Top 5 Dark Chocolate Bars!

Perusing the supermarket shelves can be a bit overwhelming when you’re trying to decide which dark chocolate bar to buy. They all look indulgent but you want one that suits your needs at the time, well look no further, here’s our analysis of five of Top 5 Dark Chocolate Bars!  They’re the most popular and easiest to find 70% cocoa dark chocolate bars around. Don’t forget that 20g is one portion so we’ve provided the nutritional info per portion of each brand so now you can find the right bar for you!

1. Lindt Excellence Chocolate Bar Dark 70% Cocoa 100g – £2

This Lindt bar won the Great Taste Awards in 2013 so if you want something special opt for this bar of ‘excellence’. It has the least amount of calories, fat and saturated fat and even has the highest amount of protein. This bar really is well ahead of the game! The only downside is that it isn’t organic or Fairtrade so you don’t get that warm fuzzy feeling that you get when you buy one of the other organic Fairtrade bars knowing that you’re helping workers in third world countries.

Nutritional info per 20g (1 portion)

  • 113 kcals
  • 8.2g fat
  • Of which saturates 4.8g
  • 6.8g carbohydrates
  • Of which sugars 5.8g
  • Fibre not listed
  • 1.9g protein

2. M Signature Organic Fairtrade 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate 100g – £1.34

This bar is the cheapest of all five here, at a fantastic £1.34 you’re saving 66p compared to the most expensive of the others. It’s organic and Fairtrade so this makes the price even more attractive. The downside is it has the most fat of all these bars and along with the Divine Fairtrade bar, has the most saturated fat.

Nutritional info per 20g (1 portion)

  • 121 kcals
  • 9.4g fat
  • Of which saturates 5.8g
  • 6.7g carbohydrates
  • Of which sugars 5.7g
  • 1.9g fibre
  • 1.6g protein

3. Divine Fairtrade 70% Dark Chocolate 100g – £2

With the least amount of sugar this bar is best for those trying to gradually cut down on their sugar intake, it’s not a huge difference but every little helps right? It also has the most fibre and you’ll know from my previous article how important fibre is for gut health, so opt for this bar if your gut is in need of a boost.

Nutritional info per 20g (1 portion)

  • 119 kcals
  • 9.3g fat
  • Of which saturates 5.8g
  • 6.4g carbohydrates
  • Of which sugars 5.4g
  • 2.1g fibre
  • 1.3g protein

4. Green & Black’s Organic 70% Dark Chocolate 100g – £2

Although Green & Black’s are a prestigious brand there’s not a huge special difference about this bar. Yes it’s delicious but it has average amounts of sugar, fat and calories so it doesn’t stand out from the crowd. The best thing about this bar is that it’s organic but seeing as you can get cheaper organic chocolate, the main reason you’d probably buy this one is if you fall in love with the delicate fruity notes of the taste.

Nutritional info per 20g  (1 portion)

  • 120 kcals
  • 8.4g fat
  • Of which saturates 5.0g
  • 7.3g carbohydrates
  • Of which sugars 5.7g
  • 2.0g fibre
  • 1.8g protein

5. Tesco Finest 70% Cocoa Peruvian Dark Chocolate Bar 100g – £1.50

Again not organic or Fairtrade this chocolate at £1.50 is the second best in terms of value so if you happen to be going past a Tesco and need a sweet fix, you can’t complain too much with this bar. It has average amounts of calories, fat and sugar. Don’t get me wrong it is delicious so if you want to check out what a ‘Peruvian’ chocolate bar tastes like give it a whirl!

Nutritional info per 20g (1 portion)

  • 116 kcals
  • 8.4g fat
  • Of which saturates 4.9g
  • 7.4g carbohydrates
  • Of which sugars 6.0g
  • 1.9g fibre
  • 1.6g protein

If you haven’t already, check out our previous article about the Top 5 Benefits of Dark Chocolate so you’re in the know on how this amazing type of chocolate can provide a boost to your health. All of these bars are best enjoyed as part of a nutritionally balanced diet but as you can see there are some bars with less sugar, less fat or Fairtrade ingredients so now you can feel confidently in-the-know next time you pop into the shop for some choc!

Safia Yallaoui

Safia is a lifestyle blogger and coach at the fitness membership company MoveGB. She also has an MA in journalism and has done a variety of freelance work in print, radio and online. After losing 14lbs a few years ago Safia got into health and fitness realising the most important thing about clean eating is nourishing your body. She loves to keep in shape with weight training and going to fitness classes. Whilst training to be a Nutritional Therapist she is learning how to alleviate health problems by including or omitting certain foods and has a keen interest in the affects of sugar on a person's physical and mental health.

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