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Friday Favorite: Taza Chocolate

September 13th, 2013

I’m not a chocoholic, but I do like a bit of good chocolate every now and then.  Milk chocolate is not my thing, I find it much too sweet.  Dark chocolate is more my speed, the darker the better.  Recently, I’ve fallen in love with Taza chocolate.  It’s stone ground and made without emulsifiers, so there’s no soy lecithin or other weirdness involved.  The texture is different that regular chocolate, but I like it.
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It’s not cheap chocolate, but it’s good quality and it’s tastes great. I don’t buy it that often, but when I do I enjoy every last bit of it. One of the things I like about buying really great chocolate is that a tiny square is enough, no need to eat the entire bar, which means a bar or round will last me a few weeks. Taza comes with different flavor additions: ginger, chipotle, coffee, cinnamon and salt & pepper (which is my favorite).

What’s your favorite brand of chocolate?

16 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Taza Chocolate”
  1. Lemongrass on September 13, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Am not a chocolate lover. I grew with tons of cocoa trees all over the place, and we made cocoa sticks/balls which we used to make tea, in cakes and would eat as a snack with a bit of sugar.
    The cocoa pods were picked, cut opened, dried then ground into a paste. Then small balls or sticks………4 to5 inches long were made and left to dry.. These we used in baking or making cocoa tea………as is called in the Caribbean.
    I no longer make cocoa tea, but add the cocoa bean to my smoothies.

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    • amy on September 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Very neat~Lemongrass~Love to hear about different ways of doing things and living!

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  2. Lisa Sewell on September 13, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Dagoba makes a wonderful blueberry and lavender dark chocolate bar. Mmmm.

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  3. Adelina Anderson on September 13, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I am not a chocolate person. Probably because all the good chocolate is too expensive and I certainly can’t afford to spend money on that. However in the past I have had Wilbur Chocolate and it is really tasty and not too sweet. Another place was in Canada right over the border of Maine. Absolutely yummy – no weird waxy aftertaste.

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  4. Joan on September 13, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I’m not a huge chocolate fan either, but when I do buy it I don’t have a favorite brand but always buy organic, fair trade chocolate. As dark as I can get it, and preferably with candied ginger in it…. Lately we’ve been making a chocolate mousse with soft tofu instead of cream (my husband is a real mousse fan!), and been purchasing chocolate bars for that.

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  5. Adriana on September 13, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Oh where to start… There is always a bar of Green and Black in the house. Theo makes a good chili bar. There is a chocolate shop not too far from here and they sell high quality chocolate in bulk. I’ve tried some really amazing single origin, fair trade chocolate from Equador, Venezuela, etc.

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  6. Jennifer Fisk on September 13, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I’ve always love Godiva but in the last few years it seems to have changed somewhat. Ganong’s in St. Stephen NB is rather good too.

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  7. Kate on September 13, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I Love Taza! My favorite flavor is the salted almond!

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  8. Nebraska Dave on September 13, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Chocolate Pleasure

    I love the pleasure of chocolate
    As it melts upon my tongue
    It dribbles all through my mouth
    And squishes around my gums

    I close my eyes for a moment
    As my senses are quite aware
    Of the delicious wondrous flavor
    Of chocolate lingering there

    There are so many chocolate flavors
    The dark and the medium too
    White chocolate is truly scrumptious
    Just perfect, my friend, for you

    So whenever you need something sweet
    You must try this simple treasure
    Just pop a morsel into your mouth
    And enjoy some chocolate pleasure!

    Marilyn Lott

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  9. whit on September 13, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Taza’s cinnamon is my favourite. makes a wonderful hot chocolate on a cold and frosty winter morning. But I love the Seattle brands Theo and Dilettante, although the latter I don’t eat but once or twice a year when I make chocolate ganache for a cake, because it’s made conventionally. Theo has a delectable orange chocolate bar.

    Our local ice creamery and candy shoppe has delicious chocolates made by a chocolatier in Oregon. They have many different flavours, but I like the lavender and lemon. So tasty because they are made with responsibly grown ingredients. Sometimes it hard to choose between a scoop of caramel chocolate ice cream or one of those chocolates, so we’ll get both and walk around the block a couple times while we eat. :)

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  10. Misti on September 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

    My husband doesn’t like dark chocolate however I really do—it’s my little trick so he doesn’t eat my chocolate. :) I too like the stronger dark chocolates. I look for the highest amount of cacao as possible. I don’t buy the good stuff often, mostly as treats and then I savor it for weeks.

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  11. kristin @ going country on September 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Lindt, dark chocolate with sea salt.

    If I eat milk chocolate, it’s usually with peanut butter. Mostly, I like a little salt with my chocolate, I guess.

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    • Joan on September 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      I’m with you… if I eat milk chocolate I almost always smear peanut butter on it. YUM.

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  12. amy on September 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I really have never met a dark chocolate….That I did not like:) I also have a hard time with milk chocolate…blech….However my newest passion is chocolate covered coffee beans…..swoon…..Two of my favoritest things in one little package……

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  13. Natasha on September 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I love chocolate and so does my husband. I prefer a fair trade chocolate – I typically end up with the endangered species bars because of their price. I usually opt for a chocolate bar with sea salt. Yum!

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  14. Jaye on September 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I haven’t tried the Taza, do you have a source you purchase from?

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