Dark Chocolate

I’ve never met chocolate I didn’t like.  I mean, it’s chocolate.  How bad can it be?

But I definitely prefer dark chocolate over any other type

I was thrilled to received this Ghirardellli Intense Dark Chocolate in conjunction with being a FoodBuzz Featured Publisher

The darker the better

72%, 86%

Bring it.  I can handle it.

Some people saw that dark chocolate is bitter.  I would say that it lacks overt sweetness (and boy, do I have a sweettooth) but I wouldn’t call dark chocolate bitter, per se.

It’s just not sweet.  But it’s dark, smooth, rich, and just melts in your mouth.

The Ghirardelli was perfect.  I liked both the 72% and the 86%.  The 86% being less sweet than the 72% but both were smooth and made me want to open a bottle of red wine and blow off the rest of the day and lovely.

I am not a fan of salt in any way, shape, or form, so I gifted the sea salt soiree chocolate bars to Scott and Skylar who happily took them off my hands.

She was excited about it!

Thanks, GhirarhelliThis was a rough assignment but somebody had to do it.

I know you could use the Ghirardelli bars in recipes in place of chocolate chips (but I’d prefer to just eat them plain and savor them on their own)

If you want to make something dark & chocolatey, may I suggest

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies (GF, you can bake them in the oven, dehydrate them, or just eat the raw cookie dough)

Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowballs (vegan, GF, no-bake, freezer friendly)

Coconut oil, coconut flakes, maple syrup, and dark cocoa powder may not look pretty but I can assure you it tastes pretty

Fudgy Nutella Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

The richest, best brownie recipe I’ve ever made.  And I am really picky about brownies.

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy, Gluten Free & Vegan-adaptable.  And dark.

Also see my Chocolate Recipes Compilation Post

And my White Chocolate Recipes

I know white chocolate isn’t “really” chocolate, but it is to me

Questions:

What kind of chocolate do you like?  Dark?  How dark? Milk? White?

I love dark chocolate and yes, I like it very dark.  It’s not bitter to me.  It’s just not sweet.

I am not a fan of milk.  At all.  I would eat it on a desert island but I wouldn’t go in search of it otherwise.

White is not “real” chocolate, I realize, but I love it regardless.  The uber sweet quality will always give it a place in my heart.  These bars are possibly my fave dessert in recent memory.

I don’t like flavored chocolate other than possibly mint-flavored

But fruit-flavored, i.e. raspberry truffles or orange-infused bars of chocolate, is a 100% no-way for me!  Just cluttering up the beauty.

I don’t like nuts in chocolate as a general rule

I do like the combos of:

peanut butter + chocolate (such as Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting – No Bake)

caramel + chocolate (such as homemade vegan, GF Chocolate “Turtles” – No Bake)

marshmallow + chocolate (such as Deep Dish Double Chocolate Golden Grahams Smores Bars – Vegan & GF options)

Ahhhh, so many ways to enjoy chocolate, so little time.

How do you like your chocolate?

P.S. Keep the $50 Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway entries coming!

 

   

45 Responses to “Dark Chocolate”

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    Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance — September 13, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Way to take one for the team and sample some chocolate so we didn’t have to ;)

    I used to love white chocolate, but as I got more into a healthy lifestyle dark chocolate became more appealing. I just feel like there’s something so pure about it (at least that’s what I tell myself..)

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    Sweet and Savvy — September 13, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Like you.. I don’t discriminate against chocolate! :) ill take it in any color or variety It comes in!

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    blossjoss — September 13, 2011 at 3:29 am

    I agree 100%

    Except i don’t like white “chocolate”. Its a fraud.

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    Lauren — September 13, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I with you, the darker the better. But I do enjoy a nice white chocolate from time to time.

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    Gena — September 13, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I really never met a chocolate I didn’t like. But dark chocolate wins, to be sure — it’s the one that I’d take to my dessert island.

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    cathy — September 13, 2011 at 3:47 am

    i like my chocolate plain, please!
    i’m nodding in agreement with you about many of your preferences: i’m not big on salt, the darker the chocolate the better and i do not find it bitter; milk chocolate tastes cheap after you’ve had dark chocolate; i don’t like nuts, fruit, mint flavour in my chocolate; best forms: in choco chip cookies, choco chip ice cream, or dark choco chips sprinkled on cottage cheese or yogurt. yum!
    way to go on completing this tough assignment for the blog!! :)

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — September 13, 2011 at 4:20 am

    I used to hate dark chocolate, but when I went vegan oh so long ago, I learned to like it. Now I don’t eat chocolate any other way. I generally make my own.. SO dark and delicious, my goodness. But if I go to the store, the higher the % the better!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — September 13, 2011 at 4:25 am

    The next time you don’t want something chocolatey with sea salt in it, send it on over! I love sea salt + dark chocolate!!

