When it comes to chocolate, this is my guilty pleasure:
No fancy expensive high cacao dark chocolate - but a grocery store staple. Manufactured by the Mars Company in New Jersey (next state over to the east). I believe this brand is available in the U.K. under the name "Galaxy." (based on info read on the internet.)
Dove Dark Chocolate Promises probably barely qualify as "dark" - they are apparently in the range of 50-60% cacao content. But they are smooth, creamy, and just the right balance between sweet and chocolate for my palate. This is the standard against which I measure my chocolate. And when I don't have chocolate gifties to sample, I usually indulge in one of these a day! (just 42 calories!)
Okay, back to European chocolates. First up, Prague:
A milk chocolate filled with nuts and a cherry-flavored goo. This was so cloyingly sweet it made my teeth hurt. It was truly not edible. Sarah actually tossed most of her little square in the trash. Even Rachel who usually loves sweet stuff didn't like it. Score: 0/10. I hate to waste food, especially chocolate, but this puppy is headed for the trash can!
Next up, Rome:
A dark chocolate with a truffle-like filling. My first taste was okay. But once it settled, it tasted like coffee to me.
Now I can't read Italian, but I do know how to use Google. So I learned a couple of key phrases from the package. "con morbido ripieno" means "with a soft filling". Check, I knew that. "di crema alla nocciola" (from the back of the label) means "hazelnut cream." Okay, that explains it. I've never had hazelnuts before, but apparently I don't have any great love for hazelnut cream. I gave this one a 3/10. To be fair, Sarah and her friend Allison both liked it and said it didn't taste like coffee at all. So I may not be the best choice for food critic!
Last for today, Barcelona:
This one is a straight up solid dark chocolate bar. 70% cacao. No fillers or flavors, just chocolate.
I expected with the super high cacao content that it would be bitter. It isn't. But it's not sweet either. It's just dark chocolate. The melt factor isn't so good - in fact it doesn't really melt at all, you have to chew it, which isn't my preference in savoring chocolate. It is a little bit gritty. But overall, it is good. This one gets a 7/10. I will finish it... although I'm also willing to share.
So far I still love my Dove Promises best! Guess that makes me a cheap date!