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Which chocolate bars containing > 70% cocoa taste the best?

mollyomormon Feb 10, 2010 12:39 PM

I've seen a few different ones on the market, but is there one that you really love?

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    rafjel Oct 15, 2010 06:14 PM

    Pralus has a bunch of 75% bars that are spectacular. My favourites are the Madagascar and the Venezuela.

    Amedei has a nice selection, but it's a bit out of my price range most of the time.

    The Cluizel 85% Grand Noir is fantastic as well.

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      Val Oct 15, 2010 03:45 AM

      I've been enjoying a Polish 90% bar called Wawel (I think it's pronounced Vavel)...and can find it at a little European/Polish market here in Naples for $2.99 (3.5 ounce bar)...first had it in North Jersey this past May. Not gritty or bitter, at least to my palate, and lovely intense flavor.

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        bellywizard Oct 15, 2010 04:53 AM

        That's kind of like asking "which Merlot is the best?" - it's all a matter of personal opinion. There are some measures of quality, but beyond that, it's subjective.

        There are the mass manufactured ones, some of which are really good:
        I really like the Pralus 'Grand Cru' series (lots of different ones to compare - I like the Tanzanie).
        Michel Cluizel does some great stuff too.
        I've bought some good bars from chocodirect.com.

        Then there are the small-batch chocolatier ones, which can vary widely.

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          Val Oct 15, 2010 05:50 PM

          Heh, true, bw...at work, we all love dark chocolate...well, I decided to try out the 90% Wawel...only one other co-worker could handle it with me. Oh well...but my sister-in-law who was also in NJ that week in May loved the Wawel too. And, again...I only will eat a small square or two...that's all I "need" due to the intense cacao flavors.

      2. mollyomormon Oct 14, 2010 10:49 PM

        Wanted to add that I just tried the Dagoba Xocolatl bar (74%) and it's pretty fantastic.

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          MGZ Oct 15, 2010 03:36 AM

          I think that's the one with the cacao nibs and chiles. I also think it's the best chocolate bar I've ever had. In fact, with a sprinkle of sea salt flakes, it makes my favorite chocolate treat of all time.

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            mollyomormon Oct 15, 2010 05:51 PM

            That's the one! It's pretty incredible.

        2. Soop Feb 12, 2010 04:20 AM

          Green and Blacks gets a vote from me. I use it pretty much exclusively for cooking

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            Harters Oct 15, 2010 03:28 AM

            I'm also a Green & Black fan. I expected quality to drop when it was taken over by Cadbury but it didnt. Probably still to early to know of the new ownership, as part of the Kraft brand, will have an adverse effect.

            1. re: Harters
              Soop Oct 15, 2010 03:51 AM

              yeah, I'm worried about that.

              They also changed something else, I don't think it's fairtrade anymore, but people just assume it is. Really makes me mad, and I tried to boycott... and then they were 1/3 off at Sainsbury's so I stocked up on 3 T___T

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                Harters Oct 15, 2010 04:34 AM

                Quick look at the website says the Maya Gold is FairTrade (as well as being organic)

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                  Soop Oct 15, 2010 05:21 AM

                  Looks like the only one though.

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            jsaimd Feb 11, 2010 10:43 AM

            A few I like
            Pralus 100%
            Domori Puertomar 75%
            Amedei 9 75%
            Bonnat - several, including the 100% but I am blanking on which ones.

            1. ipsedixit Feb 10, 2010 01:52 PM

              I'm not an expert, and definitely haven't tried everything that's out there, but Endangered Species is pretty darn good.

              http://www.chocolatebar.com/shop/p-21...

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                nofunlatte Feb 10, 2010 03:58 PM

                I just munched on a square of their 88%--immensely satisfying!

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                  mollyomormon Oct 14, 2010 10:51 PM

                  I've since tried the Endangered Species bars and they're great and relatively inexpensive. Thank you for the rec!

                2. re: ipsedixit
                  mollyomormon Feb 10, 2010 04:51 PM

                  Great! You had me at panther eyes on the wrapper.

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    kattyeyes Nov 23, 2010 09:01 AM

                    Good call! I picked one up on my own (the 72% one with the bat on it and the cacao nibs--a.k.a. "the batty bar"), then found this thread and tried the panther. I almost picked that up the first time--the wrapper itself is definitely a draw. Both are great and especially so for the price. In fact, I'm enjoying a couple of panther squares RIGHT NOW. Mmmm, mmmm, let's hear it for intensity! Well, and big cats for that matter. :)

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                      ipsedixit Nov 23, 2010 09:03 AM

                      Plus, it's a socially conscious chocolate bar, right? Always a good thing ...

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