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Which Chocolates are minimally processed?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 21, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Which Chocolates are minimally processed? What to look for in Chocolate?

I am having issues with Chocolate. However I am wondering if I had less processed chocolate if the issues would go away...

UPDATE:

So far Green and Blacks 85 works great for me and taste really good!!! Great company to. I am trying the others as well (however it may take awhile to source some of them. I have the Lint one ready to try next.

I have now also tried Lindt 90% dark and 85% DARK. I prefer the 90%. It tastes much better to me and that is the one folks are recomending below. No issues so far. Others will take longer for me to find...

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on September 01, 2011
at 03:17 PM

Just wanted to add that I checked the Guittard 100% wafers box a couple days ago for the ingredients list, and there's no additives (i.e. no soy lecithin).

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:41 AM

Thanks for the answer! Great idea about the cocoa butter...

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:40 AM

Thanks so much!

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:38 AM

So far Green and Blacks 85 works great for me and taste really good!!! Great company

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on August 22, 2011
at 05:41 PM

The racing heartbeat happens to me too,when I accidentally ingest MSG hidden in even organic products.

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on August 22, 2011
at 12:54 PM

I have to agree w/ Andy about Lindt: delicious, reasonable price and readily available. But another one that I like to order for a splurge is mastbrothers.com/. Really great, and a pure product. And finally, I thought about not mentioning these guys since they put soy lecithin in their chocolate, but I can't neglect www.TCHO.com. Not only do they have kick ass products, but their marketing appeals to the nerd in me.

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on August 22, 2011
at 12:52 PM

I have to agree w/ Andy about Lindt: delicious, reasonable price and readily available. But another one that I like to order for a splurge is http://mastbrothers.com/--really great. And finally, I thought about not mentioning these guys since they put soy lecithin in their chocolate, but I can neglect www.TCHO.com. Not only do they have a kick ass product, but their marketing appeals to the nerd in me.

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on August 22, 2011
at 12:05 PM

I really don't think soy lecithin is a problem. Its basically just choline.

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on August 22, 2011
at 06:55 AM

For sure the theobromine can be a culprit... However I am hoping that increasing magnesium and potasium and limiting calcium to equal magnesium will be the ticket... Alomg with l-carnitine, ribrose, taurine and CQ10... Vit D and Fishoil..

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on August 22, 2011
at 03:44 AM

What is your second and third?

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on August 22, 2011
at 03:14 AM

Once I get my magnesium and potassium, levels high I should be good.

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on August 22, 2011
at 03:02 AM

No its still there, according to the website http://www.greenandblacks.com/uk/what-we-make/bars/dark-85.html#ingredientsInformation

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:41 AM

i prefer the 99% and they are on sale this week 4 for $9...yeah!

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:31 AM

Didn't see Rose's post while I was posting - I'm asking essentially the same question.

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Can I be a noob and ask why you think it's the additives in the chocolate you've been consuming rather than the less-processed chocolate/ caffeine/ theobromine that's the culprit? What chocolate products have you been eating? Genuinely curious (and ignorant), as erratic heart rhythm is a genuine concern.

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:29 AM

No shame in that! Thanks!

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Theobromine, a chemical component of cacao, seems to be associated with heart stimulation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobromine#Effects It's possible that processing may not have anything to do with this effect.

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Thiobromine, a chemical component of cacao, seems to be associated with heart stimulation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobromine#Effects It's possible that processing may not have anything to do with this effect.

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:24 AM

I have wanted to try this, just saw it at my grocery store the other day. So far I have tried (in order of preference, all above 80%): Green and Black Endangered Species/Dagoba Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Lovers Godiva/Ghirardelli Lindt Alter Eco

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:10 AM

I have an issue with my heart rhythm. Chocolate causes an erratic heart rhythm...

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on August 22, 2011
at 12:43 AM

what kind of issues?

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on August 22, 2011
at 12:11 AM

I had stopped buying it for same reason, but as of a couple of weeks ago I noticed they no longer list soy lecithin as an ingredient. Did they change their formula?

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on August 21, 2011
at 08:42 PM

Lindts 90% dark is my go-to chocolate. It has 5 ingredients: Chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, sugar, vanilla.

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:41 AM

i prefer the 99% and they are on sale this week 4 for $9...yeah!

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on August 21, 2011
at 09:59 PM

Green and Blacks 85 is my chocolate of choice. It's a perfect mix of sweet and bitter and chocolate. It also has a better mouthfeel than other high cacao chocolates I've tried.

