown in South Africa, known for its fruity and naturally sweet flavor. It pairs well with vanilla and Cafe Tasse’s premium Belgian white chocolate. I’ve given rooibos a try as a tea but didn’t care for it. Combined with white chocolate, it is intriguingly malty, with little bits of solid thready rooibos adding texture.
Slitti Gran Cacao Semisweet 60% Bar 3.5 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/slti-gran-cacao-60-50g.html 50g $5.35 60% cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter > Gran Cacao 60% is a blend of fine cocoas originating from Central America. Its balanced acidity, blending, and flavor makes it a great chocolate intended to satisfy the most demanding gourmet.
Basement Slitti Gran Bouquet Cafe Latte Bar 3.5 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/slitti-gran-bouquet-cafe-latte-chocolate-bar-cs.html 100g $8.95 45% > Slitti Gran Bouquet Café Latte (Milk/Coffee) Bar. Italian Milk/Coffee Chocolate bar, 45% cocoa. 100g/3.5oz net wt sugar, cocoa mass, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, coffee, vanilla Another successful merger of chocolate with coffee, this gives the chocolate a satisfyingly nutty flavor.
Slitti Latte nero 45% Dark-Milk Bar 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/slti-lattenero-45-milk-bar-50g-cs.html $5.65 50g sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, whole milk powder, vanilla extract 45% > Latte nero is a top quality milk chocolate, where every single aromatic flavor of the cocoa is enhanced. The perfect balance between cocoa, milk and sugar makes it a unique product in its genre. The milk chocolates were disappointing in general. They are much better than Hershey’s milk chocolate as they lack the sour tang from the butyric acid that Hershey’s traditionally, but I have a hard time distinguishing any of them from each other. They are tasty but bland.
Slitti Latte 35% Milk Bar 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/slti-latte-milk-bar-50g-cs.html 50g sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, vanilla extract $5.35 35% > Extra-fine milk chocolate bar.
First Class Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnut Wafers https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/blsn-1st-class-dark-cs.html 124g $3 ?% > Package of dark chocolate- and hazelnut praline-covered wafer cookies… The airiest of wafers enclose a wonderfully rich praline, made of fine, Levant-quality hazelnuts, topped finally by a most over-the-top layer of rich, dark European chocolate, elegantly molded with the Bahlsen name.
Theo Raspberry Bar 4 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/theo-raspberry-bar-cs-7494.html 84g cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, raspberries, ground vanilla bean $3.85 60% > Theo Raspberry Bar. Made with the finest 70% dark chocolate and rich ripe raspberries. The result is a deliciously fruity and bright combination that is sure to delight. Organic, Fair for Life and Non-GMO Project certified. The little bits of raspberry create bursts of flavor in my mouth as a piece slowly dissolves.
Theo Orange Bar 3 https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/the-classic-combination-dark-chocolate-with-orange-chocolate-bar-cs.html 84g $3.85 70% cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, ground vanilla bean, orange oil > Dark Chocolate with Orange features rich 70% dark chocolate infused with the essence of fresh oranges.
Theo Creamy Milk Bar 3.5 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/the-classic-milk-chocolate-bar-cs.html 84g $3.85 45% cane sugar, cocoa beans, cocoa butter, milk powder, ground vanilla bean > Theo Creamy Milk Bar. Creamy 45% milk chocolate - the very definition of classic! Net wt. 3oz/84g.
Theo Mint Bar 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/classic-combination-dark-chocolate-with-mint-bar.html 84g $3.85 70% > Theo Mint Bar. Dark Chocolate with Mint features rich 70% dark chocolate with a unique blend of spearmint and peppermint oils to create a surprisingly smooth bright version of this classic combo. Vegan. cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla bean, peppermint essential oil, spearmint essential oil Mild mint. Rather sour aftertaste.
Taza Chipotle Chili Mexicano Discs 1 star https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/chipotle-chili-chocolate-mexicano-discs-cs.html 77g $4.5 70% cacao beans, cane sugar, chipotle chili powder > Taza Chocolate 70% Cacao Chipotle Chili Chocolate Mexicano Discs. Chipotle chiles are jalapeños that have been wood-smoked, a process that dates back to the Aztec civilization. While the Aztec used this drying method to preserve ripe chiles, today we prize chipotles for their rich, deeply smoky flavor - a flavor that makes a perfect counterpoint to the fruity, bittersweet intensity of Taza’s 70% Chocolate Mexicano. With the medium-hot tingle from the chiles and the rustic texture of stone-milled dark chocolate, the Chipotle Chocolate Mexicano is a feast for all the senses. Cocoa origin: Dominican Republic. Cocoa content: 70%. USDA certified organic. Painfully spicy.
