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Over the last few years, I’ve become sort of chocolate-obsessed, the darker the better. My chocolate desires do not carry over into the realm of baked desserts and ice cream, however, as I much prefer vanilla. These bars are my favorites, and they’re all quite a bit different! ** Please don’t get the wrong idea and assume I’m some sort of artisan chocolate snob, because HA if only you knew. 

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Mast Brothers Crown Maple

I’m going to start with the newest love of my life. I’ve been wanting to try Mast Brothers bars for quite some time, and I finally bit the bullet and indulged. Crown Maple, a limited run, is made with cacao and maple sugar (that’s it!), and it was a wonderful place to start. Mast Brothers chocolate is handmade in small batches in Brooklyn, and the shelf of artfully wrapped bars at Lolly lured me in, at last. This bar is intensely, deliriously dark, with a light, lingering taste of maple. It’s got a pretty earthy bite.

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Lake Champlain Chocolates Rum Caramel

I can’t help but love Lake Champlain Chocolates. Now that I live outside of Vermont, these bars are a rare treat. This particular bar is a more accessible dark chocolate (54%), and is filled with a sweet, deep Jamaican rum caramel. This is a good pick for people who don’t normally enjoy dark chocolate (and who also happen to like caramel, and possibly booze). This is, by far, my favorite filled bar.

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Montezuma Sea Dog

I originally bought this for Timothy’s birthday (because of the lime), but I think I ended up liking it more than he did. Sea Dog is a dark chocolate with a kick of lime, and crunchy bits of sea salt throughout. I am a sucker for citrus, and for sea salt, so I don’t know… maybe I subconsciously bought this one as a gift just so I could try it.

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Fearless Green Tea Mint

Green Tea Mint is a 70% dark bar that I originally bought because I love matcha in all things dessert, and the combination of matcha and chocolate is one of my favorites. The peppermint is a nice touch, here. I was also hopelessly drawn in by the packaging design. Fearless chocolates are available to me locally, but you can shop all their varieties online. This is another rather earthy bar, probably not for everybody.

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Lindt Touch of Sea Salt

This is my go-to bar when I want an easy dark chocolate that I don’t have to think about. It’s not particularly complex, but it’s smooth and sweet with just the right amount of salt. It’s a readily available bar, not too spendy, but it’s still a couple steps above what is available at the average American convenience store.

My tastes tend to vary, as you can see, depending on whatever mood I’m in or the amount of cash I happen to be carrying in my pocket!

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