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...
Amedei Toscano Black Cioccolato Fondente Extra 70% (50g)
£4.95 from Harvey Nichols
Best supermarket buys
Tesco Finest Peruvian 70% Dark Chocolate (100g)
£1.50 from Tesco
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Swiss 72% Dark Chocolate (100g)
£1.45 from Sainsbury’s
JD Gross Premium Ecuador Dark Chocolate 70% (125g)
£1.29 from Lidl
Best artisan bars
The Smooth Chocolator Belize 70% (60g)
£6.95 from Cocoa Runners
Chocolat Madagascar Organic Fine Dark Chocolate 70% (85g)
£5.95 from Chococo
Aztec Gold Dark Plain Peru Chocolate 72% (100g)
£6.75 from Aztec Gold Chocolate
Montezuma’s Organic 73% Cocoa Very Dark Chocolate (100g)
£2.59 from Montezumas
Pump Street Bakery Grenada, Crayfish Bay Estate 70% (70g)
£6.25 from Pump Street Bakery
Friis Holm Chuno 70% Double Turned Pure Dark Chocolate (100g)
£11.95 from Cocoa Runners
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