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In search of the perfect chocolate

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Hullo all,

In the last few weeks as I've pushed to be more strictly paleo, I've been searching for the perfect chocolate. Lindt was a good place to start, but some of them had soy (which I'm trying to avoid when I can). The 85% was too sweet. The %90 was better, but I found myself eating a lot of it, and not savoring it.

So I went in a different direction I bought some Ghirardelli's baking chocolate. %100 chocolate. It was surprisingly good. Though I will say I like bitter chocolate, and really like chocolate with salt, spice, or mild fruit. I added a touch of black currant preserves (which had very little sugar) to my one square. It was exquisite in taste. The texture though, left something to be desired.

If I recall, Lindt %99 isn't all that smooth either. Does anyone have any experiences of finding the perfect chocolate for a paleo treat? Or should I just melt the baker's chocolate and add things to it myself?

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

(2290)

on February 01, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I eat it straight all of the time.. as long as it's room temperature, I've found it to be pretty palatable. Maybe I'm just weird

D07a525f9021f8d72bf6aaa52893c795

(1011)

on January 30, 2012
at 03:25 PM

G & B definitely the best - has a "tang" to it.. anyone know of a min 85% sweetened with dextrose? ie fructose free???

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on January 30, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Great chocolate- never get tired of it.

1a641bbff1a7b0a70f08410376bbdf6b

(1587)

on January 30, 2012
at 11:05 AM

Their 85% is my favourite chocolate :)

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 30, 2012
at 03:07 AM

as always, thanks Rich. =)

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 30, 2012
at 03:02 AM

looks tasty! thanks for the link.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

(2873)

on January 30, 2012
at 02:39 AM

I don't know if we're eating the same Baker's chocolate, but I recall the texture being real rough and grainy.

2f48ba91c135d9783f0afe7df972510f

(40)

on January 29, 2012
at 08:20 PM

They have 85% that's amazing, as well as unsweetened baking bars. I've only found the baking bars at health food stores.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 29, 2012
at 08:08 PM

do they have something super-dark? I only found 60%...

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

(2290)

on January 29, 2012
at 08:07 PM

As long as the chocolate isn't old, the texture of the pieces are rather smooth. One time, I bought a package that was damaged by heat, and part of the chocolate was lighter and had a chalky taste. Otherwise, as long as you keep the package in a cool dark place, the result will be pretty smooth and creamy. I was able to purchase a package for $2.69.

3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

(1290)

on January 29, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Yes Caleb- I look for cocoa butter in it or I'm not interested but the Pralus is just too expensive for me now so I buy some unsweetened chocolate from France available in bulk from a health food store near me

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 29, 2012
at 07:58 PM

but if ate this straight, what's the texture? also at my local store this was notably more expensive than other 100% options.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 29, 2012
at 07:56 PM

based on a thread of yours I just found, it seems the solution to smoothness lies in the bar having both chocolate and cocoa butter, yes? I'll look into Pralus 100% and similar items...

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2f48ba91c135d9783f0afe7df972510f

on January 29, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Green and Blacks. They use more cocoa butter in their high octain stuff, so it's much smoother.

D07a525f9021f8d72bf6aaa52893c795

(1011)

on January 30, 2012
at 03:25 PM

G & B definitely the best - has a "tang" to it.. anyone know of a min 85% sweetened with dextrose? ie fructose free???

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 29, 2012
at 08:08 PM

do they have something super-dark? I only found 60%...

2f48ba91c135d9783f0afe7df972510f

(40)

on January 29, 2012
at 08:20 PM

They have 85% that's amazing, as well as unsweetened baking bars. I've only found the baking bars at health food stores.

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7cbdd4e8eedba06368d4766e6c0ef015

(320)

on January 29, 2012
at 08:31 PM

I enjoy the Vivani chocolate.

