Chocolate was another one of those items to which I had to work at acquiring a taste.  I made an effort to “train” my palette.  It was one of those things, much like BACON and olives, that I so wanted to adore, but just did not enjoy for a long, long time.  Now, it’s a nice treat for me, once in a while.  I identify dark chocolate as a display of decadence in my life.

Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate

Growing up in a family of gourmet food brokers, I’m very much a food snob – I will admit it.  And, when it comes to chocolate (even before really enjoying the flavor) I’ve always KNOWN what’s good and what’s not.

So, saying “yes” to chocolate, what is the best of the best?..I have my opinions.  Here’s a review posted by Dan, the HealthyEater that breaks it down in a bit of detail for you:

Dark Chocolate: The Best and the Worst

Mark Sisson offers another take:

The 5 Best Chocolate Bars in the World

Both assessments rate 85% Dark Chocolate brands as some of the best.  Yes, I agree ~ for the most part.

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I grew up trusting the immense and deep richness of Valrhona, Scharffen Berger, and Caffarel.  Amazing depth.  Amazing richness.

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My personal preference these days…100% dark, RAW ~ intense…insanely intense ~ and a handful of sweet fresh dates.  Need I say more?  Heavenly.

5 thoughts on “Say “Yes” to Chocolate

  1. Have you ever had the TCHO 100%? It’s pure chocolate — nothing else added. I like it topped with a little coconut butter. Other than this stuff, I love the date or honey sweetened Stirs the Soul raw chocolate, but I think you knew that 😉

  2. Green and Blacks 85% Dark is simply the best. Period. Double Period. End of Story. No More to be Said. It’s Conclusive.

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