Chocolate of the Day
85% Cocoa Dark Chocolate (bar)
Weight: 1.05 oz. (30 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 170 calories in 3 squares (1 serving) of bar
Cost: $1.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #5 of Dark Chocolate Week.
Today's 85% Cacao Dark Chocolate (bar) was manufactured by from Lindt and Sprungli (USA), Inc. (Stratham, NH).* Today's chocolate was part of the Lindt "Excellence" line of bars.
This almost ebony-colored ultra-dark bar had a surprisingly light and sweet (vanilla and marshmallow hot cocoa) aroma for an 85% cacao bar.
The chocolate broke with a well-tempered snap and had a smooth texture and mouthfeel.
The flavor was surprisingly smooth as well, with relatively pleasing, roasted, dark cacao notes and a touch of vanilla. The finish was long with bittersweet roasted cacao flavor and faint flickers of balanced acidity.
For this price (at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, that offers lower prices), this chocolate was certainly a good value. One hopes that cocoa farmers are being paid a fair price. No origin was mentioned on the packaging. If I had to guess I'd say it was a dark blend that included West African, Forastero variety, cacao.
Lindt tasting notes/description of this bar read as follows: "Excellence 85% cocoa is distinguished by a deep brown color, a powerful aroma of cocoa and full bodied chocolate." "Full-bodied cocoa flavor."
Ingredients: *Chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, demerara sugar, Bourbon vanilla beans. Dark chocolate contains cocoa solids: 85% min."
Allergen-related information: "May contain milk, soy and tree nuts."
*The company's roots in Switzerland date back to 1845.