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Lotte Ghana Black 
Posted: 19 November 2010    6.0 
Lotte Ghana Black I feel like writing another review for this bar is superfluous, as I could copy the review of Meiji Black word-for-word, substitute Ghana for Meiji's name, and the result would be just as accurate.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.023   Cocoa %: 51  Size: 60g   
       


The first review I ever wrote for the Chocolate Republic was of the Meiji Black  Biting into this Lotte Ghana Black -- from Japan this time, not Korea -- brought on a sense of deja vu.  It tasted almost exactly the same as Meiji Black.  It was bound to taste somewhat different.  Meiji has 15% less cocoa solids. 

Not that that really matters when it comes to the Japanese.  The Japanese are masters of design.  Using inferior ingredients, like palm oils, they can create a final product that looks clean and sharp and seems to have an extra 8% cocoa solids it really doesn't.

Who's to say who ripped off whom.  Did Meiji come up with their Meiji Black and then Lotte mimicked it or was it the other way around? We'd guess Lotte knocked off Meiji.   Meiji has been around since 1916, Lotte since 1967.   Or perhaps no one ripped anybody off.  Japanese-Korean chocolate has a readily identifiable taste the Chocolate Republic refers to as Korjap.  The range of flavors, intensities, and innovations is narrow.  Put simply, the Japanese and Koreans do the mass produced job efficiently and better than most countries could, but it's still mass produced, low denominator chocolate.

I feel like writing another review for this bar is superfluous, as I could copy the review of Meiji Black word-for-word, substitute Ghana for Meiji's name, and the result would be just as accurate.  The Ghana Black wrapper doesn't even look all that different from the Meiji Black one and the prices are virtually identical. 

What this bar has going for it is the corny English slogans on the wrapper that add to the foreign-tasting experience if not the flavor.  This one reads "The authentic rich flavor of cacao:  New Standard Chocolate."  Maybe to a Japanese or a Korean, with less than 100% English comprehension, these slogans look or sound clever.  Dissect them and they're meaningless.  What the hell is the "authentic rich flavor of cacao."  Is there a synthetic rich flavor of cacao to contast the authentic flavors with?   And "new standard chocolate"?   Maybe they meant "setting a new standard for chocolate."   If they did, the bar falls far short.   Lotte Ghana Black merely meets the old established standards.         

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