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10 Best Dark Chocolates in The Philippines 2021 (Lindt, Hersheys, Cadbury, and More)

Chocolates are delightful treats enjoyed across the world. We Filipinos have loved chocolates since colonial times. We fall in love with chocolates because generally, we love sugar and rich-flavored foods. But with the growing local cacao industry and awareness on healthier choices, the dark chocolate started rising to fame.


Dark chocolate, also known as black, semisweet, or bittersweet chocolate, is a healthier alternative than milk or white chocolate. Its main ingredients are cocoa powder and cocoa butter with minimal to no sugar or milk. It offers several health benefits, and in this article, we made a detailed buying guide and a recommendation list of the best dark chocolates.

  • Last updated: 06-09-2021
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Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Benefits of Dark Chocolate

In general, chocolates contain tryptophan, an ingredient needed by our body to produce the mood-elevating serotonin, the happiness hormone. Dark chocolates will not only make us happier because there are other health benefits that they can offer.


Dark chocolates contain several compounds that possess antioxidant properties. Antioxidants prevent oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals that inflict damage on cells and tissues in the body that contribute to the aging process and the development of various diseases.

Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Some studies show that dark chocolate can improve health and lower the risk of heart diseases. Some compounds in dark chocolate, specifically flavanols, prevent two major risk factors for heart disease - high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It can also be your natural insulin because it also reduces the risk of diabetes.


Dark chocolate also contains certain compounds such as polyphenols and theobromine that may reduce low-density lipoprotein or LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, and increase high-density lipoprotein or HDL, also referred to as the "good" cholesterol.  

How to Choose Dark Chocolate - Buying Guide

The taste of dark chocolate is already a big hit and could sell quickly. Aside from taste, brand, or budget, here are the other factors to consider when choosing a great dark chocolate.

Go for a High Cocoa Percentage

Go for a High Cocoa Percentage

When choosing dark chocolate, look for bars with a cocoa content of at least 60%. These possess a higher concentration of antioxidants and nutrients than chocolates with a lower cocoa percentage. 


Consuming chocolate with higher cocoa content is associated with several health benefits, such as improved heart health and brain function. Many chocolates with a higher cocoa percentage also tend to be lower in sugar.

Pick Between Natural or Alkali-Processed Chocolates

Pick Between Natural or Alkali-Processed Chocolates

In making chocolates, all cocoa beans go through fermentation, roasting, and hulling, and then eventually turned into a paste. Through pressing, cocoa powder and cocoa butter separate. This is the natural process, which produces untreated and acidic chocolates.


On the other hand, dutching is a chocolate treatment method known as alkalization. This method adds an alkali solution that changes the color of the chocolate and mellows down the bitter taste


While it reduces the acidity of the chocolates, several studies have demonstrated that dutching significantly reduces the amount of antioxidants in chocolate.

Pick Between Natural or Alkali-Processed Chocolates

For this reason, some advised avoiding chocolates that went through the dutching process. Others defended that the process only reduces the antioxidants but not removed completely, so people with acidic stomachs can still enjoy chocolates. The rest says to eat a balance of both.


With this dilemma, consuming either the natural or dutch-processed chocolates would now depend on the person's condition. To verify whether chocolate has been dutched, check the ingredients list for something along the lines of "cocoa processed with alkali."

Check the Sugar Content

Check the Sugar Content

Basically, the higher the cocoa content, the lower the amount of sugar will be. Dark chocolates usually indicate the cocoa percentage - the remaining percentage is for sugar and other ingredients like fats. Based on the recommended cocoa percentage, 60%, sugar content must be 40% or below. If it's 100% cocoa, then it's sugar free! 


The recommended daily intake of sugar is 25 grams for female adults and 36 grams for males. Look at the nutrition facts panel on product labels to make sure you're not eating more than the recommended amount, especially when you're trying to be more health-conscious.


If you have a sweet tooth, you may still enjoy dark chocolates with a higher sugar content, but make sure you do it in moderation.

For Added Flavor, Try Dark Chocolates Mixed with Nuts, Berries, or Mint

For Added Flavor, Try Dark Chocolates Mixed with Nuts, Berries, or Mint

Let your taste buds feast with other delicious variants of dark chocolates. Aside from breaking the monotony of a plain dark chocolate bar, additions like nuts, fruits, or mint also offer several health benefits. 


Nuts like almonds and peanuts are high in protein and fiber that are assets to weight loss. Berries add a sweet and sour taste, and they still keep a little Vitamin C when processed properly. Mint adds a cooling sensation that helps freshen breath and relaxes the stomach. 


However, be sure to check the ingredients list to make sure you don't ingest anything you're allergic to. Chocolates usually contain milk, soy, or peanuts, which are common allergens.

10 Best Dark Chocolates to Buy Online

Let's bring out the inner Willy Wonka in us and go though our list of ten excellent dark chocolates you can purchase online

1

Lindt & SprüngliLindt Dark Chocolate Series

From ₱250

Cocoa Percentage70%-90%
Sugar Content7 g
Other IngredientsVanilla, Peanuts, Hazelnuts Almonds, Soy and Milk
Net Weight100g
2

CadburyOld Gold Dark Chocolate

From ₱275

Cocoa Percentage70%
Sugar Content50 g
Other IngredientsMilk, Soy
Net Weight180 g per Pack
3
Cocoa Percentage85%
Sugar ContentUnspecified
Other IngredientsAlmond
Net Weight60 g
4
Cocoa Percentage75%
Sugar ContentApprox. 12.5 g
Other IngredientsNone
Net Weight50g
5

