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Lindt wins top spot in dark chocolate testing

CHOICE reviews 37 dark chocolates from brands including Cadbury, Lindt, and Nestle.

A new CHOICE review of 37 dark chocolates has found that Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa is the best of the best when it comes to taste and nutrition. 

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"Our experts conducted a blind taste test of 37 dark chocolate blocks that you can find in the aisles of major supermarket chains," says CHOICE Senior Food Journalist, Rachel Clemons. 

"The chocolates were judged on flavour, texture, aroma, and appearance. The nutritional value of the chocolate was also included in the overall score," says Clemons.

"Our experts commended the Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa chocolate, which scored first place for its pleasant taste, shiny appearance and smooth texture," says Clemons.

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These are the three dark chocolates that came out on top in our testing: 

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1. Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa 

CHOICE Expert Rating: 79%

Price per 100g: $4.50

"The Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa was a favourite among our expert taste testers. They liked its pleasant, moderately bitter flavour, and commented on its smooth texture and shiny appearance," says Clemons.

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2. Aldi Just Organic 70% Dark Chocolate 

CHOICE Expert Rating: 78%

Price per 100g: $2.79

"The Aldi Just Organic 70% was commended by our experts for its unique nature. The aroma of this chocolate has some floral and roasted notes, and it's got a good cocoa flavour," says Clemons. 

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3. Pico Super Dark 85% Cocoa Single Origin 

CHOICE Expert Rating: 74%

Price per 100g: $7.50 

"Our experts described the Pico Super Dark 85% Cocoa Single Origin as a pleasant eating chocolate, with a good cocoa flavour," says Clemons.

These are the 11 dark chocolates that scored the highest in our testing:

1. Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa - 79% 

2. Aldi Just Organic 70% Dark Chocolate - 78% 

3. Pico Super Dark 85% Cocoa Single Origin - 74% 

4. Lindt Excellence Smooth Blend 70% Cocoa - 73% 

5. Lindt Excellence 95% Cocoa - 73%

6. Aldi Moser Roth Finest Dark 70% Cocoa - 73% 

7. Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa - 72% 

8. Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa - 72% 

9. Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa - 72%

10.Green & Black's Smooth Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa - 71% 

11. Whittaker's 92% Cocoa Ghana Intense Dark Chocolate - 70%

For the full results of our testing, click here: www.choice.com.au/darkchocolate

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Media contact: Katelyn Cameron, media@choice.com.au, 0430 172 669

Editor's notes: 

How we test: 

We tested 37 chocolate blocks labelled as 'dark' (including cooking/compound chocolate) that are available nationally in major supermarket chains. We excluded flavoured varieties.

Price is as purchased in Sydney stores (not on special) in August 2020. 

Our experts tasted the dark chocolate samples 'blind' (without knowing the brands). Two sets of samples (set A and set B) were prepared and posted to each expert. The tasting order was randomised for each expert.

The "A" tasting samples had all packaging removed, and identifying features on the chocolate surface (logo, pattern, etc.) were obscured. Each sample, regardless of the presence of identifying features, was treated the same. Each sample was tasted and independently judged on three criteria: aroma, texture and flavour.

The "B" presentation samples had all packaging removed, but any identifying features remained untouched. These samples were judged on one criterion only: appearance. 

The CHOICE Expert Score is made up of 90% taste (35% flavour, 35% texture, 5% aroma and 25% appearance) and 10% nutrition (based on the Health Star Rating, calculated from the details in the nutrition information panel and converted to a percentage). We recommend products with a CHOICE Expert Score of 70% or more.