This guest review was written by Vito LaBella.
When the editor of Candy Addict asked me to review the following chocolate bar I was both flattered and a little intimidated. What are my qualifications? Well, I like chocolate. In fact, it is the only real sweet I allow myself. However, I am not a chocolate connoisseur, aficionado or even – dare I say it – Addict.
I am a borderline obsessive compulsive, so in order to complete my requested task I had to research, research, and do more research. What I found was not news: chocolate has health benefits (truer for dark chocolate, defined as having at least 65% cocoa), chocolate tasting can be compared to wine tasting, and there are a lot of pretentious chocolates and chocolate reviews out there.
Rather than talk about â€œmouth feelâ€ or the â€œsnapâ€ of a particular chocolate bar, I am going to give my overall impressions on this particular bar. The bar that I was asked to review, Choclatiqueâ€™s Q91, is a 91% cocoa blend purportedly from Central and South America as well as Africa and Asia. It costs about $6.50 per 100 gram bar.
91% is a very high Cocoa count. You would expect a bar with such a high count to be strong and bitter. I am pleasantly surprised to report that it was strong, not overpowering and only slightly bitter. It had good texture and a nice flavor: I tasted a hint of fruit (cherry) with a pleasing aroma. Finally, there was no unpleasant aftertaste to ruin the experience.
So, what is the downside? Well, the bar is expensive at the listed price. If price is not an issue, then Choclatiqueâ€™s Q91 is a fine choice. However, in these days of a tanking stock market and with a gallon of gas still at $3.50 a gallon, who has $6.50 to spend on a 100 gram chocolate bar? Here is a fine alternative: Guylian Extra Dark (70% Cocoa). Granted, this bar has 21% less chocolate than the Q91, so if you want that intense cocoa experience, the Q91 is it.
The Guylian has its own benefits. In addition to a very reasonable price, about $4 for 200 grams, it has a rich, creamy texture. The bar strikes the perfect balance between the chocolate and other flavors. I taste a very pleasant, subtle nuttiness to the bar. It is not at all bitter and has a pleasant, lasting aftertaste. Best of all, when youâ€™re cutting back on expenses, this is one treat that you don’t have to give up.
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