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Dark Chocolate with salt [moved from Boston]

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lunchout Oct 1, 2011 10:45 AM

I've recently launched a quest to try as many kinds/variations of dark chocolate and sea salt that I can get my hands on....

thus far:

Lake Champlain organic Dark Chocolate, sea salt, almonds...expensive, and excellent. 60%dark, justt the right amount of salt...my favorite so far

Salazon Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt....excellent, perhaps a better chocolate experience than the Lake Champlaign bar..., but I miss the almonds.

Salazon Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt, Turbinado Sugar - yuck, wierd crunchy bits of sugar ruin the experience.

Chocolove Roasted Almonds and sea salt - A little mild for my taste, but nice...prefer a stronger dark chocolate.

Godiva dark chocolate, Sea Salt, chopped almonds: meh - nothing to write home about. Mightas well be milk chocolate (almost)

Tazo Salt & Pepper: I know that the grainy feel to this choclate is intended...I just didn't really enjoy it. I haven't tried making a hot-chocolate with this...

...and, there's anotherone that I can't remember the maker of. darn. really god, 70% dark...

I'd love to get recommendations of more chocolates to try....

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  1. Delucacheesemonger RE: lunchout Oct 1, 2011 11:13 AM

    You might want to go the other way. Currently l have over 40 salts, yes they are salty, but differences in texture as well in the degree of salinity make them quite distinctive. Try a fleur de sel on your chocolate of choice, or a Halen Mon, or a Hawaiian small pond, or a Murray River pink, or, or, or

    1. Dave MP RE: lunchout Oct 3, 2011 06:34 AM

      I recently tried Nirvana 72% Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Caramel. See image here: http://www.gabrielteas.com/catalog/im...

      I am pretty sure they have it at Whole Foods in Dedham, and probably elsewhere too.

      The Whole Foods in Dedham, in general, is a good place to browse chocolate bar choices. They have a huge variety.

      1. SeaSide Tomato RE: lunchout Oct 4, 2011 06:45 AM

        I really enjoy the dark chocolate with salted carmel bar at TJs. The carmel is runny once you break into it (which can get messy if you don;t eat the whole thing right away--and if I'm not sharing, i truly try to get a few servings from it). IT;s very tasty--chocolate is a nice darkness, salt level is just right.

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          twentyoystahs RE: SeaSide Tomato Oct 4, 2011 07:42 AM

          i just got little dark chocolate covered caramels at TJs (sprinkled w sea salt) Also excellent.

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            SeaSide Tomato RE: twentyoystahs Oct 6, 2011 06:00 AM

            ooh yum.

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            kt1969 RE: SeaSide Tomato Oct 5, 2011 03:20 PM

            We really like the TJs Dark Chocolate Bar [70%] with toffee, walnuts, and pecans. They don't list the sea salt in the name but it sure is in there! Never really noticed the toffee but it really is delicious. And at $2 a bar, you really can't beat it.

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            bostonfoodz RE: lunchout Oct 4, 2011 11:47 AM

            whole foods has these amazingly addictive dark chocolate sea salt caramels. we're not usually caramel people, but let me say, these are unbelievable!

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              beforesunrise RE: lunchout Oct 4, 2011 02:55 PM

              Next time you're in Whole Foods, grab the version that Theo chocolate makes. They are the "Taza" of Seattle and that's one of their signature bars.

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                lunchout RE: beforesunrise Oct 16, 2011 11:11 AM

                "Theo" was the name of the bar I couldn't remember...it was excellent!

                But I have since found what may be the be-all-end all Medecasse Sea Salt & Nibs - from Madagascar.... Expensive, but a bar will last me a week - and it is a stand-alone experience - plus, fair trade, local development company. The chocolate is excellent, and the nibs add the mildest, mildest coffee-bean like flavor, with tiny bit of crunch. Here's a link:

                http://store.madecasse.com/new-seasal...

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                blink617 RE: lunchout Oct 4, 2011 05:54 PM

                Lindt has a pretty good dark chocolate with sea salt bar.

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                  freia RE: blink617 Oct 19, 2011 07:21 PM

                  I second that! Lindt with fleur de sel, my FAVORITE, can't get enough of it!

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                  pellegrino31 RE: lunchout Oct 7, 2011 10:32 AM

                  Mast Brothers (a small producer based in Brooklyn) has two fantastic flavors - Fleur de Sel and Almonds and Sea Salt. You can order online or they list sources for outside of NYC:

                  http://mastbrothers.com/chocolate/

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                    lunchout RE: pellegrino31 Oct 16, 2011 11:12 AM

                    thanks for all of the replies! I've enjoyed this quite a bit...

                  2. babette feasts RE: lunchout Oct 16, 2011 07:55 PM

                    Try BT McElrath's salty dog - 70%, toffee, and salt or their prarie dog, which is milk chocolate with toffee, almonds and salt.

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                      soupkitten RE: babette feasts Oct 19, 2011 08:38 PM

                      +1

                    2. paulj RE: lunchout Oct 16, 2011 09:20 PM

                      http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/to...
                      From Ferran Adria, a Spanish combination of toast, chocolate, olive oil, and salt

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