Monday, July 9, 2012

Trader Joe's The Dark Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Bar

It was nice taking short break from all that very powerful dark chocolate for awhile. In my previous post the break from all this dark chocolate craziness came in the form of Trader Joe's Almond Clusters made out of the always sweet milk chocolate. As you can see, those almond clusters weren't the only thing I got my hands on at Joe's. Yes, I couldn't help myself, this is one out of three chocolate goodies I picked up during my brief Trader Joe's snack shopping spree. Which by the way, I suggest you try sometime especially if you have a little extra money to spend. I have to be honest with you, it makes for a very fun time loading a basket up with goodies and then tearing into them on the way home.

How fitting for this particular chocolate bar: The orange pear shaped art found on the wrapper represents the Cocoa pod from which the cocoa beans come from!
This particular chocolate bar from Trader Joe's was appropriately named the Dark Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Bar. Appropriate because you have to be a real dark chocolate lover to enjoy this very powerful tasting piece of chocolate. To relate just how powerful tasting it was, I drink my coffee black as night in the morning with no sugar or cream and on top of that, it's dark roast that I make very strong. However, the taste in my mouth from taking a bite from this dark chocolate bar was 20x more bitter to my taste buds than my morning coffee routine. I could barely handle it! That's not to suggest that this dark chocolate is not bad in any way, shape, or form, just not my cup of tea. Someone out there, who is a fan of dark chocolate might get a lot of enjoyment out of it and find the taste extremely enlightening to their sweet tooth.

Even if you don't consider yourself a fan of dark chocolate, if you really want to give the Dark Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Bar a shot, I highly suggest consuming it after a very spicy meal because I can see it complimenting that spicy after taste to the 9th degree. Just be warned though, the dark chocolate found in this bar is some of the darkest you can get being at 85% Cacao and is not your typical run of the mill dark chocolate as it is much more bitter tasting.

Just to explain what cacao is, it's a seed or cocoa bean from the Theobroma cacao also known as the cocoa tree native to South America. From these cocoa beans they produce chocolate and use more or less depending on what they want the cocoa content to be. Hence this particular bar contains 85% Cacao which is obviously extremely potent on the scale for which they measure the cocoa bean content of what goes into chocolate.

I may of not enjoyed this bar but I did appreciate the intricate design of the chocolate bar which had little flower like creations on them and was cut very fine. There is a lot of beauty to behold in chocolate especially chocolate bars where we can appreciate the work of art and originality of every piece of chocolate even if the taste is not to our liking. 


  1. Thanks for the review. I haven't had much luck with TJ's dark chocolates, but I haven't tried this one yet!
    Just yesterday, we had a free sample of Mast Brothers Chocolate at a store in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) from the Dominican Republic that was amazing. But it was $9 a bar. I guess sometimes you get what you pay for! It was very tempting....

  2. If you're not used to really dark chocolate, you need to work your way up. Start with 70%. More percentage chocolate means less percentage sugar.

    I found this to be pretty outstanding. Sweet when compared to a Lindt 90. Described as "fruity" on the package, a note of dark cherry comes through before even taking a bite. For $1.50, I really enjoyed this.

  3. This is the best dark chocolate I can remember having. (And at $1.50 for 2 bars, combined with the taste, it's BY FAR the value I've found.) Despite being 85% cocoa, to me it feels sweeter than many of the similarly dark chocolates I've tried. So tasty...I buy maybe 10 of these every time I go, and eat some every night.

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  5. Love this bar, it is also healthier than most chocolate bars and it's hard to indulge and eat too much because of its darkness which keeps my sweet tooth happy and my belly in check.

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