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Scharffen Berger Chocolate Bar, Markham Valley Semi-Sweet (68% Cacao), 3-Ounce Bars (Pack of 6)


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  • Pack of six 3-ounce (85g) bars, 18-ounces (510g) total
  • 68% Cacao Semi-sweet Chocolate made from cocoa beans grown in the Markham Valley of Paupua New Guinea
  • This chocolate is pleasantly creamy, with notes of red fruit, cherry and raisin, with a hint of vanilla
  • OU Kosher certified
  • Manufactured by Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker; Robinson, IL, 62454

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Cacao Beans; Suga; Cocoa Butter; Non-GMO Soy Lecithin; Whole Vanilla Beans

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SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker sources and blends the world's best cacao beans using the highest quality ingredients and a wine-maker's expertise to build layers of chocolate flavor. Our commitment to artisanal chocolate making guarantees consistent quality and taste in every bar from start to finish.

Scharffenberger product variations and Cacao percentages

Our Chocolate Flavors

Milk Chocolate Bar — 41% Cacao

With hints of luxurious caramel, our 41% Cacao milk chocolate is as rich as it is creamy.

Milk Chocolate Nibby Bar (Milk Chocolate w/Roasted Cacao Nibs) — 41% Cacao

Our 41% Milk Nibby unites the luxurious caramel richness of our milk chocolate with the delicious and crunchy texture of roasted cacao beans, also known as nibs.

Milk Chocolate with Sea Salted Almonds Bar — 41% Cacao

Roasted almonds with a hint of sea salt add a nutty flavor to the caramel richness of our milk chocolate in our 41% Cacao Milk Almond.

Semi-Sweet Bar — 62% Cacao

With soft notes of citrus and honey overtones, our 62% Cacao Semisweet bar has a perfectly balanced flavor profile.

Dark Chocolate Nibby Bar (Dark Chocolate w/Roasted Cacao Nibs) — 62% Cacao

Our 62% Nibby combines the honey overtones of our semisweet chocolate with the delicious and crunchy texture of roasted cacao beans, also known as nibs.

Mocha (Dark Chocolate w/Freshly Roasted Coffee) Chocolate Bar — 62% Cacao

With great texture and real coffee in every bite, our 62% Cacao Mocha Chocolate bar is made with finely ground Sumatran coffee.

Bittersweet Bar — 70% Cacao

With bright fruitiness and a long, smooth finish, our 70% Cacao Bittersweet bar embodies everything we love about cacao.

Extra Dark Chocolate Bar — 82% Cacao

Like fine red wine, our 82% Cacao Extra Dark Chocolate bar has rich notes of dried figs and a mild peppery spiciness.

Our vintage melangeur's massive granite rollers slowly and gently crush the cacao nib into chocolate liquor, while preserving the complex flavors of the cacao.
Our vintage melangeur's massive granite rollers slowly and gently crush the cacao nib into chocolate liquor, while preserving the complex flavors of the cacao.

An American Artisan: The Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker Story

America's first contemporary artisan chocolate manufacturer, SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker set out to craft the richest, most flavorful chocolate by sourcing the best cacao in the world and blending it in small batches using vintage equipment.

SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker was founded in 1997 by chocolate connoisseur Robert Steinberg and winemaker John Scharffenberger. The pair tested multiple combinations before perfecting a unique blend that highlighted the true flavor of cacao instead of masking it with sugar and other flavors. The result is an array of truly distinctive chocolates with balance and complexity — not unlike those found in exceptional wines.

As the first American "bean-to-bar" chocolate manufacturer in over 50 years, SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker led this country's contemporary resurgence in artisan chocolate-making. It was also the first chocolate maker to label their chocolate with the percentage of cacao inside.

Stack of Scharffenberger chocolate

Today, SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker travels the world to source the finest cacao. We select the best beans from small sustainable farms in fabled cacao-producing countries: Madagascar, Indonesia, Trinidad, Venezuela, Brazil, Guatemala, Vietnam, Grenada, Paupua New Guinea, Bali, Ghana and Peru. Of the more than 150 samples we taste each year, only a select few are chosen to become SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate. Beans from each region are picked for their unique flavor characteristics, and our roasting parameters are specially developed for each origin to bring out the best in each flavor. We blend these freshly roasted beans to produce our signature flavors, balanced and complex, highlighting the true, rich flavors of cacao.

This artisan process, honed with a wine-maker's attention to craftsmanship, results in the richest, most flavorful chocolate you've ever tasted.

Product Description

Scharffen Berger's Chocolate Maker's Series - While searching the globe for the finest cacao, occasionally we find a limited supply of exceptional single-origin beans that deserve to be savored on their own. We bring this taste experience to you through our Chocolate Maker's Series limited edition chocolate bars. This edition of our Chocolate Maker's Series was created EXCLUSIVELY for Amazon.com

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B005SWGGZ8
  • UPC: 643392500002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,107 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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Customer Reviews

I love dark chocolate, usually in the 70-72% range.
M. Carson
On the tongue, the chocolate melts with a luxurious creaminess, totally smooth and rich.
Brenda Frank
Recommended only if you really like very dark chocolate.
C

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mayflower Girl TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 30, 2011
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It was Black Friday and I saw these on special. On a whim, I ordered them. I almost wish I hadn't. I don't know if I can ever go back. I hope Amazon starts offering these on subscribe & save.

