Saturday, 12 March 2011

Dolfin 88%

I've never been a huge fan of dark chocolate, it seems I've always find it a bit too deep & intense, when I was younger it just never satisfied that sweet craving for me, that was I was rather surprised at myself buying this 88% cacao/cocoa solids bar from Dolfin, a Belgian chocolatier specialising in a range of intense and deep flavoured chocolate bars. It's quite hard to come across in this country I think but I have found a new chocolate haven, which you would never think of..TK Maxx! Yes I seems odd, but they get tons of imported chocolate from all over the place and sell it at much cheaper prices than you would normally pay, I will now spend my weekend scouring their shelves looking for a good buy!

Dolfin 88% Cacao Chocolate Bar

The way the chocolate is packaged reminds me of a tobacco pouch, in a plastic film that on opening has a motto "Made with passion and know-how by our master chocolatiers" printed inside in various languages, the tobacco like feel of the chocolate was carried through onto opening it, it had a strong tobacco aroma & provided a crisp clean snap when I went to break off a nice chunk to try.

Dolfin 88% Cacao Chocolate Bar

The tasting range to it is delightful, it has a range of complex flavours that come through, you can tell this is a deeper darker roasted bean providing woody deep tobacco and coffee notes, I would say it has a very earthy taste, but the sweetness builds as it melts in your mouth and just before swallowing light fruit flavours start to appear. The texture of it  is quite dry but not unpleasantly so, it's certainly not gritty by any means, just not the creamiest of chocolates I've had.

Dolfin 88% Cacao Chocolate Bar

I was quite surprised at how much I liked this bar, I thought that at 88% I would find it far too bitter, but actually I've had more bitter chocolates with a lower cocoa percentage strangely enough and I didn't find it too much at all. In fact I would start to say I am being converted to the ways of dark chocolate..I would even go as far as to say that I enjoyed this more than I've enjoyed some milk chocolate recently such as the Prestat bar I reviewed. If you love dark chocolate with deeper notes you'll definately want to go for this..and if you're a bit  of a dark chocolate virgin like me..hey why not give it a go!

Dolfin 88% Cacao Chocolate Bar

Taste - 7.5/10 -  I did actually quite enjoy it, it offered a range of complex flavours and a nice balance of depth without being too bitter.
Texture - 6.9/10 - It was quite a dry chocolate but never turned gritty.
Appearance - 6.8/10 - It wasn't really particularly pretty in the way that it was presented, but the chocolate had a really good formation and had a really good snap to it, you could tell it had been made properly.
Price - 7.2/10 - I got mine for £2.49 for 70g I think, I thought this was quite a reasonable price considering you would pay a bit more for something like Lindt.
Overall - 7.6/10 - I am rather shocked that I actually enjoyed this and will definately be trying and sampling more dark chocolate soon!

I'm not too sure of where you can buy this from online, I know that TK Maxx seem to have a lot of it and I heard that Tesco is stocking it now too? If you want to look at the Dolfin range though you can visit their website.


  1. TK Maxx sells some of the best stuff! 88% is a strange percentage I think, I can only eat anything above 80% stuffed inside dried fruit!

  2. James likes T K Max for that reason too...

    ...he likes getting the Hersheys chocolate syrup ;o)