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Dark times ahead for chocolate
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-14-2006 | David Derbyshire

Posted on 10/13/2006 5:17:54 PM PDT by blam

Dark times ahead for chocolate

By David Derbyshire, Consumer Affairs Editor
(Filed: 14/10/2006)

Britain's taste for chocolate is growing more sophisticated, figures out yesterday suggest.

Sales of dark chocolate have trebled in a year, while the number of dark mainstream brands has risen tenfold.

Confectionary analysts say the figures reflect a more discerning palate. They also follow several studies — some funded by chocolate makers — indicating that dark chocolate can have health benefits.

Antioxidants in dark chocolate can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, say researchers. However, dark and milk contain the same amount of fat and sugar.

Although milk still outsells dark, the rapid recent growth of the latter has surprised many in the industry.

Woolworths, Britain's biggest confectionary retailer, reported £600,000 worth of dark sales in 2005. The figure for the first eight months of 2006 was nearly £1.5 million.

Stephen MacDavid, the company's chocolate buyer, said: "Dark chocolate is in vogue at the moment. It is fast catching milk chocolate in terms of sales and there are now over 30 dark chocolate bars on the market compared with only three last year."

Older shoppers are fuelling much of the boom. Nestlé, which launched a dark KitKat this year, said it was now the most popular variety among 34 to 45-year-olds.


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1 posted on 10/13/2006 5:17:55 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Dark chocolate tastes OK, but I can't digest it. Give me a good Lindt or Cadbury milk chocolate bar.


2 posted on 10/13/2006 5:19:11 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: blam

3 posted on 10/13/2006 5:20:16 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: blam

This is a sad story. My husband loves dark chocolate. He just got diabetes this year and has had to stop eating so many of the things he loves. But he can still eat limited amounts of chocolate. But I loathe it. Give me good 'ol milk chocolate any time. I've had to endure coffee going dark. Now chocolate too? [I'm happy for my husband, but I'm in a selfish mood!]


4 posted on 10/13/2006 5:21:24 PM PDT by twigs
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To: All

Chocolate...I am addicted to it so of course I would click on this thread....lol. My favorite is Symphony, the one with the tofeee chips in it.

I have noticed that I am in a better mood when eating chocolate (so my husband always brings me some home....lol)


5 posted on 10/13/2006 5:22:39 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (You have 2 choices vote republican or whine about how bad the country is when the liberals take over)
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To: blam

I am an absolute dark chocolate fanatic...I love it and my wife hates it! My son will eat it, though.


6 posted on 10/13/2006 5:27:37 PM PDT by PAMadMax (Islam is the enemy of all mankind...AlJazeera is its PR Firm)
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To: twigs
I've had to endure coffee going dark. Now chocolate too?

Can't you buy a milk chocolate bar while buying a dark one for him?

7 posted on 10/13/2006 5:31:21 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Yaelle

I found an awesome candy bar when I was in the UK this past spring. It's called Mars Delight. Unfortunately it isn't sold here, so I've ended up ordering it from a UK seller on eBay.


8 posted on 10/13/2006 5:33:55 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: blam
About 30 years ago I discovered that chocolate was responsible for a lot of my migraine headaches. I stopped eating it completely. I took a small taste of chocolate about 5 years ago and it tasted like dirt. There is no chance I'll ever go back to eating it again, even if my allergy to it is gone.
9 posted on 10/13/2006 5:35:59 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: what's up

If I'm in a good mood! Seriously, my husband is picky. Actually, I buy little chocolate for myself even. I prefer a good cup of coffee, which is harder to find than good chocolate. But he will probably get some good dark chocolate in his stocking this year.


10 posted on 10/13/2006 5:37:05 PM PDT by twigs
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To: Ditter
I wish it tasted like dirt to me.

I'd probably lose 10 pounds if I stopped eating chocolate alone.

(I'm even eating chocolate ice cream as I read this thread LOL.)

11 posted on 10/13/2006 5:38:02 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Yaelle
"Give me a good Lindt or Cadbury milk chocolate bar."

Cadbury hazelnut, Hmmmmm.

12 posted on 10/13/2006 5:39:21 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Nestlé, which launched a dark KitKat this year, said it was now the most popular variety among 34 to 45-year-olds.

Dark KitKat and Milky Way Midnight Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Dark Russel Stover anything mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

13 posted on 10/13/2006 5:41:01 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: twigs
I prefer a good cup of coffee, which is harder to find than good chocolate

Wow...you must be very discerning on your coffee.

I'd like to try the coffee you pick out. I bet it's good.

14 posted on 10/13/2006 5:41:20 PM PDT by what's up
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To: blam
To:Guys, seriously!

Baker's chocolate for me, thanks.

