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For simple eating chocolate, how much cocao do you prefer?

ipsedixit Dec 19, 2009 07:58 PM

I just got a Dagoba eclipse chocolate bar, which is nearly 90% cocao, and wow what a revelation.

I think I just discovered a new level of appreciation for chocolate.

Never been a chocolate lover -- and still not one -- but tasting a chocolate bar with this high percentage of cocao gives me a new appreciation of what chocolate can do to the senses.

What about you? How much cocoa do you prefer in a chocolate bar?

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    aynrandgirl Jan 4, 2010 06:04 PM

    Being a milk chocolate fan, 30-40%. Scharffen Berger's 40% milk chocolate is as dark as I can stand.

    1. mcf Dec 20, 2009 07:17 AM

      between 72% at a minimum and up to 85 or 87%.

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        mrsjoujou Dec 20, 2009 05:30 AM

        AT least 70% and no more than 85% in most cases.

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          Harters Dec 20, 2009 03:49 AM

          70% minimum. Over 80% isn't to my taste.

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            Caitlin McGrath Jan 4, 2010 06:22 PM

            This is the range I favor. High enough cacao percentage that I taste the flavors of the chocolate over its sweetness, but not so high that bitterness is the topnote.

          2. vorpal Dec 20, 2009 03:27 AM

            I have to agree. The more, the better: I love the rich, bitter flavour of the cacao... so delicious, and the effect that it has on your mouth is fabulous.

            1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 19, 2009 08:40 PM

              as much as they can cram in there ;)

              have you had Sweetriot dark chocolate covered cacao nibs yet? if not, you *must* try them - go for the 70%. Trader Joe's also just introduced their own version, simply called Dark Chocolate Cocoa Nibs. they're the perfect snack for a lover of dark chocolate/high cacao content. warning though...they're extremely addictive!

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