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Which chocolate is the best?

Milk, Dark or White?

Recent Easter candy acquisition has my family debating the merits of various chocolate types. I want to know what my fellow geeks think.

I am partial to dark or white chocolate myself (though I keep being told that white chocolate is not actually chocolate), my husband and kids prefer milk chocolate. They also like crispy rice, peanuts or malt in their chocolate. I prefer caramel, strawberries, or shortbread if I am going to put something in my chocolate. And though I like chocolate and hot chocolate, I don't particularly care for chocolate ice cream or pudding. I like my chocolate warm.
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Americans would call what I like dark. I prefer between 70- 80% cocoa.

I don't care for American mass produced chocolate. The cocoa content is so low that pretty much no other nation in the world would allow it to be labeled as chocolate. It tastes waxy to me.

White chocolate is a confectionery and can taste good in combination with some things. It has it's uses.
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70% and up.
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Dark for me (70%+ cocoa), preferably just chocolate but I will sometimes choose one with peppermint, orange zest, almonds or hazelnuts. Never crispy rice, I do not see the appeal in that at all. I may eat a piece of milk chocolate if someone offers it to me, but I'd never choose milk over dark.
And I'd rather pay for a small bar of good chocolate than a large bar of cheap chocolate. The standard chocolate sold here is far too sweet and the texture just isn't right - it's slightly grainy, leaves your mouth feeling like it's coated in something, and it's waxy when it's cold (I don't refrigerate chocolate, but winter room temperatures are enough).
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I like all three, but if I had to rank them, it would probably be dark chocolate first, milk chocolate second, and white chocolate third.
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Cadbury's milk chocolate probably. Though I like Chocolate Orange too.
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Dark! Especially if it's surrounding some other goody, like nuts or fruit or peanut butter.
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Some serious love for dark in here, which I too vote for. I don't eat much chocolate at all (or many sweet things really), but the taste of dark chocolate, especially the really high quality stuff, can be amazing.
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Milk or white, there is also a combo with a coffee taste, love that one.
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Hedgepig wrote:
I don't particularly care for chocolate ice cream or pudding. I like my chocolate warm.
Hmm. Until you said that, I didn't realize I like my chocolate cold. Generally speaking, chocolate is one of my least favorite kinds of candy (I think of it as candy; it's often found on candy racks). And I usually prefer other flavors of ice cream or pudding too. But chocolate ice cream and pudding are OK sometimes; I just had some last night.

I don't care for hot chocolate. I don't hate it, but I'd rather have a cup of black coffee. When I was a kid, I liked cold chocolate milk, though. I don't drink milk much anymore.

After lunch today, I stopped at the store to grab an afternoon snack. I wanted something sweet, but everything that appealed to me came only in big packages. So I reluctantly ended up getting a small chocolate bar instead. Milk chocolate with almonds and toffee.

That's my only motivation for ever consuming chocolate--to enjoy something sugary that's chewy and not too big. And I'd usually rather have caramels, licorice sticks, candy corn, fudge (vanilla or maple), or just about anything else rather than chocolate. No hard candy, though, or anything as sticky as gummy bears.

To answer the multiple-choice question, I'll take white chocolate if I have to have chocolate at all.
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It must be dark.

Quite like it with cherry, salted caramel, coffee, mint, orange, or other flavour, but usually au naturale.

White chocolate is not chocolate. Anyway I can't eat anything with milk in it.
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Dark chocolate. Some mint in there is really good.
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Milk chocolate with pieces of crackers in it, and seasalt. Some of the salty, some of the sweet.



Oh, and Smash. Salty corn taste with sweet chocolate

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Milk and Dark chocolate
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The darker the better. Milk chocolate is an abomination that must be scoured from the Earth.
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Peristarkawan wrote:
The darker the better. Milk chocolate is an abomination that must be scoured from the Earth.
It think it depends on the country it's from. I like lots of things when I'm in the US but chocolate isn't one of them.
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Cricky wrote:
I like lots of things when I'm in the US but chocolate isn't one of them.
No doubt we have exceptionally poor quality chocolate available in the US.

We also have good chocolate. You just have to know where to look. It's even gotten a lot easier to find better quality chocolate in the US in the last few years. Even mass market supermarkets carry it. Not in the candy aisle, there is a little section of chocolate off to the side. Usually near coffee.

And there are small business chocolatiers that make good chocolate.

Just like America is most well known for our terrible mass market poor quality beer, or our mass market poor quality cheese spreads or cheese foodstuffs, there are smaller market producers who actually care and make good products.
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frumpish wrote:
Just like America is most well known for our terrible mass market poor quality beer, or our mass market poor quality cheese spreads or cheese foodstuffs, there are smaller market producers who actually care and make good products.
Then too, it's a matter of taste. "Good" chocolate and other products are only good to those with a discerning palate. For millions of people, the finest Swiss chocolate just doesn't taste right compared to the Hershey bar they grew up with.

I wonder what European kids thought in World War II, when GIs were handing out American chocolate bars.

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Patrick Carroll wrote:
frumpish wrote:
Just like America is most well known for our terrible mass market poor quality beer, or our mass market poor quality cheese spreads or cheese foodstuffs, there are smaller market producers who actually care and make good products.
Then too, it's a matter of taste. "Good" chocolate and other products are only good to those with a discerning palate. For millions of people, the finest Swiss chocolate just doesn't taste right compared to the Hershey bar they grew up with.

I wonder what European kids thought in World War II, when GIs were handing out American chocolate bars.
True. I'm not a fan of fancy expensive chocolate even though I'm told it's a lot better than the stuff I normally eat.
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Milk chocolate all the way. Preferably as hot chocolate, but candy bars are acceptable (as are doughnuts covered in chocolate, triple chocolate cake, chocolate gelato, and French silk pie).

Dark chocolate makes me physically ill.

Chocolate from Europe and Canada do taste quite different, and delicious - definitely better than the standard American fair. Though I agree with Tim that small batch manufacturers are much better! Which is why I usually buy my chocolate from local chocolatiers.
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