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Seattle Chocolate Company Extreme Dark 
Posted: 11 November 2011    5.0 
Seattle Chocolate Company Extreme Dark I'll disclose up front that truffle bars aren't my favorite.   Seattle Chocolates executes well enough on this bar, but well enough isn't good enough here. What kind of world do we live in when a multinational like Lindt with its Lindor Dark truffles can surpass a boutique producer like Seattle Chocolates on price value and taste?    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.043   Cocoa %: 65  Size: 70g   
       


When Burma Mike came over to Thailand with his tremendously large chocolate parcel, four of the American chocolate bars he brought were from the Seattle Chocolate Company, referred to in the vernacular as Seattle Chocolates.   

By now, sampling my third bar from this Washington outfit, it was readily apparent that this is not a company you'd say is synonymous with innovation.  Let's borrow some text right from Seattle Chocolates' marketing materials to get a sense of where they stand. "Our biggest thrill is being able to share our creations with and have fun along the way . . . Our products are beautifully packaged in stunning gift boxes and bags." There you have it. Seattle Chocolates is dying to sell you "the finest European chocolate" (not chocolate they devise with a proprietary recipe of their own in Washington) that's packed up in chic-appearing boxes and bags.

The company states that each product is crafted by blending dark and milk chocolates to achieve the best flavor profile.  What that means is that calling their Espresso bar dark at 53% doesn't mean one helluva lot. That 53% still has plenty of 33% milk chocolate added in. Seattle Chocolates isn't correct when they say each product is a blend. This Extreme Dark contains only 65% cacao.   

I'll disclose up front that truffle bars aren't my favorite.  The creamed up consistency, created from the coconut and/or palm kernel oils added to cocoa butter, reduce the rich and bitter cacao taste I'd come to expect on a normal bar above 60% cocoa solids.  Seattle Chocolates executes well enough on this bar, but well enough isn't good enough here.  What kind of world do we live in when a multinational like Lindt with its Lindor Dark truffles can surpass a boutique producer like Seattle Chocolates on price value and taste? 

I wanted to be dazzled with this 65%. This bar has 'extreme' in its title and I wanted to be taken to extremes.  Do you blame me?  Seattle Chocolates delivers a dark truffle bar that fulfills the basic terms of an informal taster's contract. You won't finish this bar with an extreme jolt of euphoria.

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