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Do you really adore Green & Black's? I do. It's UK chocolate. Their 85% organic chocolate uses Madagascar vanilla to soften the bitterness in this dark, dark chocolate of 85% cocoa. Chocolate Republic reviews it with Doug of Doug's Republic

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Green & Black's Dark 85% 
Posted: 1 October 2010  Doug's Chocolate Republic  7.5 
Green & Black's I was amazed with its lack of bitterness. I wouldn't say that I could taste that organic Madagascan vanilla in every morsel. I couldn't taste it at all directly, but its addition to the recipe must have been what made this 85% bar taste only mildly more bitter than its 70% cousin.
Avg price/gram: USD 0.034   Cocoa %: 85  Size: 100g  British chocolate 
       


Usually, more isn't better.  Less is more.  But when it comes to Green & Black's, more really is better.  Their 55% Maya Gold is superior to their 34% milk chocolate blends I've tasted.  Their 70% Dark is hard to compare side-by-side with the Maya Gold because the former is just pure chocolate while the latter is mixed with orange and other spices.  If I were consuming a G & B bar on a daily basis, like I did back in the hey days of the mid-2000's, I'd opt for the Dark 70% over the Maya Gold.  And I'd pick this 85% bar over the 70% one any day.   That extra 15% cocoa makes the bar more than 15% better.  What's more, an economist would tell you it's the better deal.   All the G & B bars seem to sell for, more or less, the same price.   You'll get that extra 15% of cocoa content for no extra change.

I didn't recognize this bar when Aussie Dave included it and with good reason.  It didn't exist in the mid-2000's.  G & B claim on their web site that it's a new addition to their bar range.  For once on their wrappers, the marketing people say something meaningful.  This 85% blend is "softened with Madagascan vanilla."  This time around, this isn't G & B trying to drop the names of fancy-sounding exotic ingredients.  They needed to add something to soften the bitterness of such a high percentage cocoa bar.  Bitterness is the reason in the past you didn't see 95% cocoa content bars, although that's changing today.  Lindt now has an 85% bar and even a 99% bar in its Excellence range of chocolates. 

This is the highest cocoa content bar I've ever sampled.   I was amazed with its lack of bitterness.  I'd be lying if I told you that I could taste that organic Madagascan vanilla in every morsel.  I couldn't taste it at all directly, but its addition to the recipe must have been what made this 85% bar taste only mildly more bitter than its 70% cousin.  

Chocolate purveyors love to brag about the health benefits of chocolate.  The lower a bar falls on the cocoa content scale, the more they're stretching the truth.  G & B don't have to stretch the truth far on this one.  My doctor tells me that  if I eat one of these 85% bars every week, I can live to be 1,050.  He also advised me to invest in Enron


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  Do you really adore Green & Black's? I do. It's UK chocolate. Their 85% organic chocolate uses Madagascar vanilla to soften the bitterness in this dark, dark chocolate of 85% cocoa. Chocolate Republic reviews it with Doug of Doug's Republic