If you are someone who likes chocolate, what kind of chocolate do you like best?

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Could be a brand or just a type of chocolate

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Edward Internethands

I go for anything dark and single origin, but I'm pretty easily pleased with anything that at least tried to not use slave labour

Postmortal_Pop , edited

Anything from Aldi. Here in the US they put butyric acid in the chocolate. It's partially because it's what people associated with chocolate because if early Hersey production and partially because it increases the shelf life. It's also the acid you find in rancid butter and vomit. European chocolate doesn't do this and so you get a smoother chocolate without the gross bite.

Before living near an Aldi I could only afford to get good chocolate on a rare occasion but even the junk Easter egg chocolates at Aldi are amazing and affordable! So now I can actually say I like chocolate!

berkeleyblue

As a Swiss person who likes chocolate, that sounds disgusting 😱

silly goose meekah

As a German who lived in the States for a year, it is. I love chocolate but barely ate any in the states.

Postmortal_Pop

It's so much worse than it sounds. On top of that, most Americans are born into this and find well made European chocolate too smooth and decadent which spurs the idea that it has to be exorbitantly expensive.

berkeleyblue

I can literally buy the cheapest stuff in my grocerie store here and it still tastes somewhat decent… Shouldn’t have to be expensive. Making decent chocolate isn’t exactly rocket science. But hey we are talking about the US where fresh bread apparently still is kind of rare and most people eat Wonder Bread (why it’s even called bread is beyond me though…)

Postmortal_Pop

Lol it's a wonder it's considered bread

Rhynoplaz

That Aldi chocolate can't be beat!

Postmortal_Pop

Have you tried their little burnt caramel chocolate bars by the check out? The smokiness in the caramel with that smooth chocolate finish is to die for!

Scrof

Tony Chocolonely is fucking amazing, but you can break your teeth trying to bite its weirdly shaped pieces of.

preppietechie

Seconded. Good stuff that A) you can actually find without heading to some weird chocolate boutique and B) you can feel marginally better about buying because they really try to make sure their supply chain is as fair as possible.

tamal3

I came here to say dark Chocolonely. (Sea salt is good too.)

Interstellar_1 [OP]

I don't think I've ever seen these in Canada, I'll have to try them when I go elsewhere.

DacoTaco

Its a dutch brand thats become very popular around these parts in the last few years

remer

The best chocolate you’ll ever have: https://www.castronovochocolate.com/

She travels down to the communities that harvest the cacao and sources directly from them, then she hand makes the chocolate in her shop. Internationally award winning. So good.

JoshuaFalken

Really goes to show what economies of scale can do. Castronova chocolate appears to have 65 gram bars at a price of $12. That's only 5g/$.

Tony's Chocolonely, a commonly touted ethical chocolate company, sells 180 gram bars for $6. 30g/$. Half the price for triple the chocolate comparatively.

That said, there's not much to really compare. Castronova seems to be going after a different market with most of the bars being titled as their place of origin and composition, not what taste to expect. A smart move for a business with a smaller footprint.

The few bars I saw mentioning flavours were the *lavender dark milk, lemon and lemon salt, and Fleur de sel* - an apparently high end French sea salt. Quite different than Tony's *milk honey almond nougat* or *white raspberry popping candy*.

They won't be replacing our orders from Tony's, but Castronova has a 12 pack I think we'll get to see what they are like. Thanks for recommendation.

xkforce , edited

Toblerone: 45 g/$

Hershey bar: 70g/$

This is what theyre competing with.

JoshuaFalken

I'm not entirely sure either Tony's Chocolonely or Castronova would see Toblerone or Hershey's as direct competition. Maybe Tony's would, given their lower price point. But if the main allure to a brand is the ethically sourced nature of the product, you've already lost most chocolate consumers.

At that point, you can afford to price higher as you're in a market where people that care more about the societal, humanitarian, ecological, etcetera impact than the impact on their own wallet.

xkforce

If the goal is to actually change the chocolate industry, they're going to have to start caring about price. If a company's product is priced at 14 times the most common forms of chocolate, theyre not doing anything other than catering to the minority of people that are willing to pay that premium. The meat substitute industry has the same problem. Price things at what their niche is willing to pay rather than at a price that people that are more on the fence are willing to pay. So the result is that the cheap brands continue to fuck up the environment and exploit workers with little reason to do otherwise.

