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August 05, 2010

The 5 Best Dark Chocolate Bars in the World

By Mark Sisson
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The Modern Paleo blog’s been doing chocolate reviews recently, which struck me as a novel but totally understandable practice for a blog called Modern Paleo. In my mind, good dark chocolate – high cacao content, high fat, low-ish sugar stuff – makes any downsides to living in this modern world well worth it. Good dark chocolate really is that good. And one of the best parts about going Primal has been the way my heightened sensitivity to the slightest dash of sugar enables true appreciation of the bean’s slightly sweet product.

I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate in my day. Cheap American milk chocolate with an absurdly low cacao content was regularly gobbled up in my endurance days, but I’ve since moved on to more bitter pastures. About five years ago, I could enjoy your standard mid-grade bittersweet dark chocolate without worrying about the cacao content percentage. Now, I find the sweetness of anything lower than 72% cloyingly overpowering. That’s not to say I don’t like being overpowered by intense flavor, because I do – but only when that flavor is based on the bean. So, yeah, 72% is too low, and even the late 70s are generally pushing too much sugar. I try to stick to the 80s and even 90s.

You might notice that my picks are not inexpensive. They aren’t throwaway bars to be wolfed down in between mouthfuls of movie popcorn in a single sitting. In fact, throughout the composition of this post (the tasting, the writing, the sampling), I probably ate almost an entire bar’s worth of really high-quality, super dark chocolate. It wasn’t easy. It was probably too much. Normally, I’ll eat a square, maybe two, after dinner a few times a week, so I’m preparing myself for an impending stomachache. We’ll see. My point is this: good dark chocolate is self-limiting. You won’t go crazy and pig out on it because it isn’t pleasant to do so. The quality stuff always lasts longer than the cheap stuff.  Quality dark chocolate is definitely worth the extra expenditure.

Of course, what actually constitutes the best dark chocolate in the world is subjective. These happen to be some of my favorites, at least for now. My top picks are always changing as I never fail to try whatever high-quality, low-sugar dark chocolate wanders into my life or appears in the checkout line.

In no particular order, the list:

Valrhona Noir Extra Amer – 85% Cacao

2.5 servings per bar

Each serving:

20g fat (12g saturated)

15g carbs (6g fiber; 5g sugar)

This bar looks fantastic: sleek, smooth, and dark, almost black, with a hint of red. A single square, if given sufficient mouth time, will slowly, smoothly melt, revealing floral, nutty, and coffee notes. If you try real hard, you may notice cinnamon, too. I think the biggest draw is the texture, which is silky (gosh, I sound like a chocolate advertisement using words like “silky”). That single square will resonate for several minutes, provided you don’t just chomp down without allowing it to melt.

The Noir Extra Amer goes well in a pot of spicy chili, right at the end just before serving. I get mine at Trader Joe’s for $2.99 a bar.

Chocolove XOXOX Extra Strong Dark – 77% Cacao

3 servings per bar

Each serving:

13g fat (8g saturated)

11g carbs (3g fiber; 6g sugar)

The Chocolove XOXOX may have a ridiculously cheesy name and a slightly higher sugar content, but if you want a non-abrasive, introductory dark chocolate for beginners, this is it. If you’re trying to wean your significant other off of milk chocolate, go with the Chocolove XOXOX. You get the unmistakable flavor and light sugar content of a high-cacao bar with the creaminess and accessibility of a lesser-cacao bar. I keep these on hand for those times where I just want a bit of sweetness without the commitment required by the heavy darks. It tastes a bit like coconut.

You can find this bar at Whole Foods, Target, or Cost Plus.

Green and Black’s Dark – 85% Cacao

2.5 servings per bar

Each serving:

21g fat (13g saturated)

14g carbs (5g fiber; 6g sugar)

Another brilliantly dark bar with glimpses of red, the Green and Black’s Dark is similar to the Valrhona in its mouthfeel. It’s creamy, silky, smooth, and melts very well, but it’s not quite so bitter. Oh, the bitterness is there, lurking and noticeable, but it isn’t overpowering. You almost have to look for it (although beginners might notice it right away). Sometimes I like the bitterness to dominate. When I don’t want that kind of bitterness, I reach for a Green and Black’s, which strikes an impressive balance between robustness and delicateness.

Find where to buy Green and Black’s near you.

