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On a whim I picked up a bar of the Cacao reserve from Hershey's that is being so heavily advertised, while zipping through the grocery. At home I had opened a bar of Bernard Castelain Chocolar Noir Equateur dake chocolate of Ecuador 70% made in Chateauneuf de Pape, France. The Hershey's claims to be Sao Tome from off the coast of Africa and produced for them in Germany. The bars appear to be identical right down to the size of the squares and both embossed with the same cacao bean. Well in tasting I was surprised, they are identical. I just did a side by side taste test and am quite surprised. I will have to have my DH try to tell which is which this evening. quality chocolate from Hershey!

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    1. Identical bars, one claiming to be from Ecuador, processed in France and one from Sao Tome, processed in Germany? What do you think is going on? I know lots of name brand stuff is also packaged under generic labels, but this seems weird.

      I guess it doesn't matter too much if the chocolate is good.

      Speaking of chocolate, I recently bought a bag of the Guittard chips often mentioned here, and I really don't like them very much. I haven't tried them side-by-side w/ Nestle's to see which are better, but they are nowhere close the the Ghirardelli 60%.

      1. Guittard never impressed me.

        It is weird. They used identical molds and both are 70% and the flavor is also identical. I was really surprised. I was not expecting the Hershey's product to be as good as it is.

        1. DH got home and I put him to the test. He thinks the Hershey's chocolate has a bit of tobacco flavor to it but both are remarkably similar.

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            Very interesting. Were the prices you paid for the two bars vastly different?

          2. No, I got the French chocolate at TJ Maxx for $2.99 and the hershey's was the same price in Kroger today.