JoshuaFalken

I see what you're getting at, but there will always be the higher and lower end of any type of product. Many companies charge orders of magnitude more for goods or services that most people get elsewhere for cheaper.

As with most any issue of a company damaging the environment or abusing their workforce, the answer could lie with stronger regulation, but that's getting a different subject altogether.

Sharkfucker420

Tony's and toblerone are probably my favorites rn, i love how creamy they are

cabbage

Ethically sourced and not too sugary. I make sure to grab a selection of Tony's Chocolonely bars whenever I'm in the Netherlands. It's second to none.

Belgian chocolate is of course also great. I love Galler, it's good but not overly pretentious/expensive.

Dark chocolate in small doses; if I want to go wild a milk chocolate with something salty (sea salt, salty roasted almonds, salty caramel, freaking corn flakes for that matter) is always a treat.

RainfallSonata

Tony’s Chocolonely

Better check the lead levels on that one.

JoshuaFalken

I read the Consumer Reports article you linked, but honestly I can't imagine lead levels in chocolate is something anyone would need to be concerned about.

The testing methodology CR used boils down to 'we sent the chocolate to a laboratory for testing and turns out there's lead above the safe limit in each bar.' Consumers aren't going to do this.

Also, the list on the article is flawed in my opinion. It shows the amount of lead and cadmium found in each chocolate bar, but doesn't scale it to the size of the bar. CR estimates in their risk assessment the daily consumption of chocolate by looking at the portioning of the bars on the nutrition label, and the average by the FDA of 30g.

In Tony Chocolonely's case, these figures are the same. As their regular bar size is 180g and the portioning is 1/6 a bar - 30g. This means that the CR listing a Tony's bar at 134% of the daily limit of lead, it would also mean eating 500% the amount of chocolate the FDA expects.

If you adhere to the average of 30g, Tony's is only 22% your daily lead limit.

Don't get me wrong, I've eaten a full bar in a day. But it's far from a daily occurrence, and I'm certainly not thinking of the health ramifications when I indulge.

Even at 265% the lead limit, the Hershey's bar is 120g, so a portion is 66%. The most frightening thing about that bar is that it's *Hershey's*.

RainfallSonata

If you EVER limit yourself to a portion of a bar you've got to be the only person in the world who does that.

Consumers aren’t going to do this.

Of course not. That's why consumer reports does it for them. You don't believe samples are representative? That's ridiculous.

cabbage

If you eat several bars of chocolate every day you probably have other things to worry about than lead poisoning.

RainfallSonata

Who said several?

JoshuaFalken

Look, I've no interest in arguing the percentage of people that eat a full chocolate bar in one sitting vs not.

What I will point out is that according to a couple headlines I skimmed just now, Snickers appears to be America's chocolate bar of choice, weighing in at 50g. In the comment you replied to, I was talking about a 180 gram bar of of chocolate.

You won't catch me eating three and a half Snickers.

Moving on.

I like Consumer Reports. The samples of bars they chose across the chocolate industry seem fine to me. Where I take issue is in the way the data is presented. The article represents neither the manufacturers portion sizing on the nutrition label nor the FDA daily consumption figure.

Also, I'm sure it's only a fraction of people that bother to read the nutrition labels before purchase. If lead content was written there, then that small group of people would see that information.

I only meant that even *these people* wouldn't bother with this type of due diligence - that it *would necessitate* an organization like Consumer Reports. While it's an important thing to check, and I am glad they did the checking, my overall point was that the results tell me that lead and cadmium levels in chocolate are not something anyone needs to be particularly concerned about.

otp

If you EVER limit yourself to a portion of a bar you've got to be the only person in the world who does that.

I buy large bars of milk chocolate and break off a row of 4 squares to eat at a time. If I'm feeling extra "snacky", I'll take another row. I think that's still less than one of their regular-sized bars.

A lot of candy bars, I'll eat half at a time, or split it with my partner.

I'm about 6' tall and on the upper end of a "healthy" BMI.

Shurimal

Anything that's at least 50% cocoa.

Altima NEO

Nothing from Hershey's, Nestle, or Mars, that's for sure. Shits so waxy and bland. At least as far as chocolate goes. I don't mind their candy bars so much, but I couldn't tell you when the last time I had candy was.

rufus

Mousse au chocolate.

slazer2au

Meanwhile those of us with Lacoste intolerance......

