Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ikea Choklad Mörk / Dark Chocolate



3.5oz (100g) bar
Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, soy lecithin
13g sugar/33g serving (39.4% by wt.)

Corporate Info: It's Ikea, international home of cheap flat-pack furniture and Swedish meatballs. Their stock of groceries includes a few chocolate bars.

Today's Bar: Among Ikea's three chocolate bars (milk, milk with hazelnuts, and dark) is this 60% cacao option. Nothing special, just “dark chocolate,” and it costs 99¢.

Appearance: One of those big, thin bars, but with a pillowy top. Fairly matte, with a purply-grey cast.

Smell: Pretty nice, with a light, spiced nuttiness like nutmeg or almonds.

Taste: First sweet, followed by a whole flavor experience that doesn't work for me. It reminds me of cream that's gone sour: There's nothing wrong with cream, and we expect cacao to have tart elements, but the richness and sourness don't mesh here, and the sweet sits on top of the whole thing and lingers weirdly for a long while along with a thin, tinny sort of bitterness. The flavors here all make sense, but for some reason they just don't meld in this bar.

Conclusion: Ikea Choklad Mörk / Dark Chocolate has all the right flavors, but they don't mesh well.

4 comments:

  1. One of the best Dark Choclate i have ever had. Can you suggest me any dark chocs ?

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  2. Fortunately, this entire blog can help you in your search. Good luck!

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  3. I like the IKEA dark chocolate. But if you want to know, the two best chocolates in the world are Michel Cluizel chocolates from France and Amedei from Florence Italy. Cluizel is reasonably priced for internatinoally gold medal winning chocolate. But the absolute best for my palate is Amedei which is also just about the most expensive chocolate in the world - about $7.80 for 1.75 oz. Their dark is the perfect blend of smooth dark flavors, the way it melts in your mouth and the wonderful aftertaste. And the particular one of Amedei which hits it in every way for me is the one they call Amedei Toscano Black, 66% extra dark. They also have one with 70%. They got it right in every way.

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  4. I think their dark chocolate bar is wonderful. Also, it's vegan.

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