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Hershey's Special Dark Cacao

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Created November 27, 2011 at 4:45 AM

http://www.hersheys.com/pure-products/hersheys-cocoa/special-dark.aspx

Hershey's Special Dark 100% Cacao, worth buying or sugar bomb? Alternatives?

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on December 03, 2011
at 10:31 PM

Thank you Mr. G

5e9cd4f9b0908b7f49934c1c56ffbe22

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on December 03, 2011
at 08:44 PM

did put my credentials up Ed but would rather remain annonymous so have made the requested change

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on December 03, 2011
at 07:26 PM

@Dr G, please read the section of the FAQ regarding health professionals. If you do not remove "Dr" from your user ID, or provide your full name and credentials on your user profile, I will have to delete your account.

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:04 PM

Wisper, do you mean slave labor in the *bad* sense? (Kidding, he hastens to add...")

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on December 03, 2011
at 01:00 PM

Read down to the bottom of the page for a listing of companies that use non-slave chocolate. The page is old, though, so you may want to do a google search or contact companies you're interested in directly. http://ihscslnews.org/view_article.php?id=182

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

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on December 03, 2011
at 12:21 PM

sounds DELISH!!

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

(3703)

on December 03, 2011
at 12:19 PM

also from thirld world brans, there are residues of lead from petrol.

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on November 28, 2011
at 08:27 PM

I eat Green & Black's dark 85% too. They are fair trade certified. But I agree; they are such a huge company with a lot of power that it's easy to be swayed by their "fair trade" expansion. I'd like to see the words "free trade."

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on November 27, 2011
at 10:00 PM

I'm in Europe, Black & Green's which appear to be global, and several brands from Ecuadorean chocolate from my local "health" food store. I've been trying to find a good source of "fair trade" chocolate in here which sells bigger lots than 100g at a time for a more reasonable price. No luck, yet. I'm using the quotations above even though I sound like a douche, because both terms don't mean anything, and have been abused beyond recognition. But that's another topic.

2d1125a5eac227aacba801bcab3bb9b8

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on November 27, 2011
at 05:00 PM

+1 For Lindt. I usually buy the 90% bars 2 for 4 dollars deal at my local Publix. Two bars will usually last me two weeks. It's good stuff.

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(2301)

on November 27, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I don't know where you live, but all of the health food stores around me carry it. But bummer if you have no health food stores:(

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on November 27, 2011
at 03:40 PM

@ Wisper what do you use?

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on November 27, 2011
at 03:36 PM

+1, though I still can't stomach coconut oil in my coffee, I'm a devotee of the Ghirardelli 100% theobromine rush. I also can't eat sugared chocolate any more -- yuck sweet.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on November 27, 2011
at 11:01 AM

Off-topic, but much of chocolate is made with child slave labor, and Hershey's has been one of the many offenders - don't know current status as I moved to non-slave labor chocolate years ago. It soudns crazy, but Google it. There's an actual US State Department report, referenced here http://ihscslnews.org/view_article.php?id=173 and several documentaries on the subject.

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on November 27, 2011
at 06:05 AM

Yeah, I'd prefer not to have to order online.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 27, 2011
at 05:12 AM

100% is a bit bitter for me personally. i prefer 70% to 85%...more sugar i know....

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B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on November 27, 2011
at 02:13 PM

Hershey's Cocoa Special Dark is dutch processed which has greatly reduced flavonols. So if you are going to eat Hershey's get Natural Unsweetened which can be found in most US grocery stores.

But I would avoid Hershey's all together. Their cacao would be grown with pesticides and they likely mix chocolate from tons of farms (like coffee growers) without concern for toxins or ethics. They are a manufacturer, not a food producer. I have one of their "factories" nearby. Looks like a chemical plant.

Check this post for information on quality cocoa: http://paleohacks.com/questions/43772/

Extra: Here is some interesting info here: Chocolate and Health & Chocolate & Pesticides.

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on December 03, 2011
at 12:19 PM

also from thirld world brans, there are residues of lead from petrol.

