Scharffen Berger – Bittersweet 70%

Scharffen Berger’s standard bittersweeet is exactly that: standard. Nothing really sets it apart from the crowd and minor flaws only drag it down a bit more to merely average status. Still, a good effort and a good chocolate overall that’s worth trying

Scharffen Berger – Tome-Acu

Scharffen Berger introduces, with their “chocolate maker’s” series, a fairly clear indication of where they are going. This bar is so markedly superior to previous S-B offerings that it appears clear they’re trying to create an “elite” range. If so they have succeeded, brilliantly, with a bar that places itself firmly in the ranks of ..

Scharffen Berger – Finisterra

Scharffen Berger’s 10th year in business deserves an excellent chocolate to commemorate the occasion, and that’s exactly what it gets. Finisterra showcases some interesting and complex flavor that might not be the easiest to detect but still comes off as noticeably distinct and worthy of the effort. Definitely more accomplished than the standard range of ..

Scharffen Berger – Semisweet

Scharffen Berger’s entry into the semisweet category may not be earth shattering but it is still very good and much better balanced than the other two dark mainstays of the product line. Also, it makes an excellent base chocolate for the flavored bars the company produces, so don’t miss those if you forgo this one

Scharffen Berger – Antilles

With this blend, Scharffen Berger at last produces a definitive winner. Fruity as always, the chocolate manages however to avoid the really aggressive fruitiness of Scharffen Berger in the past. One gets the sense that the Dominican component may dominate because in some ways this bar is reminiscent of Los Ancones. But still, it’s mostly ..

Scharffen Berger – Danse Le Cacao

Created to honour Trinidad and Tobago for their qualification for the World Cup, this chocolate bar unfortunately does a disservice to the country. Poor stylistic choices result in a bar that fails to bring out the distinctive qualities of the superb, complex Trinitario bean and created a very muddled flavour. Scharffen Berger has gone out ..

Scharffen Berger – Kumasi Sambirano

A questionable blend from Scharrfen Berger, this is unarguably one of their worst offerings to date. Does this reflect their takeover by Hershey’s? Certainly, one can hope to expect better limited edition bars from a company usually on par with such endeavors

Scharffen Berger – Cuyagua

Overall, Cuyagua is a great, not excellent, chocolate, further exemplifying Scharffen Berger’s preference, and providing a night-and-day comparison of how a light roast tastes in a cacao that can definitely withstand something darker. It may seem a little oppositional at first, simply due to the sharpness of the chocolate and the floundering darkness, but it ..

Scharffen Berger – Jamaica a l’ancienne

A slight departure from Scharffen Berger’s typcial red fruitiness, Jamaica a l’ancienne’s flavor is perhaps more befitting considering its Caribbean origins. Plentiful conglomeration of nibs adds a crunchy and rustic appeal totally unlike other “nibby” bars

Scharffen Berger – Porcelana 75% Cacao

We were lucky to get a sample of this bar, which was made in only a very limited production run to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the founding of Scharffen Berger in 1997. Even Scharffen Berger had run out of stock, but one of our forum members, ‘zoischa’ had her own private stockpile and very ..