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on August 22, 2011
at 03:02 AM

No its still there, according to the website http://www.greenandblacks.com/uk/what-we-make/bars/dark-85.html#ingredientsInformation

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on August 22, 2011
at 12:11 AM

I had stopped buying it for same reason, but as of a couple of weeks ago I noticed they no longer list soy lecithin as an ingredient. Did they change their formula?

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(7304)

on August 22, 2011
at 12:05 PM

I really don't think soy lecithin is a problem. Its basically just choline.

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:38 AM

So far Green and Blacks 85 works great for me and taste really good!!! Great company

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:11 AM

It's a little pricey but http://www.oliveandsinclair.com/ has the best dark chocolate I've ever tasted. (Please--do not inquire about the depth of my research. I have shame). And the only two ingredients in the regular dark chocolate are cocoa beans and brown sugar (they add other stuff like cinnamon and salt/pepper to others).

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:29 AM

No shame in that! Thanks!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on August 22, 2011
at 03:44 AM

What is your second and third?

Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

(1902)

on August 22, 2011
at 12:52 PM

I have to agree w/ Andy about Lindt: delicious, reasonable price and readily available. But another one that I like to order for a splurge is http://mastbrothers.com/--really great. And finally, I thought about not mentioning these guys since they put soy lecithin in their chocolate, but I can neglect www.TCHO.com. Not only do they have a kick ass product, but their marketing appeals to the nerd in me.

Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

(1902)

on August 22, 2011
at 12:54 PM

I have to agree w/ Andy about Lindt: delicious, reasonable price and readily available. But another one that I like to order for a splurge is mastbrothers.com/. Really great, and a pure product. And finally, I thought about not mentioning these guys since they put soy lecithin in their chocolate, but I can't neglect www.TCHO.com. Not only do they have kick ass products, but their marketing appeals to the nerd in me.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:40 AM

Thanks so much!

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on August 21, 2011
at 07:42 PM

get some raw cacao and mix in some honey.. you can make brownies with almond/flax meal.. or you can make "bars" but they need to be refrigerated- they melt in your mouth.

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on August 22, 2011
at 05:48 PM

If you can, get some chocolate at your local farmer's market--especially from a booth that just sells chocolate. I got some this weekend that has absolutely no sugar and was made by hand. $6 for a nice sized bar. I would imagine you could find this on the internet as well.

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on August 22, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Alter Eco Dark Blackout Chocolate. Its Organic, Fair Trade Certified, No Soy and is Awesome!!!!

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on August 22, 2011
at 04:11 PM

Lately I have been nomming on Guittard 100% cacao wafers, for no other reason than I found a 1lb. box at Williams-Sonoma for $5. It's another step in adjusting my sweet sensitivity, but they're pretty good in small quantities in their own right, and don't induce bingeing.

I couldn't find out on the web whether these have added lecithin, but you should try eating chocolate without soy lecithin if you are having problems. Keep in mind, though, that there is lecithin occurring naturally in a lot of other foods, like eggs, and if you can eat those without incident then it's probably not the lecithin itself.

Also, I get weird jitters something fierce from overconsuming cocoa butter, even in the form of white chocolate. Not that I'd recommend bingeing on white chocolate over long periods, but if you don't have sugar issues maybe you could try eating a lot of it for one day to eliminate theobromine concerns.

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:41 AM

Thanks for the answer! Great idea about the cocoa butter...

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

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on September 01, 2011
at 03:17 PM

Just wanted to add that I checked the Guittard 100% wafers box a couple days ago for the ingredients list, and there's no additives (i.e. no soy lecithin).

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Willie's Cacao doesn't contain soy lecithin. I get it posted to me in NZ from the UK. Excellent service too and damn good choc - love the 100%! http://williescacao.com/index.php?rid=home

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on August 21, 2011
at 11:46 PM

My favorite is Trader Joe's Swiss Dark Chocolate 71%. ingredients are: coca mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla bean pods. It is the least expensive option that I have found.

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on August 21, 2011
at 09:19 PM

Scharffen Berger 99% is my go-to chocolate. It's uber dark and has a smooth texture that's hard to find with other brands. If I want sweeter I go with Green & Black's 85%.

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:24 AM

I have wanted to try this, just saw it at my grocery store the other day. So far I have tried (in order of preference, all above 80%): Green and Black Endangered Species/Dagoba Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Lovers Godiva/Ghirardelli Lindt Alter Eco

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