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And.reg
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Jun 17, 2019, 08:47 AM
 
When I was a teen, the highest % cocoa that I could stand was 70%. Anything higher and I'd go "blech" because of bitterness

Now I can handle 80% and it seems just right. But anything lower than 60% is just wicked sweet - the other "blech"

Anyway, this is the official "Chocolate" thread. Anything and everything related to chocolate can go here. Have fun.
     
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Jun 17, 2019, 10:08 AM
 
I had the honor of introducing my granddaughter to chocolate, just before she turned one. Melted down a little dark (60% or so) chocolate, dipped my finger in it and held it up to her mouth. She tasted it...thought about it a little bit...then decided that "yes, this is very good" and went for more.
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Jun 17, 2019, 10:32 AM
 
Generally speaking, I hate most American chocolate.
The mainstream brands are just utter crap. Some of the boutique brands I tried are ok, but nothing special.

I vastly prefer continental European chocolate.
Probably due to my background, I would go for Swiss and German chocolate over French and Belgium.

Ritter Sport is my favorite brand.

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Jun 17, 2019, 12:01 PM
 
I don’t like chocolate.

I don’t understand why and realize it’s bizarre.
     
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Jun 17, 2019, 12:10 PM
 
I mean, chocolate is a pretty broad category - soft, hard, sweet, bitter, alone, mixed with...like...anything else.

Are there sweets that you like?
     
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Jun 17, 2019, 12:42 PM
 
The ones with little to no chocolate.

Ice cream
Toffee
Cookies (I like oatmeal-raisin... figure that out)
Gummies
Peanut candy (like a Payday)
     
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Jun 17, 2019, 01:26 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Cookies (I like oatmeal-raisin... figure that out)
Pro-nutmeg?
     
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Jun 17, 2019, 03:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
Generally speaking, I hate most American chocolate.
The mainstream brands are just utter crap. Some of the boutique brands I tried are ok, but nothing special.

I vastly prefer continental European chocolate.
Probably due to my background, I would go for Swiss and German chocolate over French and Belgium.

Ritter Sport is my favorite brand.

-t
If I understand the history of "American Chocolate" most of the blame lies on Milton Hershey's inability to convince european chocolatiers to share their recipes, so he developed his own. Most of the US candy companies that use chocolate get it from Hershey. Keep in mind Hershey has bought the US brand rights of several euro chocolate makers, Cadbury is one that comes to mind.
     
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Jun 17, 2019, 03:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by Chongo View Post
Cadbury
Everytime I hear Cadbury this is what comes to mind:

     
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Jun 17, 2019, 07:20 PM
 
Originally Posted by Chongo View Post
Keep in mind Hershey has bought the US brand rights of several euro chocolate makers, Cadbury is one that comes to mind.
Leave it to Hershey to buy the shitiest chocolate brand available in Europe.

I said “Continental European” chocolate above exactly for that reason.
It seems like speaking english and making good chocolate are incompatible.

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Jun 17, 2019, 08:04 PM
 
Aldi in the US sells pretty good chocolate.The bars I’ve bought from there were made in Germany and Switzerland.
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Jun 17, 2019, 10:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I don’t like chocolate.

I don’t understand why and realize it’s bizarre.
Even non American chocolate? US chocolate tastes like kerosene mixed with rancid milk.
     
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Jun 17, 2019, 11:14 PM
 
I get the boutique 80/90% stuff. Hate milk chocolate. No flavor.
     
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Jun 18, 2019, 08:05 AM
 
Originally Posted by el chupacabra View Post
Even non American chocolate? US chocolate tastes like kerosene mixed with rancid milk.
I’d say more like vomit. I’m told that’s a preservative.
     
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Jun 18, 2019, 09:22 AM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Aldi in the US sells pretty good chocolate.The bars I’ve bought from there were made in Germany and Switzerland.
Never heard of that before, I guess because the nearest Aldi store is over 100 miles away.

Oh but maybe I can find some Swiss/German chocolate in like one of those all-natural/organic stores.

Edit: Just looked up that Target sells Toblerone.


(Not ordering chocolate in the mail, during the summer for obvious reasons...)
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Jun 18, 2019, 09:57 AM
 
Originally Posted by And.reg View Post
.Edit: Just looked up that Target sells Toblerone.

