Caveman Cuisine: Lindt Excellence 99% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you will well know my professed love for pure, unsweetened chocolate (see: Bakers, Hershey's, and the ultimate chocolate showdown). The astringent bite, the smokey flavors, and the lack of, how do you say, crappy ingredients (sugar, chocolate "flavor", etc.) all combine to form what is, for me at least, a near perfect treat.
Some, however, find the pure chocolate to be just a tad intense. On my recommendation, a friend of mine once purchased a pure chocolate bar and, after a bite, spit it out and threw the rest in the trash. With this in mind, I wanted to explore some "lighter" options that may appease gentler palates.
To my delight, I stumbled upon the Lindt Excellence 99% Cacoa Dark Chocolate bar. This spectacular confection is specifically designed for tasting, unlike the industrial blocks of unsweetened chocolate that I typically sink my teeth into, and as such is much more approachable.
The bar itself is very thin, and scored to make separating out an individual square easy and painless. Placing this square on your tongue, and allowing the heat to slowly melt the chocolate is a sublime experience.
Containing just a touch of sugar, the bitterness of pure chocolate is slightly subdued and the sharp edge is softened to a silky sheen. The chocolatiers at Lindt truly know their way around a cacao bean, and this is one treat that should not be missed.