Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate
72% Madagascar Sambirano
Price: $7.99 from Farm Fresh Store
Net WT 2 OZ (57g)
Admittedly the package design drew me to this brand as I browsed the chocolate section at Farm Fresh Store in the Ferry Building. So a note to chocolatiers out there: package design is important. The first thing you’ll notice about this brand is the cardstock envelope with a fancy paper texture. Then you’ll notice the Dick Taylor logo and type of chocolate printed in gold, and a sketch portrait in black ink depicting a ship being assembled. I’m not entirely sure what the sketch has to do with the chocolate but I will guess that it’s somehow associated with Madagascar culture.
Turn the package around and lift the tab on the zipper bridge to open the package and slide out the paper-wrapped chocolate bar. The inner package is made of a thin metallic gold wrapping paper and the chocolate bar is wrapped in the style of a letter envelope.
This bar differs from the way most other chocolate bars of this size are molded in that this is one solid bar with no organized rows or columns of sections intended to be broken off systematically. The Dick Taylor bar has a diamond design with fancy imprints between the diamonds, which may remind you of the kind of design you’ll find on a screen door. You will also notice a pleasant sour, fruity smell wafting from the recently opened package.
Over the past year I’ve tried at least a dozen different types and brands and of dark chocolate, though I haven’t gotten around to writing reviews for them. But this is just the second different brand of clean chocolate I’ve tried. By “clean chocolate,” I’m referring to chocolate made with the most basic ingredients without additives such as the common soy lecithin.
Listed ingredients: cacao*, cane sugar*
Someone like me who eats way too much chocolate can tell this one is missing the obnoxious artificial taste and fluffy texture from additives that most other chocolates have, so that is a definite plus. Upon placing a small piece into my mouth and chewing, the flavor at first is sweet but very muted. After a few seconds the flavor transforms into a strong citrus fruit flavor and then to a slightly burnt flavor as the chocolate melts entirely.
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Like the only other clean chocolate I’ve eaten as of this post, this bar is a bit pricey. But these clean chocolates are worth it and I’m satisfied enough with the 72% Madagascar bar to try other flavors of this brand.