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Vegan Chocolate Reviewer: Trader Joe’s The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar

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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.

TJ's dark chocolate lover's bar

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): **

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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.

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