I have always been a fan of making my own dark chocolate because it is simple and versatile. When I am not creating my own chocolate recipes, my go-to brands/flavors are Lindt 90% supreme dark chocolate and Eating Evolved Midnight Coconut Primal Chocolate. I don’t know many people that like chocolate this rich/bitter, but I think these particular brands do a good job of balancing the rich cocoa flavors. I also find these to have a smooth, creamy texture that you don’t find in many extra dark flavors.
My biggest complaint with store-bought chocolate is that there aren’t many extra dark (85%-99% cocoa) flavors to choose from; which is why I like making my own. By producing my own chocolate, I can add as much, or as little, sugar as I desire. I can create various textures and flavors by using different ingredients such as nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Which brings me to this Dark Chocolate Paleo Bark! My recipe uses goji berries and dried figs for a touch of sweetness and pumpkin seeds for a little crunch.
I did not use any maple syrup in this batch because I find the sweetness of the goji berries and figs to be enough for my palate. My husband on the other hand, prefers his chocolate with 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
What is your favorite brand of chocolate? What are your favorite chocolate flavors/toppings?