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Ghirardelli Twilight Delight 
Posted: 9 November 2011    4.5 
Ghirardelli Twilight Delight 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 uncreative club.        
Avg price/gram: USD 0.043   Cocoa %: 72  Size: 100g   
       


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, lingering flavor."

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 Whittaker's 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 uncreative club.      

I've tasted supermarket self-branded bars that tasted better than this Twilight Delight.  When tomorrow's twilight descends, I'll be eating those other brands instead of this one.  

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