Chocolate-Lovers' Cheat Sheet - Rachael Ray Every Day

Chocolate-Lovers' Cheat Sheet

Some of the most familiar names in chocolate are touting the cacao percentages of new premium bars. Why did they have to go and ruin the fun with math? Here's a cheat sheet from our taste test, for chocolate-bar lovers.
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CACAO RESERVE BY HERSHEY'S
35% Premium Milk Chocolate
($2.50 for 3.5 ounces)
This newcomer is just slightly darker than a Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar (29%) -- and sweet and creamy enough to please the youngest chocolate fans.

Try it in Double Chocolate Fondue

NESTLE CHOCOLATIER PREMIUM BAKING CHOCOLATE CHUNKS
53% Cacao Dark Chocolate
($4 for 10 ounces)
If you like snacking on semisweet chocolate chips, you'll eat these up, too. They're a bit less sweet than semisweet chocolate, which falls in the mid-40% range.

Try it in Dark-Chocolate-Ginger Crinkles

LINDT EXCELLENCE ORIGINS MADAGASCAR
65% Cacao Bar
($3.80 for 3.5 ounces)
A high percentage of cacao means lower sugar content. Test your tolerance for dark chocolate with this new bar: A hint of vanilla tempers the bitterness.

Try it in Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

E. GUITTARD
72% Cacao
($2.90 for 2 ounces) Black-coffee drinkers will dig this chocolate. At 72% cacao, there's not much sugar and no added butter, just serious cacao flavor.

Try it in Brownie Bites

SCHARFFEN BERGER
99% Cacao Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
($7 for 6 ounces)
This is one of the most intense chocolates on the market. Take one bite and you'll understand why it's meant for baking, not snacking.

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in February 2007

Try it in Chocolate-Chile Cake