Best chocolate – our top 10 bars

We taste tested 36 supermarket and artisan 68-72% dark chocolate bars to bring you our definitive list of favourite products, from budget buys to luxury options.

In collaboration with master chocolatier William Curley and St John pastry chef Ravneet Gill, the BBC Good Food on-test team reviewed 36 bars of 68-72% dark chocolate. We were looking for a bar with character, good ‘length’ (flavour that lasts on the tongue) and a smooth texture. We only included plain bars, without additions such as salt, cocoa nibs or other flavourings. Here are our top 10 buys... 

Star buy

Amedei Toscano Black Cioccolato Fondente Extra 70% (50g)

AmadeiThis bar has the most character of all those we tried, with a variety of flavours coming through at different times. We love the smooth, delicate texture and sharp passion fruit flavour.

£4.95 from Harvey Nichols

Best supermarket buys

Tesco Finest Peruvian 70% Dark Chocolate (100g)

TescoWilliam Curley’s standout supermarket bar, this is smooth and fruity, with good length.

£1.50 from Tesco

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Swiss 72% Dark Chocolate (100g)

SainsburysThis has a nutty edge, with coffee notes.

£1.45 from Sainsbury’s

JD Gross Premium Ecuador Dark Chocolate 70% (125g)

LidlCreamy with slight acidity and a chocolate milk flavour.

£1.29 from Lidl

Best artisan bars

The Smooth Chocolator Belize 70% (60g)

Cocoa RunnersWith a silky texture and great character, this is a bar to sit down with and savour.

£6.95 from Cocoa Runners

Chocolat Madagascar Organic Fine Dark Chocolate 70% (85g)

ChococoA creamy bar, with a slight sourness that works well.

£5.95 from Chococo

Aztec Gold Dark Plain Peru Chocolate 72% (100g)

Aztec GoldThis is a raw bar, meaning the cocoa beans aren’t roasted. It has a sweet, floral flavour, like Turkish delight, and melts well.

£6.75 from Aztec Gold Chocolate

Montezuma’s Organic 73% Cocoa Very Dark Chocolate (100g)

MontezumasA very distinct flavour with notes of coconut and marshmallow.

£2.59 from Montezumas

Pump Street Bakery Grenada, Crayfish Bay Estate 70% (70g)

Pump Street BakerySweet and slightly fruity, this is a good option for someone who isn’t normally a dark chocolate fan.

£6.25 from Pump Street Bakery

Friis Holm Chuno 70% Double Turned Pure Dark Chocolate (100g)

Cocoa Runners Friis HolmThis surprisingly milky- tasting dark chocolate has notes of orange and rose. We were impressed by its incredibly smooth, melt-in-the-mouth texture.

£11.95 from Cocoa Runners

This review was last updated in April 2017. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at 

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