Things to Know When Gifting Dark Chocolates

November 24th, 2019


There are lots of diverse types of chocolates available, but often it becomes difficult to select the best dark chocolates for Christmas. By going through this post you will be able to understand what to look for when searching for the best chocolate bars. 

If planning to gift chocolate Christmas and that too the dark chocolate, then you should know and understand which ingredients are in the dark chocolate bars you are thinking about.  In addition, you might want to take a look at the manufacturer’s website for some more information.

  • When choosing the best dark chocolate it is vital to take into account what you like the best.  Premium chocolate will typically list the percent cacao in every chocolate bar.  This refers to the complete amount of cocoa butter and cocoa solids.  The higher the percent listed her usually means the more pronounced and intense the chocolate flavour will be. It also means that there is less sugar and so the chocolate bar will be bitter than a dark chocolate bar with a lesser percent cacao.
  • Also it is important to know about the variety of bean used as with each type of bean grown there is a diverse flavour profile that goes with it.  Even though there are hundreds of beans grown across the world, only three main types are used such as Criollo, Forastero, and Trinitario.  The forastero beans make up ninety percent of all cacao beans grown across the world. Criollo bean is known for the flavour and aromatic fruitiness but is more susceptible to disease.  Trinitario is considered as a fusion of the previous two bean types as it is a flavour bean and can be taken care of easily.
  • Top quality chocolate will melt in your mouth easily and create a smooth creamy texture.  With lesser quality chocolate it is simpler to recognize graininess which detracts from the overall experience.  But, it is essential to differentiate between graininess caused by poor quality chocolate and texture resulting from the addition of herbs, spices, or nuts.  It is essential to note this difference as anytime inclusions are added to chocolate the resulting texture will be changed from its actual creaminess.
  • The use of vegetable oil ruins the health benefits of chocolate and disturbs the actual chocolaty flavour.  The best chocolates will not have vegetable oil listed in the ingredients.
  • Minimum processing is important as during the processing of chocolate most of the antioxidants and flavonoids are removed. You can determine how processed a dark chocolate bar is by its price.  An extremely processed chocolate bar is going to be far more economical as they use inferior ingredients.  To include these ingredients into the chocolate more processing is needed as they must first have the cocoa butter removed before it can be replaced with a less pricey substitute.

These are some of things that you should know when choosing dark chocolates.

Remember that dark chocolate is famous for its influential antioxidant activity. In fact, it has been found to have a greater antioxidant effect than several high-antioxidant fruits such as acai berries and blueberries.