5714

I can't wear polo shirts as well

😈MedicPig🐷BabySaver😈

Afraid of the tiny alligator bite?

thepixelfox

I still eat chocolate. And cheese... And ice cream. I live alone so the only person who suffers is me. 😹

Moghul

I just eat the chocolate anyway. Ice cream too, if I'm feeling brave.

beefbot

Apple brand chocolate. Buckle berry chocolate. I sometimes suspect bots troll here, asking questions like this in order to blindly consume data, & when I suspect it, I give them foil to chew on, like this response. Pennzoil motor oil chocolate. Xbox white chocolate Tesla Brand Free Speech Chocolate with the crunchy butthole center. There, does that answer your question?

jBlight

Hey man, you gonna finish that Tesla Brand Free Speech Chocolate with the Crunchy Butthole center?

Yup, that name just rolls off the tongue haha

xkforce

Toblerone

theedqueen

In general dark chocolate. more specifically the dark nougat from Sees candy.

Agent641

I like really dark chocolate. The kind so dark that not even light can escape its gravitational pull.

HubertManne

The stuff from when I was a kid. Chocolate at some point changed. Its still good but not as good. Could be in my head or maybe its like the banana thing,

CaptnKarisma

I thought I liked dark chocolate then all the studies came out about certain brands having lead. After checking the brand I guess I just liked lead.

Rob T Firefly

Stolen.

edgerunnergit

Ah, my favourite kind.

AFC1886VCC

My favourite part about that scene is how he just immediately changes the subject after dropping that epic line

saltesc

I know the question didn't ask for it, but I don't like chocolate, ha!

But I love two specific types; salted dark chocolate or chilli dark chocolate. Especially with a glass of tempranillo. Brand don't really matter, but generally the bigger brands just don't do dark chocolate well and put way too much sugar in. I don't have a sweet tooth and all other chocolates—including other dark chocolate—I don't really care for.

sicarius

Here here! I also am not a big fan of chocolate, but dark chocolate, with chilli! Ooh la la.

Interstellar_1 [OP]

Ooh yeah, same opinoins here. I've never tried chilli dark chocolate though - I'll have to be on the lookout for that.

helmet91

Milk chocolate without any nuts.

RBWells

Dark chocolate here in the US. Also like unsweetened chocolate in savory things like chili.

The fruit and nut Cadbury in England.

daddyjones

Lindor. So good.

hperrin

There was a small chocolatier in Santa Cruz named Mutari Chocolate House that had the best 100% cacao chocolate bars I’ve ever tasted. The flavor was so complex and delicious. Just bordering on bitter, but not quite there. Unfortunately they closed down and I’ve never found 100% chocolate as good as theirs. 85% from the grocery store is the highest I’ll go, because the 100% you get there is blegh.

RainfallSonata , edited

The kind without lead or cadmium. So I've pretty much cut it out. https://www.consumerreports.org/health/food-safety/lead-and-cadmium-in-dark-chocolate-a8480295550/

sgibson5150 , edited

"CR used a very conservative threshold for determining 'high' levels of the metals, which are not backed by major regulatory and health agencies, including the World Health Organization and the Food and Drug Administration. While pressuring chocolate companies to do more to keep contaminants out of our treats is a reasonable goal, this is not something anyone needs to fret about."

https://arstechnica.com/health/2023/11/despite-spooky-consumer-reports-testing-metals-in-chocolates-arent-scary/

Edit: Obviously, chocolate production is problematic due to the exploitation of labor (and the use of child labor and even slave labor). Edit #2: Fixed quotation marks inside article quote.

Lazylazycat

Montezuma's, Radek's Chocolate.

alltheweird

60% cocoa by Lidl's home brand J.D.Gross is the best chocolate I ever had.

silly goose meekah

Its kinda funny seeing americans being so blown away by the chocolate we consider the cheap store brand

alltheweird

I am from Germany, but this perticular chocolate is better than Lindt or any belgian chocolate I ever had.

silly goose meekah

Really? I guess I'll have to try it out.

alltheweird , edited

Do it and let me know how you liked it please. It's the fairtrade, 60% chocolate with cocoa from peru. The 70% is very good too but a little much for my taste. 46% is way too sweet. https://dynamic-cdn.catchme.lk/products/32408/800-jdgross-peru-dark-chocolate-60-cocoa-100g-16341954599946.jpg

intensely_human

I like the kind of chocolate that gives you HP when you eat it, like in Secret of Mana

hakunawazo

Nothing like the honey at higher levels.

