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10 May 2007

What's your favourite chocolate? [More:]My cousin just sent me a box of Ferrero Rocher, and I happen to love them to death, and was just wondering some of your favourite chocolates...

Mine: Excluding FR

Snickers (especially the almond ones)
Nutella (I can have a bottle of the stuff in one sitting)
And Twix (although I was a big fan of Lion's bar but don't see them around anymore)
Vosges. The bars are good, but the truffles are unsurpassed. Recently, they've added ice cream; I may die.
posted by crush-onastick 10 May | 13:07
Vosges are good, but I am constantly annoyed that their flavors aren't flavorful enough. The curry isn't spicy, the "wasabi-ginger" barely registers -- seriously, if you're gonna put wasabi in something, I better feel it.

But to answer the question: dark, as dark as you got.
posted by me3dia 10 May | 13:20
I love chocolate, but I'm not much of a connoisseur. I like Lindt and Dove.
posted by LoriFLA 10 May | 13:23
From the grocery store: Dove Dark, and I do adore the grainy milkiness of HErshey's.

High-end: Vahlrhona, or anything that comes from the chocolate shop near my house.
posted by Miko 10 May | 13:26
Dark, sleek, and a touch bitter.

You remind me that I was planning to buy myself a few fancy bonbons and some flowers down in the Old Port today. Ah, well, there's always tomorrow.
posted by Elsa 10 May | 13:28
It depends. I love Cadbury's Dairy Milk, especially if it's been in the fridge. Likewise Cadbury's Flake. I also love dark chocolate, but the new dark Flake that recently came out is disgusting. I have never been so disappointed in a bar of chocolate in my life. Actually, that's a lie, I have been more disappointed than that - the first time I tasted Hershey's. Bleagh! Gritty, sugary, no chocolate taste whatsoever.

When it comes to boxes of chocolates, I prefer expensive dark Belgian chocolates with cream centres. If there's nothing else, I'll Ferreros, but I find them far too sweet for my taste.

Thornton's used to do a bar called a 'crispy fudge bar'. It was dark chocolate, with a fudge and rice crispy centre. But they stopped doing them :-( Apparently they didn't sell well. I ate as many as I could, but it made no difference. Bastards.
posted by essexjan 10 May | 13:30
I keep meaning to try the snickers dark and almond, but I don't want to buy a whole bag. But I loooove FR.
And I love chocolate covered cherries. Mmmmmmmmmmm.
posted by moonshine 10 May | 13:31
I'm not tied to a particular brand - but I like my chocolate dark - the darker the better. I've got a bar of Ghirardelli Toffee Interlude (dark choc. with toffee bits and carmelized almonds) open right now at my desk which is alright and a bar of Espresso Escape waiting on standby (60% cacao + finely ground espresso beans). Yum.

As for candy bars and the like, I love me some Coffee Crisp, Kitkat, Crunch, Turtles, Toblerone and After Eights - but I don't have a sweet tooth. Really.
posted by phoenixc 10 May | 13:35
I have to agree that Vosges chocolates are to die for. But I like only dark chocolate. Give me good dark chocolate with ginger or something spicy in it, and I'm happy. I'm also a fan of XOXO chocolate bars.
posted by smich 10 May | 13:49
The Vosges truffles are more richly flavored than the bars, which I think have been toned-down since their launch.
posted by crush-onastick 10 May | 14:11
My favorite chocolate brand is almost certainly Dagoba.
posted by box 10 May | 14:19
I love Michel Cluizel’s Mangaro chocolate—now also available in a milk-chocolate variant too.
posted by misteraitch 10 May | 14:20
OK, is Dagoba actually named after the planet Yoda hid on, or is it just coincidence and I'm a massive, massive geek?

Also, I'm a sucker for milk chocolate. The creamier and sweeter the better. I like Watson's, which is locally made.
posted by kellydamnit 10 May | 14:28
OK, is Dagoba actually named after the planet Yoda hid on, or is it just coincidence and I'm a massive, massive geek?

Also, I'm a sucker for milk chocolate. The creamier and sweeter the better. I like Watson's, which is locally made.
posted by kellydamnit 10 May | 14:28
I don't know about for eating out of hand, but I make some amazing fudgy brownies out of unsweetened Scharffenberger. I'm a terrible cook, so I credit the ingredients 100%.

Here's the recipe, btw.
posted by small_ruminant 10 May | 15:01
I was just reading that the consumption of dark chocolate has gone through the roof in the last ten years had never been particularly popular, but people have started to enjoy and look for it.

I credit that in part to sheer availability, driven by the likes of Whole Foods and health food stores. Small-scale producers started creating fair-trade, organic, and artisanal chocolate for a tiny niche market, and then as Whole Foods scaled and regular grocery chains followed suit with their crunchy-granola sections, more people were exposed to better chocolate. At the same time, dark chocolate has increasingly been touted as an anti-oxidant-rich health food, a better indulgence. So the megaCandyCorps had to get in the game, and thus we have M&Ms Dark, Snickers Dark, etc.

Apprently it's going to drive the price of chocolate upcause there's more actual cocoa in dark chocolate than in milk, so there's a greater demand for the raw ingredient.
posted by Miko 10 May | 16:01
i'm too lazy to research the links so i'll just go ahead and link here to Chocosphere, the source for all things gourmet, and single-estate as regards chocolate.

my favourite is the Valrhona Gran Couva.
posted by lonefrontranger 10 May | 16:31
Miko, it's the other way around, people get to call chocolate a health food now and excuse eating it by eating dark chocolate. i've always loved dark chocolate but i remember hearing about the future chocolate shortage over ten years ago so i wonder what's gonna happen.
posted by ethylene 10 May | 16:45
I love Li-Lac chocolates, specificially their milk chocolate caramels ...

And now I want some. Ever so much.
posted by brina 10 May | 18:09
Milk chocolate...I still eat Hershey's/Mars, but they taste waxy to me now.
posted by brujita 10 May | 23:40
I tried something different from my usual Milky Way and got some Belgian chocolate bars by Joseph Schmidt at the drugstore. A little more at $1.99, but worth it in my opinion. Tried the Milk w/Peanut Butter Truffle (delicious!) and the White Chocolate w/Pistachio filling. My all-time favorite, though, is probably the Mint Aero. Got some at the World Market store around the holidays but they're not in stock anymore.
posted by PY 11 May | 03:49
Um, that kind of sounded like the answer to "what is my favorite candy bar?" more than chocolate, so I'll add that I really, really like Cadbury's fruit & nut. And I've been told that the US version doesn't even taste as good as the British one, so I guess there is something to look forward to. Well, that and foreign film festivals.
posted by PY 11 May | 03:55
Sounds like a hoax, || Sort of ranty exasperated post about drive 'n' dialers