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Australia has its own version of Nestle dark chocolate in the name of Nestle Club, Australian chocolate at its unfinest. Dark chocolate contains polyphenol antioxidants, and Nestle Club Roasted Almond has lots of delicious almond flavor. Come visit the chocolate republic with Doug of Doug's Republic

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Nestle Club Roasted Almond 
Posted: 11 October 2010    7.0 
Nestle Club Roasted Almond Nestle Club's Roasted Almond is good chocolate worth a bargain sale price, but if you can't get a bargain on it, load up on your antioxidants from spinach, lentils, and a shot of wheatgrass juice.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.023   Cocoa %: 45  Size: 180g  Australian chocolate 
       


Join the club.  Nestle has.  The new mantra among chocolate manufacturers is dark chocolate as a source of antioxidants, and Nestle is now another in the endless line of chocolate makers promoting chocolate's benefits.  Their bid at the health market is with their Nestle Club range, available in Australia. Here's something to ponder.  If cocoa is a source of antioxidants, then more cocoa is a source of more antioxidants.  Translation:  to gain the alleged health benefits, which it could be argued are more than negated by copious quantities of sugar, you're better off eating the darkest chocolate you can tolerate.

For all its touting, nearly all the bars in Nestle Club's range aren't that dark, clicking in at only 45% cocoa solid content, not far above the milk chocolate cocoa content of other bars I've reviewed at the Chocolate Republic.  For chocoholics addicted to real dark chocolate, Nestle Club is a distraction.

The Roasted Almond bar was good.  The dark chocolate flavor came through.  It wasn't bland like many other mainstream brands' light dark offerings. The almond content comes in at 15%, good but not fantastic.  Frankly, from a multinational like Nestle, I wasn't even expecting it to be good, but average. The bar doesn't hold a candle to true dark chocolate offerings, like Whittaker's Dark Almond, with 62% cocoa solids and 25% almonds.

Nonetheless, the bar does have its niche among the roasted almond bars being sold in the Australian market.  It's typical retail price per gram, listed here at the Chocolate Republic, doesn't give it an edge over its competitors.  The Dark Almond bar mentioned above sells for less per gram on most days you're likely to visit your grocery store.  But Nestle offers deep discounts at times, pricing this bar on occasion at USD 0.01 per gram.  It's enough of a price break that a chocoholic could, from time to time, reach for a Nestle Club Roasted Almond instead.   This is probably what Nestle intended all along, that the bar would be more of a competitor to Aussie mainstream brands like Cadbury than true high quality chocolate manufacturers.  

Nestle Club's Roasted Almond is good chocolate worth a bargain sale price, but if you can't get a bargain on it, load up on your antioxidants from spinach, lentils, and a shot of wheatgrass juice.

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  Australia has its own version of Nestle dark chocolate in the name of Nestle Club, Australian chocolate at its unfinest. Dark chocolate contains polyphenol antioxidants, and Nestle Club Roasted Almond has lots of delicious almond flavor. Come visit the chocolate republic with Doug of Doug's Republic