This chocolate bar was really "off". Bad. I didn't even want to finish it. It tasted more like chemicals and less like chocolate than any bar I have ever tasted.
I learned a lesson that I should have already known. Bars containing the following ingredients should be avoided:
- Dark chocolate. Yes, this was actually part of the ingredient list. What do they mean by "dark chocolate"? What does "dark chocolate" contain?
- Chocolate liquor processed with alkali. I know that cocoa is often processed with alkali but I have never seen it used on chocolate liquor in the bar form.
- Butter fat.
- Vanilla flavor instead of real vanilla.
How to find better chocolate.
Look for fine chocolate typically containing only the following ingredients along with inclusions such as spices, berries, or some other natural ingrident the chocolatier has added to make the bar a bit different. Although you might find a bar that doesn't please your palette once in a while, you will be on the right track to finding great chocolate.
- Cocoa mass or cocoa liquor. The same ingredient by two different names is simply pure roasted and ground cocoa beans.
- Cocoa butter. This is natural fat that comes from cocoa beans.
- Vanilla. Only pure, no artificial flavors or extracts.
- Soy lecithin. An emulsifier that keeps the cocoa and cocoa butter from separating.
- Milk powder in milk chocolate bars.
I sincerely hope this saves you from finding bad chocolate and guides you toward many fine chocolate gems.
Have you found any great chocolate lately? Sharing brings good karma so please share your favorite chocolate finds with me!