Chocolate Reviews: Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Swiss 72% Dark Chocolate

What is the best job in the world, in your opinion?  I think I may have it.  I, as a blogger, have been gifted some chocolate by the lovely people at the Sainsbury's News Twitter team so for the next week I'll be sampling and reviewing some of their best own-brand dark chocolates.

Everybody who knows me knows what a chocoholic I am.  I'm incorrigible.  I've always been a huge fan of cocoa based products but as I age, my tastes have changed.  When I was younger, I loved anything with cocoa.  In my 20s, I moved onto more upmarket chocolates and truffles.  While I was pregnant I completely fell out of love with it.  In fact, just the word "chocolate" had me heading for the toilet.  Weird, isn't it?  After I had my gorgeous little boy I threw myself back into my chocolate addiction, full pelt and now, as one of the over-35 club I am looking for ways to satisfy my addiction without adding inches to my ever-expanding belly.  Since I now work in the beauty industry, I kinda have to stay in shape too.  That's why richer, high cocoa content chocolates work for me.  More on that later.

Now, I have to admit, sometimes I just can't handle it the way I used to.  I am caffeine sensitive and my numerous allergies have given me some stomach issues but that's why I love the Sainsbury's Swiss 72% Dark Chocolate bar.  I can eat two squares at a time without any negative after effects - except maybe a slightly dry mouth but that's par for the course.  It's gorgeously smooth and has just the right combination of sweetness and bitterness.  I love it, and I'm not just saying that because I got it as a freebie.  The whole reason they sent me it was because my friend and I were tweeting about how much I loved it and how I was so addicted to this one bar that I was willing to drive over 10 miles to get it (my local Sainsburys 3 miles away doesn't stock it, sadly).  So naturally, being the kind people they are, the Sainsbury's News Twitter team saw my tweets and sent me an envelope full of different dark chocolates to sample.  Nominee for the award for Most Thoughtful Supermarket in the UK?  I think so!

Of course, the best thing about chocolate with such a high cocoa content is that you don't need to eat so much.  Forget the anti-oxidant thing that you'll read in beauty magazines being the only reason why it's good for you.  It's good for you because it satisfies that craving without the need to eat so much.  And really, when the cocoa content is so high, it does dry you out so you really can't eat too much.  

Tomorrow I'll be writing about their Peruvian dark chocolate with hints of pear and hazelnut.  Now, I can't eat that one myself because I have a nut allergy.  I can tolerate traces of nuts but when the word, "hazelnut" is actually on the packaging, I think it's probably best to give it a miss.  So, I've given it to my darling husband to sample and I'll be relating his thoughts here.


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