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Mystery German Bars
February 6, 2005
10:38 pm
rumplesink
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I recently bought a couple of interesting looking bars that seem to be produced in Germany…they are by J.D.Gross – there was one called Amazonas (60%), and one called Ecuador (70%)… I was wondering if anyone else has ever come across these bars and if so what they thought of them… I’m not quite sure what to make of them myself; they are both quite sweet and somewhat creamy – the 70% kind of reminded me of the 75% Domori Madagascar, although not nearly as refined and subtle as that, the 60% was too sweet, but still ok. I don’t know anything more about them except what they say on the wrappers…Edelschokolade Aus Original Arriba anyone?

February 6, 2005
11:26 pm
Masur
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This brand is produced by a German company called Rausch. They produce bars under their own brand but also for two other brands.
Kings Gold is a brand produced for the supermarket chain EDEKA and J.D. Gross for the supermarket chain LIDL.
I know Kings Gold is not on the same quality level as Rauch own brand but they are cheaper. Probebly J.D. Gross could be the same chocolate as Kings Gold (They appear to use the same names). I think you will find Rauch Arriba (70%) a bit better than J.D. Gross Equador. Go for the original if you buy chocolate manufactured by Rausch (E.g. Arriba). Make a search and you’ll find more information about Rausch.
[url]http://www.rausch-schokolade.de/[/url]

“Porcelana: The Holy Grail of Pure Criollos” (Maricel E. Presilla)

"Porcelana: The Holy Grail of Pure Criollos" (Maricel E. Presilla)
February 7, 2005
10:33 am
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i think masur has hit the nail on the head. i would immediately assume rausch behind this whole getup as well. btw, masur, i know of a third set of bars rausch produces for tschibo, a german coffee company.
i personally like rausch most of all german dark chocolates. their ingredients seem to be pure and the taste, albeit not complex or new, is good, solid chocolate. i imagine they dutching, but don’t know. rausch is also inexpensive, a chocolate for the masses, so i guess they must cut corners somewhere.

February 24, 2006
12:16 am
sml_fry96
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Do you know how we can get these in the US? My freind in germany brought me some on his last visit and now i am addicted. I went to the website, but it doesnt look like they ship outside of germany. Any ideas?

February 24, 2006
5:51 am
Masur
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J.D. Gross is a label produced for the supermarket chain Lidl. Why not try to buy Rausch instead? This is better chocolate than J.D. Gross and I think you’ll like it (I do). I don’t know if they have a US distributor but maybe a German retailer can send it to you.
[url]http://www.rausch-schokolade.com/[/url]

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"Porcelana: The Holy Grail of Pure Criollos" (Maricel E. Presilla)
April 7, 2006
2:59 pm
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i’ve got another question here that you might be able to help me with, masur. do you know [url="http://www.most-chocolat.de/"]MOST chocolate[/url]? if so, do you know who makes their chocolate?

April 7, 2006
4:09 pm
Masur
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quote:


MOST chocolate


I’m not familiar with this company but they sell “Gran Cru Maracaibo Classificado 65%” and I’m pretty sure it must come from Felchlin. I don’t know if they use any other brand.

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April 10, 2006
1:07 pm
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ok, thanks, masur. sounds like it makes sense

August 23, 2006
11:11 pm
HarryMann
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Well, all very interesting. Whave just bought a single bar of the 70% from Lidl’s, under that G.D. Gross brand. They had the 60 and another all marketed as Single Estate or Regional chocolate..

It was also labelled Extra Bitter, presumably for tbose used to English rubbish milk chocolate (20~30% cocoa solids)

1) It wasn’t extra biiter, almost sweet
2) Smooth and we were pleasantly surprised how nice it was
3) Cheap – about 89 pence

All-in-all a very palatable bar of chocolate, must try the two others that go under this (weird) G.D. Gross banner at lidls

Why do they not just say Rausch? oudl that devalue Rausch’s own brand?

Thnaks for the info above – solved a Lidl Riddle :-)