Dagoba Eclipse – 87% Cacao

1 serving per bar

Each serving:

26g fat (16g saturated)

19g carb (8g fiber; 7g sugar)

Dagoba is an odd one. I like it, nay, love it, but it’s definitely not an everyday sort of chocolate bar. If it’s the only thing in the house, I can probably work my way through it in two weeks – with dedication – and yet it’s the most intriguing chocolate I’ve had. Complex flavors include fruit, clove, allspice, and other spice mixes. There’s even a bit of red wine in there, making actual wine pairing redundant or even antagonistic. No, this bar stands alone. The texture isn’t great, though, and instead of melting into smooth oblivion it gets rather dry toward the end, but this is accompanied by flavor intensification (if you can imagine such a thing). There’s a tradeoff that’s worth exploring.

I get Dagoba Eclipse at Whole Foods, but you can also order it online.

Scharffen Berger Extra Dark – 82% Cacao

2 servings per bar

Each serving:

19g fat (12g saturated)

17g carbs (6g fiber; 8g sugar)

Figs and red wine, honey and spice(y). There’s even a bit of esperesso lurking in there. It’s not just the cacao that’s bitter; there’s a bite that lingers minutes after you’ve taken it. That acidic bite effectively staves off the worst of the (let’s face it – sometimes too much) bitterness, where a lesser manufacturer would have loaded a bar up with sugar to dull it. I’m glad Scharffen Berger did not do so.

Give this to daring beginners.

One of my new personal favorites that didn’t make the cut is the 85% Ecuador dark chocolate out of the Santa Barbara Chocolate Company. We had the 72% at PrimalCon, but the 85% is even better. Definitely keep your eyes out for it. If I had it on hand to sample, this list woulda been six-deep.

Lindt 85% is another good option, especially if you can’t find any of the above choices. Lindt is available in most standard grocery stores and Walmart.

One last thing: remember that the serving size listed on the back of dark chocolate bars is usually quite high, often around half a bar per serving. Depending on the bar, I get 6-12 or more servings per bar. Consider this when calculating the carb values per serving above.

What are your favorites? Have I missed anything? What should I try next? Let me know in the comment section!

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brahnamin
brahnamin
6 years 1 month ago

Wow. Like walking down the candy aisles @ Whole Paycheck (mildly disgruntled former employee . . . thanks for the nostalgia).

jhing lazaro
jhing lazaro
3 years 11 months ago

i love dark chocolate anyone can give me pls

rammy joseph
rammy joseph
10 months 1 day ago

tera baap chod kar gya tha ki teri maa

Jennapher
Jennapher
3 years 6 months ago

LOL.. Is that a jab at whole foods? I feel like I spend my whole paycheck when I shop their haha.. But I DO love their Theo organic fair trade 70% cacoa with salted almonds *drool*

Surfdancer
Surfdancer
2 years 3 months ago
Mark sweety, where’s the love for Organic Fair Trade Dark Chocolate?? Endangered Species 88% Extreme Dark Chocolate blows all the above away on taste alone…(Yes I’ve tried em all!!) but doesn’t anyone care about the politics (and GMOs) of their dark chocolate yumminess?? Also, why all the hate here towards Whole Foods?? I LOVE that place!! (No, don’t work for them- just a long-time customer) I don’t get why everyone says it’s SOO much more expensive??? I go there almost daily-fresh herbs, greens, fruits, veggies, frozen organic peaches cheaper than anywhere else (smoothies!!) Small differences in price between Whole Foods… Read more »
PepperCulpepper
2 years 3 months ago

Oooh, I do love those, too! I forgot all about them!

Victoria
Victoria
3 years 5 months ago

Do you mean Holier Than Thou Foods? Hate that place. Try very hard not to go in there.

LCF
LCF
2 years 4 months ago
rofl … I used to go there when I worked near where one was, and I go there when a girlfriend of mine goes.. but I do get the feeling sometimes that this is.. “Holier than Thou Foods.. I just never heard anyone just say it.. Good for You.. I love the concept, but does it have to be so high.. Its like they are trying to price some people out of going there.. But I’am trying to NOT eat GMO foods.. (nearly impossible nowadays) or High Fructose Corn syrup foods. (not as impossible, but still hard) and so many… Read more »
Grif
Grif
3 years 2 months ago

I love chocolate

Kishore
Kishore
6 years 1 month ago

Mark, how important is it to buy organic chocolate? Aren’t most non-organic beans sprayed on?

Steven
6 years 1 month ago

Some very good choices. I’m a fan of Dagoba. Lately, I’m digging the Xocolatl Bar (74%) Cacao nibs, chilies and rich dark chocolate recreate the Aztec’s enhancing cacao elixir.

With that said, my go to bar is the 72 or 85% Endangered Species Bars. I really like those and they are available locally for me (often on sale at Kroger).

