Because real chocolate doesn't have milk in it

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Hot chocolate is poured onto a granite counter at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, where it will cool and be transformed into a number of delicious treats. Fine quality chocolate can be found in Steamboat Springs in the form of imported candy bars, or at one of several local outlets.

Sampled Chocolate

Price, Location, Serving size, Calories, Fat grams, Carbohydrates and grams of sugar

Chocolate Crisis Center Milk Chocolate MeltDown

$2, Lyon Drug, 21 grams, 118 calories, 8 grams of fat, 12 carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugar

Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa butter, full cream milk powder, cocoa beans, vanilla, soya lecithin

Nutrition facts: Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 20mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 2g

The dish: You can really taste that it is creamy. It has a very nice texture melts in your mouth. Does not have a strong, dark cocoa flavor.

Endangered Species Chocolate

$2.95, Images of Nature Gallery, 43 grams, 220 calories, 16 grams of fat, 14 carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar

Ingredients: Dark chocolate (cocoa mass, cocoa butter, sugar, soy lecithin), natural vanilla, almonds and dried cranberries

Nutrition facts: 70 percent cocoa content; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 5mg; Fiber: 5g; Protein: 4g

The dish: A dark fragrance assaults the nostrils immediately upon cutting into the bar with a knife. This chocolate has a brittle texture and a slight waxiness. We couldn't taste the dried cranberries. But we did detect a dark coffee bean flavor. This bar has very little sweetness, but plenty of mystery.

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Lindt Madagascar Mild Dark

$3.25, Fuzziwig's, 40 grams, 240 calories, 20 grams of fat, 13 carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugar

Ingredients: Chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla

Nutrition facts: 65 percent cocoa; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 15mg; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 2g

The dish: This is a very simple and pure product for serious chocolate lovers. The bar is very brittle there are no emulsifiers in the list of ingredients. You can taste the chocolate, the vanilla and the sugar. But you have to chew several times before the drug engages your brain.

Lindt Extra Dark

$3.25, Fuzziwig's, 40 grams, 210 calories, 18 grams of fat, 8 carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar

Ingredients: Chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, sugar, natural bourbon vanilla beans

Nutrition facts: 85 percent cocoa; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 20mg; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 4g

The dish: With 85 percent cocoa, this bar actually imparts a little bit of bitterness. Unless you are a hardcore choco-phile, this might be more enjoyable with cognac, as the topping on toffee or with some rich vanilla ice cream. We even tried it with a sip of single-barrel bourbon, which produced an intoxicating effect. Not recommended (the chocolate) for children younger than 16. Not for the faint of heart. Zowie!

Scharffen Berger Semisweet artisan dark chocolate

$2.19, Market on the Mountain, 28 grams, 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 15 carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugar

Ingredients: Cacao beans, sugar, cocoa butter, non-GMO soy lecithin, whole vanilla beans

Nutrition facts: 62 percent cocoa; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 2g

The dish: OK, so Scharffen Berger is based in Berkeley. It ain't Oakland. This expensive little bar delivers on its promise of hints of citrus flavors with honey overtones. No foolin'. It was a gourmet chocolate experience.

Tropical Source Dark chocolate

$3.59, Market on the Mountain, 42 grams, 230 calories, 15 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 20 grams of sugar

Ingredients: Evaporated can juice, unsweetened chocolate, roasted soy flour, soy lecithin, cocoa powder, pure vanilla extract

Nutrition facts: Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 9mg; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 2g

The dish: This bar is by far the sweetest of the bunch with a very distinctive flavor all its own. We detected a faint coconut aftertaste on the back of the tongue. Unconventional, but rewarding for those who enjoy a natural sweetness.

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Ritter Sport Dark chocolate

$3.49, Market on the Mountain, 37.5 grams, 190 calories, 8 grams of fat, 22 carbohydrates, 18 grams of sugar

Ingredients: Sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanillin artificial flavor

Nutrition facts: 50 percent cocoa; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 5mg; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 2g

The dish: This bar, at 50 percent cocoa, delivers on all the flavor of dark chocolate, but is sweet and creamy at the same time. Many people will call this their favorite of the bunch.

Perugina Italian dark chocolate

$2.99, Market on the Mountain, 33 grams, 180 calories, 12 grams of fat, 18 carbohydrates, 15 grams of sugar

Ingredients: Semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate processed with alkali, cocoa butter, milk fat, soy lecithin, vanillin artificial flavor

Nutrition facts: Cholesterol: 5 mg; Sodium: 5mg; Fiber 2g; Protein 1g

The dish: For a chocolate bar whose ingredients suggest "milk chocolate," this Euro Nestle product delivers a ton of flavor. A faint touch of liqueur on the finish. What's not to like?

Chocolove

$3.15, Market on the Mountain, 30 grams, 170 calories, 13 grams of fat, 11 carbohydrates, 6 grams of sugar

Ingredients: Cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin

Nutrition facts: 77 percent cocoa content made from African and Caribbean cocoa beans; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 11mg; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 3g

The dish: Wow! These guys in Boulder have tapped into all the voodoo of Belgian chocolate and delivered a very enjoyable bar that's smooth on the palate. Don't be put off by the trendy name and the poetic verse inside the wrapper - just bring on the Chocolove.

Comments

Watcher 6 years, 9 months ago

You don't mention the chocolate with a local connection, DeVries Chocolate. Steve DeVries, son of locals, Bob and Barb DeVries makes chocolate with only two ingredients and it is fabulous. He grew up here and lives in Denver. He also oversees the entire process from growing the beans to market.

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andymanout 6 years, 9 months ago

And where is this two ingredient local product sold?

In Steamboat I hope!

My wife can not take milk, whey or any other dairy product and she L.O.V.E.s Real Chocolate.

Andyman Out!

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grannyrett 6 years, 9 months ago

Darn! There goes my excuse. I eat (milk) chocolate to get my daily requirement of dairy products. Now what excuse can I use?

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 9 months ago

I used to love going to Ghirardelli's when I was a kid in SF. Got a humongous chocolate bar (can't remember the size, but to a kid it was humongous!) with a couple friends. The 3 of us got sick afterward, but it was worth it while eating it!

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