World Chocolate Day is a day chocoholics worldwide look forward to every year, including the team at Weird Fish and we want to celebrate with you! We are going to introduce to you some interesting chocolate flavours from around the world that are worth a try from the unusual to the crazy.
We all love a nibble on something sweet but there are technical aspects that allow chocolate to rank into their categories, almost like a weight category for a sports competition. There are three different types of chocolate; milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate.
Dark chocolate has a high cocoa content, between 50% and 90% . A 100g bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains many nutritional benefits including:
- 11 grams of fibre
- 67% of the RDI for iron
- 58% of the RDI for magnesium
- 89% of the RDI for copper
- 98% of the RDI for manganese
- It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus,
zinc and selenium
100g’s of chocolate is a lot to eat in one sitting, but eating dark chocolate in moderation has a lot of health benefits.
The difference between milk chocolate and dark chocolate is the amount of cocoa solids. Milk chocolate contains anywhere from 10% to 50% cocoa solids, whereas dark chocolate contains 50% to 90%.
White chocolate contains no cocoa powder and its three key ingredients are sugar, coca butter and milk. White chocolate does not contain any cocoa solids, therefore technically isn’t chocolate, but we love it anyway! Great for those with a strong sweet tooth.
Interestingly, from our research, we found that a lot of the chocolate bars infused with different flavours and accents were in-fact dark chocolate.
A Little Twist
Dark Chocolate & Ginger
Spicy, rich and delicious, ginger pairs perfectly with dark chocolate and provides a Christmassy feel with every bite. You can try it in bar form, cake or cookie but we guarantee this little twist is one to cherish!
Dark Chocolate & Almond
Whether it is chocolate covered almonds or almond infused chocolate, this is a scrumptious choice to treat your tastebuds.
Dark Chocolate & Lavender
A floral taste may not be everyone’s cup of tea, however, floral flavours such as lavender and rose are complimentary to the bitterness of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate’s bitterness comes from the cocoa solids, the higher the percentage, the bitterer it is. It is literally bitter-sweet!
White Chocolate and Strawberry
Breaking the (chocolate) mould, is the blend of white chocolate and strawberry. We like to think of this combination as the strawberries and cream of the chocolate world, super sweet and fruity this is one you can share with the kids, if you are kind enough to share your chocolate stash!
Chocolate coated popcorn doesn’t sound too farfetched from chocolate with a little crunch of popcorn in each bite. Available in a range of different varieties from salty to sweet, popcorn chocolate should be on your next shopping list.
Add some spice in your life by trying chilli chocolate, readily available in supermarkets and well known brands. This is a combo that may sound scary to some, however, it has a warm, rich, spicy flavour that really makes it a treat!
Green Tea / Matcha Chocolate
Green tea and matcha lovers rejoice, matcha or green tea chocolate is a unique flavour that is creamy, yet tangy. It may not be every ones first choice for something to nibble on in front of the TV, but it is definitely worth a try!
Red Wine & Dark Chocolate
The perfect blend of all things that make a Friday night in great, red wine and dark chocolate. This is a combination we know we can enjoy separately or blended together into a rich and heavy bodied chocolate bar!
For the Brave Hearted
If you are one of those who thinks, ‘these bars aren’t that adventurous’ or ‘these bars are for beginners’ why not try these crazy chocolate combinations . We were honestly surprised they existed but we are sure that someone out there is either looking for a fantastic gag gift (possibly literally) or actually enjoys these very bizarre chocolates.
Ramen Noodles & Dark Chocolate
Noodles are a wonderful thing and so is chocolate, so is it that implausible for someone to combine the two together?
Wasabi & Dark Chocolate
If chilli chocolate isn’t spicy enough for you, we challenge you to try wasabi and dark chocolate. We were too wimpy! Let us know on social if you try it!