Green and Blacks is OK, but I find it sweeter tasting than the others and almost find a raisin like flavor in it.

The others I have to try.

Roman
6 years 1 month ago

dude! i have not tried the Dagoba Xocolatl Bar yet but love everthing Dagoba makes, and that one looks SUPEr tasty, love me some chili with my coco…

thanks for the recomend

Monica Erskine
6 years 1 month ago

This is a great list. Thrilled and flattered that Endangered Species Chocolate is your “go to” dark choice, Steven!

My favorite is our darkest creation, 88% Extreme Dark Chocolate (the one with the Black Panther on the wrapper). Bitter-sweet bliss!

-Monica
Chocolate Goddess
Endangered Species Chocolate

Tori
Tori
4 years 1 month ago

Oh man! Endangered Species 88% Extreme Dark Chocolate is my favourite dark chocolate out there! I have not found a better bar to date!

Metroman
Metroman
3 years 11 months ago

About to try the Endangered Species 88%. Does it live up to the hype?

Tyler
Tyler
3 years 9 months ago

Yes it does, I have to say I just ate an entire bar about 15 mins ago.

Just throw a square in your mouth and let it melt. Delicious! Then you realize the bar is gone.

Vince G
Vince G
2 years 9 months ago

Indeed, in fact I am currently eating the 88% Endangered Species as I write this… and it was as a result of reading this article! Great chocolate, great cause!

Chase
Chase
5 years 1 month ago

Love the different flavors offered by the Endangered Species Bars @ Wholefoods

JenCat
JenCat
6 years 1 month ago

Lindt makes a dark chocolate with sea salt that is very good, but not quite dark enough. It’s too easy to eat half a bar. Vosges Mo’s Dark Bacon Bar is excellent but very expensive. Thinking of making my own.

Hannah
6 years 1 month ago

Ooh I tried the Dark Bacon Bar too, it’s actually really good! Salty/savory + Dark chocolate is amazing.

Krys
6 years 1 month ago

I second the Dark Chocolate Bacon Bar….it was delish! Very spendy though, and I am wondering how bacon strips, dipped in dark chocolate, at home would taste?? Hmmmm….might have to try this!!

lovestoclimb
6 years 1 month ago

I’ve made it many times with anywhere from 72% to 85%. You have to tinker with the percentage and the quality of bacon to get it right. I found that a higher percentage bar in conjunction with thick cut bacon is the way to go.

Brianna
Brianna
6 years 1 month ago

Chocolate-covered bacon is “fair food.” I got some this year from the Heart Attack Cafe at the San Diego County Fair. It was overpriced, but delicious!

meret
meret
6 years 1 month ago

they are DIVINE!!!

LCF
LCF
2 years 4 months ago

That would just make me eat waaay to much bacon… which would cancel out the benefits of the chocolate.. 🙁 I love bacon..

Primal Toad
6 years 1 month ago

Does it really have a baconish flavor?

Kelda
6 years 1 month ago

Is only 47% as are all the other ‘flavoured’ Lindts.

Mr Grok and I did a tasting quite recently including Tesco’s Finest Equador 86%, Lindt 85% and 90%, Green and Blacks 85% and another the name of which escapes me. We love and buy regularly the Lindt 85%, 90% was too much! But we think G and Bs is the best flavour (vanilla going on) but it just doesn’t break easily enough, especially from the refridgerator and we do like our chocolate cold!

Eric
Eric
5 years 11 months ago

It’s good to see that I’m not the only one that loves chocolate cold. If it’s from the freezer, it’s even better.

Jesper
Jesper
6 years 1 month ago

I am “addicted” to Lindt’s blueberry chocolate at the moment, it really hits the spot for me.

Indiscreet
Indiscreet
6 years 1 month ago

I love the Lindt dark choc with sea salt – amazing! Lindt also does a 90% chocolate bar, if you can find it.

Ray
Ray
6 years 28 days ago

Target has 90% Lindt for less than two bucks! Lindt is the shindt!

I just tried G&B’s 85%. Very surprised at how sweet and creamy it is. It makes me suspicious. It’s probably my favorite, so far, but I’ll probably stick with Lindt as my “go to” bar. Lindt’s better than Chocolove or Endangered, and it’s pleasantly priced. I’m gonna give Dagoba a shot soon.

