Do you eat dark chocolate?
lately, i've been trying to eat dark chocolate in place of milk because of the health benefits. Does anyone have any reccommendations on tasty brands...also how much of this stuff can you eat at one sitting? lol
I never touch milk chocolate anymore, too cloying and sugary for my tastes. The darker the better for me. Kind of like a fine wine. I prefer the higher end brands, I'm very partial to Pralus, it's very expensive. You can get it at Chefshop.com - comes in varying degrees of cocoa percentages:
I don't eat a lot of it, I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so if I splurge now and then, I don't feel too bad. But I'm also not so high and mighty that I can't enjoy a Hershey's dark bar too.
BTW, I can eat a lot of it when I'm in the mood. A lot. I've been known to polish off a decent sized bar. But, usually, a couple of pieces will do the trick to satisfy my craving - I do have self-editing ability :-)
milk chocolate doesn't neccesarily mean sweet. Obviously they are often sweet, but there are some semi-sweet milk chocolates out there. There are also very sweet darks. I like it really dark, with very little sugar. The lindt 85 percent is my kind of chocolate for a bed-time snack.
I went through a lot of dark chocolate bars last year ... over 60 % ... and yes, there was some interesting stuff out there ... sort of ... but there is not one that stands out in my mind.
Currently Hersey's is making some premium chocolate bars which ... for the price ... are good. They are not as complex as some of the pricery dark chocolate, but they are respectable.
No matter what you choose ... READ THE INGREDIANTS !!!
You'd be surprised what some of those upscale chocolates will put in the bar. You want cocoa & sugar ... period. At most a little lecitin.
It is flavored ... but I really also like the organic Dagoba laveder & blueberry $2.79
I eat one ounce when I'm eating bars. Makes a nice late night snack.
I'm getting my chocolate fix lately by adding a heaping tablespoon of Hershey's cocoa to my coffee in the morning ... gives a nice mocha flavor and since I don't put sugar in my coffee ... I get the chocolate benefit ... if there is one ... without the sugar.
That's an interesting tip about the coffee. I don't use sugar in mine either and it never occurred to me to add the cocoa. I like the idea - I think I'll have to give it a try, I have Valhrona in the house.
Oh and I think the Hersheys is pretty ok for a low end chocolate too (price-wise). I was rather surprised how much I enjoyed it.
I like Dark Chocolate a lot. I have some 70% bars in my freezer from Lindt. I break off a square every now and then to eat. My 5 year old nephew loves the stuff!
I'm a huge fan of Shefferin Berger (sp?). It's really unusually good. I made my Christmas cookies with their cocoa and their bars this year and everyone universally raved about the taste. Please try!
I prefer darker chocolate - 65% or higher. A little piece or two makes a great treat when I'm craving chocolate. I try to pick up an assortment of bars when I'm at Whole Foods or Trader Joes - so nothing specific to recommend. Just sample some different percentages of cacao and decide what suites your palate.