1a641bbff1a7b0a70f08410376bbdf6b

(1587)

on January 30, 2012
at 11:05 AM

Their 85% is my favourite chocolate :)

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on January 30, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Great chocolate- never get tired of it.

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78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

on January 29, 2012
at 07:55 PM

in-search-of-the-perfect-chocolate

'Nuff said.

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

(2290)

on January 29, 2012
at 08:07 PM

As long as the chocolate isn't old, the texture of the pieces are rather smooth. One time, I bought a package that was damaged by heat, and part of the chocolate was lighter and had a chalky taste. Otherwise, as long as you keep the package in a cool dark place, the result will be pretty smooth and creamy. I was able to purchase a package for $2.69.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 29, 2012
at 07:58 PM

but if ate this straight, what's the texture? also at my local store this was notably more expensive than other 100% options.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

(2873)

on January 30, 2012
at 02:39 AM

I don't know if we're eating the same Baker's chocolate, but I recall the texture being real rough and grainy.

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

(2290)

on February 01, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I eat it straight all of the time.. as long as it's room temperature, I've found it to be pretty palatable. Maybe I'm just weird

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1096aa84d006fe967128ffbd37e8070e

(1002)

on January 30, 2012
at 02:55 AM

This is my favorite, for when price is no concern...they have lots of interesting combinations. NOt sure about paleo-ness:

http://www.theochocolate.com/

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 30, 2012
at 03:02 AM

looks tasty! thanks for the link.

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22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

(5773)

on January 30, 2012
at 12:52 PM

I like World Markets 99% dark chocolate the best out of any other chocolate above 90%. The texture is actually one of te things I enjoy about it.

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2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

on January 30, 2012
at 02:35 AM

Equal Exchange does NOT use soy lecithin. They are Fair-Trade to boot, and super delish!

"Organic Panama Extra Dark Chocolate (80% Cacao) This 80% cacao content bar is Equal Exchange's darkest yet. Unlike many high cacao content bars that are dominated by a bitter or sour note, this bar is perfectly balanced in a way that allows the true chocolate flavor of the Panamanian beans to shine. Vegan and gluten-free. 3.5oz per bar. Ingredients: *Organic Chocolate Liquor, *Organic Raw Cane Sugar, *Organic Cocoa Butter,*Organic Ground Vanilla Beans. *Fair Trade Ingredient. By weight 100% Fair Trade content. May contain traces of milk, peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios and pecans."

http://www.equalexchange.coop/chocolate-bars/#

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 30, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Caleb,

Here are some links that may help you out.

This one lists some soy free bars: http://www.ceder.net/chocolate/view.php4?action=nosoy

Here are some recommendations from MDA: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-5-best-dark-chocolate-bars-in-the-world/

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 30, 2012
at 03:07 AM

as always, thanks Rich. =)

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 29, 2012
at 08:34 PM

A very smooth chocolate I love is Hachez 88% Premier Cru. Has a trace of sugar, no dairy. It is a strong chocolate, but very smooth, very satiating, and can be found in specialty stores and on Chocosphere (best website I have found price-wise for gourmet or hard to find chocolates). They sell it for about $3.50 per bar, so baker's chocolate is cheaper, but some had said it is gritty. I guess it depends on how much you need. A few squares from this bar keeps me content at night :)

0
9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 29, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Where are you located? I like raw chocolate bars. In the US Fine & Raw or
Righteously Raw is very good. There are a couple of good brands in the UK too. All very smooth and without weird ingredients.

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3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

on January 29, 2012
at 07:50 PM

There's a lot on this in the archives...go to search

3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

(1290)

on January 29, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Yes Caleb- I look for cocoa butter in it or I'm not interested but the Pralus is just too expensive for me now so I buy some unsweetened chocolate from France available in bulk from a health food store near me

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 29, 2012
at 07:56 PM

based on a thread of yours I just found, it seems the solution to smoothness lies in the bar having both chocolate and cocoa butter, yes? I'll look into Pralus 100% and similar items...

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