For many chocolate lovers, nothing is more satisfying than the rich depth of flavor of high quality dark chocolate. But what makes dark chocolate so special? For starters, dark chocolate bars offer a purer representation of cocoa beans—they have a higher concentration of cocoa solids and generally contain less sugar and other additives that can mask subtler flavor notes. Of course, not all dark chocolate is made alike. That’s why it’s so essential to seek out high-quality chocolate that’s produced from bean to bar by master chocolatiers like Zotter Chocolate. Read on to learn more about what makes high-quality dark chocolate so unique. 

Dark chocolate contains more cocoa solids. 

To be classified as dark chocolate, a chocolate bar must contain 50-90% cocoa solids. With higher concentrations of cocoa solids, dark chocolate is less sweet and showcases a greater range of natural chocolate flavors. Some dark chocolate bars will have notes of fruit and bright acidity, while others will be more floral with sweet notes of vanilla. 

Dark chocolate does not contain milk. 

Another key distinction with dark chocolate is that it does not contain milk. Dark chocolate in its purest form should only contain cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar. However, some bars may include flavorings and additional ingredients to pair with the rich chocolate—nuts, caramel, citrus rind, sea salt, and toffee are all common. If you see ingredients like vegetable oils or artificial colors on a dark chocolate bar, it is likely a lower quality chocolate that won’t deliver the rich flavor experience you’re after. 

Dark chocolate boasts numerous health benefits. 

Along with amazing flavors, dark chocolate can offer several health benefits as well. Cocoa is a natural source of iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, flavanols, and other nutrients that can help reduce insulin sensitivity, lower blood pressure, and ease stress. Of course, to reap these benefits, you’ll want to select dark chocolate with a higher concentration of cocoa solids and less sugar. 

Experience dark chocolate as it’s meant to be tasted with the incredible selection at Zotter Chocolate. From our classic chocolate bars to our distinctive hand-scooped chocolates, we produce incredible chocolate creations from organic, fair traded cocoa that’s sustainably sourced from partners around the world.