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Sep 17, 2008
The Best Dark Chocolate Bar

Where does a person buy the best dark chocolate bar? First let us determine what is the best one to buy. We can talk of the most familiar brands such as Hershey, Godiva, or Dove. Or, we can look into those areas beyond out borders where dark chocolate is more than a side grocery store stock item, but a craft.

In the Belgian Chocolate Factory you can get dark chocolates made fresh everyday. In the Belgian chocolate factories that I have seen show three main chocolate types, Milk, Dark, and White chocolate. Dark chocolate is my favorite. Popular, but exquisite manufacturers are Ghirardelli Chocolate, Almedei, Amore, Prestat, Zchocolat.

You have most likely seen some of the Hershey's chocolate products when you are shopping in stores, but if you go right to the source you will have the largest, most comprehensive selection available to you. Hershey's is one of the top names when it comes to chocolate, and whether you are looking for a dark chocolate bar or any other sort of chocolate bar, you are going to have some great options if you deal with them.

One of the best things about Hershey's is that they are always willing to offer nutrition information for each of their products, because whether you are looking for dark chocolate bar or another type, they want to make sure that you are aware of both the bad and good that is offered to you.

Ghirardelli Chocolate

With its heart in San Francisco bay, Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory brings over 150 years of the finest quality of manufactured chocolate. It is a huge factory of which my wife and I were privileged to see. They have mastered the art of taking only the finest of the cacoa bean and bringing it to perfection within their various chocolate selections.

The Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Bar is made of of perfectly roasted cacoa beans blended with cocoa butter and natural vanilla. Two of their incrediblely intense dark chocolate bars is Espresso Escape and mint Bliss. Another sample of their dark chocolate is the Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes. They even provide a recipe.

I will link you to this don't worry. I couldn't leave you hanging after that last one. http://www.ghirardelli.com/media/lava_cake_ad.pdf

Origin Of The Mint

Mint, or Mentha as referred to, is a family of 25 species. Mint leaves are strong-scented, and exist throughout the year. Leaf colors range from dark green and gray-green to purple, blue and also pale yellow. They can grow to almost 120 cm tall with a potentially wide spread. In the world of food and drink, mint leaves can be used in teas, beverages, jellies, syrups, chocolate candies, and my favorite use - ice creams. I also read it is good to war off mesquitos, pretty cool.

Mint In A Chocolate Bar

Before we talk about it further, there is a great chocolate mint bar recipe from http://southernfood.about.com/od/browniesbars/r/bl50617b.htm, so check that one out too.

Mint is a powerful flavor. It has been used for decades as a soother to the stomach. Adding mint to chocolate, particularly dark chocolate can be even that much better. Chocolate mint bars possess a great flavor that is tolerable to the taste buds. For example, my wife and I go to the Olive Garden Restaurant whenever we can. What do they give us after we scoff down our pasta meals and bread sticks and salad, chocolate mint Andies candies?

Chocolate mint bars are great for all occasions, holidays, birthdays, social gatherings, and more. Many will appreciate having this particular type of chocolate around because of the health benefits of the mint itself. Many will reach for chocolate mint candies just because it is mint and they are thinking about their bad breath or stomach.

What can you make with mint chocolate? Tons of stuff! You can make mint chocolate chip cookies, mint flavored hot chocolate, mint toppings, mint chocolate fondue, mint chocolate drops, and more.

Well, I am sure you have your favorite recipes for chocolate mint bars or any other form of it. We would love to have your recipe and post it to our blog. Or, perhaps you have a great place to find chocolate mint bars or other. Let us know.
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