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Dark Chocolate - Your Favourite?

Apprentice Mar 10, 2011 05:15 PM

Currently my fav is the 70% Galler Dark Chocolate Bar in Toronto. I've tried many others both in higher and lower percentages, but nothing seems to be as good for me. I'm curious what others enjoy, as perhaps I've missed some and there is something even better waiting for me.

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  1. jlunar RE: Apprentice Mar 10, 2011 05:19 PM

    DeVries' Dominican bar. But he doesn't make it right now. I'm still waiting for him to start again.
    I'm enjoying the blackberry Cacao Sampaka bar right now.
    Bernachon has some good stuff, but I need to sample more.

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    1. re: jlunar
      bunnylicious RE: jlunar Mar 10, 2011 06:13 PM

      Is the Cacao Sampaka bar a souvenir from a trip to Spain/Europe or are they actually selling it in Toronto? I love that place, particularly their cold chocolate passion fruit drink...

      1. re: bunnylicious
        jlunar RE: bunnylicious Mar 10, 2011 07:27 PM

        That was a souvenir someone brought back for me... :)

        I somehow didn't realize this was on the Ontario boards! I clicked on it from the main CH list...

        Toronto ones (cheap):
        - Lindt Sea Salt
        - Lindt Ecuador
        - Scharffenberger Dark (though, I like it less these days).

        Toronto ones (not cheap)
        - Thomas Haas (Crunchy)

        Almost Toronto
        - Chocolats De Chloe Cacao bar
        - Chocolats d'Augustin (mint!)

        1. re: jlunar
          bunnylicious RE: jlunar Mar 11, 2011 04:38 AM

          Awwww that's too bad, I was hoping there was a source here! :)

          Agree with rec for soma - fantastic and love that they're bean to bar.

          Lindt Ecuador is my quick dark chocolate fix. Ecuadorian chocolate is some of my favorite and seems underrated. El Rey from Venezuela is also fabulous though I've not seen it much in Toronto.

          Where does one buy Thomas haas chocolates?

          1. re: bunnylicious
            jlunar RE: bunnylicious Mar 11, 2011 06:45 AM

            yeah, the Sampaka is reaaaally good. Would love a local source.

            Thomas Haas bars can be found at the sen5es bakery... though it's been a while since I've been, so you may want to check they still sell it! Note: Crunchy does not denote the chocolate texture... they're just giving it silly names for the cocoa percentages.

    2. TorontoJo RE: Apprentice Mar 11, 2011 02:56 AM

      The 64% Peruvian from Soma is really nice. It's not a super intense dark chocolate, but if you're looking for a really smooth, non-bitter dark, this is a really nice bar. I think of it as an everyday eating dark chocolate. :)

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        fickle RE: Apprentice Mar 11, 2011 04:00 AM

        My favourite is the 68% dark chocolate from Neuhaus. Pusateri's (Yorkville) carries it.

        1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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          k_collin RE: Apprentice Mar 11, 2011 07:06 AM

          amedei chuao or porcelain are my favorites, you can find some bars at shefflers in SLM. You can also order them online @ www.atasteforchocolate.com

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          1. re: k_collin
            randomthoughts RE: k_collin Jun 19, 2011 08:35 PM

            Totally agree - if you haven't tried Amadei Chuao or Porcelana... you need to. They're the basis by which I compare anything else... and nothing else quite compares.

            I prefer the Chuao myself, it's super distinctive and makes wonderful dipped truffles.

          2. ekim256 RE: Apprentice Jun 19, 2011 11:38 PM

            Lindt Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts...and Chili Chocolate...and Ecuador. Oh yes.

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              Kassi22 RE: Apprentice Jun 20, 2011 07:33 AM

              I just tried a brand called 'Newtree' ... its FANTASTIC. They make some really interesting flavors and the chocolate quality is excellent.

              Look out for it at specialty candy stores. Its my new Fav and I can't wait to try them all.

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                vidkid RE: Apprentice Jun 20, 2011 09:58 AM

                My go-to dark chocolate bar is Mangaro (65%) by Michel Cluizel though it's a bit hard to find. I was introduced to Michel Cluizel by the old Splendido which made a top notch chocolate souffle from Cluizel's chocolate IIRC.

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                However, as a backup option, the Lindt Sea Salt and Lindt Roasted Almonds are decent, everyday dark chocolates.

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