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  • #16
    Originally posted by rphlslv View Post
    70% is the perfect chocolate.

    Chocolove 70% is my favorite. Also the almonds and sea salt one.
    I must agree, I've always been a milk chocolate person, and I've tried very hard to train myself to like dark chocolate and it just isn't happening. Even the 85% is too much for me. I've got some 72% at home now and it's perfect.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by EyeOfRound View Post
      I must agree, I've always been a milk chocolate person, and I've tried very hard to train myself to like dark chocolate and it just isn't happening. Even the 85% is too much for me. I've got some 72% at home now and it's perfect.
      I disagree. Some cacao beans are really rich in earthiness or nuttiness, and it's not worth putting more sugar in it because it completely ruins the taste.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
        Hit World Market today and grabbed a 90% Lindt bar and the World Market brand 99% bar (actually, I bought a few of these to stockpile). Each bar was $2.00. I did a side-by-side comparison taste test in the parking lot. You know, for the sake of science.

        Conclusions:
        -World Market 99% bar has great stats--the whole bar has only 2g of sugar, and the whole ingredients list is only chocolate & sugar.
        -World Market 99% bar tastes sweeter than the Lindt bar.
        -Both bars are delicious. Hard to pick a favorite; each has a very distinct flavor, and it would probably depend on my mood that day when deciding which to eat.
        -It's very easy to eat ALL of both bars in the span of 5 minutes before going into REI to shop.
        -If the only thing you eat all day to that point is two big 90+% dark chocolate bars, plus about three times as much green tea as you usually have in an average day, you will get JITTERY.
        -If you go work out right after consuming all that dark chocolate and green tea, an hour after working out you will FEEL LIKE YOU ARE GOING TO DIE AND EXPLODE AT THE SAME TIME.

        On the plus side, now I think I can sit on the extra chocolate I bought for a week or so without wanting to eat any. I think I shock therapied myself out of dark chocolate for a while.
        Oooh. I might have to try some of this therapy...
        Breathe. Move forward.

        I just eat what I want...

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Primal123 View Post
          I am partial to raw organic cacao powder, but the raw organic cacao nibs take some getting used to. I recently read that green and black and lindt are both owned by large con-agra companies ( I don't remember which ones but seems like green and black may have been a Hershey company but I am not certain).

          So disappointing. When I buy chocolate bars I generally stick to equal exchange brand as they source their chocolate from places that do not use child slave labor. Kind of made other chocolate lose it's appeal learning that cacao beans are often harvested using child slaves and heavily sprayed with pesticides.
          Ech, that IS disappointing. I really enjoy Green&Black's and here I thought I was doing something better by purchasing their bars, what with the fair-trade logo and all. And the Lindt 90% bar is totally my fall back cheaper dark chocolate.

          I'll look into this because I am not interested in supporting non-ethically sourced cacao. Takes some digging sometimes but I believe we vote with our wallets every day.

          Thanks for the heads up.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by sezzajezza84 View Post
            I've never found anything over 85% where I am (Australia). I'll check the baking aisle but even there I'm pretty the 'dark' cooking chocolate is 70%.

            I eat a lot of raw chocolate at the moment, it is pretty expensive though. I also have raw cacao butter which I add to smoothies and things sometimes. I guess 100% chocolate tastes similar?
            I have bought Lindt 90% and 99% blocks here in Australia before (though I'm not a huge fan of the flavour of most Lindt products in general).

            Valrhona has some good dark chocolates at various high percentages - now THAT stuff is yum. And *hideously* expensive, so I dole it out only a little at a time (which is all I want when I have dark choc anyway).

            As far as raw chocolate goes, the only ones I've tried have a horrid texture - all gritty. Ick. To me, the texture of chocolate is an important aspect of enjoyment. What brands of raw do you like?
            Last edited by Sigi; 11-17-2012, 05:26 PM.
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            • #21
              I second the Valrhona, love that stuff. I also have a preference for chocolate around 70% and love the Lindt. What I don't like about the higher percentage chocolate is the texture. I love the creaminess of around 70%
              Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
              Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
              Primal, minus eggs, dairy and a myriad of other allergens.