15 posted on 10/13/2006 5:41:23 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: blam
Antioxidants in dark chocolate can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, say researchers.

That depends on the type of dark chocolate. A lot of the fancy dark chocolate from Europe has been Dutched or alkalized. While this process makes the chocolate easier to dissolve in liquids and gives the chocolate a darker color, it destroys most of the antioxidants. If you are eating dark chocolate for any health benefits, look at the label and make sure it hasn't been Dutched. If you are only eating for taste, it probably won't matter.

16 posted on 10/13/2006 5:42:20 PM PDT by stripes1776
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To: twigs

There will always be milk chocolate - never fear.


17 posted on 10/13/2006 5:42:44 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: Yaelle
I agree with you on the Lindt.

Also the Lindor balls they sell by the checkout at our local Borders. I can never buy just a book...have to throw a handful of the Lindor balls in as well. (Raspberry or Hazelnut filled chocolate balls are wonderful.)

18 posted on 10/13/2006 5:43:19 PM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

If it gave you a migraine headache that lasted from 12 to 20 hours you'd quit eating it. I didn't know what caused it until I had allergy test run. If I ate chocolate at night for dessert the headache wouldn't start until about 4am. what a rotten way to wake up.


19 posted on 10/13/2006 5:43:50 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: mass55th

Wow, desperate times call for desperate measures! :o)

I've been thinking about how to order some very special chocolate from Belgium, myself!


20 posted on 10/13/2006 5:45:54 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: Ditter
I get migraines when I drink too much coffee so I know how you feel. Spots in front of my eyes, nausea, pain, sensitivity to light..the whole thing.

I would definitely sadly sacrifice my chocolate if it caused migraines.

21 posted on 10/13/2006 5:46:54 PM PDT by what's up
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To: blam

"...the rapid recent growth of [dark chocolate] has surprised many in the industry."

Well, Duh! Dark chocolate tastes terrific with Red Wine.

What planet do these people live on? (See tagline...)


22 posted on 10/13/2006 5:48:15 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

LOL! I was just gonna ping you to this thread too.


23 posted on 10/13/2006 5:49:50 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

LOL, I knew it wouldn't take long for a Nagin reference.


24 posted on 10/13/2006 5:50:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: what's up

Not necessarily. I don't like dark roast. I prefer the coffee I make at home. I like beans my husband finds at Trader Joe's, although that's getting harder to find because it's getting too dark for my taste. And I like the beans I pick up at Costco sometimes. I also really like Eight O'Clock coffee. Pretty simple, really. Now add a good piece of milk chocolate... and life is good.


25 posted on 10/13/2006 5:50:05 PM PDT by twigs
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To: blam

Cadbury bars from the UK taste better than the ones from the US. They don't have the wax in them. You can get lots of great UK Cadbury and other UK chocolates in Canada or at the duty-free shop at the border. I love the "Flake" bars from Cadbury, which are milk chocolate, but usually I prefer dark chocolate otherwise. Lindt truffles get their creamy texture from palm kernal oil.


26 posted on 10/13/2006 5:53:02 PM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: twigs
Now add a good piece of milk chocolate

Well you've given me a good idea for my next cup of coffee which I have never tried before. Thanks!

27 posted on 10/13/2006 5:54:27 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Great minds, minutes apart, LOL!

OT, but: Amy Lunde just called me. I signed up to be a Poll Watcher on November 7th for Mark Green. Just let those 'rats try to cheat! I'll tear 'em to pieces! Grrrrrrr! ;)


28 posted on 10/13/2006 5:55:28 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

LOL @ tagline!


29 posted on 10/13/2006 5:57:34 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: blam; All
I have recently become a dark chocolate addict. I eat it every day, and it is the only sweet treat I eat. I learned a lot about chocolate at seventypercent.com. They have reviews of fine chocolates.

Lindt 70% bars, available at all grocery and drug stores, is my absolute favorite. I just can't seem to step up to the 85% though, because it just tastes like a totally different thing to me.

If anyone has any recomendations of a good 70% that is available online, please let me know.

30 posted on 10/13/2006 6:00:56 PM PDT by Semper911 ("We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it." -Marge Simpson)
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To: what's up; twigs
Be prepared for a little trip to heaven...

Kennedy Gourmet chocolate coffee spoons

31 posted on 10/13/2006 6:08:24 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: Semper911

I saw those percentages marked on chocolate wrappers, and I just didn't get it. I'm going to check out that website you mentioned. Thanks.


32 posted on 10/13/2006 6:12:49 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: blam

33 posted on 10/13/2006 6:12:57 PM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME))
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To: toothfairy86

When I visited the States in 1997 I really noticed the difference in the taste of the chocolate from Britain.

