Hi all. Ben here. (Sorry no one else was available!) Anyone who knows me will know a share a food-related passion with many others: Chocolate! To be more exact, I am especially into Dark Chocolate. Now I can not remember exactly when I really started to develop a taste for it, and actively eat it most days. As a kid I would of eaten it from time to time, but more often it would be milk chocolate and I always had a special fondness for white chocolate. And I still do like both a lot, I guess Dark Chocolate has become something I especially seek out to try new flavours of, use as an ingredient in cooking, and taste test it in a wine-like-kind-of-way.
So I was thinking about reviewing all the dark chocolate products I try here and on my YouTube channel. However, to cover other interesting chocolate-related goodness, I thought I’ll include all types of chocolate; dark, milk, white and ruby (that’s becoming a new favourite).
Right on with the show! We don’t want this first chocolate entry to melt. Did I hear somewhere dark chocolate is best served at room temperature, or have I made that up? Ah, reminds me before I get started, disclaimer: I am, in no shape, way or form a ‘professional chocolate conissure/eater’! If you are looking for something a bit more professional, this will not be for you. I’m just a guy who likes to eat chocolate and write about it! OK, let’s get started.
Co-op Irresistible Range (I’ll be the judge of that) Single Origin 85% Cocoa Dark Chocolate £1.65 for 100g.
First of all, loving that artwork Co-op. A colourful, night-themed scene, which I’m guessing is meant to represent the origins of this chocolates ingredients.
Now, let’s get this bad boy open.
Ah, we have some tasting notes for the other flavours in the range. Definitely want to try those at some point. But let’s start with the plain first, and see how Co-op do with their dark chocolate, I have tried dark chocolate from them before, but not this range.
Looks smooth and has a nice shine to it. Now, for the taste. Verdict: I like it, I like it very much.
Keeping in mind this is a 85% bar, with the tasting notes describing it as being very intense, I found it less intense then I was expecting. It does come in intense for sure, and you’ll get the flavour plenty strong enough, but it is not the most intense hitter, and you do get a smooth finish which works really well. This is lovely and smooth, with a light richness that travels through.
I had my two squares with a cup of Earl Grey, which made a good pairing. I’m also going to see how it fairs in my breakfast test tomorrow morning. That is to say, it’s going in my porridge. Last couple of days I have been having Green & Black’s dark chocolate in my porridge which has gone down such a treat with its wonderful bitterness, for me it has elevated my porridge game (I also added sultanas and salted cashews).
Overall though, this dark chocolate offering is a very strong start to this topic, good value too at under £2, if you are after a slightly cheaper dark choc alternate to G&B’s.