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Heidi Dark Espresso 
Posted: 8 August 2014    4.0 
Heidi Dark Espresso from Romania Heidi's Espresso uses a darker chocolate than its Cocoa & Coffee. It's not quality dark chocolate, but with 50% cocoa solids vs the standard 30% in a milk chocolate bar, that means Heidi has to use less of its trademark diabetic-inducing high sugar content. Your mouth is still left tasting overly sweet 'dark' chocolate with a faint taste of coffee. At these prices, you're better off picking up another mainstream brand.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.041   Cocoa %: 50  Size: 80g   
       


The actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were married for a decade, between 1964-74.  The marriage went south, but then they remarried in 1975, only to divorce again in 1976.  Why go back to a losing prospect?       

I always ask myself the same question when I unwrap yet another Heidi chocolate bar -- and I've gone back more than twice.  Inexplicably, this Romanian brand, posing like it's Swiss, has blanketed the Thai market.  It's not amazingly cheap, and so far, from what I've sampled, not amazingly good.  So what is my excuse for returning to a no-future prospect?         

I am desperate!  Simple as that.  The Chocolate Republic started strong.   I would review a bar every other day.  Once in awhile I'd get an infusion.  Aussie Dave would mail over a chocolate care parcel.  Burma Mike showed up out of the blue in October 2011 and brought with him more than two dozen unusual chocolate bars. I returned to the USA in 2012 and returned with a few off-the-beaten-track (and off-the-beaten-crap) chocolate bars.  Without these opportunities to stock up, however, I am left with the same minimal choices and brands.  Another Frey, another Lindt, another Meiji. It's not fun reviewing another bar type of a brand you're so familiar with, you can predict the rating before you've unwrapped it.          

So when I glimpsed this Heidi Espresso bar on the shelf, I shrugged.  It was darker chocolate, it contained coffee beans.  How pathetic could it be?        

Well, I said much the same thing just before I picked up Heidi's Cocoa & Coffee bar a few months back, and that bar was shocking.  I braced myself for the worst.           

Heidi's Espresso uses a darker chocolate than its Cocoa & Coffee.  It's not quality dark chocolate, but with 50% cocoa solids vs the standard 30% in a milk chocolate bar, that means Heidi has to use less of its trademark diabetic-inducing high sugar content.  Included is 2% ground coffee vs the 1% found in the Cocoa & Coffee bar.  Your mouth is still left tasting overly sweet 'dark' chocolate with a faint taste of coffee. At these prices, you're better off picking up another mainstream brand, like Frey's Coffee & Cocoa. It's cheaper and better.           

Coming up with a ranking for the Heidi Espresso was easy.  It was 15% less bad than the Heidi Coffee & Cocoa.  Saying it was 15% better gives the bar too much credit.  So I took the Coffee & Cocoa rating, added 15%, and called it a day.  You can call call it a day, too, if you see this bar on your neighborhood supermarket shelf.               

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