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Whittaker's Dark Cacao
Posted: 4 October 2010
Whittaker's Dark Cacao block, like it's bittersweet Dark Block, is better than average, and for its price range, much better than average.
This is a more committed dark chocolate bar.
price/gram: USD 0.018
Cocoa %: 62
In Asia, everyone is
fascinated with being whiter. In the republics of
chocolate worldwide, the prestigious citizen-bars aspire to
be dark and accepted.
Whittaker's Dark Cacao block,
like it's bittersweet Dark Block, is better than average,
and for its price range, much better than average.
The Dark Block at 47% suffered from its comparison to the
high quality smooth creamy milk with 14% less cacao content.
Add 15% on in the other direction, and you're no longer
thinking in terms of milk. This is a more committed
dark chocolate bar. There's a saying, "Once
black, never go back." I don't know how true that is,
but if you truly like things of the blacker shade, I'd
advise you to go as dark as you can. Be committed!
When eating bits of these large blocks, it dawned me what
the weakness of Whittaker's
Dark Block and
Dark Cacao is. They're too thick. The
thickness plays out well when nuts or other
sumptuous fillings and stuffing and included. But it
doesn't work out to be a symphony in the mouth when you're
taking in larger amounts of more bitter chocolate solo. It
really is possible to get too much of a good thing.
Here, Whittaker's might learn a lesson from Lindt. In
Lindt's Excellence ranges, the bars are ultra thin, to
minimize the amount of bitter bites you take into your mouth
Dark Cacao's no loser.
It's just like a peanut butter sandwich -- it needs jelly to
balance it out. The chocolate is good enough, but not
great enough, to go out into the market solo. It has
the chance to reach greatness when coupled with the right
partner, the right filling. When eaten in moderation
or if cut up into ever smaller pieces, this comes to a
bargain for dark chocolate lovers. Otherwise,
this bar is like the actor Mickey Rourke in the 1990's:
lots of unrealized potential waiting for the right vehicle
to take it places.