An interesting chocolate we picked up from the airport duty free shop is one dark chocolate that used an alternative sweetener. Stevia is a popular herb used as sweetener and I was a bit surprised seeing this with chocolate, particularly an international brand. I associate stevia with diabetic friends and relatives so we got curious about this bar and bought a couple just to be sure about the taste.
|Dark chocolate with Stevia Extract claims to have no added sugar|
|Details on the bar are at the back of the package including the price tag that also shows where this chocolate was purchased.|
|The chocolate is supposed to have 53% cacao|
|The chocolate claims to have been made under climate neutral conditions and bears the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.|
This 100g chocolate bar costs 4.65 USD (around 218.37 PHP) so this is not as expensive as the other Chocolat Stella bars nor the Valrhonas we have tasted and featured here. It tastes okay but not as bitter as we expected for a 53% cacao bar. Perhaps the stevia had an effect on the taste of the chocolate? I have made a similar observation on other chocolates that used alternative sweeteners. There seems to be something peculiar about the taste whether its milk chocolate or dark chocolate. It is not as sweet as chocolates using conventional sweeteners (i.e., sugar) so its seems to have lost some of its edge. Will I buy this chocolate again? Maybe, but to be honest, it will not be on the top of my list.-