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Godiva Dark Chocolate with 85% Ganache  
Posted: 8 January 2011    9.0 
Godiva Dark Chocolate 85% Ganache Godiva blends their ganache so smooth and adds liqueurs, extracts, perhaps even artificial flavors or colors disguised under different names to come up with a real treat. Stuffed into the already flavorful Dark, and you can't go wrong after you've mortgaged your house to buy it.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.061   Cocoa %: 85  Size: 45g   
       


Godiva is on a roll at the Chocolate Republic.  Just check my reviews for their Milk and Dark chocolate bars, and you'll know I've been converted from a skeptic to a fan.  

Is Godiva using premium ingredients in every bar?  I doubt it!  On reading the back of the bar, I got the strong impression that slick packaging, a Godiva brand name, and hefty prices would convince the masses they were in the presence of astounding chocolate, and this marketing con seems to be working splendidly.   More than 450 retail boutiques have people lining up to pay premium moolah to indulge.  Turkish company, Yildiz Holding, now owners of Godiva, must be eating their doner debabs stuffed into a pita with a lot of dollar notes.

The top chocolatiers list cocoa solid content on every bar.  Godiva doesn't.  They don't want to come down and play with the smaller fry when they already have a big name to protect.  Except for this bar and the Dark, which list cocoa solids on the front (but not the back), the rest of the Godiva bars lacked this vital piece of information. I was able to scour the internet to dig up some cocoa solid facts.  An e-mail to Godiva went unanswered.  Why answer when you're going to admit the cocoa solids ain't on the high side?

Well, this Dark Chocolate (72%) bar stuffed with 85% Ganache is on the high side, the high side of cocoa and the high side of deliciousness.  Ganache is created by heating heavy cream and then draping it over chopped dark bittersweet chocolate and then blended until smooth.  Godiva blends their ganache so smooth and adds liqueurs, extracts, perhaps even artificial flavors or colors disguised under different names to come up with a real treat.   Stuffed into the already flavorful Dark, and you can't go wrong after you've mortgaged your house to buy it.

Yildiz is doing something right with their new buy.  We're sure costs are being trimmed, inferior ingredients being substituted for fine ones.  If this supposition is correct, Yildiz is hiring some innovative taste experts to keep the common man thinking the textures and flavors are sublime.  Enjoy -- and consider some EDTA chelation therapy afterwards to clear out the arteries.

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