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Hi guys,

Wondering if any of you found a high quality extra dark chocolate bar. I mean 90% or greater cocoa, and minimally processed.

I found two at the store but I'm thinking there might be some that are less processed:
Lindt has 90% and 95% but it uses alkali processed cocoa, also called dutch-processing (their 85% does not).

Thanks
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Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
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1130Super wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
100%! I wasn't aware they existed. Any idea how's it's even possible, I mean how it's different from those cocoa nibs which are pure cocoa? I've had cocoa nibs before, they are a nice snack but don't melt in your mouth like 90% chocolate does. I believe they are just chopped up seeds. Curious how 100% chocolate relates to nibs.
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Theo produces a delicious 85% bar. My runner-up brand is Chocolove.
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I used to live near Taza Chocolate in Somerville, MA (https://www.tazachocolate.com). They have chocolate bars that go up to 95% pure. They are called "Wicked Dark".

According to web site:
Perfectly unrefined, super intense 95% dark stone ground chocolate. This barely-sweet bar has just 2 grams of sugar per serving. It lets the bright fruity flavors of our cacao shout loud and proud! We think our unique stone ground process creates the best ultra-dark chocolate you can find. Paleo-friendly, vegan, and organic, with NO dairy, NO soy, NO gluten.

Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar. Contains traces of almonds, cashews, coconut, hazelnuts, and pecans.
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French Broad in Asheville NC has some super boutique chocolat made on premises
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My sister worked here until a few months ago https://www.ritualchocolate.com/. They have won a lot of awards and the facility is amazing (we visited several times). I don't even particularly like chocolate, but my sister would often get us 100% cacoa bars and IMO they were pretty delicious.
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get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:22 pm
1130Super wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
100%! I wasn't aware they existed. Any idea how's it's even possible, I mean how it's different from those cocoa nibs which are pure cocoa? I've had cocoa nibs before, they are a nice snack but don't melt in your mouth like 90% chocolate does. I believe they are just chopped up seeds. Curious how 100% chocolate relates to nibs.

Umm... serious question... have you ever had 100% cacao chocolate?

Do you eat it straight or do you cut it with something else prior to consumption?

Personally, I'd be impressed if you eat and enjoy 100% cacao.
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I'm not a connoisseur. I once toured the Taza factory. The tours have been discontinued for the duration of the pandemic, but if they ever start again I'll just say that a) I loved it, and b) for the $8 price of the tour I got enough samples, nibbles, tastes, and ultimately a cup of chocolate that were well worth the $8. Except of course that the tour began and ended in their factory store and it was pretty hard to resist dropping another fifty or sixty bucks there.

They make Mexican-style disks, bars, and other things. We buy the Mexican-style disks as treats from time to time in the local Whole Foods. The texture is a gritty because of being stone-ground and having sugar crystals in it; in theory you use them to make hot chocolate, not to eat them. We eat them. The bars are smoother. The "Wicked Dark" is only available as a bar. This is a screenshot of the 95% bar, which I wouldn't like and have never tried, but I'm sure it's good.

Image

You can look at their website and try to judge for yourself how happy you are with their process.

You can buy them from Amazon (normally, not as a delivery from Whole Foods)... but you have to commit to a ten pack.
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pahkcah wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:34 pm I used to live near Taza Chocolate in Somerville, MA (https://www.tazachocolate.com). They have chocolate bars that go up to 95% pure. They are called "Wicked Dark".

According to web site:
Perfectly unrefined, super intense 95% dark stone ground chocolate. This barely-sweet bar has just 2 grams of sugar per serving. It lets the bright fruity flavors of our cacao shout loud and proud! We think our unique stone ground process creates the best ultra-dark chocolate you can find. Paleo-friendly, vegan, and organic, with NO dairy, NO soy, NO gluten.

Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar. Contains traces of almonds, cashews, coconut, hazelnuts, and pecans.
+1 You can find them in Whole Foods. The "bar" is in the form of a "wheel". Mimicking the "stone ground process". As Nisiprisus said above, I also eat the disks though not in one sitting.
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get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:22 pm
1130Super wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
100%! I wasn't aware they existed. Any idea how's it's even possible, I mean how it's different from those cocoa nibs which are pure cocoa? I've had cocoa nibs before, they are a nice snack but don't melt in your mouth like 90% chocolate does. I believe they are just chopped up seeds. Curious how 100% chocolate relates to nibs.
Baking chocolate is 100%. Found in the baking section at walmart or any grocery store. It's like a few bucks for a big bar.
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If you are in the seattle area Theo chocolate has zero extra processing or ingredients.
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nisiprius wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 5:14 pm I'm not a connoisseur. I once toured the Taza factory. The tours have been discontinued for the duration of the pandemic, but if they ever start again I'll just say that a) I loved it, and b) for the $8 price of the tour I got enough samples, nibbles, tastes, and ultimately a cup of chocolate that were well worth the $8. Except of course that the tour began and ended in their factory store and it was pretty hard to resist dropping another fifty or sixty bucks there.

They make Mexican-style disks, bars, and other things. We buy the Mexican-style disks as treats from time to time in the local Whole Foods. The texture is a gritty because of being stone-ground and having sugar crystals in it; in theory you use them to make hot chocolate, not to eat them. We eat them. The bars are smoother. The "Wicked Dark" is only available as a bar. This is a screenshot of the 95% bar, which I wouldn't like and have never tried, but I'm sure it's good.

Image

You can look at their website and try to judge for yourself how happy you are with their process.

You can buy them from Amazon (normally, not as a delivery from Whole Foods)... but you have to commit to a ten pack.
I’ve also toured the Taza plant...I’m a serious (dark) chocolate lover and don’t understand the appeal of Taza...Its grainy, sandy texture is the antithesis of what I want in my chocolate bars.
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Helo80 wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 5:13 pm
get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:22 pm
1130Super wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
100%! I wasn't aware they existed. Any idea how's it's even possible, I mean how it's different from those cocoa nibs which are pure cocoa? I've had cocoa nibs before, they are a nice snack but don't melt in your mouth like 90% chocolate does. I believe they are just chopped up seeds. Curious how 100% chocolate relates to nibs.

Umm... serious question... have you ever had 100% cacao chocolate?

Do you eat it straight or do you cut it with something else prior to consumption?

Personally, I'd be impressed if you eat and enjoy 100% cacao.
I've eaten it many many times. Always just a small square at a time, not "cut" with anything. My sister would bring us a few bars every time they did a run of it. I am not a huge fan of chocolate, but I actually enjoy 100% cacoa.
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get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:09 pm Hi guys,

Wondering if any of you found a high quality extra dark chocolate bar. I mean 90% or greater cocoa, and minimally processed.

I found two at the store but I'm thinking there might be some that are less processed:
Lindt has 90% and 95% but it uses alkali processed cocoa, also called dutch-processing (their 85% does not).

Thanks
Chocolove 88% Just bought (another) 5 bars today.
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Helo80 wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 5:13 pm
get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:22 pm
1130Super wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
100%! I wasn't aware they existed. Any idea how's it's even possible, I mean how it's different from those cocoa nibs which are pure cocoa? I've had cocoa nibs before, they are a nice snack but don't melt in your mouth like 90% chocolate does. I believe they are just chopped up seeds. Curious how 100% chocolate relates to nibs.

Umm... serious question... have you ever had 100% cacao chocolate?

Do you eat it straight or do you cut it with something else prior to consumption?