I bought some cacao nibs at the farmer’s market. I don’t really know what to do with them, though.

klaus
klaus
4 years 9 months ago

cacao nibs are great on cereal replacement: banana, strawberries or blueberries, soaked almonds, topped with plain goat yoghurt and walnuts – the nibs give it another flavor and crunchy texture… enjoy!!

jake3_14
jake3_14
4 years 6 months ago

Try mixing some ground nibs in your fresh-ground coffee, at a ratio of 1/4 tsp./finished cup of coffee. It adds a rich mouth-feel to the coffee.

CadenceAlexia
4 years 2 months ago

Eat the nibs with goji and macadamia!!

Bonnie
Bonnie
5 years 1 month ago

I love Lindt 90% (Walmart) but am impressed with the various salty nibs at upscale stores too.

nanabella
nanabella
4 years 7 months ago

Lindt makes 85% and 90% and both are great – my “go-to” …

Cat Hamel
Cat Hamel
2 years 9 months ago

I too LOVE the Lindt Dark Chocolate w/Sea Salt. Too[t] sweet? Not for me, but then perhaps I’m not quite up to the 80% dark chocolate as of yet The Sea Salt addition to the bar is such a lovely contrast of sweet and … ? … ZING …. a wonderful, beautiful almost decadent thing.

Greg
6 years 1 month ago

Unfortunately, modern methods of making chocolate (even dark chocolate) strips out most of the chlorogenic acid flavanoid. This has been well documented, and has been the subject of much research by the Mars Corporation. Modern processing methods, as well as taste buds, tend to be hard on this potent antioxidant.

Roman
6 years 1 month ago

is this true for cacao nibs too?

Darshana
Darshana
6 years 1 month ago
Not as far as I know — all the cacao nibs that I’ve seen are raw. I think if they were processed, they would fall apart. I love them in fruit smoothies, which I make with frozen cherries, bananas, mangoes, and spices like cardamom, chile and ginger. I’ve had my naturopath muscle test me, and my body loves the nibs, but doesn’t like processed cocoa very much. I just don’t remember if I had him test the raw cocoa powder, or a more traditional cocoa. Whole Foods and independent health food stores usually have raw cacao nibs, and these days… Read more »
cerebelumsdayoff
cerebelumsdayoff
6 years 1 month ago
Another really great and surprisingly inexpensive dark chocolate is the World Market brand 99% bar. Yes, folks, I am talking about a chocolate bar that is 99% cocoa; they do exist! It is decadent, delicious, and pleasing to all the senses (including touch: it feels very smooth in the hands as it travels to your mouth!). These bars run for $1.99 in the Chicago area World Markets, and I would imagine the price would be about the same elsewhere. Nutrition: Serving 1/2 bar; servings in container: 2 Total fat: 22g (14g saturated) Total carbs: 14g (7g fiber, 1g sugar) Protein:… Read more »
Roland
6 years 1 month ago
I agree on the Whole Foods 99% bar. It’s not the same as the other, sweeter bars, but I love it. Great with coffee or wine. Let it slowly melt on your tongue and it’s good stuff. They have a 64% with sea salt that is amazing, but I try to steer clear of bars that low in cocoa. I’ll confess that I’ve sprinkled my 99% bar with sea salt and run it under the broiler once or twice to let the crystals melt in… 🙂 We also have a local woman who makes some amazing stuff. I get it… Read more »
TexasPrimalSurfWahine
6 years 1 month ago

I just had a rectangle of this while reading the post! Lovely!

MIke
MIke
6 years 1 month ago

Dogs should not be eating chocolate. Not good for you!

MIke in Norcal
MIke in Norcal
6 years 1 month ago

x2 on that, the 82% at World Market was good too, but discontinued. I switched to the 99% and it’s just as yummy. I had to laugh going down the list, as my list is quite similar. However, I don’t do the Scharffen Berger bar because I think it’s too chalky. Can’t recall the brand but there’s a good bar in silver wrapper at Trader Joe’s (right next to the Valrhona Noir Extra Amer bars, with an equally foreign name)to which I would give an honorable mention.

Mike
Mike
6 years 1 month ago

Ditto!

Xue
Xue
5 years 4 months ago

I love the 99% bar at world market too! very nutty and does not taste 99% at all (but it seems higher in carbs than other chocolates with such a high %?)

JP
6 years 1 month ago

lindt 99% cacao is a pretty good one (IMO)

Primal Toad
6 years 1 month ago

There is a 99%???? Why not just eat 100% and add a touch of honey? This is what I do.

Scott Kustes
6 years 1 month ago

Yes, the 99% is amazing. Much better than 100% with a touch of honey. I know because I used to do that before I discovered the 99%. It’s frankly better than any on this list, though hard to find, so I typically go with the Dagoba 87%, Lindt 85%, or Valrhona Noir Extra Amer 85%.

