Why try a 100% Chocolate bar?

While shopping for chocolate you might have come across bars that say “100% Cacao” on them.

What does that mean? There is NO sugar. That bar is a combination of cacao nibs and cocoa butter or ground up cacao beans without the cocoa butter separated. Some say this is not even chocolate. By definition chocolate is comprised of traditionally 3 ingredients- cocoa mass, cocoa butter, and sugar. So when you take out the sugar, you are left with what is called chocolate “liquor”. Regardless, I dare you to try it to see what cacao can taste like in its purest forms. Honestly? You may dislike it. You might think it tastes bitter, acidic, and nothing you would normally enjoy. But compare it to a candy bar you like and compare the taste. Candy bars have very little “chocolate”…they are mostly sugar, milk, and preservatives so you’re missing out on the actual chocolate flavor.

I recommend this as an exercise in checking your palate. Now you can do this with a dark chocolate bar that is at least 70% cocoa content but why not go as extreme as it can get with a 100%? You could even do a range: candy-bar, 70%, 80% & 100%.

Have fun tasting and exploring chocolate. It’s supposed to be fun!

Tell me about your experience in the comments below. I would love to hear what you think about it.