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Hershey's Special Dark

Chinon00 Jul 30, 2007 02:16 PM

My office mate had some on her desk. This chocolate is very good as opposed to Hershey's milk chocolate which is so cloyingly sweet. Special Dark is powdery and dense. This is good stuff.

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    kindofabigdeal RE: Chinon00 Jul 30, 2007 02:37 PM

    explain the appeal of powdery.

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      Chinon00 RE: kindofabigdeal Jul 30, 2007 05:25 PM

      Textural contrast. Smooth then dense then dusty.

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        tinymango RE: Chinon00 Aug 1, 2007 07:55 AM

        that still sounds as though it's an explanation for grainy.

        in a world of vosges and scharffenberger, i'm not sure why you would choose this. even as far as grocery store offerings i'd rather have lindt, ghirardelli, or even hershey's cacao reserve over this. i'd just rather use my money on other brands. overall, i'd rather just have a bag of baci.

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          Chinon00 RE: tinymango Aug 1, 2007 08:59 AM

          I personally wouldn't call it grainy. To me it is definitely powdery (almost like the finish of a really dark chocolate gelati). And of course there are many chocolates superior to HSD but I was surprised at how enjoyable I found it to be. If I had to choose to place this product in either the "good" product category or the "bad" product category if would have to go into "good" for me.

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      race_cat RE: Chinon00 Jul 30, 2007 02:49 PM

      While Hershey's Special Dark is better than their milk chocolate, there seems to be a grainy texture in whatever Hershey's chocolate I eat that mars the experience for me. And I think I remember it tasting like chocolate cake batter. Not as horrid as most I have eaten but it wouldn't be my first option. Actually, if it was Hershey's chocolate or no chocolate, I'd do without.

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        MIKELOCK34 RE: Chinon00 Jul 30, 2007 02:51 PM

        Tastes like oversugared dark chocolate to me.

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          Chinon00 RE: MIKELOCK34 Jul 30, 2007 05:18 PM

          Compared to Hershey's Milk Chocolate it's pretty dry don't ya' think? It does leave a bit of sugar on the tongue but finishes slightly bitter and gives (at least to me) generous naked cocoa flavor which is not as noticeable in their milk chocolate.

        2. Ruth Lafler RE: Chinon00 Jul 30, 2007 04:37 PM

          Before there was as much good dark chocolate around as there is now, I bought it sometimes, but there's a lot of really amazing dark chocoalte to be had.

          1. manraysky RE: Chinon00 Jul 30, 2007 04:46 PM

            I have a soft spot for Hershey's Special Dark. Growing up, it was my preferred candy bar. I still wouldn't turn one down.

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              revsharkie RE: manraysky Jul 30, 2007 05:22 PM

              Me neither! They used to have these "Big Block" Special Dark candy bars. Oh, my. I used to eat one purtiner every day. Now it'd probably take me three, but I'd still do it.

            2. inuksuk RE: Chinon00 Jul 30, 2007 05:27 PM

              The Special Dark is better than the milk chocolate but it still has that Hersey's signature, almost but not quite burnt bitterness to it that I dislike in all Hershey's chocolate but especially in their cocoa. It reminds me a lot of the almost but not quite burnt bitterness that is the signature taste of Starbucks' coffee.

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                justagthing RE: Chinon00 Jul 30, 2007 07:09 PM

                I don't really like Hershey's Chocolates, but having said that, you should try their Cacao Reserve line. They make a 68% dark chocolate as well as some great milk chocolate with i think 36% cacao.

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                  yinyangdi RE: justagthing Jul 31, 2007 03:55 PM

                  Is Hershey's "Cacao Reserve" a new product? If so, wouldn't it just be re-packaged Scharffen Berger?

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                    justagthing RE: yinyangdi Jul 31, 2007 04:38 PM

                    Not the same as SB, packaging/size is very different. Plus they are still selling SB. But I do believe that are learning from all of the smaller boutique chocolatiers that they have bought out.

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                      vermontpoet RE: yinyangdi Aug 1, 2007 05:04 AM

                      The kids and I just enjoyed two bagfuls of the Cacao Reserve....that we picked up free from using .......gasp...........coupons from the newspaper!

                      The kids gobbled the 2 varieties of milk chocolate and I hate the 70% dark all to myself. It put Special Dark to shame!

                      I used to really enjoy Special Dark.....when I was a kid...but then I journeyed to Switzerland....and practically lived on amazing chocolate for a week...which ruined most Hershey products for me.

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                        justagthing RE: vermontpoet Aug 1, 2007 07:24 AM

                        Jealous I am that you found coupons for free ones!!!
                        There are also 2 varieties of dark, one has beans in it.

                  2. thenurse RE: Chinon00 Jul 31, 2007 10:14 AM

                    Don't like it myself, but I just returned from a trip to Rexall Drugs (in Toronto) and saw the Special Dark's on sale... 2/$0.99

                    1. hatless RE: Chinon00 Jul 31, 2007 10:08 PM

                      Well, I suppose at least it's not chewy and sour-tasting.

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                        suse RE: Chinon00 Aug 1, 2007 08:01 AM

                        Scharfenberger is pricey, but with Lindt 70% going for as little as 2 for $4 at times, that seems a reasonable price to pay for decent dark chocolate. We tried the new Hershey's recently and found it to be not particularly good. Why bother?

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                          shellyesq RE: Chinon00 Aug 1, 2007 10:28 AM

                          There's a review of dark chocolate in the new Consumer Reports. I can't remember all the varieties they listed, but I think the Cacao Reserve scored highly.

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                            Bostonbob3 RE: Chinon00 Aug 1, 2007 10:37 AM

                            Okay, I have just one word for you dark chocolate lovers (well, one website):


                            It's the best, most intense you'll ever have. Absolutely spectacular.

                            1. Chinon00 RE: Chinon00 Aug 9, 2007 04:46 PM

                              I'm presently eating a Hershey's Green Tea Kiss. I don't like it.

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