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February 9, 2009

Quick Hits: Dagoba Beaucoup Berries

While wandering the aisles at Whole Foods this weekend looking for ideas for some low-sodium cooking I happened to take a look over at the chocolate bars. Never a good idea for me. I always end up buying something. Usually it's something I've had before, but this time I saw a bar I was unfamiliar with and had to take it home with me.

So the bar in question is the Beaucoup Berries bar from Dagoba, the organic chocolate maker (and division of Hershey's). Judging by the picture on their site it looks like this is the new name for the old Mon Cherri. I don't think I ever tried it under it's original name, but tonight I got to give it a shot with it's new label and name. According to the wrapper it's a 74% dark chocolate bar with cherries, cranberries, and vanilla. The site claims 72%, but the description might just be out of date like the picture. The bar is well formed with a little purple-red in the color and it snaps as it's supposed to. The aroma is dark and sweet with a little cherry and tobacco hiding in the mix. Taste wise it's a nice ride. It's not too sweet like you get with some cherry flavors - and cherry is the primary flavor it presents. Sure, it opens with coffee, but it's a tart and tangy cherry that asserts itself in the middle and sort of fades on the close. It's got a little bitterness and astringency on finish, and the flavor has receded back to coffee, just not as strong as it opened with. So it sort of blossoms into the fruit - which is lovely - and then fades back to an ok finish. Not saying it isn't good, but the fruit just goes away too fast for my liking.

So there we have it. Another good bar from Dagoba. It could be better, but I like their chocolate and the sort of raw vibe it carries so I tend to be forgiving. This bar didn't quite hit the potential I thought it had, but I'm still liking it to the tune of an 8 out of 10. It isn't their best effort, but it's a tasty diversion and didn't break the bank.

Oh, and again with the less than stellar picture. I need to set the light tent up and leave it set up since it seems like so much trouble to go through for just one product shot.