Taza Cacao Puro Mexicano Discs 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/tz-70-cacao-puro-chocolate-mexicano-discs-cs.html 77g $4.50 70% cacao beans, cane sugar > Taza Chocolate 70% Cacao Puro Chocolate Mexicano is the purest expression of Taza’s chocolate, made from only two ingredients: single origin Dominican cacao and sustainably grown, raw cane sugar. To make Cacao Puro, they use Oaxacan stone mills instead of steel refiners, grinding the cacao twice - once by itself, and then a second time, together with the cane sugar. This minimal process lends Cacao Puro its distinctive stone ground texture and robust, wine-like flavor. Cocoa origin: Dominican Republic. Cocoa content: 70%. USDA certified organic.
Chocolove Cherries & Almonds Mini-Bar 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/cherries-almonds-in-dark-chocolate-chocolate-mini-bar-cs.html 37g cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla, cherries, sugar, rice flour, sunflower oil, almonds $1.45 55% > Chocolove Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate Mini-Bar. Michigan cherries and dry roasted almonds in Belgian dark chocolate. The chewy, crunchy combination of cherries and almonds provides a delicious flavor contrast initially, then gradually blends with the rich, complex flavor of dark chocolate.
Chocolove Strong Dark Mini-Bar 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/strong-dark-70-chocolate-mini-bar-cs.html 37g cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin $1.45 70% > Chocolove Strong Dark Chocolate Mini-Bar. Strong, bittersweet dark chocolate with intense, well-rounded cocoa flavors that melts smoothly into a pleasant cocoa finish.
Chocolove Raspberries Mini-Bar https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/raspberries-in-dark-chocolate-chocolate-mini-bar-cs.html $1.45 34g 55% > Chocolove Raspberries in Dark Chocolate Mini-Bar. Smooth, semisweet chocolate melts in your mouth as crispy bits of raspberry burst with flavor. The initial contrast comes together in a harmonious union, finishing with a chocolate note and the essence of raspberry.
Cavalier Stevia-Sweetened Dark Chocolate with Berries Tablet, Dark Berries 2 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/cvlr-st-dark-berry-tab-3oz-cs.html 85g unsweetened chocolate, dextrin, erythritol, cocoa butter, inulin, oligofructose, dried raspberries, dried blueberries, dried blackcurrants, soy lecithin, vanilla flavor, steviol glycosides $6.95 52% > Fair-trade, stevia-sweetened dark chocolate with no added sucrose enrobes dried raspberries, blueberries, and black currants.
Chocolove, Currants & Almond in Dark Chocolate, 4 stars 90g 73% cocoa liquor, cane sugar, dried currants, unroasted almonds, cocoa butter, sunflower oil, soy lecithin > The flavors of currants and almonds blend into the rich chocolate flavor notes adding a little sweetness and crunch. This strong, complex chocolate is organic, Fair Trade Certified, and is full of fruit flavor notes.
Santander 36% Milk Bar 3.5 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/36-single-origin-bar-cs.html $2.90 70g cane sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, whole milk powder, skim milk powder, soy lecithin, vanilla 36% > Milk Chocolate bar. Single-origin Santander Colombian cocoa. Has an intriguingly sharp bite to the flavor, more reminiscent of the darks, which distinguishes it from the rest of the milk chocolates
Original Beans Esmeraldas Bar 3 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/orbn-esmeraldas-milk-bar-cs.html $6.99 70g Ecuador cacao beans, cacao butter, milk, raw cane sugar, salt 42% > Original Beans Esmeraldas Milk Bar with Fleur de Sel. Cocoa origin: Ecuador. 42% Cocoa. EU Bio Organic. From world-renowned Arriba cacao of the Pacific Rainforest Esmeraldas Ecuador. Sweet Swiss milk is then added, and the chocolate is conched for 50-hours. Velvety notes of caramel with Fleur de Sel. Topped with a subtle nip of sea salt (fleur de sel), this milk chocolate has a sexy purr, while maintaining a robust flavor. Cocoa origin: Ecuador.
Guido Gobino Crema Cacao Spread https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/gbno-cacao-creme-cs.html 220g $7.48 > Spreadable dark-chocolate/gianduia cream. The recipe features IGP Piedmont Hazelnuts, collected directly from the farmers with whom they have been collaborating since the opening of the factory. Contents may solidify over time. Warm in a 200 degree oven for 10 to 20 minutes and stir before using.
Slitti Slittosa Spread https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/slti-slittosa-spread-300g-cs.html $9.48 300g > A spreadable cream with chocolate and hazelnuts of the variety
Tonda gentile delle Langhe Stands out for its creaminess and delicate flavor.
Slitti Enrobed Cranberry Gift Box 2 stars https://www.chocosphere.com/default/category/bargains/slti-cranberries-gift-box-120g-cs.html 120g cranberry, cane sugar, sunflower oil, milk chocolate 63% (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, vanilla extract) $6.10 > Dried Canadian cranberries covered with rich milk chocolate. Both sweet and tart. The cranberries are insufficiently tart to punch through the soft thick milk chocolate.