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Old 09-08-2007, 06:02 PM   #1
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Default The 100% cacao challenge

Whilst shopping at the store today, I decided to buy some Ghiradelli 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate. Call it an impulse purchase.

Anybody else enjoy unsweetened chocolate? I had never had it before, as I remember when I was a youth that my mother warned me that it tasted awful. I must say, it was rather bitter, but not entirely unenjoyable. I've eaten far worse things for the sake of paleo eating and my health.

It also seems like it would be positively divine if you melted it into a tall cup of homemade joe.
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Old 09-08-2007, 06:57 PM   #2
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i'm big on chocolate. it's one of the only non-paleo things i eat.

100% is too much for me, but i do eat 88% on a regular basis. it's wonderfully bitter but still has some added sugar, so it's not overbearing.

http://www.chocolatebar.com/shop/p-2...chocolate.aspx

i'll only eat chocolate if it's over 70% cocoa...anything under will most likely start adding dairy and have too much sugar. plus, 70+ tastes better.

i do use the 100% to make hot cocoa. then, i'll usually add a little bit of honey, some vanilla, and cayenne pepper. good stuff.
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:39 AM   #3
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My wife just bought some dark chocolate that was 80%. That was about right for me. I agree with David that 100% would be too much. A couple of dark squares is a nice treat.

I've refined my tastes a little bit over the years, from the all-night drinking followed by spooning out the chocolate icing out of the jar.
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:51 AM   #4
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It was way too much for me. I had to put honey on it to make it palatable.

I've come to notice that eating chocolate (any percent) gives me a stuffy nose, soon to be followed by a runny nose, so I tend to stay away now.
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:08 AM   #5
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I enjoy 100%, althought 85% is much tastier. I like the bitterness, but sometimes add a bit of honey or almond butter to it.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:38 PM   #6
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Ironically enough, I just picked up a jar of the Ghiradelli 100% cacao brand the other day myself when I stopped by Wegman's for lunch. Great for satisfying that sweet tooth or that extra treat following a long day of work and an intense 3 on/1 off training schedule. Make chocolate balls with the cocoa using one of the recipes from an old PM journal. Makes a great low-carb, omega packed, low sugar guilt-free snack.
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:08 PM   #7
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steve, do you remember which issue it was?
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:40 PM   #8
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I ate Lindt 99% chocolate once when I was visiting New York. It was amazing - although I couldn't liken it to anything else in the world that tasted good, since it was terribly bitter. Maybe I was craving something in it (I know magnesium is a common excuse for women to binge on chocolate...)
I get the stuffy nose too, at least from the 70-85% varieties I can get here in Israel. The 99% made me feel good but I haven't been able to test it again.
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Old 09-14-2007, 07:32 PM   #9
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I bought some raw cocoa power, apparently not heat or solvent treated and 360% more antioxidants than regular cocoa powder.
Less convenient than chocolate obviously, ive tried mixing it with coffee, but I just had a spoonful staight from the packet. Be careful it doesnt come out of your nose!

per 100g, it has 8.9g fat, 18g protein, no crabs, 560mg mg, 1700mg potassium, ans wait for it...71grams of sodium! Ill take that with a pinch of salt...
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mix it with honey and coconut oil, yum!! then freeze it or just use it as a yummy chocolatey sauce...mmmmm, soooo sooo good....
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