For my first foray into the world of American chocolate company Scharffen Berger, I purchased their 70% Bittersweet bar. While the Milk Chocolate with Sea Salted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Nibby bars attempted to seduce me with their glitzy adornments, I wanted to gain a sense of the quality of Scharffen Berger’s chocolate in and of itself. (Oh salted bar, I will be back for you.) Scharffen Berger describes this bar as having “bright fruitiness and a long, smooth finish”. I don’t dispute this, yet at the same time nothing in the taste stood out to me enough to justify a repeat purchase.
Scharffen Berger 70% Bittersweet
It’s a very sweet bar, and would be a good option for anyone who fears dark chocolate for its purported bitterness. Despite its name, there is no bitterness or acridity in this chocolate. Rather, the dominant flavour is of marshmallow with underlying notes of ripe plum. Quite distinct, to my mind, from the citrus and red berry tanginess of Lindt’s 70% bar.
Personally, Scharffen Berger’s 70% Bittersweet reminds me of the Easter chocolate my mother used to buy my brother and me as children, which I believe came from David Jones. All up, a very pleasant eating bar, and would be perfect for anyone who wants an uncomplicated and sweet, albeit dark, chocolate.
I had been planning to write up two reviews in this post, but alas! My taxi shall be here shortly to take me to the Amtrak station for my 12-hour trip to DC, so I’ve run out of time. Fingers crossed the snowstorms in the Northeast don’t create too much of a delay for the trains tonight…