Côte d’Or Noir de Noir

My co-worker Dini M. brought in this HUGE chocolate bar, which I saved for a Large Bar Friday meeting of our chocolate eating group.

Inside were two foil wrapped dark chocolate bars.

I opened both, and since they were shaped to break easily into pieces, I broke them up and constructed a chocolate Jenga-like tower.

I have had Côte d’Or bars before, and like their past offerings, this chocolate was quite good. It had a very rich flavor, but it was a little too sweet for me. The label didn’t mention cacao percentage, but an online search showed it to be 56% cacao. A little lower than I like, but still, this was very good.

Thanks Dini!


Dolfin Écorces D’Oranges Confites

My co-worker Lauren G. gave me another Dolfin bar.

This was a dark chocolate, at least 60% cacao according to their website but it tasted much darker, with candied orange peel throughout it. The orange flavor was very intense but somehow it did not overpower the rich chocolate taste, so I really liked this bar. My co-workers loved it, and it disappeared quickly.

Thanks Lauren!

Dolfin Amandes Grillées

My co-worker Lauren G. gave me this Dolfin bar to try.

I have had a good Dolfin bar and a bad one, and this one was definitely a good one. The chocolate was dark and rich, and the almonds were nicely roasted and crushed and sprinkled throughout the bar for an even crunch and flavor. It was a big hit with my co-workers, and for many of them it was their first Dolfin bar.

The package did not indicate any cacao percentage, but a quick Google search revealed it to be 51%. I am impressed, since it tasted much darker than that. I would have guessed 70%, easy.

Thanks Lauren!

Classic Wheels Extra Dark 72% Belgian Chocolate

My co-worker Leon B. found this bar in Iowa (yes, Iowa!) while he was there visiting his girlfriend’s family.

This bar was really good! At 72% cacao, it had a nice rich chocolate flavor, and it was surprisingly creamy too. It was big enough for everyone to have seconds and thirds, and they loved it. On top of that, it had a really cool cover with an old-timey racing car! Woo hoo!

Thanks Leon!

Cadbury Coco 70% Cacao Dark Bar

I found this bar at a grocery store in Sydney (although it was made in Belgium).

This was a very good bar, very rich and almost fudge-like. It was popular with the chocolate eating meeting group, which was a good thing, because this is my 1,700th bar on the blog! Yes, I have eaten seventeen hundred unique chocolate bars over the last twenty four years. And what a nice bar to celebrate with!

Josophan’s Fairtrade Dark Belgian Chocolate

While in Sydney, I bought some more chocolate at my favorite chocolatier, Josophan’s.

This bar was small but good. The chocolate did not taste as dark as I expected, so it was probably around 50%, give or take. It had a somewhat floral note to its chocolate flavor, but it was not a single-origin bar.

All in all, this was a good bar, but not nearly as good as their dark chocolate hazelnuts or their single-origin São Thomé bar. Those were fantastic, and I think they have spoiled me a little. And yes, I bought those both again, and they were just as good the second time.