Personally, I'd be impressed if you eat and enjoy 100% cacao.
Cacao has the magical property of being inedible at 100% and sublime just slightly sweetened.
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https://www.xocolatlchocolate.com/

If you can afford it, well worth it.
They have a 100%: https://www.xocolatlchocolate.com/store ... 00%25.html
and an 85%: https://www.xocolatlchocolate.com/store ... 85%25.html

I prefer this 73%: https://www.xocolatlchocolate.com/store ... 73%25.html

They are very nice if you call with questions.
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1130Super wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
HawkeyePierce wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:30 pm Theo produces a delicious 85% bar. My runner-up brand is Chocolove.
pahkcah wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:34 pm I used to live near Taza Chocolate in Somerville, MA (https://www.tazachocolate.com). They have chocolate bars that go up to 95% pure. They are called "Wicked Dark".
Thanks for the suggestions guys.

Any idea if these are quite apart from Ghirardelli's 92% dark chocolate.
I'm not sure if it's duch processed or not (I did send them an email to ask).
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get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:09 pm Hi guys,

Wondering if any of you found a high quality extra dark chocolate bar. I mean 90% or greater cocoa, and minimally processed.

I found two at the store but I'm thinking there might be some that are less processed:
Lindt has 90% and 95% but it uses alkali processed cocoa, also called dutch-processing (their 85% does not).

Thanks
I tried the Lindt 90% at walmart. I liked it the sugar is lower in that one.
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Ghirardelli intense dark are very good and not ridiculously expensive (they are often on sale for below $3 for a 3.2 ounce bar) . They come in 60%, 72%, 86% and 92% varieties. The sea salt soiree bars with nuts are ridiculously addictive.
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88% Endangered Species
bittersweet chocolate (chocolate liquor, sugar, soy lecithin, vanilla)
https://chocolatebar.branddriver.com/pa ... a-3-oz-bar
added bonus of being vegan since it does not have milk fat found in many chocolate bars
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get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:09 pm Hi guys,

Wondering if any of you found a high quality extra dark chocolate bar. I mean 90% or greater cocoa, and minimally processed.

I found two at the store but I'm thinking there might be some that are less processed:
Lindt has 90% and 95% but it uses alkali processed cocoa, also called dutch-processing (their 85% does not).

Thanks
What’s the issue with Lindt? Seems like pretty solid quality.
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finite_difference wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 9:19 pm
get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:09 pm Hi guys,

Wondering if any of you found a high quality extra dark chocolate bar. I mean 90% or greater cocoa, and minimally processed.

I found two at the store but I'm thinking there might be some that are less processed:
Lindt has 90% and 95% but it uses alkali processed cocoa, also called dutch-processing (their 85% does not).

Thanks
What’s the issue with Lindt? Seems like pretty solid quality.
More generally, what is the problem with alkali/dutch-processed chocolate?
Is it taste? Something else?

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get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:22 pm
1130Super wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
100%! I wasn't aware they existed. Any idea how's it's even possible, I mean how it's different from those cocoa nibs which are pure cocoa? I've had cocoa nibs before, they are a nice snack but don't melt in your mouth like 90% chocolate does. I believe they are just chopped up seeds. Curious how 100% chocolate relates to nibs.
They add extra cocoa butter to the Mix https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0798/ ... 1577148114

If you make an order from Manoa buy the 1lb bars much for $26 better deal than 2.6oz bars for $10
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ResearchMed wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 9:21 pm
finite_difference wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 9:19 pm
get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:09 pm Hi guys,

Wondering if any of you found a high quality extra dark chocolate bar. I mean 90% or greater cocoa, and minimally processed.

I found two at the store but I'm thinking there might be some that are less processed:
Lindt has 90% and 95% but it uses alkali processed cocoa, also called dutch-processing (their 85% does not).

Thanks
What’s the issue with Lindt? Seems like pretty solid quality.
More generally, what is the problem with alkali/dutch-processed chocolate?
Is it taste? Something else?

RM
finite_difference wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 9:19 pm
get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:09 pm Hi guys,

Wondering if any of you found a high quality extra dark chocolate bar. I mean 90% or greater cocoa, and minimally processed.

