Christopher Elbow No. 5 Cafe 61% Dark Chocolate Bar Review

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christopher elbow no 5 cafe dark chocolate barI have to say that the one thing I have come to expect of US chocolate is excessive sugar.  I’m not sure why there is so much sugar in US artisanal chocolate but here it is again, with a flat, lifeless chocolate, smothered with sugar and some coffee thrown in for good measure.

The coffee comes strongly through as the chocolate starts to warm in your mouth.  I assume the grittiness if coffee but as the chocolate melts it floods your mouth with a very sweet flavour which when combined with the coffee drowns out all but the vanilla.

christopher elbow no 5 cafe dark chocolateIf we rate this against other US chocolate, it is quite good. It has a sweetness, yes, but for most people this dark chocolate is going to be more edible as a result.  The sweetness helps balance off the slightly bitter but surprisingly delightful coffee.  In fact, if Christopher Elbow cut back on the sugar this bar would be a contender against many European bars.

Again the soy lecithin and vanilla add, I feel, an odd flavour and distinct aftertaste but I also think if you’re chewing your way through a bar with friends with a cup of coffee or a latte while chatting and enjoying good company you won’t notice it.

I applaud Christopher Elbow for trying to bring a higher quality chocolate to the US but I think a higher quality base chocolate and less sugar would add extreme quality to this chocolate.

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