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Ridge Jan 28, 2010 10:27 AM

I thought I would give a chocolate update to liven up dreary January.

Last year I highly recommended the Blanxart dark organic chocolate. I’m sad to say I have not been as impressed with the last few bars of this that I have purchased. Hopefully in the future the quality will increase again.

I still love Pocco Dolce.

I have a new favorite: TCHO Dark Chocolate Ghana. African chocolate tends to have distinctive fruity notes and to me tastes different than other chocolate. In the past I have enjoyed various Michel Cluizel African chocolates although it’s been a while since I have had a Cluizel bar. The TCHO Ghana is good example of how complex and atypical African chocolate can be: Smoothly melts in your mouth. At first the flavor is very slightly nutty but develops into velvety cocoa flavor that envelops your tongue. The long finish has a slight burst of subtle berry-fruit flavor and espresso. Really good and also really different.

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    DavidT Jan 28, 2010 01:34 PM

    Where are you able to buy these chocolates?

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    1. re: DavidT
      bobpantzer Jan 28, 2010 02:30 PM

      TCHO is located at Pier 17. They make the chocolate there and have a small retail store there, as well.

      1. re: bobpantzer
        Ruth Lafler Jan 28, 2010 06:59 PM

        Tcho is also available at various retailers. Berkeley Bowl and Confetti are two places I've bought Tcho.

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          potato or yam Jan 28, 2010 07:43 PM

          They have a few varieties of Tcho at Star Grocery in Berkeley.

      2. re: DavidT
        Windy Jan 28, 2010 09:37 PM

        Poco Dolce is at Whole Foods, as is TCHO. You can also find both at Bi-Rite.

        I've been enjoying caramels and chocolate-covered honeycomb from Coco-Luxe. I also had a really good bittersweet chocolate chocolate cookie from Blue Bottle Cafe, the perfect accompaniment for an espresso.

        1. re: DavidT
          JaneMetcalfe Feb 2, 2010 08:27 AM

          TCHO is on sale at Whole Foods throughout California and also are selling the Ghanaian chocolatey bar and TCHO-A-Day at Starbucks across the US.

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