Get sugar perspective on your dark chocolate %

You can read my other blog posts on how to buy dark chocolate and a review of a number of different brands.

I know there were a lot of numbers in that video there so here they are below:

99% cacao, 2% sugar, 1g per 50g bar, 0.1g or something ridiculously small per very small square

90% cacao, 7% sugar, 7g per 100g bar, 0.9g per square

85% cacao, 14% sugar, 14g per 100g bar, 1.75g per square

70% cacao, 29% sugar, 29g per 100g bar, 3.6g per square

10 replies
  1. Kate
    Kate says:

    Hi Laura!

    I got into dark chocolate a little while ago after reading some of your other posts about it and now it really is the only kind of chocolate I eat, and I find that I eat chocolate a LOT more rarely now, since I guess the craving is only for the chocolate itself rather than the sugar. When I first started trying proper dark chocolate (not like Bournville which I think should NOT be called dark!!), I bought myself the Lindt 70% and 85% and thought I’d try and work my way up if I found it too dark. I was surprised though because I really enjoyed the 85% straightaway, so gave the 70% to my mum. One thing I like to do for a dessert every so often is to have some berries, with some Total greek yoghurt and then a square or two of the dark chocolate cut up into chocolate chips and sprinkled over the top, it’s really delicious.
    I also got bought some 100% from Hotel Chocolat for my birthday which was really interesting and had such an unusual flavour, but was so so bitter, so I’ve not gone back to it yet!
    Thanks for your vlog 🙂 Kate x

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    • Laura
      Laura says:

      Thanks for your comment Kate. That berry yoghurt dark chocolate combination is a good one – I know a few who go for that as a nice dessert or treat. Like you the 99% Lindt was a little hardcore but it kinda makes the whole low sugar thing quite fun. I guess if everyone starts liking more dark chocolates more may hit the market! x

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  2. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Hi Laura,

    Great video. I think a lot of people will be very surprised to find out that the 85% bar has double the amount of sugar of the 90% bar. I personally love Lindt 90% but will look out for the 100% you got from Waitrose as I’m really curious to try it. I’ve been meaning to do a dark chocolate comparison blog post for a while now and this has prompted me!

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    • Laura
      Laura says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for your comment, yes do let me know when you do as would be happy to share it. People are interested as it’s nice that you can live low sugar and still have chocolate in your life! Hope you find that one in Waitrose, it’s really lovely.

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  3. Heather Dove
    Heather Dove says:

    I have been having a couple of squares of the 85% dark chocolate from Lidl as a treat occasionally as since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes have been looking at sugar content in all products and so far lost over 2 stone in the last 6 months!

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    • Laura
      Laura says:

      Amaxing!! Congrats Heather that is great to hear. Finding those treats that are low sugar but satisfying is really important – sounds like whatever you’re doing is seriously working so I hope you can reverse your Type 2 diabetes over time 🙂

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  4. Emily
    Emily says:

    I tried a few different 100% ones from Hotel Chocolat and my absolute favourite was the Coastal Ecuadorian one – it was really nutty and didn’t have that bitter aftertaste at all!

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