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Mar 1, 2007 04:07 AM

Help me learn to like dark chocolate

I really prefer milk but I'm trying to make the switch. Any mild, "starter" dark chocolate out there? Thanks.

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  1. Head to a nice chocolate shop and tell them what you're doing. They ought to be able to select a few pieces that would fit the bill. It might help to begin with filled candies. A sweet, creamy filling with a dark coating could help ease you in. Also, a good accompaniment might help. I love to eat dark chocolate with fresh oranges. Perhaps a strawberry dipped in dark would be good?
    Good luck and welcome to the dark side. .)

    1. Lindt Excellence are great bars to start with. They make a 70% cocoa which is a great starting point for you. It's not bitter at all.

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      1. re: C70

        i second the Lindt recommendation.

      2. I hate to hear people "trying" to like something. There's nothing inherently bad about milk chocolate. That said, i have two suggestions. Look not just at the percentage, but the sugar content in grams on the nutrition facts on the back. You'll probably like them sweeter. More important than what you eat is how you eat it. Take a piece and concentrate on it and the flavors, if you don't find something you like, then don't bother... save the money and calories and go buy a beer.

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        1. re: amkirkland

          amkirk, i agree with your "Take a piece and concentrate"-philosophy but then again, sometimes we want something we can gorge on. at least, I do. sometimes theres just nothing like devouring an entire chocolate bar. now, if you are indeed going to do this (which, granted, is not something to be done regularly:) you would be FAR better off gorging on a 70% dark chocolate that only has 4-6 grams of carbohydrates in each of the usual two-per-bar serving than a hersheys milk chocolate that can pack as much as 20 grams in each serving. there IS a huge difference.

        2. Dagoba is widely available and pretty good. But as above, don't force it - what I look for in chocolate is intense chocolate flavor and good mouthfeel - a little goes a long way.

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          1. re: tdo ca

            i too like dagoba stuff. i used to dig on the xocatle (sp?) bar but now i go for the intensely dark eclipse bar. i do NOT rec the eclipse for most. try one of their others.

            1. re: ben61820

              The New Moon bar from Dagoba would be a good choice, I think. In fact, I'm going to have some right now....

              Uncle Ira

          2. I tend to really like the special ones you can find in cheese shops or gourmet places.
            They tend to be made either with nuts, caramel, fruit or peppers.

            Oh it's SO good.