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Dark Chocolate Bars

It’s a rare breed that doesn’t enjoy milk chocolate. Creamy, sweet, delicious, it’s a welcome treat any time. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, is more of an acquired taste, but it serves as an exquisite cap to an elegant meal or the center piece of a tasting. As your palate will matures and comes to appreciate dark chocolate, you will soon realize that it is full of subtle distinctions similar to wine. Like grapes, cocoa is an agricultural product that expresses terroir. In general cocoa is treated as a commodity and the end product is a commodity called milk chocolate.

The fine gourmet chocolates below are high in cocoa content (60% and up) and consist of only natural ingredients with no artificial flavorings and no fat substitutes for cocoa butter. These dark and sometimes bitter chocolates will give you the opportunity to sample the flavors from the different cocoa beans, countries and chocolate manufacturers involved in making of these fine dark chocolates.

Cocoa is harvested, fermented and blended, just as grapes are. Like fine wine, good chocolate has terroir and the chocolates below are the best expressions of that. Give it a try; chances are you actually never tasted real chocolate before.

Chocolate Producers from arround the World:

 

Amedei

Amedei is a new company with serious ambitions towards becoming a major force in the world of fine chocolate.

Art Bar

Art Historian Erika Fowler-Decatur founded Ithaca Fine Chocolates with her husband.

Bonnat

Bonnat is story of a family’s long love affair with chocolate, it is a story which began back in 1884.

Cafe-Tasse

Café-Tasse chocolates have become a must for the true espresso and chocolate places trying to recreate this romantic european atmosphere.

Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has been producing cocoa and chocolate products for more than 150 years.
 

Castelain

Provence based chocolatier, making award winning chocolate since 1994.

Cavalier

Cavalier is a young and dynamic family company, founded in April 1996.

Chocolove

Its full flavor comes from a delicate balance of toasted cocoa.

Chocovic

Chocovic has recently introduced three exiting chocolates of unique origin for the chocolate connoisseurs.

Cote D'Or

Côte D'Or is one of the oldest chocolate bar trademarks, and its rich history has left a legacy of delicious Belgian chocolate bars in many varieties
 

Dagoba

Dagoba Organic Chocolate was founded in 2000 by Founding Alchemist, Frederick Schilling.

Divine

Divine, the first Fairtrade Marked plain cocoa chocolate.

Dolfin

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Michaël and Jean-François Poncelet say that chocolate runs in the family.

Domori

Domori have a strong, poetic vision about fine chocolate.

El Rey

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Established in Venezuela in 1929, Chocolates El Rey is an interesting alternative to european chocolate.
 

Feodora

One of Germany's top chocolatiers.

Jean Galler

Jean Galler founded his chocolate factory in 1976 in Liège, Belgium.

Giraudi

For Giraudi confectioner’s, producing and working chocolate is more than an art - it's a family passion.

Green & Black's

Green & Black’s have been pioneers in the organic and fairly traded chocolate field.

Grenada

Grenada Chocolate Company Ltd. was founded in 1999.
 

Guittard

The last family-owned food businesses that defined nineteenth century San Francisco.

Hachez

Ecuador's Gulf of Guayaquil gained its reputation as the leading growing region for top cocoa varieties.

L'artisan du Chocolat

L'artisan du Chocolat believes that chocolates is best produced and eaten fresh

Lindt

The story begins in 1845: Confectioner, David Sprüngli-Schwarz and his inventive son, Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann

Marquise de Sevigne

In 1892, Clementine and Auguste Rouzand decided to purchase a small chocolate shop.
 

Michel Cluizel

Cluizel have connections with plantations all around the world, including Sumatra, Venezuela, Ghana, Java, and the Ivory Coast.

Montezuma's Chocolates

Montezuma's Chocolates is fairly a new chocolate company based in Sussex, UK.

NewTree

Belgium has a chocolate making tradition as rich as its chocolate.


Plantations

Grown solely in Ecuador, "Arriba" is a special cocoa varietal with a perfumed floral scent.

Pralus

Francois Pralus is a true chocolate aficionado.
 

Santander

From the heartland of Colombia, where the best coffee grows

Scharffen Berger

The secrets lies in careful attention to bean selection, blending, roasting, and conching, as well as the special care of small-batch processing.

Schokinag

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Schokinag is a privately owned company established in 1923.

Slitti

In 1988 Andrea Slitti started creating exceptional chocolates

Terra Nostra

Terra Nostra tm ("Our Earth" in Latin) Certified Organic chocolates are made from the highest quality raw materials.
 

Theo Chocolate

Fair Trade Certified™ cocoa beans are the source for this organic chocolate.

Valor

In 1881 Don Valeriano López Lloret takes up the profession of chocolate maker

Valrhona

Valrhona pioneered the production of high quality chocolate from carefully controlled sources.

Villars

Mr. Wilhelm Kaiser founded chocolate factory Villars in Fribourg in 1901

Weiss Chocolate

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Weiss Chocolate Company was founded in 1882
 

YC Chocolate

Diane Yamate began manufacturing high quality sugar-based chocolates in 1979.
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