Dark chocolate, toffee bits, and carmalized almonds.
Sounds fantastic, right?
I’ve had Ghirardelli in the past and it’s a pretty sound chocolate. Not the best ever but decent and their ingredients list is typically on the up and up.
I didn’t think much of it and pick up a few bars because like I said, this was on sale for a crazy deal.
A little while goes by and I try a square. And I disliked it.
“Scott, for dark chocolate this tastes ridiculously sweet. Ick.”
I don’t care for “sweets” which is why I love to eat dark chocolate.
I decided maybe my taster was off and gave it another taste a few days later. Again, I really didn’t like it. It was over-poweringly sweet. The toffee and almond bits were so small I didn’t think it could be from that.
I finally decided to read the ingredient list.
Below, I’ve typed out the ingredients list and bolded what I think the problem is.
Bittersweet chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fat, soy lecithin – an emulsifier, vanilla), toffee (sugar, butter, high fructose corn syrup, salt, soy lecithin – an emulsifier), almonds, sugar, salt, corn syrup, natural flavor.
Sugar is listed 5 times.
Let me repeat, there is sugar listed in this ingredient label 5 times.
No wonder this “dark chocolate” bar tasted so sweet to me. Look at all that sugar! And it contains HFCS which is a huge no-no in this house.
I was terribly annoyed with myself for making such a rookie mistake. Because I’ve had Ghirardelli in the past with no issue, I thought I could get by without reading the label.
The lesson to be learned here is that one always has to be sure of what they are buying. Always take time to read the ingredients labels on everything you buy. Even, and most especially when it’s a brand or product you’ve purchased before. Because maybe something’s different and you want to catch it before you spend money on it.