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Review: Ghirardelli Twilight Delight
Ghirardelli Twilight Delight
Posted: 9 November 2011
The dark chocolate flavors rang hollow, just like Ghirardelli's tasting notes.
It's really too easy to stay uninspired in the 70% area, and lately, I've noticed that many 70% bars, while acceptable, taste very generic. Ghirardelli is another brand we can admit into that
price/gram: USD 0.043
Cocoa %: 72
The hypocrites at Ghirardelli
take a stab at hypnotizing us with another of their Intense
Darks, the Twilight Delight.
The delight in the Twilight
Delight is that it's actually dark with 72% cocoa solids,
plastered all over the cover. Where was that cocoa
solid percentage to be seen on the
Sea Salt Soiree or
Hazelnut Heaven? Intense Dark is super dark or darkless
whenever it suits Ghirardelli's fancy. It reminds me
of the marketing tactics of Grey Goose, the premium vodka
brand. For years in the U.S., vodka producer Grey
Goose was proclaiming "Made In France," seeming to
think, correctly, that Americans would slurp up the vodka at
premium prices with the French flag slapped all over it.
When there was an American backlash against France when
France wouldn't back the U.S. coalition in Iraq, Grey Goose
did a 180, revealing that it was really an American
operation all along that had set up manufacturing operations
in France. Grey Goose wanted to have it both ways.
Ghirardelli tells us that
"this slow-melting, pure dark chocolate is highly aromatic,
with mocha, blackberry, and dark cherry notes throughout.
With 72% cacao, the intense chocolate flavor is highlighted
by the silky smooth texture and creamy mouthfeel. This
sensuous chocolate has a long finish and delightful,
Oh, they forgot to mention
the taste of lemon. You got it. This bar's a
lemon. I didn't taste the creamy mouthfeel or
the mocha, blackberry, and cherry notes. I tasted a
company known to use cheap ingredients trying to cash in on
the trend for dark chocolates.
The dark chocolate flavors
rang hollow, just like Ghirardelli's tasting notes. On
the Chocolate Republic, 70% can be a tricky number of some
manufacturers to leap over.
Green & Black's and
produced passable darks in this range. It's really too easy
to stay uninspired in the 70% area, and lately, I've noticed
that many 70% bars, while acceptable, taste very generic.
Ghirardelli is another brand we can admit into that
bars that tasted better than this Twilight Delight.
When tomorrow's twilight descends, I'll be eating those other
brands instead of this one.