Cheers
Scott Kustes
Fitness Spotlight

Primal Toad
6 years 1 month ago

Well then, I need to find me the 99%!!!

Aaron Blaisdell
6 years 1 month ago

Mark, you hit all of my faves. Even my 5 year old and 2 year olds love all of these!

Keenan
6 years 1 month ago

Where is the Endangered species brand 88% Or the 75% with Hazelnut?

What about Hachez 88%?

VelocityRD
VelocityRD
6 years 1 month ago

The Endangered Species brand of dark chocolate is pretty good.

MDL
MDL
6 years 1 month ago

Their 88% is my go to chocolate. Mmmm.

Rip City
Rip City
6 years 1 month ago

mine too, because it’s cheap 🙂 It does have soy lecithin in it though…

Marisa
6 years 1 month ago

Same here, I really like the individually wrapped pieces – it keeps me from splurging! But yeah, wish it didn’t have the soy lecithin.

Ann
Ann
4 years 7 months ago

I see the presence of soy lecithin as an indicator of cheap substitutes. It is used in place of some of the cocoa butter that is then sold off to the cosmetic industry, or so I understand. And it is likely to be GMO. Even Lindt has soy in it in our area. Trader Joe’s has some of its organic chocolate brands that are soy-free, but only in the extra dark chocolate. I don’t know how generally available Theo Chocolate is outside of the Pacific Northwest but it is excellent, soy free, and ethically produced.

Karlyn
Karlyn
6 years 1 month ago

I heart Green and Blacks. I have some every night… it makes my sugar free world a little brighter each day…

pieter d
pieter d
6 years 1 month ago

Hey Mark,

I don’t know if this one is available in the US, but this is my favourite:

http://www.cotedor.be/cotedor/page?locale=benl1&PagecRef=898

great taste, from a (my) great chocolate country Belgium

and these (http://www.newtree.com/page.php?p1=289&language=en-US&US=1) are not bad either, but rather expensive

Matt
Matt
5 years 3 months ago

I agree, Cote D’or is delicious.

Catherine H
Catherine H
3 years 6 months ago

But Côté d’Or has soy lécithine ….

Roberta
Roberta
6 years 1 month ago

85% endangered species. Or for special occasions 72% endangered species w/ rasperies or blueberries!

NotSoFast
NotSoFast
6 years 1 month ago
My primal daughter and I have been doing the Lindt 85% for several months and are very happy with it. It may not be organic, but the ingredient list is cleaner than most organic brands. We steer clear of soy lecithin around our cave. It’s in most other brands, organic or not. We have learned though personal experience that some of the ingredients that are allowed in many organic foods (i.e.-yeast extract, barley malt, etc.) can trigger reactions in chemical sensitives. Mark, I know you don’t have a problem with soy lecithin, and it doesn’t seem to have any affect… Read more »
Tadas
Tadas
6 years 1 month ago

You really missed one of the best. But I don’t know if you get it outside the EU:

Domori ILBLEND 100%
Only ingredient: Cacao

Most chocolate bars with 100% cacao are dry and bitter, but this one is creamy and as bitter as a normal 80% bar. The Best: It is also 100% primal. Not even a small amount of soy lecithin…

NotSoFast
NotSoFast
6 years 1 month ago

I’ll sook for it! Thanks!

musajen
musajen
6 years 1 month ago

Forgive my ignorance here, but how can the only ingredient be cacao? Aren’t there at least cocoa butters or some other fat required to make a chocolate bar?

Tadas
Tadas
6 years 1 month ago

Nope…

as far as I know this is the only brand which really just contains cacao.
The cacao is conched for a very long time to make it smooth. Sorry I could not find any further information about this process (just this: http://www.domori.com/en/product.php?idProductLine=8).

ArcticBear
ArcticBear
6 years 1 month ago

Dagoba also has a 100% chocolate bar (available even in the North!). One ingredient: “100% organic cacao beans”. It’s fairly expensive, like the others, but you can’t eat alot at once. Eating a piece right now and it’s pretty good! I also like the Xocolatl; it bites back.

Bonnie
6 years 1 month ago

The cocao butter comes from the cocoa bean! If they are using the whole bean – 100% that includes the fat/butter – then the chocolate would be 100% cocoa. FYI: cocoa butter is a neutral fat – does not do all the nasty things to your body that some other fats can do.

Stef
Stef
4 years 7 months ago

You should try to track down Taza chocolate. It has 3 maybe 4 ingredients an NO SOY! I’m a real stickler about staying far far away from soy no matter how small of an amount and Taza is amazing.