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              • #22
                Loving Earth make raw chocolate but, though I do like the flavours, it isn't creamy. There's another Aussie one, it used to be called Conscious chocolate but is now called something else. Pana or something? It's really expensive - depending on where you buy it, a 45 gram bar is anything between $6.50 - $8.00. But it's so good and the texture is much much better than Loving Earth. It isn't a very high cacao percentage though, I think most of them are around 60% so maybe that's why.

                where can you buy valrhona?

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                • #23
                  Is there a brand of baking chips that's higher than 60% cacao? I've only been able to locate the ghiradelli dark baking chips and can't find anything higher.
                  F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
                    If I ever see one, I'll grab it. Haven't found one yet.
                    World Market has a 99 percent, it is pretty good.
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                    Current weigh 126

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                    • #25
                      I managed to find Green & Blacks (70% and higher) at our Walmart. I think they were just testing the waters, because they ended up putting them on sale at 2 for $4, and once they were gone (I bought A LOT of them), they didn't order anymore. I default to Lindt 85% too.

                      I do keep checking the dark chocolate at Trader Joe's, but most have the soy lechtin (sp?) in them.

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                      • #26
                        Raw cacao is the worst. I LOVE the taste, but if I eat beyond a small amount, I feel nauseous and dizzy. The darker it is, the worse this effect is. This doesn't seem to happen if I stick to modest amounts of non-raw dark chocolate, however.

                        Some of the best chocolates I've had:

                        Amano (https://www.amanochocolate.com/dark-chocolate)
                        Taza (Stone Ground Bars | taza chocolate store)
                        Madécasse (Madécasse Chocolate | Madagascar Chocolate)
                        Vosges (Vosges Gourmet Chocolate Exotic Candy Bars, Mix 'n' Match, Mo's Dark and Milk Bacon, Barcelona, Naga, Amalfi, Red Fire)

                        Out of all of these, the Taza 87% dark Bolivian chocolate is probably my favorite. Because it's stone ground, there's a grit to it, and it's got a very unique, fruity flavor. It's pretty expensive ($10 a bar at Whole Foods), but it's worth it.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by tarek View Post
                          Out of all of these, the Taza 87% dark Bolivian chocolate is probably my favorite. Because it's stone ground, there's a grit to it, and it's got a very unique, fruity flavor. It's pretty expensive ($10 a bar at Whole Foods), but it's worth it.
                          Do you know if the TJ's Mexican ground chocolate bars are similar to Taza's? I tried one of TJ's the other day, and really liked it, but the price is so steep!
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                          • #28
                            Thanks everyone. I wasn't aware that the higher percentages remove soy lecithin. I looked at the lower percentages (usu. 70% to 75%) and it always shows up.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Graycat View Post
                              The other day I found Lindt Excellence 85% extra dark for $2 a bar at TJMaxx. It contains no soy lecithin.

                              With that said, my favorite is Green and Black's 85%, but I can't find that one below $3 a bar. When it comes to treats like that, I only buy them once in a while, because my grocery bill adds up very fast.
                              +1 My fav is Lindt Excellence 85%. If you live near Fred Meyer you can usually get it on sale 2 for $4

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by sezzajezza84 View Post
                                Loving Earth make raw chocolate but, though I do like the flavours, it isn't creamy. There's another Aussie one, it used to be called Conscious chocolate but is now called something else. Pana or something? It's really expensive - depending on where you buy it, a 45 gram bar is anything between $6.50 - $8.00. But it's so good and the texture is much much better than Loving Earth. It isn't a very high cacao percentage though, I think most of them are around 60% so maybe that's why.

                                where can you buy valrhona?
                                Yeah, the Loving Earth stuff has okay flavours but terrible texture.

                                You can get Valrhona at Simon Johnson, and perhaps also at some upmarket department stores and delis.
                                I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

                                Oscar Wilde

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