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Classic dark chocolate, produced by traditional methods, still remains the preferred choice of chocolate connoisseurs and aficionados.
Also referred to as “bittersweet” or “semisweet”, good dark chocolate contains a high percentage of cocoa solids, resulting in the wonderful and intense aroma that sets off stimuli and reaches the taste sensors of your mouth even before you have placed the chocolate on your tongue.
What makes good dark chocolate?
Dark chocolate is defined by the characteristics of the cocoa content which can be from as little as 30% to as much as 99%. This is, of course, all a matter of taste.
However, at Amelie, our experience tells us that the best dark chocolate should ideally have a cocoa content of between 50% and 70%. The cocoa content comprises a combination of cocoa liquor and cocoa butter, the pure components of the cocoa bean. Cocoa liquor, is the dry, powdery, non-fat component of the ground cocoa beans, and is what gives chocolate its characteristic flavour and colour. So, the higher the percentage of cocoa liquor, the stronger, richer and darker the chocolate. In cheaper chocolate, where the percentage of cocoa solids is reduced, more fat and sugar need to be added to compensate for the reduced flavour.
The fatty component of the ground cocoa beans is cocoa butter which provides chocolate with its unique claim to being the only food to melt at body temperature, thus slowly flooding the mouth with each delicious, individual flavour.
Of course, we also now know of the healthy properties of dark chocolate. It contains antioxidants which fight the destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other illnesses. It also contains cocoa phenols that have been shown to reduce blood pressure. On a lighter note, it’s theobromine content boosts the serotonin and endorphin levels in our brains, giving us a feeling of well being.
It goes without saying that the techniques, styles and recipes of the chocolatier are vital components in the production of good quality chocolates and as we, at Amelie chocolat, pride ourselves on never compromising on quality, we have sourced our dark chocolate selections from some of the best chocolatiers across the continent.
So, with a minimum 50% cocoa guarantee, why not try our Amelie 265g Dark Chocolate Selection or our decadent Assorted Chocolate Liqueur Selection or Cherry Liqueur Selection for a the ultimate dark chocolate experience!