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The Best Dark Chocolate: Our Taste Test Results

First Posted: 11/02/2011 10:24 am   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am


After finding the best milk chocolates in one of our most popular taste tests, our editors thought it only fair to find the best dark chocolates on the market. Tasting brands that ranged in price from $1.79 to $7.99, we were pleasantly surprised when two of the top five chocolates came from a surprisingly affordable source -- Trader Joe's!

Though dark chocolate is officially defined as having at least 35 percent cocoa solids, we tested a range between 50 and 85 percent in our quest for chocolatey perfection. We tested only solid dark chocolate bars -- that means no nuts, no fillings, and no added flavors.

Over the course of two days, our intrepid editors blind-tasted 56 different brands. Check out the slideshow below to discover the top 20 performers. Where does your favorite rank?

As always, this taste test was in no way sponsored or influenced by the brands included.

#1 Michel Cluizel
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Noir de Cacao 72%

$7.49

Comments: "I really enjoyed the non-flakiness of this and it had a subtle enough flavor that I enjoyed it." "Great aftertaste with this." "I love this, it's the best of the bunch." "The aftertaste lingers for a long time."

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