Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate

My co-worker Anthony R. gave me this bar.

I have had several  Alter Eco bars, but at 85% cacao, this one was the darkest one yet. And it was very chocolatey, with a deep cacao flavor and a hint of fruity aftertaste, with just a touch of astringent dryness that many high-cacao bars tend to have. My co-workers really liked it and most took seconds.

Thanks Anthony!

Villars Dark Coffee Bar

I found this dark chocolate Swiss bar in a grocery store in Dubrovnik in Croatia, while I was there at a conference.

This bar was dark chocolate with little coffee flavored crisps throughout it. While it was only 50% cacao, the coffee crisps made it seem much darker, with a nice roasted flavor. Everyone at the chocolate eating meeting loved it, except that one guy who hates coffee. And that other guy who hates coffee. They know who they are.

Lindt Cognac

My co-worker Dini M. also gave me this fancy Lindt bar.

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The bar consisted of a dozen rectangles of chocolate (like on the cover), each one supposedly filled with a sweetened liquid cognac filling. This particular bar had dried out, so each rectangle was filled with a cognac-flavored sugar crust. But they were still pretty good, and even Lindt milk chocolate is good chocolate. Everyone had fun eating this fancy bar, and we wished we had had monocles and top hats for the true fancy experience.

Thanks Dini!

Simple Truth Organic Maca Dark Chocolate 71% Cacao

Robert gave me this bar, which he found in a grocery store in Seattle.

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This bar was made in Switzerland and contains maca powder. Maca is a Peruvian root that is supposedly high in vitamins and minerals and might even be an aphrodisiac. I had several pieces, and I couldn’t taste anything but a nice smooth dark chocolate. Even though maca is supposed to have a “malted” flavor, I couldn’t taste anything else, and neither could my co-workers. The bar was big enough for everyone to have two or three pieces, and it all disappeared in under 10 minutes, so I would call that a good bar.

Thanks Robert!

Private Selection 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Swiss Bar

My co-worker Charlie S. generously donated another chocolate bar to a chocolate eating meeting.

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This bar was very good, much better than I expected a Ralph’s grocery store brand to be. It tasted like hot chocolate, if hot chocolate could be distilled down into a bar. Very yummy, very chocolately. Given the holidays were upon us, not many co-workers were present, so people helped themselves to seconds and thirds, and everyone liked this bar.

Thanks Charlie!

Original Beans Grand Cru Blend No. 1 80%

This was the last Original Beans bar I picked up in Seattle.

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This bar was not made from cacao from one tree, but instead it is a blend of cacao from trees on two continents, Africa and South America. But it was still delicious, with a very deep and satisfying chocolate flavor. And again my co-workers went for seconds, and I don’t blame them. I need to find more of this brand!