100% Dark Chocolate Bars You Must Try Even if You Hate Dark Chocolate

When it comes to 100% dark chocolate bars, I have only met two types of chocoholics. 

Chocoholics who love it and can't live without and chocoholics who get scared when they see a 70% dark chocolate bar. 

If you are in either one of the groups, we have a list of 5 100% dark chocolate bars you must try, even if you hate dark chocolate. 

100% Dark Chocolate Bars

Marou Chocolate 100%- $10.49

Many craft chocolate chocoholics are familiar with craft chocolate maker Marou. They were one of the first bean to bar makers in Asia.

When Vincent Mourou left his advertising career in San Francisco, he moved to Vietnam to find himself. This is when Vincent met Samuel Maruta a banker from France living in Saigon with his wife and two kids. One day during a camping trip the two googled "cacao plantation" and headed towards a farm in Ba Ria Province with no address. On the way back to Saigon, the two decided to start Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat.

The two had nothing but a blender, an oven, cake tins, and Sam's kitchen. Samuel and Vincent continue to work with a tight network of small farmers who they buy the best quality beans form. The cacao in Marou chocolate is roasted slow and low so you can truly taste their work and terroir of each provincial origin. Marou has become a leading brand for pure dark chocolate, entirely made from Vietnamese cacao. 

This bar is made from a blend of cacao beans coming from a variety of provinces in Southern Vietnam. Most of Marou's bars are single estate making this bar a unique treasure. This 100% Marou Chocolate is full-bodied with spice and juicy red berries, and its high cacao butter content makes for a very creamy and mellow experience.

This bar was featured in our June 2019 Kekao Box.

Available at our online store.

Taste notes: Earthy, Woody, Spice, and Fruitiness

Weight: 100g

Raaka Cacao 100%- $5.99

Raaka is devoted to making uncommonly delicious chocolate that captures the brighter, bolder, and fruitier side of cacao. They make every bar from scratch with unroasted cacao beans, sourced from growers they trust and admire. The unique flavour of their unroasted chocolate is part place, part process. They craft their bars in celebration of each cacao origin's unique character. Their chocolate making process values the community of growers, producers, and makers whose livelihoods depend on cacao and chocolate. All of their chocolate is made from scratch, bean-to-bar, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Forget everything you think about 100% bars. This pure cacao bar is creamy and bright, not bitter, with a subtle, tingling fruity sweetness.

Available at our online store.

Tasting notes: Bright & Fruity

Weight: 50g

Manoa World Blend 100% (Limited Edition)- $7.99

Manoa is a Hawaiin based chocolate maker. Hawaii is the only state in the USA to grow cacao. The story of this maker began in the labs at the University of Hawaii in 2010 studying cacao as a crop for the state. Manoa started as college students with no money and bootstrapped their business with ingenuity and determination. 

If you love 100% dark chocolate bars, you will love this limited edition 100% by Manoa. It is a blend of three different parts of the world. Manoa used 1/3 of the beans from Hilo, Hawaii, Zorzal Cacao, Dominican Republic, and Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador.

Available at our online store.

Tasting notes: Floral, Tropical Fruit & Spices

Weight: 60g

 

Omnom Peru Gran Nativo Blanco 100% (Limited Edition)- $9.99

Omnom is a small-batch, craft chocolate maker based in Reykjavík, Iceland. The chocolate maker was founded in 2013 by childhood friends Kjartan Gíslason and Óskar Þórðarson.

Kjartan worked as a chef across Europe for two decades before discovering the amazing world of chocolate. Óskar worked in the fishing and start-up sector before launching Omnom. The company started as an experiment to see if the two friends can master how to make chocolate.

From the start, they received positive tasting feedback. After receiving positive feedback, they set up a small chocolate-making lab inside a converted gas station and launched. Omnom's mission is to make the best chocolate possible using the highest quality of ingredients. 

This limited edition chocolate bar by Omnom uses rare, recently discovered Gran Nativo Blanco beans from Peru. This bar is perfect for cacao enthusiasts and pure chocolate lovers.

This bar was featured in our August 2019 Kekao Box.

Available at our online store.

Tasting notes: Papaya, Burnt Walnut, Velvety

Weight: 60g

https://kekao.co/products/omnom-peru-gran-nativo-blanco-100-limited-edition

French Broad Chocolate 100%- $9.99

Dan and Jael are the founders of French Broad Chocolate. Their journey in chocolate started in 2003 when the two left grad school and moved to Costa Rica where they bought an abandoned cacao plantation and started, Bread & Chocolate bakery. After living in Costa Rica for two years, the couple moved to Ashville, North Carolina where French Broad Chocolate Lounge was opened.

In 2012, Dan and Jael became bean-to-bar chocolate makers and opened French Broad Chocolate Factory & Tasting Room. French Broad Chocolate began sourcing cacao from trusted farmers and transforming it into fine chocolate. Since 2012, French Broad has created a variety of chocolates, with tasting notes ranging from fruity to deeply earthy.

This bar is not for everybody. But it is for folks like you and me. We relish the opportunity to taste the unadulterated purity of 100 percent cacao chocolate. With no sweet embellishment, the seed and the maker can both show their true colour. Just one square of this potent chocolate captures the intensity of a freshly pulled espresso shot. Bold and intensely dark cocoa flavors are balanced with complex and wild fruit flavors of grape and lime.

This bar was featured in our August 2019 Kekao Box.

Available at our online store.

Tasting notes: Wild Fruit, Grape & Lime

Weight: 60g

To get started with craft chocolate, start with our Kekao Box. We search the world for the finest chocolate bars and bring them right to your doorstep monthly.

From rich dark Peruvian chocolate bars to new start-up chocolate bars on the come up, you never know what you get inside the box!

Each month we will curate 4 to 5 premium specialty crafted chocolate bars. 

Have someone who you appreciate? It also makes as a great gift

If you want to just try a couple of bars, check out our online chocolate shop, it's a selection of what we have curated in our past boxes. 

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