They certainly do, L - they sell it in my local indie grocery store. I've no idea about the ingredients of the bars I buy because they're hand made. I know the highest she currently does is 85%, but that's still a little sweet for my tastes.
I have been known to eat cacao powder straight from the tin, if I've nothing else...
I'm hoping Santa might bring me a selection box from here http://www.willieschocolateshop.com/. I've sampled his chocolate before, and it really is the dog's dangly bits...
The Javan Light is my favourite, though I also dig the Venezuelan. Tasting chocolate's like tasting wine or coffee and, like coffee, cacao beans are strength rated (Javan's 2, and the Venezuelan's 5).
Just wish I had £75 to spend on chocolate!
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I just bought Godiva 85% at Cost Plus. Pretty good.
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Re: Lindt offering different bars in the UK
If SeventyPercent's reviews are to be trusted--and I think they are--Lindt vends some different bars in the UK. For instance, Martin Christy gave high praise to the US version of the Lindt 85% bar, while Alex Rast disliked the UK Lindt 85% and despaired that the UK didn't have access to the version sold in the States. (The reviews come up in a search right now, but for some reason you can't access them. Must be a database bug...)
A few years ago I was determined to experience the UK 85% for myself and wrote to Lindt about it. They never responded. My attempts to acquire a UK Lindt 85% have been utterly fruitless. Ah well. I remain puzzled by Lindt's practice of vending slightly different bars in the UK and the rest of the world.
Re: best dark bars
If you like:
creaminess/cocoa butter, low carb content: Hachez 88%
sweetness: Green & Black's 85%, Endangered Species 88%, or Scharfen Berger 82%
rich cacao flavor: Rapunzel 85%, Alter Eco Blackout 85%
very strong cacao flavor, low carb content: Lindt 85% US version
My sister believes Michel Cluizel's 85% is an ideal marriage of creaminess and flavor. It is, however, expensive and hard to find. It's also much sweeter than my own ideal, but it might appeal to many.
I remain smitten by Theo's discontinued Venezuela 91%. I hope they can access those delightful beans again someday.
Someone mentioned the Hachez earlier - yuck! I find that one way too bitter and burned. Feodora (German) is quite nice. I'm partial to Lindt myself, but if there's a good Eastern European/Balkan food import store near you, I suggest the KRAS 77 or 88% (Croatian brand.)
Oh, I might be remembering worng. It may have been the 90% Lindt. I thought ti was 95% from Walgreens though.
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It's interesting to read different reactions to the same bar. I know people who love and crave the Hachez 88%. The first time I encountered it I found it bitter. A year later, I found it creamy and the flavor pleasant. Now that several years have passed, I find it creamy but so bland and low on actual cacao flavor that there's barely a reason to consume it.
I wish like mad I could locate a 95% bar in the US. I've been searching and hoping to no avail. If anyone finds one available online, please post a link!
I'm probably about to get desensitized to Lindt 90% as well: my wife just called to tell me that the Lindt outlet had 90% bars in stock (a rare occurrence), and she bought as many as would fit in the cart. That's one hundred twenty bars. Those should last me a good long while...I hope!