I found two at the store but I'm thinking there might be some that are less processed:
Lindt has 90% and 95% but it uses alkali processed cocoa, also called dutch-processing (their 85% does not).

Thanks
What’s the issue with Lindt? Seems like pretty solid quality.
Hey guys,

Yea so nothing wrong with Lindt. I actually like their 85% (it's not dutch processed). And nothing wrong with dutch-processed per se (it's actually supposed to make it taste less bitter). Except that I read that this is extra processing that isn't necessary, and it reduces the flavanols content. So I just wanted to see if there were recommendations for less processed or possibly better produced dark chocolate.
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go_mets wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 8:33 pm 88% Endangered Species
bittersweet chocolate (chocolate liquor, sugar, soy lecithin, vanilla)
https://chocolatebar.branddriver.com/pa ... a-3-oz-bar
added bonus of being vegan since it does not have milk fat found in many chocolate bars
+1. This is my favorite.
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ResearchMed wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 9:21 pm
finite_difference wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 9:19 pm
get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:09 pm Hi guys,

Wondering if any of you found a high quality extra dark chocolate bar. I mean 90% or greater cocoa, and minimally processed.

I found two at the store but I'm thinking there might be some that are less processed:
Lindt has 90% and 95% but it uses alkali processed cocoa, also called dutch-processing (their 85% does not).

Thanks
What’s the issue with Lindt? Seems like pretty solid quality.
More generally, what is the problem with alkali/dutch-processed chocolate?
Is it taste? Something else?

RM
It reduces the phytonutrients so I avoid it.
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marcwd wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 5:37 pm
Helo80 wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 5:13 pm
get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:22 pm
1130Super wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
100%! I wasn't aware they existed. Any idea how's it's even possible, I mean how it's different from those cocoa nibs which are pure cocoa? I've had cocoa nibs before, they are a nice snack but don't melt in your mouth like 90% chocolate does. I believe they are just chopped up seeds. Curious how 100% chocolate relates to nibs.

Umm... serious question... have you ever had 100% cacao chocolate?

Do you eat it straight or do you cut it with something else prior to consumption?

Personally, I'd be impressed if you eat and enjoy 100% cacao.
Cacao has the magical property of being inedible at 100% and sublime just slightly sweetened.

I have tried the 100% bar it’s good but I prefer their sea salt 72% bar
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BW1985 wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 10:05 pm
ResearchMed wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 9:21 pm
finite_difference wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 9:19 pm
get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:09 pm Hi guys,

Wondering if any of you found a high quality extra dark chocolate bar. I mean 90% or greater cocoa, and minimally processed.

I found two at the store but I'm thinking there might be some that are less processed:
Lindt has 90% and 95% but it uses alkali processed cocoa, also called dutch-processing (their 85% does not).

Thanks
What’s the issue with Lindt? Seems like pretty solid quality.
More generally, what is the problem with alkali/dutch-processed chocolate?
Is it taste? Something else?

RM
It reduces the phytonutrients so I avoid it.
What should one look for on the label to know this?

Many thanks.
We love dark chocolate, and joke that it - plus some red wine - is "for our health" :wink:
It's only partly a joke, of course (or so it is thought), but we might as well go for the best possible!

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ResearchMed wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 11:05 pm
What should one look for on the label to know this?

Many thanks.
We love dark chocolate, and joke that it - plus some red wine - is "for our health" :wink:
It's only partly a joke, of course (or so it is thought), but we might as well go for the best possible!

RM
The label would say something like "cocoa processed with alkali".
For example if you go to the baking aisle you will see two types of Hershey's cocoa powder. If you compare the two, the one labeled "Special dark" will indicate that it's processed with alkali. In fact, it has (or used to have) a note that if you want most flavanols, go with the other one.