Really really good. Tastes much sweeter/creamier than I would expect for the percentage of cacao. I think these could easily become an affordable indulgence. About 1/3 of a bar is my limit, though. Enough to give me all the flavanoids and pleasure I want. Eat it slowly. Savor it. Great for any chocolate fan you know.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Frank VINE VOICE on November 2, 2011
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A subsidiary of Hersheys, Scharffen Berger is a small company in San Francisco that actually makes chocolate, from the beans. It deals directly with the growers to select and purchase high quality cacao beans of specific origins. Scharffen Berger does not advertise its chocolate as "Fair Trade" chocolate, but has a policy of not buying beans from the west coast of Africa, where the industry is know to practice slavery and use child labor. Note: this chocolate is not labeled "organic."

This chocolate bar is labeled as a semisweet "limited edition," single origin bar from Markham Valley, Papua, New Guinea with 68% cacao. Covering the preliminaries, the appearance is perfect, nice and firm with a smooth gloss. The bar breaks with a sharp snap, indicating proper tempering of the chocolate. The smell is of dark, intense chocolate. No kid stuff, here. Although labeled semisweet, 68% cacao is just 2% less that Sharffen Berger's bittersweet bar, with 70% cacao.

On the tongue, the chocolate melts with a luxurious creaminess, totally smooth and rich. If you allow it to linger on your tongue, you do get hints of raisin and cherry. Isn't it interesting how chocolate can have these fruity, complex overtones, just like a good wine? The finish is of intense chocolate, as you would expect. This is high quality, serious, adult chocolate, good for a special occasion or when you need a real boost.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Fischer VINE VOICE on November 30, 2011
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I am not a chocolate connoisseur but have enjoyed Godiva chocolates and small batch artisanal chocolate from a variety of stores. This is by far the best chocolate I have ever eaten, which was a bit of a surprise since it is a mass-marketed chocolate bar.

The aroma even before the bar is unwrapped is a preview of the flavors. This limited edition bar is part of the Chocolate Maker's Series and has 68% cacao. It is described as semi-sweet (although an introduction by Alice Medrich in Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg states that "Most standard semisweet chocolate is 55-60% cacao.").

I hosted a chocolate tasting at work so that I incorporate more feedback than just my own, since taste is so subjective. This chocolate got nearly-universal rave reviews. There is no bitterness (despite the relatively high percentage of cacao) and it dissolves nicely on the tongue with no unpleasant aftertaste or oiliness. The label aptly notes the flavors of cherry, raisin and vanilla which are noticeable (unlike wine which I haven't often found to taste like the description). The only taster who didn't like it said it was too fruity.

The 3oz bar is approximately 3" x 6.5" - the perfect size for a stocking stuffer!

I didn't see nutrition information listed in the description, so here it is for anyone who wants it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Hawkins on January 14, 2012
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Once I bought my husband a bar of Valrhona while traveling and he thought was the best dark chocolate ever. He forgot the exact percentage though, and the next time I went through that airport, I picked him up another bar. It was bitter and darker than the one he loved so much.

I bought the Sharffen Berger Markham for my hubby on a lightning deal just before Christmas. He forgot about them and pulled them out of the pantry yesterday. All I can say is WOW! I felt a little bad eating half of a bar on my own (my husbands present!), but what started as needing just a "tooth" of chocolate, quickly grew after my first taste. The bar is exceptionally creamy, perfectly dark and sweet enough all at the same time. The addictive taste reminded me strongly of dark chocolate-covered raisins. I went for another tooth after dinner tonight, only to find the bar gone. My husband loved it too, and announced that these bars beat the Valrhona experience, hands-down. Turns out 68% is the magic number!

I don't think my (umm, I mean my husband's) "six-pack" will last long. I am back to Amazon because we noticed the words, "limited edition" on the label and need to get some more before they are all gone!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Your neighbor on December 14, 2011
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I purchased the special Amazon deal of 6 bars of Scharffen Berger Limited Edition Markham Valley Papua New Guinea 68% cacao. I was very much looking forward to a hugh taste experience since high cacao content is my taste preference and having the flavonoid properties.

The bar breaks clean without tiny brittle pieces even though you have to use a little more strength to break your desired piece as compared to another cacao bar I will mention at the end of this review. The label states pleasantly creamy. I honestly think it tastes some time in your mouth before you notice the creamy taste.
The label states notes of cherry and raisin. Well guess what, the second piece I tasted actually had notes of cherry and raisin. However, as I wrote in my title the overall general taste is very unusual unlike any high cacoa bar I've tasted before. The unique and unusual taste I find uninviting. Actually for me a disappointment since I am comparing this product to another I truly enjoy 100% each time I take a small healthful treat.

The other cacao bar I prefer in taste is Green & Black's Organic 70% dark Chocolate. The pieces do not break clean like Scharffen Berger but it breaks easier. You get very tiny brittle pieces. The creamy taste is immediate in your mouth. The smooth chocolate taste is so pleasant and delicious, you want more and more.

For these reasons Scharffen Berger gets 3 stars. I suggest you try both cacao bars and do your own taste test.
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