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December 5, 2005 - 3:22 am
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I purchased a couple of these 4.3OZ (5 bars per package) bars recently @ ALDI's grocery/junk store :-) I noticed that they were 70% with Cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, soy-lecithin, flavor vanillin as ingredients.

Also noticed in the little paragraph on the back of the box--"dark chocolate blended with the best South American cocoas"...

I'm not very good with flavors, but it wasn't "acidic" like some bars i've had. These bars are really excellent tasting. Good snap, nice shine, and a great flavor.

Out of the 4 bars I bought last week, DAGOBA (New Moon (i liked) Conacado (i didn't)), Equal Exchange Very Dark Chocolate (71%), and the Moser-Roth bar I would rate it a close second behind the Equal Exchange bar.

Having been eating Lindts 70% as my daily "snack", i might be switching to this bar. Its really got to be a great deal for the money! Give it a try.

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If you're not aware, vanillin is a villainous substance that should not be contained in chocolate. In the food industry business, it's a cheap substitute for vanilla, which when used, implies that the manufacturer could be cutting corners elsewhere.

South American cacao? Could be Sur del Lago, if indeed your description is true in regards to lacking acidity, but then again, it is most likely Forasteros, especially when you consider the use of vanillin and that Forastero is easier and cheaper to procure.

Didn't like Conacado, huh? What a surprise. Read my review for that. I haven't heard one positive thing about this bar to date. I initially wanted to like it, but ultimately, I couldn't come to terms with it. Quite terrible. Give Dagoba's Los Rios a try. It's their best chocolate, and the Dark 59% isn't too bad either, if perhaps, a tad on the "sweet" side but good nonetheless.

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@ the price of 1.49US for 4.2oz, i suppose they have to cut corners somewhere. I'll pick up a Divine 70% (one of my favs) and compare the two.

I just bought a honking chunk of dark chocolate by Valor because it was a good deal...says min Cocoa of 52%...waaay to sweet for me! Reminds me of a bar i was buying a while back made in Poland (forget the name).

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Was this Polish chocolate called Wawel?

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dark chocolate bar from Poland

specs: 7 oz. or 200 g
brand: Sweet Obsessions /Global / Sorbee Int'l of Philadelphia

too sweet...price was right!

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I meant to ask earlier: Is there any particular reason why you're tasting primarily organic and fair trade chocolates? Are these the only bars available in your area?

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The only good place to get a variety in this town seems to be the local food co-op. They carry mostly organic chocolates. The local grocery store has a limited selection. I try almost every variety i can get my hands on.

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Have you tried ordering online? http://www.chocosphere.com is the way to go

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No i havent...yet. I will take the plunge at some point. I sense a change lately. Within the last month Target has been stocking G&B's bars.

I decided to upload a pick of the Moser-Roth (which is made in Germany) box, along with 2 others i bought yesterday. Have a look.

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