Same thing can be seen if you compare Lindt 85% and 90%.
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Helo80 wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 5:13 pm Umm... serious question... have you ever had 100% cacao chocolate?
DW and I sampled some freshly-ground cacao beans on a plantation in St. Lucia a couple of years ago. Not what I would call one of my favorites, tasted more like bitter coffee than chocolate.
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pahkcah wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:34 pm I used to live near Taza Chocolate in Somerville, MA (https://www.tazachocolate.com). They have chocolate bars that go up to 95% pure. They are called "Wicked Dark".

According to web site:
Perfectly unrefined, super intense 95% dark stone ground chocolate. This barely-sweet bar has just 2 grams of sugar per serving. It lets the bright fruity flavors of our cacao shout loud and proud! We think our unique stone ground process creates the best ultra-dark chocolate you can find. Paleo-friendly, vegan, and organic, with NO dairy, NO soy, NO gluten.

Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar. Contains traces of almonds, cashews, coconut, hazelnuts, and pecans.
+1 Taza is one of my favorites.
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Fine & Raw chocolate. Direct from Brooklyn. Hipster approved!

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get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:09 pm Hi guys,

Wondering if any of you found a high quality extra dark chocolate bar. I mean 90% or greater cocoa, and minimally processed.

I found two at the store but I'm thinking there might be some that are less processed:
Lindt has 90% and 95% but it uses alkali processed cocoa, also called dutch-processing (their 85% does not).

Thanks
Search for "cacao paste." Not bars, but chunks. Pastry chefs use this for many types of chocolate desserts.
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I recommend Valhrona, but I think the highest % you can get is 85 ("le noir extra"). You can find it at Trader Joe's.
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Hey everyone,

I want to thank you all for commenting and sharing your recommendation. You've given me great options to try :)

Thanks!
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Helo80 wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 5:13 pm
get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:22 pm
1130Super wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
100%! I wasn't aware they existed. Any idea how's it's even possible, I mean how it's different from those cocoa nibs which are pure cocoa? I've had cocoa nibs before, they are a nice snack but don't melt in your mouth like 90% chocolate does. I believe they are just chopped up seeds. Curious how 100% chocolate relates to nibs.

Umm... serious question... have you ever had 100% cacao chocolate?

Do you eat it straight or do you cut it with something else prior to consumption?

Personally, I'd be impressed if you eat and enjoy 100% cacao.
Anything above 85% is too bitter to eat on its own I find
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Poorman wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 5:19 pm Baking chocolate is 100%. Found in the baking section at walmart or any grocery store. It's like a few bucks for a big bar.
Just be sure to get "unsweetened" baking chocolate. You'll likely run into sweetened or bittersweet or other "baking chocolates" listing a percentage somewhere on the bag that are not at or near 100%, some as low as 50%.
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Trader Joe's carries a 100% Cocoa chocolate bar called Absolute Black Montezuma.

It's a couple of bucks and tastes high quality.

I love the taste and if you put a smidge of peanut butter on top, it is also quite pleasurable.
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I don't eat sugar but wanted to have some chocolate and was looking for 100%-cacao chocolate. Some Boglehead has referenced Chocosphere, https://www.chocosphere.com/, and since then I am buying my chocolate from them.

Here is a link to their products with > 90% cacao: https://www.chocosphere.com/default/per ... rcent.html .

I am buying "Callebaut Unsweetened Chocolate Liquor Discs 2.5Kg/5.5lbs. Belgian, Dark 100% cacao, blend, $49.95" https://www.chocosphere.com/default/per ... discs.html and eat several disks every day.

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Re: 90%+ chocolate bar

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My favorite chocolate is from Hu Kitchen

https://hukitchen.com/collections/chocolate
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Re: 90%+ chocolate bar

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VictoriaF wrote: Tue May 12, 2020 3:49 pm I don't eat sugar but wanted to have some chocolate and was looking for 100%-cacao chocolate. Some Boglehead has referenced Chocosphere, https://www.chocosphere.com/, and since then I am buying my chocolate from them.

Here is a link to their products with > 90% cacao: https://www.chocosphere.com/default/per ... rcent.html .

