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Lotte Ghana Air 
Posted: 19 November 2010    3.5 
Lotte Ghana Air Aeration adds the bubbles that make the chocolate lighter and quicker to mellt which brings about all the more intense flavors. High intensity can be greater when normal intensity is decent. But when normal is bad, higher intensity is just a more intense bad, exactly what you get when you bite into a piece of Ghana Air.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.025   Cocoa %: 29*  Size: 42g  Korean chocolate 
       

                  *estimated cocoa solid percentage


Lotte's Ghana Air.  Sounds more like an airline.  The Korean-Japanese mega conglomerate launched their own "special" Ghana line of chocolates.  Ghana was probably not the best choice to convey upper tier.  Ghana is the world's second largest exporter of cacao beans.  A good number of chocolate bars world wide come from Ghanan cacao.  Well, on the other hand, the Ghanan name fits the brand like a glove. The Ghana line is no more elite or tasty than any of Lotte's other offerings, and the Ghana Air is a helluva lot worse.

Ghana Air is aerated chocolate.  The Korean English on the cover reads "Ghana Aeration Chocolate."   Aerated chocolate is chocolate with bubbly air holes within it.  The airy surfaces make the chocolate lighter and melt faster, creating a more intense chocolate flavor.  The most common aerated chocolate bars that I know of offhand are Nestle's Aero and Cadbury's Flake.  Neither of those bars is a chocolate wunderkind, and yet Ghana Air can't even match them in quality. 

The Ghana Air, like the Crunky, isn't one chocolate bar. It's eight tiny individually wrapped bars placed on a sliding cardboard tray.  In fact, the individualized Crunky bars and Ghana Air bars look identical to each other. 

I love aerated chocolate and just recently I tasted the Cadbury Flake Luxury.  The Ghana Air fell far short in the quality department.  It was as if the chocolate was off in some way.   And no doubt about it.  This Ghana Air was way off the Scale of Good Taste.  It was the worst of all the Lotte chocolates I'd ever tasted.

Here's the Chocolate Republic's take on the mediocrity.  Aeration adds the bubbles that make the chocolate lighter and quicker to mellt which brings about all the more intense flavors.  High intensity can be greater when normal intensity is decent.   But when normal is bad, higher intensity is just a more intense bad, exactly what you get when you bite into a piece of Ghana Air. 

Ghana Air gets picked off the shelves for the same reason the Crunky does.  Consumers want a bit of aeration in their lives and Ghana Air's the only brand providing this breath of not-so-fresh air.   Let yourself suffocate instead of breathing in this toxic mess.

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