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    What kind of percentage am I looking for in the cocoa in dark chocolate? I see 90, 80, 73..... A little help!

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    The higher the better. Personally, my favorites are around 85%-90%
    Liz.

    Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
    Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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    I got some 100% in France and love it. It's really a taste preference but for the nutrition aspect, the higher the better. Look out for milk powder, soy lecithin and sugar. I love cacao nibs too.
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    I used to prefer chocolate in the 70% range, but I've now trained myself to go darker. I now prefer it around 85%. A square or two of the extra dark stuff is all I need.

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    Anything under 99% is for babies....

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    It depends what you're used to? If you're coming from 60%, then try 75%... if you're coming from Dairy Milk then try 60% first. But yes, in terms of the "goodies", the higher the better
    Personally, I gnaw on a block of chef's cacao every now and again.

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    Thanks everyone. I bought a 90 and a 73. I will check em out! =)) In moderation of course! =P

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUN5LING3R View Post
    Thanks everyone. I bought a 90 and a 73. I will check em out! =)) In moderation of course! =P
    The one thing to remember is that dark chocolate is meant to -really- be enjoyed, so you might be in for a shock if you're used to eating sugary chocolate and just bite off a chunk of 90% and start chewing on it. Put a little piece in your mouth and let it melt slowly so you can really taste all the flavours. Hope you find a kind that you like!

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    I like panther bar 88% and lindt 85%. oh and also i like using baking 100% chocolate, a tiny amount of espresso and making ganache with heavy cream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthspirit View Post
    I like panther bar 88% and lindt 85%. oh and also i like using baking 100% chocolate, a tiny amount of espresso and making ganache with heavy cream.
    Mmmm... panther 88!

    Had one of those this morning!

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    I like this answer. It's all relative. Very few people like the really dark stuff right off the bat -- it's an acquired taste... one that I am still working to acquire. I prefer 70%, but I can enjoy 85% if i'm really trying to keep the carbs super low. So for me, it also depends on what my dietary goals are.

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