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Old 12-07-2006, 06:03 PM   #11
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Oh, I'm not saying American Chocolate is bad, just that most Hershey products are very large scale and tend to be, well, less than spectacular. Take for instance the Hershey Bar. It pretty much tastes like a hunk of sugar to me.

Whereas Ghiradelli milk chocolates (another American brand) taste very nice! I do tend to slam the big-chain/mass-scale "service"/production that is ever present in our society, as the majority of it to me is quite poor. These new Hershey Cacao Reserve bars are a welcomed exception. A lot of it has to do with our culture to. Given a static price, many people view quantity rather than quality as the value. I guess I'm someone who looks at quality first, and would give up quantity for it even though it means less volume. In other words, I'd take three 1/2oz squares of Ghiradelli dark over a 16oz block of Hershey "Special Dark". I may not have as much, but I enjoy the flavor and texture much more. Just my $0.02.
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:11 PM   #12
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Another example would be kitchen equipment. People see a 32 piece set of stamped knives in a wood block at Walmart, and would rather have that than a nice forged Chef & Paring knife set simply because they are getting "more". It ends up being quite depressing to me, as it drags down the quality of almost everything that is locally available sacrificing quality for quantity.
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:30 PM   #13
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I have seen an 85% dark chocolate bar in the grocery store.
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Old 12-08-2006, 04:04 PM   #14
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I understand what your'e saying, Nick, and actually agree with most of it.

I submit that in many instances Hershey's is the iceberg lettuce of chocolate, but I guess my point was that it could have been stated as "I am delighted (or pleasantly surprised) that Hershey has made something quite tasty."

BTW, I remember as a kid buying Hershey's semi-sweet chocolate bars at the movies instead of popcorn.
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Old 12-08-2006, 04:51 PM   #15
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I was in our area World Market yesterday and noticed that they had several brands, none of which I can remember at the moment, of dark chocolate. Most of them in 80+% range. I love dark chocolate and was sorely tempted. I'll be back there on Wednesday and might succumb. I'll let you know what happens. If I buy any and, if so, how it tastes.
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Old 12-11-2006, 03:41 PM   #16
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Another great brand that I love is "Flyer" brand chocolate. The dark and milks are incredible. Whole Foods stocks it sometimes. Expensive, but it's one of the best all-purpose chocolates out there (to my mouth anyways). I made hot chocolate with it earlier this year for a couple people. I'm always one to share every recipe I have, but I held out on these two chocoholics just to be evil...

I like the dark the best, as it's great for putting in your mouth and letting it melt and it's also perfect for making hot chocolate. Long lasting chocolate flavor that is as perfectly balanced as any I've ever had. There are almost zero bitter, fatty, or sugary components. It just tastes like intense chocolate with that "swiss" type aroma. Almost has a little of the marshmallow essence. I imagine it would make amazing s'mores...
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Old 12-11-2006, 04:14 PM   #17
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Chocolate chocolate chocolate by the Pound....well I am glad I found this forum of people talking about fine chocolate....I have tried amedei, valrhona, lindt, and hershey's...I am not a fan of lindt....lots and lots of fat in their bars and I just don't think the taste is there....Great brands in my opinion are....

Guittard(USA)
Scharffenberger(USA)
Valrhona
Amedei
Domori

and a few others....but I really like Guittard of the USA...I think they are the best by far in the United States! check them out...

I gotta agree with whoever said it....EL REY is the kind of White and Milk Chocolate! They have a great brand that only makes chocolate from Venezuelan Beans and it shows...there is such an earthiness to their chocolate...when you taste it you will think you are standing in a rain forest!

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Old 12-11-2006, 06:31 PM   #18
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i've been trying to get ahold of some amadei for a couple of years now but, regretfully, it doesn't seem to be available here in japan and on-line shops in the states don't ship internationally.

however, there are a lot of european chocolates available, and recently even the mainstream hersey-type japanese manufacturers have begun to bring out a couple of fairly decent bars.

on the other hand, there are a lot of high-end chocolate candies available too, none of which do anything for me, godiva included.

until they come out with a chocolate filled with a quarter-shot of remi-martin, i'll stick with a plain chocolate bar, somewhere in the 85% - 97% range. unsweetened chocolate works pretty well for me, too.
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:01 PM   #19
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You are a high cacao range person? Man I don't know how you do it...I just can't get past the bitterness....my Range is 65-75%...I do upwards but don't enjoy it as much...
Different palates for different people...

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