I am buying "Callebaut Unsweetened Chocolate Liquor Discs 2.5Kg/5.5lbs. Belgian, Dark 100% cacao, blend, $49.95" https://www.chocosphere.com/default/per ... discs.html and eat several disks every day.

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Thanks Victoria, the site looks really good. Such a vast collection.
The price on the Callebaut is very good. Some of others are quite expensive!
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Re: 90%+ chocolate bar

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mrsbetsy wrote: Tue May 12, 2020 11:52 am Trader Joe's carries a 100% Cocoa chocolate bar called Absolute Black Montezuma.

It's a couple of bucks and tastes high quality.

I love the taste and if you put a smidge of peanut butter on top, it is also quite pleasurable.
Freefun wrote: Tue May 12, 2020 4:57 pm My favorite chocolate is from Hu Kitchen

https://hukitchen.com/collections/chocolate
Thanks for the suggestions!
I'll have to try these soon :)
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Re: 90%+ chocolate bar

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One thing both of us have noticed with the *very* dark chocolate, is that without the sweetness, and usually also not quite the same "melt in your mouth" smoothness of, say, milk chocolate (which we no longer enjoy at all) is that we do not "need to have more". There just isn't the same immediate addiction, "I *must* have more".

That makes us feel very virtuous, and also to have it more often, because we do not immediately finish off the entire bar/package.

We'll have to do some tasting comparisons based upon some of the info on this thread :D

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Re: 90%+ chocolate bar

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Poorman wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 5:19 pm
get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:22 pm
1130Super wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
100%! I wasn't aware they existed. Any idea how's it's even possible, I mean how it's different from those cocoa nibs which are pure cocoa? I've had cocoa nibs before, they are a nice snack but don't melt in your mouth like 90% chocolate does. I believe they are just chopped up seeds. Curious how 100% chocolate relates to nibs.
Baking chocolate is 100%. Found in the baking section at walmart or any grocery store. It's like a few bucks for a big bar.
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Re: 90%+ chocolate bar

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Another vote for baking coco. Some brands are painfully butter. But easy to find at most grocery stores or big box retailers.

Baking chips also work.

I find I can do the 100% stuff if I do not chew it. I let it melt on my tongue for several minutes.
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Re: 90%+ chocolate bar

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I noticed something, anything labeled "dark chocolate" does not have any milk. So even if it's 70-90% cocoa, it won't have any milk. The extra ingredient would be sugar. Does anyone know why there isn't even a little milk?

Or why there isn't dark chocolate which is just cocoa + milk (no sugar), rather than cocoa + sugar (no milk)? Just curious.
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Re: 90%+ chocolate bar

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minimalistmarc wrote: Tue May 12, 2020 9:35 am
Helo80 wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 5:13 pm
get_g0ing wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:22 pm
1130Super wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had
100%! I wasn't aware they existed. Any idea how's it's even possible, I mean how it's different from those cocoa nibs which are pure cocoa? I've had cocoa nibs before, they are a nice snack but don't melt in your mouth like 90% chocolate does. I believe they are just chopped up seeds. Curious how 100% chocolate relates to nibs.

Umm... serious question... have you ever had 100% cacao chocolate?

Do you eat it straight or do you cut it with something else prior to consumption?

Personally, I'd be impressed if you eat and enjoy 100% cacao.
Anything above 85% is too bitter to eat on its own I find
Endangered Species makes an 88% that is excellent. When I go back to their 72% it tastes too sweet for me now.
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Re: 90%+ chocolate bar

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get_g0ing wrote: Wed May 13, 2020 11:17 am I noticed something, anything labeled "dark chocolate" does not have any milk. So even if it's 70-90% cocoa, it won't have any milk. The extra ingredient would be sugar. Does anyone know why there isn't even a little milk?

Or why there isn't dark chocolate which is just cocoa + milk (no sugar), rather than cocoa + sugar (no milk)? Just curious.
Simple. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate are intended to be two different products.
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