Lindy's Rating: 5.0 (previously **)
Richard's Rating: 5.0 (previously **)
Swiss Dark had a medium-dark brown Bracken (PANTONE 19-1015) color and a hard snap. The chocolate gave off aromas of sweetness in scents of brown sugar and caramel, roast in the scent of cocoa, and earthiness. There was also a hint of fruit that I think was some sort of berry.
The taste of Swiss Dark was quite sweet with a fruit flavor that we identified as pear. I also noticed a roast flavor. The chocolate melted smoothly, and when it was gone, the flavor lasted 10-15 seconds (a short length). The final aftertaste was not bitter, leaving only a slight sourness as a finish.
Lindy and I both rated this bar **. At $1.99, Trader Joe's Swiss Dark Chocolate is a bargain at the lowest price per ounce ($0.56) of all the bars we both rated ** (in contrast with the Amedei Toscano Black 70 we reviewed yesterday, which is the most expensive ** bar at $3.69 per ounce). You can see all of our chocolate ratings and relative prices on our Best Chocolate Values page.
For reference, the Swiss Dark bar reviewed here had a best before date of June 30, 2012.