How do you know if you have quality chocolate? Muret believes that quality can really only be assessed by the taste, texture and ingredient content—not fancy packaging. High-quality chocolate will feel smooth in the mouth and not grainy at all.
Don’t be surprised to find wide taste variations from bar to bar. According to Muret, a smoother, more floral flavor comes from South American (particularly Venezuelan) beans, while a more pronounced earthiness is usually the mark of beans from Ghana or the Ivory Coast.
One thing to keep in mind: The beneficial flavonoids give dark chocolate a slightly bitter taste (the darker you go, the more bitter it gets). If you’re eating a bar that tastes a little too sweet, it’s possible that the flavonoids were stripped out to make the chocolate taste more consumer-friendly. If you’re skeptical, move on to the next.
If chocolate is your weakness, indulging in an ounce of the good stuff (dark with 70 percent or more cocoa content) each day is not only a delicious treat, but also provides benefits for your heart, skin and whole body.
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