TalesFromTheKitchen

Either really dark with >50% cacao or white, not much of a milk chocolate fan.

j4k3

Non dairy! All the best chocolate is non dairy. I didn't realize this until I was on opioid pain meds for a few years and had to get off dairy entirely. All the American crap uses cheap milk fat as a filler. Once I started only consuming chocolate that is non-dairy the difference is substantial. Anything is pretty much great if you simply use this trick. The easiest way is just look for vegan marketing. All vegan deserts are best, seriously, and I'm no vegan.

I still follow my food rules like, I don't eat in a chemistry lab storage cabinet, and all flavorings are, at best "strawberry from a beaver's butt gland" level of natural. If you are not familiar with the reference, there was a 60 Minutes episode 10-20 years ago on the flavorings industry. One of the highlight remarks was the origin of *natural* strawberry flavor... I consider all additive flavorings of any kind as drugs. Not in a tin foil hat sense, but more of a 'Madd Hatter CEO has no ethics' and makes a junk product with no real value sense. I'm not eating chocolate flavored sawdust.

virku

I don't agree. I'm Norwegian though, so there is a bit of a difference in how our chocolate is made with regards to additives. Our Milk chocolate is the shit! Additives to it is also great, but they come in the form of actual pieces of dried fruit or salted corn chips, tiny pieces of fudge, brownies etc, etc.

cabbage , edited

Freia milk chocolate is the shit. Especially the one with salted almonds.

In continental Europe (except Benelux) I find milk chocolate often gets too sugary, while dark chocolate is usually more expensive but maintains a high quality. I have never been to the US, but I am inherently sceptical of what they might pass as chocolate over there.

As far as Norwegian chocolate goes, I share my favourite chocolate with a lot of senior citizens: Mokkabønner are amazing. Dark chocolate beans with a hint of coffee, amazing with a cup of java in the morning.

virku

Oh yeah, mokkabønner are awesome! And I don't really enjoy dark chocolate that much in general. I get really sad every time I have gotten Kremtopper by accident. Why are those boxes so damn similar anyway? And often stocked in the same shelf as well..

ArumiOrnaught

If you're American try other countries chocolate. Not something like Cadbury you buy at Walmart, but go to an international grocer or pay for a box of chocolates and have them shipped to you and eat them over the next 3 months. Most American chocolatiers try to mimic Hershey flavor because that's what's most popular.

Delphia

Cadbury dairy milk.

Its like the top of the line Toyota Camry of chocolates. Its not going to make the snobs happy, but theres absolutely nothing wrong with it. Its just really fucking good basic ass chocolate.

😈MedicPig🐷BabySaver😈

Small local chocolatier does amazing chocolate covered cherries. I get mixed milk/dark. Big cherries with plenty of "juice" inside. Yummo!

bitchkat

Sounds like the ones my mom made. I have her recipe and should try to make some time.

😈MedicPig🐷BabySaver😈

Nice

ParadiseFound

I'm from Finland, and my favourite is Fazer milk chocolate with strawberry bits. Excellent in a hot summer day!

Revonult , edited

My absolute favorite chocolate is the Hershey candy coated eggs that come out around Easter. Haters might call me basic because Hershey, but those things slap.

AFC1886VCC

Dairy Milk marvellous creations. S tier chocolate

MilitantAtheist

Most people here are into sugar. 😀

Check out Valrhona, Cluizel, and Blanxart.

morphballganon

Lindor Hint of Sea Salt Dark

Corno

I could eat dark chocolate all day. It's definitely an acquired taste, but even a tiny little nibble is so tasty I could eat dark chocolate for hours

dragontangram88

I prefer white chocolate. I took a magnet and ran it over a Hershey’s bar one time, and the magnet actually pulled at the bar. Maybe it’s just produced in a plant where iron, or steel fragments flake off into the chocolate. I don’t know. All I know is that the magnet didn’t pull on any white chocolate I tested.

filcuk

That's unlikely. Stainless steel is not even that strongly magnetic. The amount that'd have to be in the chocolate would cause the fabric to close within a few months for all the machines having been ground to dust.

dragontangram88

Well, that’s what happened. I try to avoid chocolate now. I gave in a little on holidays, but I typically won’t eat it.