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    Jess — September 13, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Dark chocolate for sure! I’m still not one to just eat a bar of it plain, but I do enjoy dark chocolate chips in things. Cookies, your coconut cookie dough balls, and even some quick breads. I bet the Ghirardelli bars would be awesome chunked and baked with :]

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    katie @ KatieDid — September 13, 2011 at 5:03 am

    ah chocolate talk, my favorite topic. The darkest the better for me! I eat unsweetened chocolate almost daily. And I usually have a few sqaures of 86% or 90% after meals. I LOVE it. I don’t eat it cuz its ‘healthier’ I honestly just love the depth it has!

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    Katie — September 13, 2011 at 5:06 am

    The darker the better. Chocolate and coffee is another great combination.

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    Joy — September 13, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I don’t like any chocolate – carob though? Yum!!!

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    Brooke — September 13, 2011 at 5:19 am

    I like chocolate. All chocolate. Though white chocolate would be my least favorite.

    Brooke
    http://www.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

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    Madi @ Sit Down and Eat Your Peas! — September 13, 2011 at 5:38 am

    My absolute favorite “chocolate” is definitely white chocolate. It’s the only way to go! Unless you count milk chocolate…yah that’s definitely then end-all-be-all in cocoa goodness….but sometimes I could most certainly go for some dark chocolate (mmm especially with caramel)…ok, clearly I’m equal opportunity chocolate consumer ;) Great post!

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    Kathryn — September 13, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I used to hate dark chocolate but I’m finding myself drawn to it more and more – the flavours are so complex that it makes a really nice change.

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    Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free — September 13, 2011 at 5:56 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE DARK CHOCOLATE!!! Gosh it is so amazing. I only eat 100%, though. Anything lower is too sweet. It is so intense, and definitely not bitter. I love it. I brought a package of Baker’s unsweetened with me over the weekend (because I always crave it when I travel!) and ate the entire 8oz of chocolate over the weekend.

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    Felicia (Natural + Balanced) — September 13, 2011 at 6:06 am

    green and blacks 85%. mmmm. also trader joes chocolate 72% and above… i love dark chocolate! i went to belgium in 2006 and i was in chocolate heaven :)

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — September 13, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Oh god I love chocolate. My favorite is white chocolate but I’ll take dark, milk, anything.

    I’m with you on not liking the raspberry or other fruit flavored chocolate — I remember trying those chocolate oranges a few years ago and thinking they were the grossest thing ever. I love fruit and I love chocolate but they don’t really go together in my mind.

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    Anna @ On Anna's Plate — September 13, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Sea salt soiree?! I would be ALL over that :-)

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    Michaela — September 13, 2011 at 6:46 am

    poor you for having to sample those chocolates ;)
    I am actually not a big fan of eating pure chocolate (even as a child I hated it and would give all the chocolate to my brother, who would happily devore each bite), but I love dark chocolate in baking. Oh, wait, I do have an exception: I love a good riesling with a piece of dark chocolate with sea salt. Sooooo good!

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    Mahealani @ Pu`uhonua — September 13, 2011 at 6:59 am

    The only chocolate I grew up with was an occasional Crunch Bar or Hersheys. That being said, I was NOT a fan of chocolate! It wasn’t until I went to college that my roommie introduced me to dark chocolate in the best way: FONDUE!!! Now I eat dark and milk eagerly, and I love salt so sea salt truffles are my favorite!

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    Chris — September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Darkity-Dark-Dark! Omanhene 88%, Lindt 85%, Columbian 88%…..LOVE! Can’t eat milk chocy–hurts my teeth :(

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — September 13, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I just got notified about getting this too, I can’t wait for it to arrive! I’m really excited about the sea salt one.

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    mi-an — September 13, 2011 at 8:05 am

    my fave chocolate right now is this: http://www.lindtusa.com/product-exec/product_id/353/category_id/5/nm/A_Touch_of_Sea_Salt_Bar

    the sea salt actually brings out the sweetness of the chocolate. my bf who is not a dark chocolate fan at all says that this is his fave dark chocolate bc it’s actually not bitter. i’m more of a dark chocolate fan than milk… probably around 70-80% :)

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    Stephanie — September 13, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I like my chocolate DARK and MELTED. with slices of fruit and cookies to dip in it :D

    I also like semi-sweet chocolate chips on their own and Dove brand chocolate because it has a taste that is less “waxy” than your traditional Hershey’s bar.

