I have always been a lover of dark chocolate and really prefer the less sweet and more cocoa tasting chocolate. The problem, is finding really good quality and great tasting dark chocolate. Thus I thought I would review and provide a short write up on any dark chocolate I try out. Hopefully it can provide other dark chocolate lovers with a good description of the various brands and maybe even show you some great quality brands that you have never heard about, that you could end up trying and loving!
This first dark chocolate review is of the Lindt 70 % Cocoa Dark Chocolate. It is one of the best dark chocolate bars out there and probably has the best balance of ‘darkness’ and sweetness to make even non dark chocolate lovers find it appealing, as anything above the 70% mark starts to become too bitter for some. The taste and texture is amazing and it melts in your mouth just how chocolate is meant to. Lindt also lists the cocoa solids as 70%, which hopefully shows that it really contains that amount.
The review is quite basic and to the point, being based upon four aspects:
- The ingredients
- The taste
- The texture
- The sweetness
Cocoa solids: 70%
The great thing about Lindt is that they list the percentages. Some brands simply call it dark chocolate, and then on the ingredients list the cocoa solids percentage is somewhere between 30% and 50%. 30% is really low and doesn’t quite count as dark chocolate. Obviously the higher the percent the darker it is.
Some dark chocolate is too soft and melts a bit too easily in your mouth and thus doesn’t really last. This usually happens when there is not enough cocoa solids and the chocolate may not have been tempered well. I like it when it lasts a bit and has a bit of thickness to it, allowing the dark chocolate taste to really engulf your taste buds. The Lindt 70% bar does that quite well, but there could be a tiny bit more of something at the end.
The chocolate tastes exceptionally good and is of a high quality.
It also has a great balance between sweetness and ‘darkness’ to make it not too sweet and not too bitter. If you have a slight inclination to dark chocolate but are still a bit hesitant because of the bitterness, the Lindt 70% dark chocolate is definitely worth a try.
Dark chocolate sweetness rating: 1 -5
3 out of 5.
The higher the rating is, the less sweet and more dark chocolaty taste it has.