I would not describe myself as a chocoholic, cacao connoisseur, or chocolate fiend. But I am a solemn devotee of the food with a 200-year history as a solid confection (though cacao has a 2000-year history in human consumption as a beverage). Purported to possess aphrodisiacal qualities, lauded for its content of antioxidant-rich flavonoids, and appreciated as a source of mood-boosting theobromine, chocolate is such an amazing foodstuff that I feel virtually no shame for consuming half a bar religiously each week.
Chocolate reviews will thus become a regular feature, not for the sole purpose of grading products but mainly to share my favorite finds and encourage others to enjoy their own chocolate tastings.
Product: Trader Joe’s The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar
Price: $1.49 for 3.5 oz at Trader Joe’s
Type of chocolate: 85% cacao from Colombia
My notes: Chocolatey aroma, like the inside of a confectionery shop. Smooth, shiny surface. Somewhat soft snap. Readily melts in mouth with a soft, chewy bite. Initial fruity taste slightly redolent of beer, with a bitter cocoa aftertaste. Best for consuming just one or several squares at a time.
Overall rating (out of five stars): **
The package comes with two individually-wrapped 1.75-oz bars. Perhaps I’d give this a *** rating if I was very fond of dark, dark chocolate, but I like to be able to put away about 2 oz at a time without feeling ill.