Stef
4 years 5 months ago

Tazo is amazing chocolate. Just tried it for the first time and it`s wonderful. The company history is also a real treat. Definitely a household item.

hcantrall
hcantrall
6 years 1 month ago

I really like the Green & Black’s Organic 85% bar. Once or twice a week I eat 6 squares with an ounce of almonds and a cup of coffee, it’s my favorite dessert!

Hannah
6 years 1 month ago
Okay don’t tell me you haven’t tried Pralus (Pray-loo…if you say it the way it’s spelled sales people will silently mock you) 100% yet…It’s literally the best 100% dark chocolate there is. Better than the 90% and 85% bars I’ve tried even. Just smooth and creamy cocoa beans and cocoa butter basically, but processed so perfectly that you get the flowery/dark essence of the beans along with their slight natural sweetness. Pricey, yes. But so worth it, and the bar is stamped into teeny tiny squares that can make it last WAY longer than a usual bar. With all that… Read more »
Erin
Erin
6 years 1 month ago

Yes, I have to say that Pralus pretty much blows all other chocolate out of the water for me. The texture is a-mazing!
I also like their mini Pyramids des Tropiques package. It’s fun to taste the many differences between single origin chocolates from different countries (the Equateur is my absolute fave!!)

Mike
Mike
6 years 1 month ago

I have to agree 100%! Before I opened this post I had in my head that Pralus 100% should be on here. Much to my disappointment it isn’t.

The first time I tried it, the chocolate shop said they get a lot of diabetics who come in to buy the Pralus 100%.

Tina
Tina
6 years 1 month ago

When about the European chocolates that need refrigeration like Neuhaus, Godiva, and Leonidas? How do they stack up?

Christine
Christine
6 years 1 month ago

Tough crowd. I feel like a sugar wimp at 72%.

mayness
mayness
6 years 1 month ago

Hachez 88% is by far my favorite.

Rodney
Rodney
6 years 1 month ago

My current favorite is Vivani 100% organic 85% cocoa.

I like it better than Lindt, Green & Black’s, Dagoba, and Chocolove.

Chocolove was my intro to the darks, starting with ~72% and then graduating up as my taste changed.

Looks like it is time to expand again and search out the Valrhona next time I head in to the big city where there is a Trader Joe’s.

Thanks for the nice summaries!

Apurva
Apurva
6 years 1 month ago

This post should be titled ‘the Best dark chocolate bars in Whole Foods and Trader Joes’.

There are some seriously intense local brands you get in various European countries (specially Italy and the Netherlands) that you don’t even hear about in America. I would name names if I could remember them, but unfortunately it has been a while since I have visited Europe.

That said, the Endangered Species Black Panther bar (88%) should be on this list, IMHO

Michael
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed. Not to take anything away from the chocolates on this list, but it seems they are the best of what is the most readily available (i.e. mass produced and well distributed) in North America. I won’t act like a chocolate snob and recommend boutique chocolates that require you to get on an airplane. Instead, I want to recommend two that are somewhat difficult to find in North America, but worth the hunt: A. Korkunov 72% Cacoa (from Russia) and Ulker Golden 70% Cacao (from Turkey). Enjoy!

jus
jus
6 years 1 month ago

This article reads like a review of fine cigars. It was pretty enjoyable and I’ll be looking to try these.

Harpo
Harpo
6 years 1 month ago
frank
frank
6 years 1 month ago

Bulk Barn has 100% dark chocolate haha

Mike Panian
Mike Panian
6 years 1 month ago

Unfortunately, dark chocolate gives me migraines. Shrug.

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
6 years 1 month ago

I agree!! The Endangered Species Black Panther bar (88%)is the best. Next is the Lindt 85-90%.
I go through one bar a week of the 88%…

Esther
Esther
6 years 1 month ago

Love the Black Panther bar!

Remember, these lovely pieces of chocolate can also be turned into amazing beverages. Think of a dark chocolate drink, supplemented with the right chilies and spices, being sipped from a sea salt rimmed tall glass…..

shel
6 years 1 month ago

Lindt may be considered pedestrian (i don’t think so) because its everywhere, but Lindt 99% is harder to find, and well worth it.

Len
Len
6 years 1 month ago

Thanks for the post, Mark! Love the Scharffen Berger and Chocolove! Another one that’s absolutely worth trying is Endagered Species 88% — delicious chocolate, and you support a great cause when you enjoy it 🙂

I found it at Whole Foods here in San Francisco, but I’m pretty sure it’s available nationwide.

