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Polarbear
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November 18, 2004 - 9:34 am
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Just triewd my first bar of ScharffenBerger - the 70% bittersweet. Strange to think how far it has travelled - first the beans from Africa and South-America to California, then the bar to Antwerpen to Copenhagen, and up here to the Arctic with a danish friend of mine.

The choc? Slightly reddish color. Initially balanced fruity and slightly mocha/bitter, leaving place for acidic red berries and in the end some more bitterness and iron.
Overall, a very good choc, but may be without a strong "personality".
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It's been quite a while since I had the 70%, but I recently finished off two 82% bars and a 41% milk, which were quite good. I found the 82% to taste heavily of cherries and bitter almonds with ashy nuances. I love these flavors in chocolate anyway, so that's probably why I like it so much. The 41% milk was really good too, possessing an actual chocolate flavor with caramel tones and an extreme fruitiness in the background. What's interesting about the 41% bar, though, is the use of non-fat dry milk powder, and upon looking at the nutrion label, there are only 9g of fat per serving (40g). Now, compared to other milks, which have fat levels of about 17g per 40g, this is rather low, and Scharffen Berger's bar still retains excellent flavor and a smooth texture, although quite pasty and thick.

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i had a small one-ounce 70% scharffen berger a few weeks back in berlin. it's ok, can't say much more. so i just ordered it and the 82%, just to keep up with you guys!

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The cocoa powder is really good too. It's natural (not Dutched), so it's pretty intense. Very fruity too, so I wouldn't recommend it with all recipes. For a quick chocolate punch, I sometimes put a tablespoon in my mouth and let it dissolve. Although dry, it's still good heh.

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i have begun on a 70% scharffen berger and the initial impression i had when i bought the one-ounce months ago is completely different from what i taste now.
the first time i thought it's a so-so chocolate made to american taste. nothing special, dark but ok.
now on second try i find it very fruity and like the taste much better. it's nice and smooth and decent chocolate.

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