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Last updated: 01 October 2020
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We blind taste test and compare 37 supermarket dark chocolate blocks, from brands including Cadbury, Lindt and Nestle to find the best.

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How we test

Products

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.

Tasting

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.

Scores

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.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Pack price in Sydney supermarkets (not on special) in August 2020.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 2.19 and 6.9

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    Percentage cocoa

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    % cocoa solids as per the ingredients list on pack.

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    Price per 100g

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    Based on the price paid for specified pack sizes in Sydney supermarkets (not on special) in August 2020.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 0 and 8

    Sugars/100g (g)

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    As per nutrition information panel on pack purchased.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 0 and 53

    Organic

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    Certified organic, as per label on pack.

      Vegan

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      Suitable for vegans - contains no animal content

        Shop Ethical Rating

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        Shop Ethical utilise formulas based on third party independent ratings to derive an Ethical rating for each company (not product) ranging from A for the best to F for the worst. NA = rating not available. See the link to their website at the top of this review page for more information.

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