Though many of your chocolate makers do the same type of bars - many of them made under licence the recipe or the ingredients are not quite the same.

I believe one of the things is with Cadbury's chocolate in Britain it is always made with liquid milk and many other manufacturers I believe use the dried variety.


34 posted on 10/13/2006 6:16:09 PM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME))
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To: Semper911

Our local German supermarket does a great 84% or it is 85%


35 posted on 10/13/2006 6:17:15 PM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME))
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To: Yaelle

Merci chocolates are also good and you get a variety of chocoate mixtures and flavors in each box. (Target sells them.)


36 posted on 10/13/2006 6:20:43 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: Lauren BaRecall
I'm going to check out that website you mentioned.

But first, drop everything and go buy a bar of Lindt 70%. It's about 2 bucks at the drug store, and now they even have a smaller bar on the rack with all the other crappy candy bars. A little goes a long way, and a big bar lasts me about 4 days. It is a very satisfying chocolate experience.

37 posted on 10/13/2006 6:21:23 PM PDT by Semper911 ("We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it." -Marge Simpson)
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To: blam

Sales of dark chocolate are increasing because milk chocolate tastes like crap.


38 posted on 10/13/2006 6:27:33 PM PDT by Orbiting_Rosie's_Head (Yahoo!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Yep...milk chocolate and coffee..is OK.

Red wine and dark chocolate is ....mmmm.

You all might like this I got 49 out of 50...with a little help from coworkers.

http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=19700
39 posted on 10/13/2006 6:39:27 PM PDT by Blackirish
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To: Semper911

Scharffen Berger 70% you can find it at www.scharffenberger.com


40 posted on 10/13/2006 6:39:42 PM PDT by McGavin999 (Republicans take out our trash, Democrats re-elect theirs)
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To: Semper911

Trader Joe's dark chocolate...made in Belgium...58% chocolate...3-1.75oz. bars in a package for $1.29. I think that once you get past 65% cocoa, it's too bitter.


41 posted on 10/13/2006 6:42:33 PM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: snugs
85%, that's diet food snugs :o)

I've found that when on a diet, just a small taste of very strong (80 to 85%) will take away that chocolate craving for very, very few calories.

42 posted on 10/13/2006 6:42:56 PM PDT by McGavin999 (Republicans take out our trash, Democrats re-elect theirs)
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To: blam

Anyone else here try CocoaVia? Not bad.


43 posted on 10/13/2006 6:46:29 PM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Sabramerican
Confectionary analysts say the figures reflect a more discerning palate.
44 posted on 10/13/2006 6:47:59 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal (As it was in the days of NO...)
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To: blam
Antioxidants in dark chocolate can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure

Then I've probably flat-lined by now.

:-)

45 posted on 10/13/2006 6:48:32 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am not a ~legal entity~, not am I a 'person' as created by law.)
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To: stripes1776
If you are eating dark chocolate for any health benefits, look at the label and make sure it hasn't been Dutched. If you are only eating for taste, it probably won't matter.

I have a bi-cuspid valve in my heart and I also have an aorta that is showing signs of a thinning wall. I have a history of aortic rupture in my family. I am monitored by my HMO for deterioration in either of those conditions which will necessitate surgery. After two years of eating dark chocolate my conditions are IMPROVING. Doctors have even said I may never need surgery.

46 posted on 10/13/2006 6:48:40 PM PDT by groanup (Limited government is the answer. What's the question?)
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To: groanup
After two years of eating dark chocolate my conditions are IMPROVING. Doctors have even said I may never need surgery.

What type of dark chocolate are you eating? Dutched or non-Dutched? If the label says noting about Dutched or alkalized, the chocolate is most likely non-Dutched.

47 posted on 10/13/2006 6:54:53 PM PDT by stripes1776
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To: Semper911

I'll try it! I know I've seen the big bars in a number of supermarkets in my area. I didn't buy one, because who wants to get a big bar and not like it. I may have seen the smaller ones, too. I'll look for the small bar first.

Is it bittersweet, or what?


48 posted on 10/13/2006 7:03:04 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: McGavin999

Wow! When I'm watching my intake, as soon as I get home from work, I let myself have a square of chocolate and a cup of coffee. It's just enough to take away my "mouth hunger," so I won't grab a lot of junk, or eat a big dinner.

Glad to see I'm not the only one!


49 posted on 10/13/2006 7:08:51 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: groanup
If you haven't done so yet, try adding the omega-3 fats to your diet. Flax seed, properly prepared and fish oil are the most prominent sources.
50 posted on 10/13/2006 7:15:33 PM PDT by Colorado Buckeye (It's the culture stupid!)
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