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Test winner at Stiftung Warentest: This is the best chocolate

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The eternal dilemma: actually you only have cravings and just want to treat yourself to a bit and before you know it, you hold the empty packaging in your hand. We’re talking about chocolate, of course. Whether milky, tart or with flavors such as orange, cherry or even chili, hardly anyone says no to chocolate. According to Stiftung Warentest, only two percent of the population in Germany can do without it. Those with a sweet tooth who like to reach for the bar a little more often should perhaps swap one or the other milk chocolate for a dark chocolate. Because this makes the blood sugar level rise more slowly and can satisfy food cravings faster.

Stiftung Warentest: dark chocolate in the test

That is why Stiftung Warentest examined dark chocolate from brands such as Lindt *, Sarotti *, Lidl * and Co. in more detail for the December issue of the “Test” magazine. Seven trained test persons assessed the appearance, smell, taste and aftertaste as well as the bite, mouth and after-mouth feel of the chocolates. A total of 24 bars (including six organic products) with a cocoa content between 60 and 75 percent were tested. In addition, the boards were checked for the correctness of the packaging information, for germs and pollutants, and the user-friendliness of the packaging.

Test winner at Stiftung Warentest: This is the best dark chocolate

Hachez Edle Bitter (100 grams) – from 2.25 euros on Amazon *

The Hachez Noble Bitter Chocolate * emerged as the test winner from the test. In the sensory assessment she got the full number of points. Taste, smell, bite and mouthfeel as well as the aromatic cocoa note with a hint of vanilla and a light espresso note are ideally coordinated. With an average price of 1.99 euros per bar (100 grams), however, it is in the somewhat higher price range. But cheaper chocolates can also convince in the test.

Stiftung Warentest: These chocolates from Aldi and Lidl are cheap alternatives

Close on the heels of the test winner *, the discounter chocolates from Aldi and Lidl can also secure a place on the podium. Among them: The Moser Roth Edel Bitter Chocolate from Aldi and the J.D. Gross Ecuador chocolate from Lidl *. Both boards are the cheapest in the test with an average price of 0.84 euros per board and despite their low price they can secure the quality rating “good”.

Dark chocolate put to the test: You’d better keep your hands off these brands

Where there are winners, there are also losers. Surprisingly, three of the six chocolates with organic stamps are only given the quality rating “satisfactory”. The Madagascar dark chocolate from Rewe and the organic chocolate from Original Beans are even clearly contaminated with harmful substances. So if you want to nibble calmly, keep your hands off it.

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