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Whittaker makes dark stuff like dark chocolate with 62% cacao and dark almond in New Zealand. It's New Zealand chocolate through and through. Dark Almond at 62% rocks. Come to the Chocolate Republic with Doug of Doug's Republic

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Whittaker's Dark Almond 
Posted: 6 October 2010  Doug's Chocolate Republic  8.5 
Dark Almond Whittaker If you love almonds but aren't even all that fond of dark chocolate, this bar is good enough to convert you into higher cacao-content bars.
Avg price/gram: USD 0.018   Cocoa %: 62  Size: 250g  New Zealand chocolate 
       


What do you get when you cross Whittaker's 62% cocoa content chocolate with a minimum 25% of almonds?  Guess that depends if you like dark chocolate and you like almonds.  I love them both.  A combination of the two had the odds in its favor that it would be tasty. 

The 62% base of this bar is the same as the Dark Cacao block. I found the Dark Cacao to be superior to Whittaker's 47% Dark Block, the base that went into making two of Whittaker's worst bars, the Rum & Raisin and the Zestful Dark Orange.  I am not Christian, but I praised Jesus anyway when I discovered that Whittaker's had used its more 'committed' 62% chocolate as the base for the almond bar.

What Whittaker's has created with this one is a true rarity.  It's not often you'll find almonds stuffed to the brim inside a bar of true dark chocolate.  The masses don't want it.  Whittaker's is aware of that, which is why they also manufacture their Almond Gold slabs made with milk chocolate.  It took some guts for Whittaker's to go dark on this one. 

Here's a question for Whittaker's.  Why did Whittaker's take a chance on a dark almond bar, not a dark peanut, dark cashew, or dark macadamia nut one?  It may have all come down to health.  Walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts, and macadamia nuts all appear on the list of six healthiest nuts.  Peanuts never show up on that list.  They're susceptible to a fungus that generates poisons called aflatoxins.  Of course, on those lists, the health benefits are cited with the nuts raw, not roasted, and they're not stuffed into high fat and high sugar chocolate, but for marketing purposes manufacturers can leave out that fine print.  The Chocolate Republic's theory is that the almond got the dark treatment because almonds are generally cheaper than the other nuts on the health list. 

If you love almonds but aren't all that fond of dark chocolate, this bar is good enough to convert you into higher cacao-content bars.  It's always great to delude yourself you're eating healthier.

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