Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Chocolate of the Week - Amedei Toscano Black 'Extra 66%'

Beware! Once you try this chocolate you will never go back to grocery store candy again. Amedei ‘s ‘Extra 66%’ has straightforward chocolate and coffee flavors that are easy on the palate, and are great in just the way that your grandma's cookies were. This bar is an excellent example of the gourmet difference.

No doubt a favorite, the Amedei ‘Extra 66’ will be a revelation to gourmet chocolate novices and a solid everyday option for connoisseurs. For me, this bar will always have a special place in my heart as it was the one that converted me to gourmet chocolate. Its greatest feature is the flavors are easy to appreciate even for an untrained palate. And with only 66% cacao, it is a very approachable dark chocolate that lacks any significant bitterness. I have personally shared this bar with many who claim they don’t like dark chocolate and have enjoyed the many resulting smiles.

This bar’s very strengths are also its weaknesses. While an excellent entry point into gourmet dark chocolate, it lacks a certain edginess, bite, and complexity found in higher cacao content chocolate bars. An experienced dark chocolate lover would give it very high marks, but might not list it as an absolute favorite. No worries, Amedei has several darker bars for those that want a more aggressive chocolate. We’ll talk about these in the coming weeks.

For more information:

more Amedei 'Extra 66' product info
more info about Amedei Chocolates
Amedei Chocolates - home page

About the Chocolate Sophisticate Blog

A chocolate a week and then some....

As a lover of gourmet chocolate, I wish to share my passion. But, I do not love all chocolate. There is a huge difference between grocery store candy and fine chocolates. It is to these fine chocolates that I am hooked.

And, why not? Chocolate has been worshiped for hundreds of years as the “Fruit of the Gods” and rightfully so. Fine chocolate is a sensual delicacy for both the palette and the soul. It just makes me feel good.

Unfortunately, most people have never tasted chocolate worthy of the gods. Real chocolate has a complex flavor with an initial burst, pleasant middle, and noticeable finish. Depending on the bar, one might notices subtle nuances of flowers, tropical fruits, strawberries, coffee, honey, or even green olives. The range of complexity is endless. This is contrasted by a plain, bland, relatively flavorless chocolate bar found at a typical grocery store. Take a Hershey bar as an example. It has a grainy taste and a very subdued chocolate flavor. Call me a pusher, but I do view it as a mission to convert as many people as possible to gourmet chocolate. After all, life can be hard; we should all enjoy a little luxury from time to time.

Please join me in my mission to rid the world of bad chocolate. Every week (by Wednesday) I will try to write a post about another fine chocolate. Along the way, I’ll share some knowledge about chocolate and answer any questions that come my way.

Enjoy Great Chocolate.