(Not ordering chocolate in the mail, during the summer for obvious reasons...)
Toblerone is good, but overrated.

Target also sells Ritter Sport. Give that a try.
You can also give Milka a try.

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Jun 18, 2019, 10:32 AM
 
So, other than Ritter Sport/Milka, when I'm trying any chocolate product that says "swiss" on it, how would I know if it is really swiss or they print it on there just as a marketing ploy?


Also what about this chocolate? It says Cacao from DR, Panama, Ecuador, and Peru, the sugar from Paraguay, the vanilla from Madagascar... and then on the front it says "Produced in Switzerland" and "Certified in Switzerland"

https://drive.google.com/open?id=19T...J144EEnCNKxad7

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1od...8Gg_opyInm8Evc

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iW...3giqD0gFD7t5Nk


^ So, is it like 20% DR, 20% Panama, 20% Ecuador, 20% Peru, and 20% Swiss... or 25% DR, 25% Panama, 25% Ecuador, 25% Peru, and 0% Swiss...? I am so confused.
     
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Jun 18, 2019, 11:39 AM
 
Well, as far as the cacao is concerned, I’m pretty sure they don’t grow that in Switzerland.

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Jun 18, 2019, 12:23 PM
 
Trader Joes or Whole Foods should have decent chocolate. There's a TJs in Portland.
     
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Jun 19, 2019, 07:11 PM
 
While visiting Cozumel, my wife and I bought a variety of high-cocoa chocolates, all locally made. They are excellent.

I find that milk chocolate tastes bland, flat and (usually) overly sweet, which overpowers everything. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, (when done right) has depth of flavor, notes and hints and such, and is seldom even noticeably sweet. Ghirardelli (a San Francisco-based brand) makes excellent chocolates; even their milk chocolates are tasty.

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Jun 21, 2019, 04:27 AM
 
2nd vote for Aldi chocolate. Surprisingly good. Top end supermarket stuff and nicer than all the over priced "craft" chocolate in Waitrose etc.
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Jun 21, 2019, 04:28 AM
 
Sub post pop quiz:

Chocolate: room temp fridge or freezer?
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Jun 21, 2019, 07:05 AM
 
Room temp. Maybe just a bit cooler, but never in the freezer.

That said, my wife likes to put Nestle semi-sweet morsels (the ones you make toll house cookies with) in the freezer for snack purposes. For whatever reason, she prefers them crunchy.
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Jun 21, 2019, 08:36 AM
 
My dad perfers chocolate chip cookies from the freezer. I can't stand that. Fall-apart soft or throw them in the garbage.
     
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Jun 21, 2019, 09:49 AM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Room temp. Maybe just a bit cooler, but never in the freezer.

That said, my wife likes to put Nestle semi-sweet morsels (the ones you make toll house cookies with) in the freezer for snack purposes. For whatever reason, she prefers them crunchy.
They take longer to eat, and possibly are cool and refreshing.

but I usually prefer my chocolate room temp, or in something.
     
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Jun 21, 2019, 11:10 AM
 
One of my favorites is this Santacoloma chocolate from Colombia. Ive been meaning to see if I can order it online, but so far just get it when in Colombia.
santacolomacolombiancoffee.jimdo.com
facebook.com/Santacolomacoffee

The product of theirs I get is sugar free dark with stevia. It's a different texture than what we're used to in US, more dry, & nugget or truffle-like with no filling. It's made by authentic mountainmen of the rainforest.

     
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Jun 24, 2019, 12:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by el chupacabra View Post
One of my favorites is this Santacoloma chocolate from Colombia. Ive been meaning to see if I can order it online, but so far just get it when in Colombia.
santacolomacolombiancoffee.jimdo.com
facebook.com/Santacolomacoffee

The product of theirs I get is sugar free dark with stevia. It's a different texture than what we're used to in US, more dry, & nugget or truffle-like with no filling. It's made by authentic mountainmen of the rainforest.

The traces of coca don’t hurt either
     
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Jun 26, 2019, 11:25 AM
 
You can get it with more than traces of coca
You probably have to leave the country to get it though, the US guverment is like a buncha soccer mom safety geeks...
http://www.cienciadelacoca.org/CocaNatural2028.html#

Coca is a natural superfood.
http://www.kukaxoco.org/cacao-coca-leaf.html
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