AutumnP
AutumnP
6 years 1 month ago

Lindt 90%!!

Andrew
Andrew
6 years 1 month ago

+1, clear winner

Paul C
Paul C
6 years 1 month ago

Green&Black & Newman’s Organic are the ones I get. My daughter told me to try Uganda brand as she thought it was the best, so I have yet to try that. She only left me the empty wrapper.

Paul C
Paul C
6 years 1 month ago

After looking at the wrapper, it is Hagelund 80%, with Uganda in large letters. Nice texture and strong flavor but not too bitter.

Paul C
Paul C
6 years 1 month ago

Oops make that Hageland.

Paul C
Paul C
6 years 1 month ago

Just had 88% Teuscher (Swiss). I would compare it to the Green & Black, slightly less bitter. It is twice as expensive though, so unless it was a gift I would not buy it.

Elizabeth
6 years 1 month ago

Great picks. Green and Black’s is my personal favorite. I don’t care for Lindt’s 85%, though. It tastes to strongly of alcohol for my preference.

Melissa
Melissa
5 years 1 month ago

I agree, I’ve tried them all and G&B’s 85% tops them all

lovestoclimb
6 years 1 month ago

I’m really surprised that the ‘Le 100% by Pralus’ isn’t on this list. By far my favorite dark chocolate bar out there.

maba
maba
6 years 1 month ago

I totally agree with LovesToClimb. I never thought I’d enjoy a 100% chocolate. But 100% Pralus is the best chocolate I’ve tasted. I only wish it weren’t so expensive.

Hugh
Hugh
6 years 1 month ago

Here in Missouri we have two single-estate chocolate makers, both of whom make world-class chocolate bars. Too bad they top out at 75% or so. But still worth checking out for chocolate afficionados.

Patric (www.patric-chocolate.com) and Askinosie (www.askinosie.com)

Jason
Jason
6 years 1 month ago

There’s also a pretty reasonably priced bar at TJ’s ($1.49 I think) usually at the “candy” aisle besides the checkout stands called –
Trader Joe’s The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar 85% Cacao Smooth & fruity from the Tumaco Region of Colombia

What I like about this bar besides the price is that it comes as two separate bars inside the package itself (for 1.25 servings per bar).

Major D
Major D
6 years 1 month ago

Well, its not any of those fancy bars, but I shop at the Fort Knox commissary in Kentucky and about the best I can do is the Ghirardelli 86% Midnight Reverie. They carry the Green and Black 70% as well, but I find it too sweet. I guess that’s what I get for getting stationed in “the gut” of the country. One whole foods clear up in Louisville and nothing else closer than Cincinnati.

Mike
Mike
6 years 1 month ago

I have to agree. The TJ 85% is probably the best tasting/value combo with great packaging too. The square sizes are perfect…put one melt a square on the bottom of some little cupcake cups…let cool…put a dab of TJ almond butter (also great deal)…sandwich with another chocolate square and melt. Let cool and you have a wonderful little almond butter cup. Mmmm.

madeline
madeline
6 years 1 month ago

My favorite is Green & Blacks 85% w/ a date wrapped around it or two lol. Also, tastes good dipped in raw honey or almond butter for that Reeces Pieces kinda flavor I used to enjoy. Will try other ones too. Good timming 😀 I also eat the 70 +% if they are out sometimes.

IAN
IAN
6 years 1 month ago

How about Robb Wolf’s secret weapon Francois Pralus Le 100% Dark chocalate

Jake Mayer
6 years 1 month ago

I have to put in a good word for the plain old Lindt 85% cacao bars. Surprisingly low carb – Total Carbohydrate: 8g (3%)Dietary Fiber: 3g (12%) for 4 squares!

They taste very nice too. A little more bitter than some are used to, but you will soon prefer it over sickly sweet conventional chocolate 🙂

MIke
MIke
6 years 1 month ago
I have to say that of all of the choices I always go with the Green and Blacks because the texture is so amazing. The Dagoba Xocolati is a nice change if you want to go that low with the cacao content. But when I was visiting my mother for a few months last summer in a small town in Eastern Colorado, all I had was Walmart and they sold the Lindt 85% bars. I was pleasantly surprised to find how delicious they were. I didn’t know their carb count was so low, making them even better.
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Daniel Visser
Daniel Visser
6 years 1 month ago

my favorite is a local czech handmade organic raw bar – made from unroasted raw cacao. here is an english link
http://www.lifefood.eu/en/strava/organic-raw-chocolate.html
I don’t see on their website info about the nutritional numbers etc so I will just have to buy a bar tomorrow and post again….

