Best eating chocolate?

Looking for recommendations on the tastiest eat-it-straight-up dark chocolate.

  • Posted by: Mollyh
  • October 16, 2016
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Jan Weber
Jan Weber October 16, 2016

from USA: Guittard

from everywhere else: pretty much impossible to choose imho because there's so much variation, but I enjoy Claudio Corallo, Theo, Grenada Chocolate Company, and for your mass produced hypermarket stuff Ritter Sport.

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Smaug
Smaug October 16, 2016

Scharffen Berger (now owned by, I think
, Ghirardelli" is an excellent brand produced in the SF area (home of Guittard, makers of the best known chips). When I was young and foolish, lo these many years ago, I did a bunch of tasting and came up with Poulain, a French brand, as my overall favorite, but I don't know what they're up to nowadays.

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Smaug
Smaug October 16, 2016

Pardon the punctuation. STILL waiting for these guys to come up with an edit function.

Jan Weber
Jan Weber October 16, 2016

Scharffen Berger is owned by Hershey now - they closed both Scharffen Berger facilities in CA about 10 years ago and moved all production to their plant in Robinson, IL. It's still good quality chocolate but its not a standout in my opinion.

Smaug
Smaug October 17, 2016

Hershey's, right- they swore when they were sold that the chocolate wouldn't change, sorry to hear that it evidently has.

Lisa
Lisa October 16, 2016

François Pralus. Any variety. Perfection.

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Valhalla
Valhalla October 17, 2016

I like Theo, number one for its taste, but also because it does not contain emulsifiers. They just seem unnecessary, and if there is any chance they contribute to digestive problems I will avoid them just in case.

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Stephanie G
Stephanie G October 17, 2016

I like Lindt and Equal Exchange. Also like Endangered Species and Chocolove.

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dinner at ten
dinner at ten October 17, 2016

Bonnat (France) and Dandelion (San Francisco) make the best chocolate I've ever tasted. They both make quite a few different single-origin or blended bean chocolates, some of which I liked a lot more than others, but they were all very good. These are both quite expensive and somewhat hard to come by; my standby eating chocolate is Theo.

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Jan Weber October 17, 2016

Dandelion is also very good but they have very few stockists in the East and Midwest USA.

Rachel Sanders
Rachel Sanders October 17, 2016

Ritual Chocolate (http://www.ritualchocolate.com/) is my new go-to eating chocolate. They received a 2016 Good Food Award for their Mid-Mountain blend and their 75% Belize single origin bars, though my favorite is their incredibly complex and deeply flavored single-origin Madagascar bar. They may be harder to find in stores depending on where you are, but they're SO worth ordering online.

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