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The Very Best Dark Chocolate (Ever)

by Grace Bonney


I’ve been thinking about everyday indulgences a lot lately — those little things we do or keep at home to make ourselves feel taken care of and special. For me, that usually takes the form of  and a bar of good dark chocolate. If I’ve got those two things in our house, I’m a happy girl. So this week I’m sharing some of my go-to resources, in case you need an excuse for a little pick-me-up or just an everyday splurge. Today I’m starting with chocolate because, well, what’s better than that? xo, grace

*A quick note: last year I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and, after adopting a low-carb diet, I’ve discovered that very dark chocolate is the one treat my body can handle well because the high fat content and (lower sugar amount) slows down the absorption of sugar in my body. When you’ve limited yourself to one dessert option for a solid year, you become something of an obsessive researcher and tester, so I hope you’ll enjoy these options as much as I have.

Let's start with the best of the best (which is also certified Fair Trade): . If you opened our cabinets right now you'd see I'm fully stocked for months of small sweet treats. This chocolate is smooth, has slight hints of coconut and isn't bitter at all. This is my go-to indulgence pretty much every day ($3.50).
My runner-up spot belongs to Brooklyn's own Fine & Raw Chocolate. is wonderfully coconut-y and smooth-tasting. The price is higher than the other bars on this list, but they're a small-batch maker so it's worth keeping that in mind. ($8.50)
Theo Chocolate's new limited edition has the coconut taste I love with a little crunchy dash of almonds. It's a lower cacao percentage, but the sugar amount is comparable to the other bars, if you're watching your sugar intake like I am ($4.00).
The first bar I tested after I was diagnosed with Type 1 was . Their bar is the most bitter of the brands listed here, but it's still considerably less bitter than a lot of brands on the market. You can find their chocolate at just about any grocery store these days, so it's the easiest-to-grab bar on this list if you're in a pinch ($5.00).
Hu Kitchen is a Paleo-friendly restaurant in NYC that makes its own line of chocolate bars without refined sugar, dairy, etc. Their was a gift from one of Julia's friends and I loved how different it was - without any discernible blood sugar spike (yay!). These bars aren't as rich as the others listed here, but the flavors are nice and subtle.

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