A Bittersweet Love: Chocolate

Cocao by Priscilla

Celebrate National Bittersweet Chocolate Day on November 7th, 2019

Chocolate. Oh, dark chocolate! National Bittersweet Chocolate Day unities cocoa- -lovers across the nation on November 7th each year. It’s crazy to think that dark chocolate comes from a bean harvested from a seed pod that contains one of the best resources for antioxidants. Once harvested, the cacao beans are typically fermented and dried before being sent off to factories for further production. Raw cacao powder does not undergo any heating, made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. Raw cacao retains more of its natural goodness and therefore has more nutrients and health properties. Cocoa powder is typically heated at much higher temperatures and Dutch cocoa gets washed in a potassium solution that neutralizes its acidity, which gives it a darker color and a more mellow flavor.

Dark chocolate is also called semisweet chocolate

while extra dark chocolate is often considered the same as bittersweet, although the ratio of cocoa butter to solids may vary between the varieties. According to the FDA, semisweet chocolate or bittersweet chocolate is a sweet chocolate that contains no less than 35 percent (by weight) of pure cocoa. Chocolate Cocao lovers can now find Chocolate bars produced in the 75% to 90% cocao register. Semisweet and bittersweet are both commonly used in baking, and although the FDA defines them in the same way, bittersweet chocolate typically has a deeper flavor and less sweetness than semisweet chocolate.

Check out the facts now….

Daily vitamins and minerals: fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium are found in a bar of dark chocolate. Good News! These are all vitamins and minerals that you should be consuming every single day!

A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70–85% cocoa contains

  • 11 grams of fiber
  • 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

Some of the best organic custom made Cocao bars and snack-size bites can be found at your local farmers markets and health food stores; guaranteed to satisfy your semisweet chocolate cravings


So, go ahead and have your yummy semi=sweet chocolate and gift it too !!

Deborah Price