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Review: Godiva Dark Chocolate with Raspberry
Godiva Dark Chocolate with
Posted: 11 January 2011
Sorbitol in a dark chocolate raspberry bar. It's nice to know that Turkish-owned Godiva cares about customer waistlines. That's so sweet. Sweeter than this bar, that's for sure, which consists of just 0.2% frozen raspberries.
price/gram: USD 0.061
Cocoa %: 72
Sorbitol in a dark chocolate
raspberry bar. It's nice to know that Turkish-owned
Godiva cares about customer waistlines. That's so
sweet. Sweeter than this bar, that's for sure, which
consists of just 0.2% frozen raspberries.
Godiva used their 72% dark
blend as the base. Well, we assume they did.
Like nearly all of Godiva's bars, cocoa solid content wasn't
their focus. Knell's Law of Ingredient Omissions,
which applies to all foods, not just chocolates, dictates
that whatever information is omitted on the front or back
label of a food product is done purposely to hide shameful
information included in the product itself.
"No artificial flavors or colors". The product
"No preservatives." The product is loaded with
artificial flavors and colors.
"No artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives."
The product likely contains trans fats and MSG.
"No hydrogenated oils." The product
contains other questionable, but non-hydrogenated, oils.
So when Godiva leaves off the cocoa solid content, it's to hide the meager
cocoa solid content within.
The Turkish Godiva is still a master at making everyday ingredients seem to
taste premium. Godiva adds butter oil to this one. I've seen
butter oil described as a "wonderful delicate oil made of canola."
It's used in the production of recombined milk, manufacture of ice cream,
and in the production of various fat spreads. I'd never seen any
premium chocolatiers using butter oil. If they adhere to quality,
cocoa butter is their oil of choice.
It wouldn't surprise me in the least if artificial flavors were crammed into
this bar, but listed on the label in less shocking terms. I caught Lindt
adding artificial flavors to their mint bar. If
premium Lindt is into the artificial flavor game, why shouldn't Godiva be?
If Godiva had wanted to go all-out premium on this one, to give it their
truly best shot and not their cheap shot posing as a best shot, I think they
could have blown me away. What they produced was still entertainment
for the taste buds but not one I'd choose to pay such stratospheric pricing.
Godiva in Belgium makes tasty dark chocolate with dried raspberry.
You been to Belgium? Belgian chocolate in question is the dark chocolate with raspberry with high cocoa solids. Full of rich Belgian chocolate. The Chocolate Republic
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