In the last few weeks as I've pushed to be more strictly paleo, I've been searching for the perfect chocolate. Lindt was a good place to start, but some of them had soy (which I'm trying to avoid when I can). The 85% was too sweet. The %90 was better, but I found myself eating a lot of it, and not savoring it.
So I went in a different direction I bought some Ghirardelli's baking chocolate. %100 chocolate. It was surprisingly good. Though I will say I like bitter chocolate, and really like chocolate with salt, spice, or mild fruit. I added a touch of black currant preserves (which had very little sugar) to my one square. It was exquisite in taste. The texture though, left something to be desired.
If I recall, Lindt %99 isn't all that smooth either. Does anyone have any experiences of finding the perfect chocolate for a paleo treat? Or should I just melt the baker's chocolate and add things to it myself?
Where are you located? I like raw chocolate bars. In the US Fine & Raw or
Righteously Raw is very good. There are a couple of good brands in the UK too. All very smooth and without weird ingredients.
A very smooth chocolate I love is Hachez 88% Premier Cru. Has a trace of sugar, no dairy. It is a strong chocolate, but very smooth, very satiating, and can be found in specialty stores and on Chocosphere (best website I have found price-wise for gourmet or hard to find chocolates). They sell it for about $3.50 per bar, so baker's chocolate is cheaper, but some had said it is gritty. I guess it depends on how much you need. A few squares from this bar keeps me content at night :)
Here are some links that may help you out.
This one lists some soy free bars: http://www.ceder.net/chocolate/view.php4?action=nosoy
Here are some recommendations from MDA: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-5-best-dark-chocolate-bars-in-the-world/
Equal Exchange does NOT use soy lecithin. They are Fair-Trade to boot, and super delish!
"Organic Panama Extra Dark Chocolate (80% Cacao) This 80% cacao content bar is Equal Exchange's darkest yet. Unlike many high cacao content bars that are dominated by a bitter or sour note, this bar is perfectly balanced in a way that allows the true chocolate flavor of the Panamanian beans to shine. Vegan and gluten-free. 3.5oz per bar. Ingredients: *Organic Chocolate Liquor, *Organic Raw Cane Sugar, *Organic Cocoa Butter,*Organic Ground Vanilla Beans. *Fair Trade Ingredient. By weight 100% Fair Trade content. May contain traces of milk, peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios and pecans."
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