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Review: Lotte Ghana Black
Lotte Ghana Black
Posted: 19 November 2010
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.
price/gram: USD 0.023
Cocoa %: 51
The first review I ever wrote
for the Chocolate Republic was of the
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
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
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.
Korea is home to Lotte, a Korean conglomerate. How is Korean chocolate? Try the dark chocolate Ghana Black.
The chocolate is dark chocolate from Lotte. Let the chocolate republic review it all with Doug of