Organic dark chocolate wars, part 1


We got some organic dark chocolate bars today. From left to right we have Grenada 71%, Rapunzel 70%, and Equal Exchange 71%.

First let’s look at the packaging. The Rapunzel bar has an old-school foil inner wrapper, giving it a story-book Wonka bar sort of feel (never mind that real-world Wonka bars are horrific blocks of cheap sugar and artificial chocolatey flavor). Next, the Equal Exchange bar has a somewhat disappointing plastic inner wrapper. The Grenada bar has a fairly standard foil-covered paper inner wrapper.
Now let’s break off a chunk of each bar to check for texture. Really, they all had about the same texture in this test. Pretty satisfying all around. Now the fun part: the taste test!
First we tasted the Rapunzel bar. Pretty good, with fruity undertones, but a bit tart for my palette. It’s hard to eat more than a few squares at a time.
Next, the Equal Exchange bar. Yum!  This is what chocolate tastes like. I could eat the whole thing right now.
Finally, the Grenada bar. Again, pretty good (after all, it’s chocolate) but it doesn’t balance out quite right.
Conclusion?  Despite the somewhat lame wrapper, the Equal Exchange bar comes out on top. It was the first one to disappear completely in our chocolate eating test kitchen.
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