GhirardelliGhirardelli Dark & Mint Chocolate

From ₱399.75

Cocoa PercentageUnspecified
Sugar Content9 g per 15 g of Chocolate Square
Other IngredientsMilk Fat, Vanilla, Peppermint Oil
Net Weight151 g per Pack
6

BrooksideDark Chocolate Acai & Blueberry Flavor

From ₱137.5

Cocoa PercentageUnspecified
Sugar Content40 g
Other IngredientsAcai Berries and Blueberries, Milk and Milk Fats
Net Weight85 g
7

Goya Foods Inc.Goya Dark Chocolate (Pack of 3)

From ₱50

Cocoa Percentage72%
Sugar Content20g
Other IngredientsMilk, Soy
Net Weight38g per pack (3 pcs)
8
Cocoa PercentageUnspecified
Sugar Content140 g
Other IngredientsMilk, Soy
Net Weight283 g
9
Cocoa Percentage43%
Sugar Content12 g
Other IngredientsMilk Powder, Soy
Net Weight25g
10

Theo & Philo65% Dark Chocolate with Mango, Chili and Cacao Nibs

From ₱115

Cocoa Percentage65%
Sugar Content18 g
Other IngredientsSweet Yellow Mango, Cacao Nibs, Dried Chili
Net Weight45 g

Compare the Best Dark Chocolates

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1
Lindt & Sprüngli Lindt Dark Chocolate Series 1

Lindt & Sprüngli

2
Cadbury Old Gold Dark Chocolate 1

Cadbury

3
Cacao Lavezares 85% Midnight Chocolate with Almonds 1

Cacao Lavezares

4
MS3 Choco MS3 Dark Chocolate 1

MS3 Choco

5
Ghirardelli Ghirardelli Dark & Mint Chocolate 1

Ghirardelli

6
Brookside Dark Chocolate Acai & Blueberry Flavor 1

Brookside

7
Goya Foods Inc. Goya Dark Chocolate (Pack of 3) 1

Goya Foods Inc.

8
Hershey's Kisses Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolates 1

Hershey's

9
Meiji Holdings Inc. Meiji Black Chocolate 1

Meiji Holdings Inc.

10
Theo & Philo 65% Dark Chocolate with Mango, Chili and Cacao Nibs 1

Theo & Philo

Name

Lindt Dark Chocolate Series

Old Gold Dark Chocolate

85% Midnight Chocolate with Almonds

MS3 Dark Chocolate

Ghirardelli Dark & Mint Chocolate

Dark Chocolate Acai & Blueberry Flavor

Goya Dark Chocolate (Pack of 3)

Kisses Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolates

Meiji Black Chocolate

65% Dark Chocolate with Mango, Chili and Cacao Nibs

Features

Classic Dark Chocolate with Sweet Earthy Aroma

Old Gold Means Rich in Chocolate Flavor

A Rich Chocolate with Almonds from an Organic Cacao Farm

Great Tasting Chocolate with Coconut Sugar

Bittersweet And Minty Sensation For an After Dinner Delight

The Berry Delicious Dark Chocolate with a Fruit Inside

Budget-friendly Philippine Dark Chocolate for the Sweet Tooth

An Indulging Treat with Mild Sweetness from Our Well-Loved Brand

An Exquisite Dark Milky Chocolate

Local Artisan Chocolates with a Sweet and Spicy Flair

Price Starts at₱250₱275₱153₱120₱399.75₱137.5₱50₱280₱55₱115
Cocoa Percentage70%-90%70%85%75%UnspecifiedUnspecified72%Unspecified43%65%
Sugar Content7 g50 gUnspecifiedApprox. 12.5 g9 g per 15 g of Chocolate Square40 g20g140 g12 g18 g
Other IngredientsVanilla, Peanuts, Hazelnuts Almonds, Soy and MilkMilk, SoyAlmondNone Milk Fat, Vanilla, Peppermint OilAcai Berries and Blueberries, Milk and Milk FatsMilk, SoyMilk, SoyMilk Powder, SoySweet Yellow Mango, Cacao Nibs, Dried Chili
Net Weight100g180 g per Pack60 g50g151 g per Pack85 g38g per pack (3 pcs)283 g25g45 g
Link

French Chocolate Bark Recipe Using Dark Chocolates

Chef Ina Garten, author of Barefoot Contessa cookbooks, shared her French Chocolate Bark recipe via the Food Network YouTube channel. She used a combination of two dark chocolates: semisweet with 50% cocoa and bittersweet with 70%.


Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces very good semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces very good bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup whole roasted, salted cashews
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Procedure:

  1. Melt the 2 chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
  2. Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 
  3. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw a 9 by 10-inch rectangle on the paper. 
  4. Turn the paper facedown on the baking sheet.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate over the paper and spread to form a rectangle, using the outline. 
  6. Sprinkle the cashews, apricots and cranberries over the chocolate. 
  7. Set aside for 2 hours until firm
  8. Cut the bark in 1 by 3-inch pieces and serve at room temperature.
  9. Optional: You can use other nuts, berries, or even crushed peppermint candies as toppings.

More Yummy Treats to Satisfy Cravings

More Yummy Treats to Satisfy Cravings

Munch some more as you read our reviews for other recommended food products. You'll surely satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

Summary

Dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants and minerals, and it generally contains less sugar than milk chocolate. Some studies show that dark chocolate may lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation and insulin resistance, and improve brain function. 


We can add dark chocolates to our diet. However, we should keep in mind that even it is healthier than regular chocolates, eating in moderation is still the key.


Author: Roel Pillas Malubay


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