Dark chocolate has a richness that I always find quite enjoyable. The darker the better. But let’s be honest here, any chocolate is delicious regardless. And with Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar Caramel with Black Sea Salt coming in at 70% cacoa, it not overly powering with bitter notes, but a good balance for those that are not necessarily dark chocolate fans.
Plus, pairing anything with dark chocolate that has a higher cacoa content, also helps hide some of those bitter notes. The caramel in his bar is creamy, with a light sweetness that pairs well with the dark chocolate. The caramel is also jam-packed inside each square. So watch out, because it oozes out and can get a bit messy. It is also actually a good choice to use dark chocolate in this instance, because the caramel might take away from the bar if milk chocolate was used instead. And if you didn’t raise an eyebrow about the salt, well, I sure did. To my astonishment, it actually complements the dark chocolate and caramel very well.
Ratings and Details
Cost: $1.99 for 85 grams at Trader Joe’s.
Value for Cost: Great, especially for the quality of the chocolate.
Nutrition: Are we really concerned about nutrition when it comes to chocolate? Luckily this bar is sectioned off into squares to try to help us not eat this entire bar in one sitting, but who’s to say you can’t? After all, it is dark chocolate. For four squares (43 grams) at 210 calories, there isn’t much difference from a nutritional standpoint compared to other chocolate bars. And with the added salt it only has 95 mg of sodium, 3 grams of fibre, and 2 grams of protein.
Overall: It is a delicious combination, especially for those with a sweet tooth. There isn’t a strong bitterness to it, and is really hidden by the sweet caramel. Aside from being a bit messy, and could potentially forgo with less caramel (minimal, that is) so there’s greater notes of chocolate, it’s good.