What Exactly Is Dark Chocolate?

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:

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.
  • See’s Candies’ Orange Krispies - These honeycomb wafers are orange flavored and covered in dark chocolate.

Be sure to check the blog later for more fun chocolate facts!

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