Dark Chocolate - rounding up the best of the best!
Discover the benefits of dark chocolate
What would you say if we told you that dark chocolate wasn’t only extraordinarily delicious, but also had a whole host of benefits for the mind and body?
Now don’t get us wrong, we’re under no illusion that chocolate is ‘healthy’ but hear us out...
What is the difference between milk and dark chocolate?
Without over-complicating things, milk chocolate is exactly what is says on the tin. It’s made up of cocoa solids, with milk and sugar added along the way. Dark chocolate on the other hand only uses cocoa solids and sugar. Our dark chocolate recipe differs from others in that we never use vegetable oils and absolutely steer clear of Palm Oil. These are used often as a cheaper alternative to cocoa butter but can create an oily mouth feel. For us it's all about pure cocoa solids with 100% cocoa butter to give you that amazing chocolate snap.
Is your dark chocolate Vegan?
To cut a long story short, yes it is! The majority of our dark chocolate is made without milk, so these products are indeed naturally Vegan. We have a whole host of Vegan chocolate bars, including Sea Dog, Royal Mint and Fitzroy.
Historically, dark chocolate has been the only option for Vegans, which is great news if you like things on the darker side, but not everyone is a fan. In 2018 we launched our vegan range Like No Udder. Our milk chocolate alternative is made with rice syrup to replace the dairy and tastes just like milk chocolate, honest, we’ve even won taste awards for it! Plus, we have introduced so new flavours more recently, includin our new favourite, Like No Udder with Butterscotch, yes you heard us right, vegan butterscotch!
What are the benefits of dark chocolate?
Strictly speaking, we couldn’t call chocolate the healthiest treat, BUT if you’re looking to reduce your sugar consumption, dark chocolate is the perfect option for you to enjoy without feeling too guilty – but don’t forget, everything in moderation!
Not only is dark chocolate perfect for a little guilt-free indulgence, but it’s also known for improving your mental health. According to Psychology Today, the flavanols in cocoa activate anti-anxiety receptors. Eating chocolate and feeling less anxious at the same time, what’s not to love about that?
We’ve also been told by our customers on many occasions that a little bit of high cocoa chocolate a day really helps with their sugar cravings, but most importantly, chocolate makes you happy!
How dark can you go?
We’re so glad you asked! Our dark chocolate offering goes all the way from 51% to a whopping 100% cocoa solids. Like the sound of taht, well then let us introduce you to our Absolute Black range of 100% cocoa chocolate bars and buttons.
We like to call it the Marmite of chocolate, you either love it or hate it! It’s fair to say that it’s not for the faint-hearted and is definitely one for experienced dark chocolate connoisseurs to try. At Montezuma’s HQ we eat a small square every day and it really satisfies that chocolate craving without eating any sugar!
As the only sugar in these products is that which naturally occurs from the cocoa bean, our Absolute Black chocolate only has 3g of sugar per 100g which means it is perfect for diabetic or keto diets.
As this 100% dark chocolate bar consists entirely of 100% cocoa we need to make sure we are using exceptional quality cocoa as there are no other ingredients included to mask any imperfections in the flavour. That’s why our 100% range is just so popular, because it really does have an extraordinary taste without any bitterness like other brands you may find on the market. Fear not, we haven’t replaced ethics for quality either, you can read all about our Business Done Properly policy here.
Don’t just take our word for it, our extraordinary customers have given us some fabulous Dark Chocolate reviews too!
“Lordy Lord is the most delicious chocolate bar I have ever come across - it's the nibs that add that extra something.” – Didi
“My favourite. The best mint chocolate I’ve ever had” – Sam
“I eat too many of these buttons in one go! Think I prefer the bars of chocolate. It's fantastic that the sugar content is so low” – Patricia
“YES! The 100% Buttons are back! This has made my year! The perfect 100% chocolate in the perfect dose. Every bit as tasty as I remember them - will be recommending to all my friends” - Michael
What other dark chocolate options are there?
If 100% cocoa is a little out of your comfort zone, that’s fine! We have our Splotch bar, which although technically is a milk chocolate, it is on the higher side of cocoa solids, meaning it has slightly lower sugar than our classic milk chocolate too. At 51% it is a good entry into the dark chocolate world, give it a go and see if we can get you over to the Darkside!
If you want to add a bit more fun to your dark chocoalte then why not explore our exciting flavours. If you love a fruity chocoalte we recommend Black Forest with it's bursts of cherry but if you want your chocolate with a bit of a punch then our Spice It Up with ginger certainly has a kick!
We can't forget about the ultimate snack in our opinion though, our famous dark chocolate buttons. These are perfect for munching on the sofa, keeping in your desk at work or even as a post exercise snack when you need a little boost!
Whether you're looking for a tasty treat, healthy alternative or corporate chocolate gift, give the dark side a go! We’re pretty sure that once you’ve tried it, you won’t go back!