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    Green & Blacks has milk powder in it; milk makes me break out. I like the Dagoba 83% and the Scharffen-Berger 82%. The SB is softer. I also noticed that regular dark chocolate tastes too sweet. I never thought my sweet tooth would change!
    Isn't it amazing? I was having a cappuccino at Starbucks yesterday, and decided to sprinkle a dusting of cocoa on top, not realizing it was really sweet cocoa. I was amazed how sugary it tasted...it's like I could taste every tiny molecule of sucrose! So glad I didn't dump a lot on top!
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    I've found 2 I LOVE: Lindt 95% and Ghiradelli 100%. With the Lindt, it's kinda like a Hershey's Dark was to me at one point: dark, but still on the sweet side. It has a slight nuttiness and a fairly creamy texture for a bar with so little sugar. The Ghiradelli is my favorite. I got them as baking discs (or whatever you call them) and it was a 2 lb bag for $3-4. It has a fruitiness and an almost coffee flavor to it. I love them.
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    I will have to try the Ghiradelli 100%. Sounds yummy!
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    Maybe you got a different product than I did. I found Ghirardelli 100% as a thin bar, looking like a normal eating bar, but it was way too bitter. Cost Plus 99% is far superior.

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    The best dark chocolate I have found (and tried) so far has been the Endangered Species 88% chocolate bars. I don't know how widely available they are (I haven't seen any mention of them in my skim of this thread), but I usually find them next to Dagoba and Green & Black's. Their 72% w/ cocoa nibs and 72% w/ espresso beans are really good, too.

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    Valrhona Le Noir 85% is good and very low in sugar (Trader Joe's carries it at the registers). When I first tried it, it seemed very unsweet, but now I love it. The texture is great- t's not too waxy, crumbly or dry. Scharffen Berger also makes a very good 82% bar.

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    Unfortunately, we don't have a Trader Joe's here. I'm in the midwest US, and I think the closest would be Denver (6 hours away). I might try the endangered species 88%, because I know that i can get that through our co-op.

    queen_sheba, i'm having a hard time putting two and two together. are you saying that i should look for a higher fat content per serving to ensure that there isn't added "reduced fat cocoa powder"? how would i know that the higher fat content isn't because of the lower sugar content?

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    My very favorite, if you can find it, is Hachez 88%. My grocery store stopped carrying it though. =[

    Endangered Species 88% is pretty good (and comes in a bag of individually-wrapped squares which is nice).

    The Ghirardelli 85%(?) is good too.

    I wasn't a big fan of the Dagoba in that range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse View Post
    Unfortunately, we don't have a Trader Joe's here. I'm in the midwest US, and I think the closest would be Denver (6 hours away). I might try the endangered species 88%, because I know that i can get that through our co-op.

    queen_sheba, i'm having a hard time putting two and two together. are you saying that i should look for a higher fat content per serving to ensure that there isn't added "reduced fat cocoa powder"? how would i know that the higher fat content isn't because of the lower sugar content?
    hmmm..all excellent questions. I just know that the 85% G&B is 60g of fat in the 100g bar. The 70% one is about 40g (ish? i think - but certainly lower!)

    the higher fat content is due to the higher cocoa butter content...i suspect.

    higher fat doesn't equal no crappy cocoa powder. It's not even a "quality brand" thing.

    My 2.60 bar of 77% "designer" chocolate is;

    cocoa mass, sugar, fat-reduced cocoa powder (12%)

    The cheapo 85% from the co-op is 1.09 and has no cocoa powder ( i don't think anyway!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by naiadknight View Post
    I've found 2 I LOVE: Lindt 95% and Ghiradelli 100%. With the Lindt, it's kinda like a Hershey's Dark was to me at one point: dark, but still on the sweet side.
    I don't think Lindt makes a 95% dark chocolate. Certainly not in bar form. 99%, 90%, 85%, 70%, and beyond that who cares?

    Anyway, I'm a Lindt fan. There are many other brands I have yet to try which I might like more, but for my money the Lindt 90% bar is hard to beat. "Chocolate, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, sugar, natural bourbon vanilla beans". No cruddy soy lecithin, and only 0.75g sugar per square.

    Walmart sells them for $1.99/bar now. Though my local Walmart is just a few miles away from Lindt's USA headquarters, so maybe it's cheaper there than elsewhere? Last time I was at Walmart I bought their remaining inventory of the 90% dark...around 24 bars I believe. Last time I was at the Lindt outlet when they had 90% bars on sale 12-for-$12, I bought as many as I thought would fit in my pantry.

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