Bissinger’s 60% Dark Chocolate

I picked up another Bissinger bar at Whole Foods.

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Like their 75% bar, this one was very good. It had a nice rich chocolate flavor, and I liked it. But…but…there was something missing. It was a single origin bar, but it had no singular notes. And it was not nearly as rich as their 75% bar. I think I would rather have that bar than this one. It was like this one, only…better.

Bissinger’s 60% Dark Chocolate & Almonds

I tried another Bissinger’s bar from Whole Foods.

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This bar was pretty good, but then again, I am a sucker for any chocolate with almonds in it. Like their 75% bar, I couldn’t taste any single origin notes, even though the back of the label says all of the cacao beans are from Côte d’Ivoire. Still, it was nice and dark and paired with the roasted almonds very well. Despite the slivered almonds on the front label, the almonds were whole in the bar, and I liked that too. It provided a nice solid crunch.

My co-workers loved this bar, and it disappeared in a few minutes. While I can’t say there is anything special about this brand, it does seem to make consistently good, if not great, bars of chocolate.

Bissinger’s 75% Dark Chocolate

I found this bar at a brand new Whole Foods grocery store near my office.

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This bar was very good. It was much more creamy than I would expect from a 75% cacao bar, and it had that rich dark flavor that I would expect. Surprisingly, this is a single origin bar from the West African country, Côte d’Ivoire, but only the back label mentions that fact. And I couldn’t taste any special notes, although there was a mild coffee-like aftertaste.

I have had several Bissinger bars before, but they were all flavored bars, ranging from peppermint to pumpkin to key lime. I like this regular dark chocolate the best, because you can really taste the chocolate!

My second chocolate from Africa

My co-worker Michele brought in another bar for us to taste.

This chocolate was very good!The ingredients listed “spice” but I couldn’t taste anything that was unusual. It tasted like dark, rich chocolate with some fruity undertones. The label mentions a cherry taste, but I thought it was more like berries.

Being from Côte d’Ivoire. this bar was my first one from that country, and my second chocolate bar from Africa, with the first being some chocolate-covered macadamia nuts I had had a few months before. But this chocolate was much better, and I started checking my local stores for chocolate from Africa.