• Our rating: 79.2% (18 reviews)
  • Company:
  • Cacao solids: 65%
  • Guide Price: $2.95
  • Description by: Seventy%
  • Production: Produced with couverture from chocolate makers
  • Certification:
    • None
  • Ingredients:
    • Cocoa liquor
    • Sugar
    • Cocoa Butter
    • Soy lecithin
    • Vanilla

"This rich chocolate is crafted from a blend of African and Caribbean cocoa beans. The Caribbean cocoa beans add subtle aroma and intriguing flavor notes. The high cocoa butter content makes it easy to cook with and delicious to eat. Care has been taken at bean selection, blending, roasting and conching to create a full-flavored chocolate that melts in your mouth and leaves a pleasant cocoa aftertaste."

Chocolove – Rich Dark 65%Chocolate Review Rating: 79.2% out of 100 based on 18 reviews.

Chocolove – Rich Dark 65%

Very good eating chocolate, to be recommended.

Reviews

Hans-Peter Rot: 24-Jan-2006

Posted: January 24, 2006 by
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Aroma: 10%
Look/snap: 5%
Taste: 35%
Melt: 5%
Length: 15%
Opinion: 30%
Total/100: 100%
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With no anterior defects, Chocolove flaunts their skill with molding and tempering, and even adorns each lustrous square of the scored bar with a charming heart, as if personalizing each bite with a Valentine’s message. Mirroring the wrapper, the color is indeed red, with an auburn shade that takes on a pinkish degree. As promising as the appearance may be, the aroma is a bit feisty, if a bit crude, as tart fruits pierce a gloomy tobacco and woody haze, like the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully with the flavor, though, we won’t be anticipating an end.

The flavor begins unassumingly but chocolaty and pleasing nonetheless, very straightforward and non-challenging overall. Then we’re eased slowly into a mild acidity, which increases steadily as the length progresses, reliably giving off tart and fruity notes (perhaps berries). This balances the dark and chocolaty tone, and then vanilla tops in for the remainder of the length for even more refreshing lightness. Finally, tobacco comes in to close everything off, and lingering in the back of the mouth is a slight acidic note to serve as a final reminder. Texture is rather thick, but smooth nonetheless, never wavering with its effortless and smooth melt.

Chocolove’s 65% is a very basic chocolate in all respects, but such a minimalist presentation is not at all a bad thing since it is this very simplicity that gives it value and practicality. As such, it would serve as a helpful Chocolate 101 tool for the beginner who is serious about advancing to more sophisticated bars because it teaches a fundamental lesson of balance and flavor evolution without being overwhelming as a whole. It’s a valuable introductory chocolate, especially since it teaches how to counter a notably dark cacao with a lighter one.

Alex Rast: 10-Nov-2005

Posted: November 10, 2005 by
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Aroma: 10%
Look/snap: 5%
Taste: 35%
Melt: 5%
Length: 15%
Opinion: 30%
Total/100: 100%
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An excellent mid-percentage bittersweet, probably the best of Chocolove’s main line. It’s basic in flavour, but it would be hard to beat the taste as a good display of simple chocolate. On the dark side, which means one shouldn’t expect many high notes, and in this respect perhaps more work could be done, yet this bar succeeds in delivering satisfaction. This would be a good bar to introduce someone whose preferences were unknown to quality chocolate.

Out of the package, the bar has good finish, with a reddish-brown colour (the wrapper is appropriate, and a glossy sheen. Some rippling can be seen on the underside, and somehow the mould pattern seems a little unsophisticated. Likewise, the aroma is rather unsophisticated, bearing a woody and earthy cast that hints of, perhaps, lower-grade beans. However, it’s not unpleasant or flat, and one is not already primed for a disaster.

As it happens, the flavour more than makes up for any initial misgivings. It’s a nice, pure, chocolatey flavour, with elements of coffee, very much on the dark side. There are traces of bitterness which again hint at perhaps ordinary beans, but a nice hefty dose of soothing vanilla offsets this and maintains a good balance. With the dark roast, unfortunately, it doesn’t last very long overall – the flavour just sort of fading away without fanfare. That, however, is perhaps the only quibble in a great, if simple, taste.

Texture is very smooth, much as the look promised, although it’s rather dry. It seems Chocolove may have gone light on the cocoa butter to let the flavour shine through. In this case it’s a good decision – as was the dark roasting that seems to have smoothed out some rough bitter edges. On the whole, this chocolate is harmonious and well-proportioned. Rich Dark 65% is the humble salt-of-the-earth country farmer, not the urbane patrician, good, basic down-to-earth chocolate for down-to-earth occasions.

Martin Christy: 2-Feb-2002

Posted: February 2, 2002 by
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Aroma: 10%
Look/snap: 5%
Taste: 35%
Melt: 5%
Length: 15%
Opinion: 30%
Total/100: 100%
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Quite vibrant Belgian 65% bar from US company Chocolove. Malt, coffee and caramel flavours, with hints of forest fruits, marred only by a slight ‘candy’ background. Velvet texture and a ‘cool’ melt make this a pleasant eat, which is followed up by a steady, cool length. Actually a better eat than Chocolove’s 77%.

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