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What's The Best Dark Chocolate Bar?

What's The Best Dark Chocolate Bar?

There have been so many studies on the benefits of eating dark chocolate, that the market has become flooded with dark chocolate bar options. There are organic bars and imported bars, bars with nibs and bars without, so how do you know which ones are worth eating? You could buy a bunch of bars and figure it out yourself — which doesn't sound like a bad way to spend the evening — or you could rely on a new Consumer Reports study. The study tested 14 bars and determined that the favorite was the Extra Dark 65% Cacao Reserve with Cacao Nibs by Hershey's. The trained testers enjoyed it due to its complex, flavor, chocolate taste and overall smoothness. They also felt that it was "a treat to nibble and savor."

To find what the other 13 bars they tasted, and the order in which they were ranked,

These are the results ranked in order of overall quality. Do you agree with them? Is your favorite dark chocolate represented here?

Source: Consumer Reports

Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
I confess that Green & Black and Endangered Species are two of my favorites but sometimes I don't have access to those brands so I have to settle for Hersheys. Either way, it is my favorite way to get those lovely antioxidants, and with a glass of red wine as well, life is very sweet indeed. :)
krae85 krae85 8 years
wha???? Jealous!!!
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Yeah, I work at B&N and get discounts on godiva stuff we carry. Therefore I love Godiva. :D
krae85 krae85 8 years
seriously, Freakshow, it's alll about Godiva!! Yum! I love the raspberry dark chocolate ..
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
What? No Godiva?!!?!?! :p
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
dark chocolate is amazing! it is often (almost always) vegan, so i can get conventional brands when i am feeling poor or can't find the fair trade or organic bars...i chop up dark chocolate bars when they are on sale and use them as "chocolate chunks" in baking!
Food Food 10 years
I forgot to mention in my post that I was really surprised by the results. I also wish I knew more about their testers and qualifications. m_recchiuti you should send them some of yours and tell them to try it again!
lexichloe lexichloe 10 years
I love dark chocolate, but have never had a fave. I'll test out some of these. I think you like dark chocolate more w/ age.
mollipop mollipop 10 years
The Lindt swiss bittersweet is a daily indulgence for me. I've tried Hershey's Cacao Reserve and it just didn't compare to the Lindt, IMHO.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 10 years
I love Lindt chocolate it is by far the best in milk chocolate form!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 10 years
Dark chocolate and wine. Need both every day and some study will soon prove that you will live to be 100.
EllaDee EllaDee 10 years
I agree with Karla Sugar. Those chocolates are horrible. My favorites are Scharffen-Berger followed by Green and Blacks. Those are delicious.
m-recchiuti m-recchiuti 10 years
I'm very confused with how you determined this tasting poll. I'm not suggesting that i be included in the mix, since my bars consist of a blend from a variety of chocolate makers (bean to bar guys) which i can respect the craft of selecting the cacao, roasting,refining, and making into a eating bar of chocolate. I was at a few tasting of the new Hershey's line of origin percentage chocolates, and was not impressed. I'm curious who was on this tasting panel and how many chocolates didn't make the cut. Come on, Chocolove, Dove this is some of the most gimicky chocolate on the market. Someone needs to sharpen their pencil and get real when it comes to tasting, this is absurd.I think you have to redo this tasting and give the people a more in depth assement of what is chocolate, and what is not even close to real chocolate. I give this review a big fat -0- for poor taste. Try AGAIN!!!!!
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 10 years
I disagree completely! I thought the Cacao Reserve was terrible, and I don't like Lindt chocolate at all!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 10 years
I can't just eat a little bit! I try to keep it at home in the fridge in a box, in a bag, then the wrapper, but still I eat the whole darn thing in a day! blah. what can I do???
slumberlite slumberlite 10 years
I'll have to try red wine with chocolate. An anti-oxidant double dose. I love dark chocolate or really good chocolate cake with a cup of coffee. Yummmmm!!!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
I've never like dark chocolate.
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
They didn't test my favorite, Droste!
mellie_608 mellie_608 10 years
The dark chocolate that I'm really enjoying right now is Ghiradelli's Intense Dark Toffee Interlude bar. It's dark chocolate with toffee bits and carmelized almonds in it! I love it! If you are a fan of toffee and dark chocolate, you shoud give it a try! I see that it didn't rate the Twilight Delight very high, noted as nothing special, but I'd give Toffee Interlude high marks!
shafiii shafiii 10 years
I loveee loveeee dark chocolate. This list is great! I totally agree with Hershey's being higher ranked. Dove chocolate is rich in like the buttery taste so i think thats why its dark chocolate isn't as good.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Personally I'm not much of a fan of dark chocolate. But I'll pass on the results to my hubby!
allisonblue allisonblue 10 years
Was this just a taste test? I would have preferred an analysis of which bars are organic and Fair Trade (I think Equal Exchange and one type of Green & Blacks are the only bars out there that are both, but I could be wrong), and which bars have the most antioxidants or other healthy qualities. I think bars have to have 70% cacao to pass muster -- and that winning Hershey's bar only has 65%!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I thank them for their research, but a whole night with me and chocolate bars doesn't sound too bad either!
figurine figurine 10 years
Dark chocolate makes my tummy sad. :(
llendril llendril 10 years
my favorite is teuscher dark chocolate. but since i don't have a teuscher near me, i may have the try the ones on the above list. purely for research purposes, of course. how great would it have been to be the taste tester for making this list?
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