I’ve never had what many people call a “sweet tooth,” I would much rather have a bag a chips than a chocolate bar but that was when all my chocolate was milk or white chocolate and before I found my one true sweet love: dark chocolate… very very dark chocolate awesomeness!
In the world of chocolate (can I move there?) not all chocolates are created equal. For the longest time we’ve been more accustomed to milk or white chocolate in the form of a hershey’s bar but lately dark (or black) chocolate has turned mainstream, a must-have among foodies, healthy eaters, and fitness junkies alike.
What is dark (or black) chocolate?
Unlike its milk or white counterpart, dark chocolate is chocolate with no milk or a lot less milk than milk chocolate. Another way to spot dark chocolate is by its cocoa solid concentration which is normally well advertised on the packaging. I usually start considering dark chocolate truly dark when it contains at least 70% of cocoa solids. But my
drug chocolate of choice is usually over 85%. If you want to know about the health benefits of dark chocolate read here, here, and here.
When buying dark chocolate, look for:
- At least 65%… for some the bitterness of dark chocolate will be an acquired taste and you should increase it slowly.
- Fair trade
- 100% organic
- NOT processed or treated with alkali
If you ever have a strong need to send some dark chocolate my way 😀 … here are my top three choices
NOTE: Limit daily consumption to no more than 200 calories
What’s your favorite chocolate?