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Best eating chocolate?

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

asked by Mollyh 8 months ago
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added 8 months ago

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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added 8 months ago

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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added 8 months ago

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

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added 8 months ago

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.

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added 8 months ago

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

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added 8 months ago

François Pralus. Any variety. Perfection.

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added 8 months ago

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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added 8 months ago

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

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added 8 months ago

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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added 8 months ago

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

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added 8 months ago

Ritual Chocolate (http://www.ritualchocolate...) 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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