Marks & Spencer Single Origin 100% Cocoa Dark Chocolate
When I'm avoiding sugar I do like a good 100% cocoa dark chocolate bar. They're hard to find in most shops, but luckily thanks to Sainsbury's the Montezuma's Absolute Black is becoming widely available - handy for anyone on a low carb diet. But now M&S are here to challenge it with their own version of 100% cocoa chocolate, a Single Origin Fairtrade bar made in Peru. This bar costs £2 for 100g and is available in most of their larger stores.
There's a Taste Profile inside the case, which mentions notes of red fruits and honey, as well as a whisky that pairs well this chocolate. Steady on M&S, are you trying to get me drunk?!
Make no mistake about it, this is a very, very dark chocolate and one that I imagine is just too much for most folks. It's intense, and has that fruity acidic flavour that is common with unsweetened chocolate. The description of red berry flavours is quite accurate; this does indeed taste strongly of berries, and is quite complex with a smoky aftertaste. If you're new to unsweetened chocolate it will no doubt be too much for you, but if you've tried a few varieties already you may just enjoy it. I was a bit unsure at first, but over time the flavour has grown on me and I now purchase this over the Montezuma's Absolute Black simply because of the cheaper price - it's handy to use in baking, or for homemade chocolate mousse or truffles.
Overall, this is only one for the serious dark chocolate lovers! If you've tried this bar, do let me know your thoughts in the comments...
8 out of 10.