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Scharffen Berger Chocolates - Review

Dark Chocolate Done Right

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker was founded in 1996 by wine and Champagne maker John Scharffenberger

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker was founded in 1996 by wine and Champagne maker John Scharffenberger — who sold his Scharffenberger Cellars to LVMH (Veuve Clicquot and Moët et Chandon Champagnes) — and his partner Robert Steinberg, a physician-turned-chocolatier. The goal was to create rich, pure chocolate from the best cacao. They succeeded. We sampled their variety pack of milk, bittersweet, and extra dark chocolate, which has now been replaced by a sampling pack of tasting squares of bittersweet, semisweet, and extra rich milk chocolate ($6.95).

The dark, delicious chunks were perfect, not too sweet or too bitter, with a nice but granular consistency. Some may prefer creamier, gooier chocolate that melts instantly, but we believe that you'll agree it's a bite of true chocolate-making excellence. Scharffen Berger is also good for cooking and used by chefs nationwide; Martha Stewart and Julia Child both are fond of it. And since we believe in giving gifts that you'd like to get yourself, consider it for the holiday season.

Also, try their Cacao Nibs ($8.95 per pouch), roasted shelled cocoa beans, which can be delicately and prettily sprinkled on cakes, desserts or anything that pairs well with chocolate.


For more information visit www.scharffenberger.com



(Updated: 12/26/12 AB)

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