I’m a chocolate lover, and my family know that: a nice, sinful box of dark chocolates (forgive me, God, for I’ve sinned with chocolate) will always evoke a gigantic smile in my face. Now, don’t accept any low-quality, industrial-grade bar: A good dark chocolate should have a few key characteristics that set it apart from the rest. First and foremost, a good dark chocolate should have a high cocoa content, typically around 70% or higher. This means that the chocolate is made up of a higher proportion of cocoa solids and cocoa butter, giving it a richer, more intense flavor. Lower cocoa content chocolates tend to be sweeter and less complex in flavor.
Next, pay attention to the sourcing of the cocoa beans. Look for chocolates made with beans from specific regions or even single estates, as these can have unique flavor profiles due to the soil and climate in which they are grown. Ethically and sustainably sourced cocoa is also a plus. Thankfully, Trader Joe’s takes care of all these steps -not just in chocolates- and delivers this top-quality box, perfect for a gift.
Trader Joe’s hugs your soul with this dark chocolate box
The crafting process is decisive in determining the quality of the chocolate. The Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Collections is a beautifully packed box with 16 assorted chocolates that are crafted using traditional methods, such as stone grinding the cocoa beans to create a smooth texture, and other hand-made processes to ensure the attributes. This time-honored technique creates less heat and friction during the grinding process, preserving the delicate flavors of the cocoa.
The team at Trader Joe’s has definitely done their homework when it comes to selecting high-quality dark chocolates to include in this box: expect, for example, flavors like Key Lime Pie, Coconut Crumble, Salted Caramel, for the most adventurous, or other non-filled chocolates for the purists out there that prefer to taste just the chocolate itself. No matter your palate, you’ll be able to find the perfect chocolate to satisfy your cravings.
So next time you’re in the mood for a rich, indulgent treat, head to Trader Joe’s and treat yourself with the 8 oz Dark Chocolate Collection box, for just $7.49 (Yes! That’s the price!). Your taste buds -and your inner chocoholic- will thank you.
What is the best type of chocolate?
This question always generates controversy, as it depends greatly on individual taste. However, we can all agree that chocolate is one of the most delicious things out there. Though there are wide varieties of chocolate, the main types are:
- Dark chocolate is mainly composed of cocoa and is the healthiest.
- Milk chocolate is made with a mix of cocoa and milk and is usually sweeter.
- White chocolate: this is the least healthy, as it is made only with milk and sugar.
- Fruit-flavored chocolate: it is composed of a mix of cocoa, milk, and fruits.
- Nut-filled chocolate is made with a mix of cocoa, milk, and nuts.
- Almond-filled chocolate is made with a mix of cocoa, milk, and almonds.
It is important to remember that chocolate consumption must be moderate. The recommended amount is no more than 30 grams a day. This will help to maintain a healthy weight and enjoy the benefits of chocolate without overdoing it.