Friday, 8 May 2009

May 8th: Ghirardelli Intense Dark 72% Cacao

Kcal 200 Fat 17.0g Fat(sats) 10.0g Carbs 17.0g (per 38.0g - 3 pieces)

The Ghirardelli products I have been provided with by IShop4YouII have certainly been a little hit or miss. The dark chocolate squares that I tried a few months back seemed relatively tasty when in the presence of an additional flavour element, however solus the 60% failed to deliver anything more than an average dark chocolate. Given that this bar was formed of a 72% recipe I was hoping that this would offer just a little more in its subsequent flavours.

This bar came in a standard 100.0g size that certainly took me a few days to eat. The chocolate came contained within both a cardboard box and foil layer which combined with the sophisticated fonts and illustrations made the it all look rather nice. The chocolate itself was maintained beautifully by the foil with the Ghirardelli logo nicely printed on each block and a surprising fresh, dairy based smell very evident once the seal was broken.

One thing I did love about this bar was the lovely 'snap' sound that the chocolate made when splitting it. The blocks were a slightly awkward size in that they were a little too big to place in the mouth all at once, but a little small too split in half. Back to more important matters ... the taste was slow starting but eventually showed a fair breadth of flavour elements. The taste started out quite milky and weak, though once the melt progressed in its development strong cocoa and coffee like notes came through in the taste. At the end of the melt some strong charcoal like notes came through (not as bad as it sounds trust me!!), which ultimately made the aftertaste quite longing in the mouth.

Overall this was a little better than the Ghirardelli 60% dark chocolate I tried before, yet was still a little way off competing with the best of the dark chocolate bars I have previously tried. The taste was extremely slow to develop, which is never a thing that I look upon favourably. Although the resulting taste was relatively strong, up until the melt was quite progressed the weak milk flavours were really quite unimpressive. Despite this being a nice dark chocolate this isn't a bar I would hugely recommend for the sheer reason that I know there are better options out there.

8.0 out of 10

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