19 Gourmet Chocolates with Amazing Flavors
Most people consider chocolate to be a pretty straightforward food. Sweet, creamy, maybe a little bitter if you’re feeling daring. But chocolate has a lot more depth than one might think. There are all sorts of amazing flavor combinations out there—you just have to look! From sweet to salty to fruity to boozy, this list spotlights the chocolate flavors that you simply don’t see in the supermarket checkout line. So expand your horizons! You never know, you might find your new favorite!
Ok, let’s ease into this list because I don’t want to scare anyone away with the chocolate that has vegetables in it yet (it’s coming, just wait). This 61 percent dark chocolate blended with roasted Ghana cocoa nibs is ideal for people who love dark chocolate with a bit of a twist. The chocolate is made with caramelized cocoa beans to add some extra depth to its flavor.
Do you love to dip French fries in milkshakes? What about sticking a couple apple slices in your grilled cheese sandwich? If both of those sound delicious, you will want to take a look at the Raacka Pink Sea Salt Chocolate Bar. This 71 percent cacao bar uses a sprinkle salt from Salinas de Maras in Cusco, Peru, to bring out the fruity, sweet notes in the chocolate.
Taste isn't everything. When you're considering what makes a food truly delicious, texture also has a huge role to play. For people who want a delightful crunch with their chocolate, Jacques Torres' Brulee Crunch is the way to go. This creamy milk chocolate has little bits of butter crunch mixed it, making it a wonderfully satisfying snack.
Creamy, malty, nutty, smoky—these are all excellent tasting notes to have in a whisky. And, if you think about it, they’re also spectacular when you apply them to chocolate. Check out Cultura’s Whisky Nibs, a dark chocolate infused with Deerhammer whisky and garnished with whiskey soaked cacao nibs, for a great play on this flavor combo.
Lindt Cocoa Excellence
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Research has shown that dark chocolate has powerful health benefits, as long as you minimize the sugar that comes with it. So if you want a chocolate that gives you the most bang for your buck, look no further. Lindt’s 90 percent cocoa Supreme Dark chocolate bar is made from the highest quality cocoa beans for a smooth and rich taste, without a ton of sugar.
I told you this was coming! Compartés’ Vegan Zen Healthy Kale Dark Chocolate Bar is comprised of 75 percent dark chocolate packed full of kale crisps, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds. The bar is completely vegan, has no added sugars, and it’ll definitely make you want to eat your veggies!
Matcha is ridiculously delicious and goes well with just about anything. Add a bit to high-quality white chocolate and you have something special. David’s Tea White Chocolate with Matcha Matsu is creamy and tastes bright and spring-like, just like a fresh-brewed cup of matcha.
Once of white chocolate’s best attributes is that it acts as a fantastic base for a wide combination of flavors. Just take a gander at Chocolat Moderne’s Passion Fruit Caramel Bar. This delectable treat pairs tart passionfruit with rich caramel and a hint of cardamom for a flavor combination that’s simultaneously rich, fruity, and a little spicy.
Ginger is just one of those seasonings that goes well with everything. Chocolove’s Ginger Crystallized in Dark Chocolate pairs candied ginger with a 65 percent cacao Belgian dark chocolate. And, though it’s candied, the ginger adds a certain zip to this chocolate bar. If you like your chocolate with a little bit of a kick, this one’s for you.
The moment I found out this existed, I ordered it. I had to. Lagusta’s Luscious Smoky Corn on the Cob Chocolate Bar combines 66 percent cocoa dark chocolate with freeze-dried corn and smoked paprika, smoked black pepper, and sage for a chocolate experience that you really cannot find anywhere else. The combination shouldn’t work, but this bar brings it all together for something truly unique.
There’s something undeniably warm about the combination of cinnamon and chocolate. It’s the dessert equivalent of curling up next to a crackling fire on a cold night. Cocanu’s Saigon Cinnamon Chocolate bar is simultaneously creamy and spicy, made from 49 percent milk chocolate from Venezuela with just enough cinnamon to really bring out all the flavors.
Chocolove Chilies & Cherries in Dark Chocolate
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Who would think that veggies go so well with chocolate? The further down the list we get, the more apparent this becomes. Chocolove’s Chilies & Cherries in Dark Chocolate puts ancho and chipotle chilies in 55 percent dark Belgian chocolate. And we didn’t even mention the cherries, which add a tart zip to the whole sweet/spicy package!
In a gorgeous light pink hue, Roses and Rosé Chocolate Bar infuses Compartés’ high-quality white chocolate with a French rosé and combines the delicious mixture with edible crystallized rose petals. Imagine breaking this baby out for dessert at your next brunch. Just think about impressed your guests are going to be.
Chuao Chocolatier Firecracker Candybar
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This chocolate bar seems like it would be totally weird, but give it a chance. It's worth it, we swear.
The Chuao Firecracker Candybar is made from smooth dark chocolate with sea salt and a hint of chipotle spice that gives chocoholics a flavor combination of sweet, salty, and spicy. And, just when you think you've experienced all the firecracker bar has to offer, it surprises you with popping candy! We've tasted a lot of chocolate here at the Guide, and this one is one of our favorites.
I challenge our readers to find me a food that isn’t improved by adding a little bit of orange zest. I especially love the combination of chocolate and orange, and Theo’s Orange 70 percent dark chocolate marries the two flavors very well. It’s simultaneously rich and bright and adds a little extra when you’re craving something sweet!
Castronovo White Chocolate Infused with Lemon Oil & Lemon Salt
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Infused with lemon essential oil and lemon-infused sea salt, this white chocolate bar from Castronovo Chocolate is definitely different from most chocolates out there. A little more sophisticated, break this one out at your next dinner party and prepare for the Oohs and Aahhs. And it pairs perfectly with a glass of white wine.
I love the combination of mint and chocolate. Ice cream, hot chocolate, you name it, this is a match made in heaven. Divine’s 70 percent dark chocolate includes crispy mint pieces that melt in your mouth and natural peppermint oil, elevating and brightening the rich taste of the dark chocolate.
I can’t stay away from this, apparently. Tea and chocolate together is just perfection—the creaminess of chocolate compliments rich flavors in tea like no one’s business. Vosges Chocolate’s Vanilla Rooibos Tea chocolate bar adds tart cherries and South African Rooibos tea to 45 percent cacao dark milk chocolate.
Wooo, that was a lot of weird and wonderful chocolate combos. Sometimes, however, you just want a simple sweet. Not at all fussy, Dove Promises Dark Chocolates are individually wrapped chocolate bites that make for a sweet and delicious treat anytime you need a little pick-me-up.