Guittard is best known for it's baking and candy making supplies such as the 24oz slabs of baking chocolate they sent your Chocolate Priestess and which won them our 2010 Chocolate of the Year acknowledgment. They now make candy bars that you can eat or use for your baking or candy making projects.
Guittard Chocolate Bars are large bars, 2oz, and measure 4 5/8 X 2 X 3/8 inches. The cacao content or cacao mass content is on the front of the wrapper. They sent us eight flavors plus some extras of each so I had a lot of folks try these bars out before revealing them to you all today, Sisters and Brothers. We'll look at them from the least cacao content to the most. Note that there are other bars they now sell but these are the ones we received and can write about for you all today.
That would be the very dark, 91% cacao, "Nocturne" which I forgot to take a photograph of apparently or it was so dark it erased itself from my camera. This comes in a black wrapper, just black with the normal white and gold letters and decoration from Guittard. As I said, the nutritional information shocked me with 300 calories, 18g saturated fat (the highest!), 20mg sodium, 7g fiber, 5g sugars, and 5g protein. If sugar is something you need to cut out, eat this, if saturated fat, well, I still have good news for you. This is intense. I'll say that again: INTENSE but what did you expect at 91% cacao? It made several people I shared it with pucker up and look away. It is not for the faint of tongue nor even for the vast majority of us dark chocolate lovers. But guess what? That just means you can make this last for a few more days compared to the other bars so you end up eating less calories and fat over all. The flavor has a tangy berry like quality to it if you can tolerate the bitterness enough to truly let it connect with your taste buds. Just like the "Ambanja Bittersweet" bar this also drew the moisture from my mouth as I tried a piece, just one piece.
Guittard is simply excellent chocolate made right here in the USA. They have direct ties to their cocoa farmers and their company philosophy is something we can get behind here on The Chocolate Cult. You should check them out, Sisters and Brothers, because they have yet to fail to live up to our standards here on The Chocolate Cult.