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — September 13, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I am actually not a huge chocolate fan…unless its in a cake or other dessert form. I do love milk chocolate the most though! That sea salt chocolate looks amazing and so do your fudgey brownies with cream cheese frosting! yowza!

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    Kris | iheartwellness.com — September 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

    ooo girl I love me my chocolate darker than dark! I eat 88% endangered species chocolate and swoon everyday!!

    I have had sea salt chocolate once and loved it!!! MMMMMM

    xxxoo

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    Amber K — September 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I wish I could say that I liked dark chocolate. I know it’s so wonderful for you and blah blah blah, but it’s just so gross to me. Now white chocolate, whether or not it is “chocolate” is DELICIOUS. I can eat white chocolate like it’s going out of style. In fact one of my favorite candy bars was Hershey’s cookies & cream because it was mostly white chocolate! Too bad it’s not gluten-free and I can no longer eat it!

    I say, white chocolate FTW!

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    • Amber K replied: — September 13th, 2011 at 9:44 am

      I agree with your flavor combos (pb and choc, caramel and choc, marsh and choc, yes!) and definitely no fruit-flavored chocolate or chocolate filled with nuts. I totally need chocolate now… ;)

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    Beth — September 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

    The darker the better. I’ve worked up to 99%, which is amazing considering I used to be a die hard white & milk chocolate only fan. The great thing about the 99% chocolate: it lasts longer because I only need a small amount. Hurrah!

    PB + Chocolate = heaven in my mouth :)

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    Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles — September 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Oh my goodness, the darker the better! I agree, not bitter just deliciously smooth. I would have gladly taken the sea salt one off your hands! As much as salt hates me, salt and chocolate is one of my favorite combos.

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    Anna @ The Guiltless Life — September 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

    The darker the better! I have 85% cocoa chocolate from Lindt that I have a square of every day – or, at least, most days. It’s so delish – and it’s exactly the melt-in-the-mouth sensation that makes it so good. I can’t stand dark chocolate that is actually sweet (50% or so) – I’d rather just go with milk. The Ghirardelli is super good though, I’ve had that before. It’s always in my Christmas stocking!

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    Ali @ Urbanfruitbat — September 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Man, you are treated like a queen writing this blog! Hand delivered chocolate?! I used to really LOVE chocolate, especially raw chocolate. I find the raw stuff has a much wider range of flavors, it is always more dynamic that roasted. On the days when I make desserts for My love and My Baby Sister, there is always a chocolate something! Also, Skylar is so cute I could die.

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — September 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I adore dark chocolate and the fact that it’s not too sweet – mmmmm! Sweet Ghirardelli score, reminds me of childhood trips to San Francisco. Yum, great chocolate inspiration here.

    Dark the most which is why I love raw chocolate desserts so much, there was something phony and not right to me about milk chocolate when I did eat it, like it was too sweet. I love dark chocolate with a little spice or used in savory dishes.

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    Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness — September 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Growing up, I was never a chocolate kind of girl, but that has changed for sure! The darker, the better. Although I do love white chocolate too!

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    Lauren — September 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Pretty sure I could eat all those recipes and be perfectly content! Who doesn’t love chocolate? YUM!

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    Ellen — September 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Dark chocolate all the way:) my favorite chocolate combinations involve peanut butter, peppermint, amaretto, or coffee.

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    Mindy — September 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    MMMM…. peanut butter and chocolate are by far my favorite combinations!

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    Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple — September 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    dark dark dark, and the darker the better

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    Lorin — September 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I love dark chocolate as well! I, too, dont really like flavored chocolate things except combinations like peanut butter and chocolate. I actually go back to my university tommorow and am going to be doing the chocolate class where we make the chocolate that is sold on campus. It is Fair Trade and organic. I did it last quarter and it was really fun! We make smores, pb cups, peanut butter chocolate, peppermint, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate covered macademia nuts and hopefully chocolate covered espresso beans this year! The downside is that is is 12-6 on Fridays, but it is fun and worth it, plus there’s an hour of lecture and clean up. We don’t get paid, but we get paid in the form of “rejects” due to ugliness or pb oozing out of pb cups ect, and there is a tray we can snack from all day if we wanted :)

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    Kait — September 14, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I had a 90% dark chocolate Lindt bar last night that my honey brought me back from Germany. It was delish…barely sweet and the PERFECT post dinner-and-wine-drinking snack. YUUUM!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — September 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Your desserts are the BEST looking Averie!!!! I want to bite right through the screen!

    I love both milk and dark chocolate. I was once interviewed for a magazine … about chocolate! It was a fun interview to do :-)

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