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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 extra fine mint with 70% cocoa has lots of delicious mint flavor. Come visit the chocolate republic with Doug of Doug's Republic

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Nestle Club Extra Fine Mint
Posted: 11 October 2010    7.0 
Nestle Club Extra Fine Mint Considering this Extra Fine Mint bar can be found heavily discounted on mainstream shelf space may mean, that if you buy it when the timing is right, you'll get more bang for your cacao buck than with any other brand.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.039   Cocoa %: 70  Size: 100g  Australian chocolate 
       


Call this bar the King of the Nestle Club.  Of all of Nestle Australia's current Club range, this is the only one so far which chocoholics would fairly classify as dark and possibly offer all those amazing polyphenol antioxidant benefits Nestle won't stop yapping about.  This bar, per 100 grams, contains 1.06 grams of polyphenols.  The other Nestle Club offerings I tasted only offered around 620 mg.  

Well, who cares if it contains 70% cacao if it tastes like rubbish.  Luckily, it doesn't.  I'm not personally fond of mint in my chocolate, but that personal bias shouldn't be held against the bar's rating.  Over here at the Republic, a bar is evaluated on whether it delivers a decent taste, texture, and value.  On all those counts and considering this Extra Fine Mint bar can be found heavily discounted on mainstream shelf space may mean, that if you buy it when the timing is right, you'll get more bang for your cacao buck than with any other brand.  Clearly, that's Nestle's intention. As usual, they're not trying to compete on quality.

Beware of one thing.  Nestle Club's range usually comes in 180 gram sizes, but that's when the cocoa content is only 45%.  This 70% bar looks identical in size to the others from the outside, but is actually only 100 grams in size. Although all the Nestle Club bars sell for around the same retail price, you'll pay almost 80% extra per gram.  Now we know what the word "extra" in Extra Fine Mint means.

In case you're unaware, Nestle is a multinational powerhouse whose headquarters are based in Vevey, Switzerland.  It would, however, be a grave misnomer to refer to this Club range or any other chocolates Nestle is hawking in Australia as "Swiss chocolates."  I was quick to check the label on these and all are manufactured in Australia using recipes, techniques, and inferior ingredients that would likely make a traditional Swiss chocolatier cringe.  Nestle is more accurately thought of as a Swiss conglomerate which manufactures and thinks locally. It's a foregone conclusion that Nestle's directors in Australia are addicted to meats on the barbecue and preservative-laden beers just like the majority of Australians.  Don't be surprised if Nestle eventually feeds this bar to kangaroo or an emu they've starved for weeks and concludes for the sake of a media spot that even Australia's mascots go for the Club. 


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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 extra fine mint with 70% cocoa has lots of delicious mint flavor. Come visit the chocolate republic with Doug of Doug's Republic