I'm appearing on Showcase Minnesota (KARE 11 TV at 10 a.m.)on Monday December 1 so I'm busy preparing "Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen". One of my favorite candies contains bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, chopped dried cherries and almonds. Both chocolate and cherries are high in antioxidants and almonds have healthy fatty acids. Of course. I'm including Butter Rum Cake and Pumpkin Streusel Breads from Baking Basics and Beyond.
Most chocolate today is labeled with the percent of cocoa and higher content reflects higher antioxidants. As the amount of cocoa rises so does the bitterness of the chocolate. Dark chocolate must contain at least 35% cocoa but the better brands contain 60% and higher. I think around 70 % cocoa tastes best. As cocoa content rises so does the bitterness of the chocolate.
Some quality brands to look for are El Rey, Valrhona, Green&Blacks Organic Dark Ghiriadelli and Scharfen Berger. But remember chocolate also contains lots of calories.