If you're not metabolically deranged or a sugar binger, the occasional 85% isn't going to hurt you. But if you're trying to lose weight, or you are a binger, or you really want to retrain your palate to not just take sweet for granted, eat 100%.
I eat the Lindt 85% and I think it's great--it's more cost effective than the others too in my area. They also have a 90% that I can only find at Walgreens. Green & Black's and Endangered Species are also good.
its OK.....but 99% is better.
I try to avoid the Lindt, since it isn't Fair Trade certified and most chocolate that isn't is a) contributing to deforestation in tropical climates. 2) a large percentage of non FT chocolate, particularly that coming out of the Ivory Coast, is produced using child labor, in particular child slave labor. (I'm not dicking around with you, there's a wikipedia article on it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_in_cocoa_production) I'm just not down with slavery.
Around here at least the Black and Green brand is comparable in price to the Lindt and has the official FT seal.
Try Taza Chocolate's new organic 87% bar. Caveat -- all of Taza chocolate bars have a more gritty mouth feel due to traditional stone grinding method of production -- so don't expect melt in your mouth smooth. I've been eating raw nibs but am switching back to roasted. I haven't seen any evidence that chocolate or cocao were ever consumed "raw" traditionally. If the cultures who brought the world chocolate didn't eat it raw, there must be a good reason. I used to eat Scharfenberger's roasted nibs but switched to raw Navitas because of raw hype and the fact they are organic. I see that Taza now has slow roasted plain nibs (before they only had the chocolate covered nibs) so I'm going to try them because they are organic. Re: Lindt: A customer service rep indicated that the cocoa and 90% bar use dutch/process cocoa -- this destroys the antioxidants. Green and Black's 85% tastes great but is so sweet - makes me really question the accuracy of the sugar/carb count.
Lindt has soy and I try to stay away from that. I agree with the others above about fair-trade certified as I tend to support anything that is. I am a fan of Alter-Eco Blackout bar. It's 85%, FTC, organic, soy free and tastes amazing!!!!!!
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