Some of the most familiar names in chocolate are touting the cacao percentages of new premium bars. Why did they have to go and ruin the fun with math? Here’s a cheat sheetÂ from our taste test, for chocolate-bar lovers.
CACAO RESERVE BY HERSHEY’S
35% Premium Milk Chocolate
This newcomer is just slightly darker than a Hersheyâ€™s Milk Chocolate bar (29%)â€”and sweet and creamy enough to please the youngest chocolate fans.
Try it in Double Chocolate Fondue
NESTLÃ‰ CHOCOLATIER PREMIUM BAKING CHOCOLATE CHUNKS
53% Cacao Dark Chocolate
If you like snacking on semisweet chocolate chips, youâ€™ll eat these up, too. Theyâ€™re a bit less sweet than semisweet chocolate, which falls in the mid-40% range.
Try it in Dark-Chocolate-Ginger Crinkles
LINDT EXCELLENCE ORIGINS MADAGASCAR
65% Cacao Bar
A high percentage of cacao means lower sugar content. Test your tolerance for dark chocolate with this new bar: A hint of vanilla tempers the bitterness.
Try it in Peppermint Chocolate Cookies
Black-coffee drinkers will dig this chocolate. At 72% cacao, thereâ€™s not much sugar and no added butter, just serious cacao flavor.
Try it in Brownie Bites
99% Cacao Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
This is one of the most intense chocolates on the market. Take one bite and youâ€™ll understand why itâ€™s meant for baking, not snacking.
Try it in Chocolate-Chile Cake