In recent years, the chocolate craze has been focused around dark chocolate. Well, what exactly is dark chocolate?
All chocolate is derived from the beans of the cocoa tree. These beans are fermented, dried, roasted, and then ground to form cocoa liquor. The liquor is this pressed to form a cake that will then be ground into cocoa powder, also known as cocoa solids.
Dark chocolate is different from its counterparts based on the percentage of these cocoa solids. Most dark chocolate varieties are composed of 60 percent cocoa solids. When the solids are made into chocolate, usually no or very little sugar is added. This is why it is sometimes referred to as bittersweet or semisweet chocolate.
Dark chocolate is available as is, or jazzed up with fun flavors. If you’re a purist, check out these basic, but still yummy bars:
- Hampton Chocolate Factory’s Artisan Pure Dark Chocolate Bar - This decadent bar contains 72 percent dark chocolate and cacao beans.
- Ghiradelli’s Intense Dark 60 percent Cacao Evening Dream Bar - The lower percentage of cacao in this dark chocolate bar is perfect for those new to dark chocolate.
- Godiva’s 85 percent Extra Dark Chocolate Bar - This bar is perfect for those accustomed to the rich and bold flavor of dark chocolate.
Maybe you prefer chocolate that has a little more fun. Well, be sure to check these varieties out:
- Hampton Chocolate Factory’s Artisan Dark Holy Molé Bar - This fiery bar combines 72 percent dark chocolate with a blend of chilies, almonds, toasted rice, sesame seeds and fleur de sel.
- Lindt’s Caramel with Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Truffles - These truffles have a caramel filling and a delightful dark chocolate outer shell.
- See’s Candies’ Orange Krispies - These honeycomb wafers are orange flavored and covered in dark chocolate.
- Hampton Chocolate Factory’s Artisan Mint Nib Crunch Chocolate Bar - This dreamy bar combines 72 percent dark chocolate with cocoa nibs and natural peppermint.
Be sure to check the blog later for more fun chocolate facts!