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5e9cd4f9b0908b7f49934c1c56ffbe22

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on December 03, 2011
at 11:25 AM

Here's the best chocolate drink i've ever tried - just released 3 weeks ago They use about 40% double rich cacao powder which is organic and from the original cacao tree criollo since then other hybrids have been bred to increase production but the quality has deminished. the cacao used in this drink has had 24% of the liquer/cake/fat left in the powder - standard cacao powder only has 10 % retained. second ingredient is sacha inchi nut powder and sweetened only with pure coconut sugar no additives or preservatives - it's not as sickly as regular chocolate drinks and can be used as a low GI vitamin/mineral/protien and polyphenol drink either hot or as a regular shake/smoothie. delicious / they sold out after first batch within a week but available again now http://www.matakanasuperfoods.com/ms/products/choc-la-cure.html

5e9cd4f9b0908b7f49934c1c56ffbe22

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on December 03, 2011
at 08:44 PM

did put my credentials up Ed but would rather remain annonymous so have made the requested change

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on December 03, 2011
at 07:26 PM

@Dr G, please read the section of the FAQ regarding health professionals. If you do not remove "Dr" from your user ID, or provide your full name and credentials on your user profile, I will have to delete your account.

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

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on December 03, 2011
at 12:21 PM

sounds DELISH!!

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on December 03, 2011
at 10:31 PM

Thank you Mr. G

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 27, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I'd prefer a better quality brand such as Lindt or Ghirardelli, or better yet, one of the organics, like Dagoba, if you can find them (and afford them.)

The thing about 100% is that it's very bitter. I've gone from 85% to 90% to 99% Lindt and then went straight to 100% Ghirardelli Baking Chocolate bars. These days normal chocolate tastes far too sweet to me.

You don't quite eat 99% and 100% the same way as regular chocolate, you put a small square of it (smaller than the scores on the bar if you go for the baking ones) on your tongue and let it melt. It's bitter, but in the same way as a high quality espresso.

Most of the time my daily cocoa comes via coffee: I mix in cocoa powder with coconut oil and pour hot coffee over them, though I occasionally do a square of the 100%.

Although I don't get the effect anymore, when I first started on the 100%, I felt as if I was getting high off it.

EDIT 2013.12.25 (Happy Newtonmas to all!)

Revisiting this a few years later, I would recommend against the Dagoba, they, or their parent company paid to prevent GMO labeling, so I no longer buy it. I did develop a shine to Schraffenberger(sp?) recently - seems one of their bars it has actual vanilla in it, as in bits of beans.

I still like Lindt, but I now hate the flavored bars/truffles as they use barley malt malt extract as an MSG source to get us addicted, but their 90% and 85% bars are still clean. (And I do have the same reaction to barley as to wheat and it isn't pleasant at all.)

In general I'd also avoid any "chocolate" that replaced cocoa butter for something else. See, that's the expensive good stuff, without it, it's hardly worth eating. It's like replacing butter with margarine.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on November 27, 2011
at 03:36 PM

+1, though I still can't stomach coconut oil in my coffee, I'm a devotee of the Ghirardelli 100% theobromine rush. I also can't eat sugared chocolate any more -- yuck sweet.

2d1125a5eac227aacba801bcab3bb9b8

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on November 27, 2011
at 05:00 PM

+1 For Lindt. I usually buy the 90% bars 2 for 4 dollars deal at my local Publix. Two bars will usually last me two weeks. It's good stuff.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on November 27, 2011
at 01:50 PM

It contains a lot of aflotoxins so make sure you are careful and pay attn to your response to the product. Some can tolerate it some can not.

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on November 28, 2011
at 08:06 AM

Hersheys... honestly I'm just not impressed with their quality, it always has that gritty feel to me. Also, when I was pregnant,Hersheys dark chocolate was the ONLY thing that gave me heartburn.... no thanks!

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on November 27, 2011
at 07:06 AM

If you are not sensitive to cacao, there's no reason not to have it on occasion as a treat. Most people would find 100% cacao too intense of a flavor, but some like it...only one way to know though...as an aside, I just wanted to give this link to info on fair trade chocolate: http://fairtradechocolateinfo.com/fair-trade-chocolate-facts/

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on November 27, 2011
at 04:50 AM

I don't see any sugar in it at all? I would recommend the Navitas Naturals raw cacao powder.

Medium avatar

(2301)

on November 27, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I don't know where you live, but all of the health food stores around me carry it. But bummer if you have no health food stores:(

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on November 27, 2011
at 06:05 AM

Yeah, I'd prefer not to have to order online.

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on December 24, 2013
at 09:37 PM

Sure feels like half the answers here are thinly disguised, undisclosed advertising! (Which is illegal!)

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on November 28, 2011
at 04:49 AM

Willie's Cacao - several different cacaos from different geographical regions. Amazingly varied tastes. All 100% as well as some dark chocolate too. Top quality. Ship anywhere - ordered online from the UK - no soy lecithin either - http://www.willieschocolateshop.com/

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on November 27, 2011
at 04:14 PM

I'm a fan of Equal Exchange chocolate, myself. No soy lecithin, no slave labor, and it tastes delish!

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