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Chocolate lovers - what brand do you buy?

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Created December 04, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I love extremely dark chocolate. 90% or above. Since I've only just started eating it, I've only tried two brands: Lindt and Green & Blacks. I've found that the Green & Blacks taste a lot sweeter than the Lindt bar, for the same percentage. Maybe it's higher in sugar, or maybe it's something to do with the vanilla in the G&B?

I think I'm going to buy Lindt in the future; something tastes really sweet in this bar of G&B. Haha. It's only got 22g of carbs in the whole bar as well!

What brands do you like? Anyone tried 99-100%?

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on December 05, 2012
at 10:36 PM

Sorry about that :P

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at 10:36 PM

Seems like Ghirardelli's is a popular choice. I'll have to try and find it

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on December 05, 2012
at 10:35 PM

I never realised they had a 99% version! Must check that out

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at 02:16 AM

Oh yes, I also just let it melt in my mouth...much more satisfying that way.

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at 11:37 PM

Ghirardelli is a good brand.

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on December 04, 2012
at 09:04 PM

You can buy actual cocoa beans and butter and make your own real chocolate.

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on December 04, 2012
at 08:20 PM

I've been eating the Ghirardelli 100% chocolate mostly, and I find it pretty satisfying. I agree that Green & Black is sweet (I can only find the 85%) with dark cherry undertones. It's also very creamy. The good thing about it, though, is that the squares are very small so it's easier to regulate how much of it I eat. Darn it...I'd really like to try 90% chocolate but no one seems to carry here where I live.

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on December 04, 2012
at 11:37 PM

Ghirardelli is a good brand.

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on December 05, 2012
at 04:01 AM

I've tried Lindt 85 and 90. Both are very good, but contain sugar, as i'm sure you know. I just bought an 8 oz box of Baker's 100% unsweetened today, actually. It's a little grainy but I found that I generally liked it.

I don't usually eat chocolate bars, though. When I have a hankering for chocolate, I usually stir some unsweetened cocoa powder in some hot water. Or, if it's a special occasion, i'll put it in homemade whipped cream.

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on December 05, 2012
at 12:13 AM

Lindt 85% and 99% are my favorites :)! The 99% version has this extremely intense flavor; I just let it melt in my mouth. Just a small piece of it is so satisfying. If I actually want to 'eat' chocolate, I go for the 85%.

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on December 05, 2012
at 02:16 AM

Oh yes, I also just let it melt in my mouth...much more satisfying that way.

B2379df17e386c4455996b186731db5e

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on December 05, 2012
at 10:35 PM

I never realised they had a 99% version! Must check that out

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on December 04, 2012
at 11:23 PM

I'm also a fan of the Ghirardelli's and Dagoba 100% bars, and usually eat a square or two of the Ghirardelli's every day. If I'm feeling really decadent and have 10 dollars to spare (happens rarely) I'll splurge on a Bonnat 100% bar.

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on December 04, 2012
at 08:26 PM

I used to be mad for the Lindt Chilli Chocolate (even addicted possibly? in my first few weeks on primal/paleo I kept finding empty packets stashed all round the house from before I cut out sugar...) until I discovered this solution. I posted my recipe for home made chocolate as part of an answer to a different question the other day (http://paleohacks.com/questions/151186/menstrual-cycles-and-diet/165273#165273), but here it is again (if that's not overkill):

Home-made sugar-free paleo chocolate. Just a lifesaver.

I make mine from 5T coconut oil, (plus optionally a few chips/grams cacao butter to keep it harder for a bit longer as you eat it in summer temps), 10T raw cacao powder, 2T desiccated coconut, 2T chia seeds, 2T fresh ground linseed, 1/2-1t pure vanilla extract, and 1/2t stevia leaf powder plus some drops of liquid stevia to taste and about 1/2-1tsp each of any spices desired for flavour and general bonus benefits. I usually add ground dried org. orange peel, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, turmeric, fenugreek, and a pinch of sea salt or kelp powder. Melt the fat parts over a low heat in small pyrex jug/pot on the stove, as soon as it's liquid, mix in the rest of the ingredients. Then pour or spoon into an ice cube tray and stick 'em in the freezer to set for about 20 mins. I pop mine out into a ziploc bag which I store in the freezer for best results and to keep that satisfying dull crunch of biting into solid chocolate. They also store fine in the fridge, or outside if you're in very cold climes/times of year.

The whole thing can be adjusted to suit your taste and mood and all ingredients and ratios are suggestions rather than rules. Delicious experimentation is encouraged (e.g. other spices, other fats, and other additions - eg a few smashed nuts or 1/2t of raw honey, a spoon of coconut cream, a splash of raw cream if tolerated, etc. let your nom-magination go wild).

All the best, and yummiest, from down under. :)

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on December 04, 2012
at 09:04 PM

You can buy actual cocoa beans and butter and make your own real chocolate.

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on December 05, 2012
at 12:47 AM

...aaand now I'm craving chocolate

B2379df17e386c4455996b186731db5e

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on December 05, 2012
at 10:36 PM

Sorry about that :P

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on December 04, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Personally, I thought there was a really off taste in the Lindt bars. G&B is OK.

I use unsweetened Baker's chocolate in some things--it's not overly bitter. According to the package, there's no soy lecithin or other unwanted ingredients. When it's paired with something with a bit of natural sweetness (I like to melt it into hot flax cereal or with some heavy cream) it's very good, but I don't eat it on its own.

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on December 04, 2012
at 09:28 PM

Cost Plus World Market has a great 99%. Also Dagoba baking bar is really good.

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I try to stick to whole foods, so I go for raw chocolate/cacao products. Dates, cacao, almond butter and coconut is a great combo! Wouldn't be terrified of an occasional bit of dark chocolate with minimal ingredients, though.

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