My co-worker Nicole E. brought me another Angelina bar from Paris.
This bar had 71.4% cacao (just 0.1% less than their regular dark bar) and it contained no milk powder, but it also had chunks of soft candied orange peel throughout. I normally don’t like chocolate and orange flavors together, but this worked. The chocolate was very dark and deeply flavored, and the orange was subtle and not too sweet. I liked it, and so did my co-workers.
My co-worker Nicole E. went to France and England, and she brought back this bar from Paris.
This bar was really good It was very dark and rich and creamy, which is not surprising given that the ingredients listed whole and skim milk powder. I am not sure why that doesn’t make this a milk chocolate bar, or dark milk as the kids say these days, but it doesn’t. And I don’t care, because this bar was very good and easily as chocolatey as any other 70-75% cacao dark chocolate bar I have tried.
I bought another Lindt bar to try, one that is not new but somehow has missed my attention.
I was not a fan.The bar was only 49% cacao, and there were a lot of freeze-dried raspberry pieces throughout it. It was so tart that the chocolate flavor was completely lost, making it almost like tart raspberries embedded in sweet wax. Oddly, I liked their Intense Pear and Intense Orange offerings, so maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for tartness, or maybe I have completely moved past “low cacao” bars. In any case, I simply wasn’t impressed with this one. There were even leftovers (which almost never happens!), which means my co-workers weren’t fans either.
p.s. I also think it was odd that this bar was called Raspberry Intense, but the others are Intense Pear and Intense Orange (and there is even an Intense Mint). Maybe it was a translation error, since in French this bar would be called “framboise intense”. Oh well, it’s a minor mystery.
I found this bar at the Lindt Chocolate Store near my house. It’s “NEW”, in the sense that they have never released a 78% cacao bar before.
This bar was REALLY good. Lindt somehow manages to make their dark chocolate smooth and creamy despite using no milk, and of course 78% cacao is right in my sweet spot. The bar isn’t too sweet and isn’t too bitter. It was perfect, and my co-workers agreed. Most of us ate two servings.
This was the last Valrhona tablet from Cathy.
This bar was 85% cacao and tasted every percent of it. It was deep and richly chocolatey, with a bit of astringency at the end. I liked it a lot, and it was my favorite of the three Valrhona tablets.
The next Valrhona tablet from Cathy was this 66% cacao beauty.
This chocolate was about as chocolatey as I expected, but it was much drier and less creamy than I expected. It had the texture of some 90% or more bars, with a crumbly and somewhat mealy texture. Certainly it was not typical of other Valrhona bars, but it still had that great chocolate flavor I expect from the brand.
My co-worker Cathy N. gave me several Valrhona chocolate tablets, and this was the first one I tried.
I have had a lot of Valrhona before, mostly dark chocolate of various types, but this tablet was milk chocolate. The cacao percentage was 40%, and it was quite chocolatey. I liked it, but it doesn’t hold a candle to their dark chocolate. The chocolate flavor was not as deep and intense as I expected.