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The best dark chocolate taste tested by experts

We taste tested 36 supermarket and artisan 68-72% dark chocolate bars with experts William Curley and Ravneet Gill to bring you our best buys.

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In collaboration with master chocolatier William Curley and 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 buys…

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Best supermarket buys

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

Creamy with slight acidity and a chocolate milk flavour.

Buy in-store from Lidl (£1.29)

Best artisan bars

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

This 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.

Buy from The Chocolate Trading Co (£5.45)

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

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

Buy from Pump Street Chocolate (£6.25)

This review was last updated in September 2020. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk. 

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