Chocolate shootout

Hmmm … what to do on a sleepy Tuesday afternoon. I know. Lets go down to World market and buy all the brands that have 80% or better cacao content. Then eat it all. A dark chocolate shootout.

Lindt

Chocolate, cocoa butter, cocoa powder processed with alkali, sugar, and bourbon vanilla beans
Chocolate, cocoa butter, cocoa powder processed with alkali, sugar, and bourbon vanilla beans

Mo – second favorite bar of the race and tastes like “sticky vanilla”. The texture a 2.5 out of 5.

Bill – favorite bar of the shootout and is bitter in a “good way”.  This bar has a porter like taste that is buttery and silky. “What I want a dark bar to taste like”. The texture a 4.5 out of 5.

Score (out of 5):
Texture – 3.5
Taste – 4.5
Ingredients – (almost healthy) One of the only to NOT contain soy lecithin it IS processed with alkali. Bummer because it would of been the healthiest of the contest.

World Market

Chocolate liquor and sugar
Chocolate liquor and sugar

Mo – Least favorite bar of the shootout and tastes like “weird bitter” and “rotten vegetables or broccoli”. The texture a 2.5 out of 5.

Bill – Least favorite bar of the shootout and is bitter in a “good coco but flavorless” and “like chocolate powder”.  The texture a 2.5 out of 5.

Score (out of 5):
Texture – 2.5
Taste – 1
Ingredients – (healthy) The healthiest of the bunch.

Ghirardelli

Unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, sugar, milk fat, soy lecithin, vanilla, and natural flavor (bad)
Unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, sugar, milk fat, soy lecithin, vanilla, and natural flavor (bad)

Mo – Tastes “lemony” and “bitter citrus”. The texture a 4 out of 5.

Bill – Third favorite bar of the shootout.  Taste is “a flavorful fruity sweet” and “has a familiar berry like fruity taste”.  The texture a 4.5 out of 5.

Score (out of 5):
Texture – 4.25
Taste – 2.5
Ingredients – (unhealthy) The unhealthiest of the bunch.  Contains dairy, soy lecithin, and a mysterious “natural flavor” which should be a real big flag.

Divine

Cocoa mass, cocoa butter, sugar, cocoa powder, soy lecithin, and vanilla
Cocoa mass, cocoa butter, sugar, cocoa powder, soy lecithin, and vanilla

Mo – The favorite bar of the contest. Tastes “hint of raspberry” and “fruity”. The texture a 4 out of 5.

Bill – Second favorite bar of the shootout.  Taste is “a balanced chocolate” and “has a fudge like quality that holds up to the bite” and “dense good structure while being very smooth”.  The texture a 4 out of 5.

Score (out of 5):
Texture – 4
Taste – 4.5
Ingredients – (almost healthy) Lots of chocolate in this bar with the only caveat soy lecithin.

Godiva

Unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, and soy lecithin
Unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, and soy lecithin

Mo – Third favorite bar of the contest. Tastes “coffee bitter cacao”. The texture a 3.5 out of 5.

Bill – Not favorite bar of the contest, but not the worse. Tastes “sour sharp”. The texture a 2 out of 5.

Score (out of 5):
Texture – 2.75
Taste – 2.5
Ingredients – (almost healthy) Lots of chocolate in this bar with the only caveats are more sugar and soy lecithin.

Conclusion

The winner of the bunch has to go to Divine because it had the highest texture score and tied for best flavor. It was also Mo’s favorite bar. But it’s easy to win when you have the highest sugar content … right?

The runner up and my favorite bar of the bunch goes to Lindt just barely edged out by Divine. And if you look at it from the fact that it is 90% you have to say that this bar is pretty amazing.

The healthiest bar is the World Market bar. And that is because it was the darkest at 99%. This is it’s downfall as well because it was the yuckiest one in the race.

Special mention goes out to Godiva for being an OK bar. It is kind of healthy but has no stand out qualities. Just another good dark chocolate bar.

Ghirardelli was a big disappointment because it’s brand name is synonymous with quality. Also it is way to hard to spell and is the unhealthiest bar of the night.

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