Chocolate lovers around the world did a collective high five when word got out this decadent treat has tangible health benefits. Loaded with cell-protecting antioxidants, dark chocolate is great for cardiovascular health, and can even help keep cholesterol and blood pressure at optimal levels.
The darker the chocolate, the better it is for you. Some experts recommend at least 70% cacao to the get the maximum benefits. With that in mind, we decided it was time to put three chocolate bars to the test: Lindt Excellence Smooth Dark, Ghiradelli Twilight Delight and Theo Organic Fair Trade Rich Dark. All were within the 70% cacao range, with Ghiradelli being just slightly higher at 72%.
Our team swooned over the rich creaminess of Lindt’s bar. It had a slightly sweeter flavor and amazing smoothness that won us over. This brand emerged the clear victor with our group.
The Ghiradelli brand is definitely worthy of a nod for it’s rich sheen and clean chocolate flavor. Some of us preferred the flavor of this bar to all the others, but were swayed by the creamy texture Lindt’s bar offered.
Although we loved the unbranded simplicity of the Theo chocolate bar and its fair trade certification, most of us didn’t gravitate to its earthy aftertaste. One person described it as tangy, while others used less generous adjectives. As the most expensive of the three, the bar was unfortunately set a little higher for this brand.
The bottom line? You can’t go wrong with dark chocolate, but in our opinion, Lindt makes it all the more right.