Birdie
Birdie
6 years 1 month ago

Divine Organics Sacred Cacao
I like the one with mulberries and macadamia. Raw amazing cacao brittle sweetened with just a bit of maple crystals. Super superior!
Also, if you’re into making your own, Vivapura has a rare strain of cacao, represents 5% of the cacao production on the planet, and it is stone ground. Melt the paste with whatever and it’s to live for! http://vivapura.net/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=67

Birdie
Birdie
6 years 1 month ago

I mix the coconut cream and the cacao paste together and I don’t need sweetener, low glycemic and DELISH!

Richard
Richard
6 years 1 month ago

My favorite is the Galler Heritage noir 85% from the belgian company Galler. It’s really great, not so sweet but with an excellent taste and texture.

Uncle Herniation
Uncle Herniation
6 years 1 month ago
slacker
slacker
6 years 1 month ago

Perugina always the best in my book, because they push the cocoa fat up, but somebody recently gave me something called “Blackout” that was intense and wonderful. I should have saved the wrapper.

Great post.Yum.

Matthew
Matthew
6 years 1 month ago

No mention of theo’s chocolates (http://www.theochocolate.com/)? They’re hard to get outside of Seattle (some flavors available on Amazon).

They have a 100% USDA organic certified 91% dark chocolate single origin from Costa Rica:

https://www.theochocolate.com/store/products/chocolate-bars/single-origin/costa-rica-91

Their chocolate factory tour is a must if you’re ever in Seattle.

Lauren
Lauren
6 years 1 month ago

Thanks for mentioning Theo Chocolates, Matthew!! I was going to put a post about them if someone hadn’t already. I love their chocolate and it has ruined me for a lot of other brands. Including some on this list today. I love that Theo is an organic and fair trade company. (The first in North America–FYI, and no, I don’t work there!) You can order their chocolate online and I highly recommend you try it!!

Heather
Heather
6 years 1 month ago

I had no idea we had a chocolate factory here! Thanks for posting this. Now I’m going to have to check them out. And a tour–yum!

Brian
Brian
6 years 1 month ago

Good Call. I second the 91% Costa Rica Chocolate from Theo’s. It’s my go to chocolate bar.

Alisa - Dairy Free
6 years 1 month ago

Mark, I recently fell in love with these chocolate squares – http://intemperantia.com/veganchocolatespecialties.aspx – they are dark, but not bitter because they are heavy on the cocoa butter side. Though I understand that the cocoa bean is made of the cacao and the cocoa butter, is there health benefit to the cocoa butter too? I guess I am still a bit confused on where the nutrition lies in the bean and if I can enjoy more of the fatty portion for health too!

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Wilma Flintstone
Wilma Flintstone
6 years 1 month ago

I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Michel Cluizel chocolate. Exceptional product!

http://uk.cluizel.com/fr/hight-cocoa-contents/5/15.html

In NYC I buy it in a store called Garden of Eden but you can find them elsewhere:

http://worldwidechocolate.com/shop_cluizel_bars.html

http://www.igourmet.com/shoppe/prodview.aspx?cat=&subcat=&prod=2643&name=Michel+Cluizel+Chocolate+Bars

http://www.google.com/products?q=%22michel+cluizel%22%2B%22bar%22&hl=en&aq=f

Good choices are the Noir de Cacao 72%, the Grand Noir 85% and the Noir Infini 99%.

Sarah
Sarah
6 years 1 month ago

I have to second the recommendations for the Pralus. Yum. Also, try Claudio Corallo 73.5 with nibs. Interesting texture, and delightful taste. I am very fond of Michel Cluizel, as well. Mangaro, 65%, from Madagascar.

DAVE PARSONS
DAVE PARSONS
6 years 1 month ago

The proliferation of organic-free trade-and the standards we all know from the baking aisle are endless now.
GO OUT AND EXPERIMENT!…THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT! I stick with 85% or higher.
Trader Joes 85% is the best value. but add some Almond butter or Marscapone cheese to any super dark chocolate and its Heaven!! even 100% is just like a cup of black coffee. dark and strong but totally do-able.
A little good red wine and dark chocolate never hurt anyone either..
So go out and “HUNT” SOME chocolate!

LCF
LCF
2 years 4 months ago

i read as long as it was 70% or better it was good for weight loss.. Am I wrong?

KestrelSF
KestrelSF
6 years 1 month ago

How this list could possibly omit the François Pralus Le 100%, single origin bar is mind boggling!
Ingredients
Cocoa, pure cocoa butter
thats it.. no sugar at all.

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