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


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 comments on “Dark Chocolate”

  1. 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!

  2. 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


  3. 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!

    • 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… ;)

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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

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

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

  13. dark dark dark, and the darker the better

  14. 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 :)

  15. 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!

  16. 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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