The pros: Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Bar 85% Cocoa is a very intense and bitter chocolate which not everyone is going to appreciate. However, this taste will make sure it is portion controlled. This is surprisingly high in fiber.
The cons: I found this almost too bitter to be enjoyable.
My name is Brenda and I am a chocoholic. I'm completely positive it's a dietary need of mine. While science may tell me otherwise, my brain is completely hardwired to have a bit each day. I like milk, dark, and white chocolates. I've tried several of Trader Joe's chocolate varieties and for the most part enjoyed a bunch of them.
This I did NOT enjoy.
Perhaps it is my American palate that tells me that chocolate should be at least somewhat sweet. In this bar there was almost no sweetness to speak of. When opened the chocolate had Trader Joe's hibiscus pattern on every other square. There a nice cracking sound to break it apart. Upon biting into it, it took a while to melt. The taste was both bitter and fruity (which reminded me of raspberries) and a touch chalky. The taste lingered on my tongue for about ten seconds after consuming this.
The combination of bitter, fruity and not sweet did not work well for me. In fact, after looking at the serving size, I was amazed by how large it is. If this were a Hershey's bar, no problem sitting down and eating a whole bar. This? I'm only on my first row of squares and not rushing to have more. For $1.69 this is very reasonably priced for a product that is so high in cocoa. However, this bar was no match for my favorite brand, Valrhona. However this bar is no where near the premium that Valrhona commands either.
All isn't lost though. This by nature is very portion controlled but might be suited to better applications than just eating the bar. However, as a whole I would not repurchase this product.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The package of Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Bar 85% Cocoa:
The nutritional information and the ingredients
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? No. I clearly enjoy dark chocolate that is made to a much more American (yes sugary) taste. Only true dark lovers should try this.
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