Today I’m going to break all the rules about blogging:
- I’m not going to write a 1500-word informative article.
- It’s not likely that my article is going to help anyone.
- I’m not going to look for appropriate keywords and
- I’m not going to go back and change the “I’m not’s” in this paragraph to something less repetitive.
- I am probably going to use way too many images which will cause my page to load slowly.
Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow. I’m a better writer when I break the rules and ramble about what I know.
I know chocolate. 🙂
After that, the food pyramid came along, followed by “my plate”. Both of these inspired additional versions to support a myriad of dietary requirements.
Although I am not into dieting, I have been searching for the right food plan for my needs. I think I have finally found what works for me. It looks something like this:
- Coffee – 5%
- Chocolate – 15%
- Coffee and chocolate mixed together – 10%
- Fruits, veggies and other real food – 60%
- Processed junk – 10%
- HAPPINESS with the result – 100%
If you are a visual learner, it looks like this:
Before you gasp in disbelief, understand that aside from a bit of a struggle with osteoarthritis and sciatica which I write about here, I am healthier and happier than I have ever been in my life. My weight is considered “normal”. My brain fog has diminished and I have plenty of energy. Since I started taking CBD oil, I am also sleeping better than ever.
The exception to that rule is when I go to Starbucks in the afternoon and order a decaf coffee like I did yesterday. That keeps me up late and causes me to wake up several times throughout the night. This leads to excessive rambling rather than thoughtful research in blogging. Sorry.
Okay, enough rambling. I said all of that to say this:
In a recent article, I wrote about the best dark chocolate. I tried really hard to do the right thing with research and keywords and all but in the end, I wasn’t happy with the article. It was lame. Sorry if you liked it. If you read it and thought, “I could do better than that”, please feel free to rewrite it. I’ll link to your article or post it on my site with a link to your site.
So, anyhow, I actually did research to write that article. It wasn’t fun and it took me several days because I’m just not all that organized about writing sometimes. I have too many things going on at the same time and I flit around doing a mediocre job at a variety of things.
(Am I rambling too much? I think I’m rambling too much.)
While searching for a way to answer the keyword-rich question, “What is the best dark chocolate?”, I started looking into the ingredients of various products that are labeled “dark chocolate”.
Good dark chocolate does not have a bunch of ingredients. Look for cocoa and sugar.
My “go to” resource for product information is Amazon. I love reading their reviews, even if I am shopping elsewhere. That’s how I found Taza Chocolate and I was intrigued by what I read.
Taza chocolate is made differently from most chocolate on the market and here’s how.
Taza Chocolate Does Not Contain Unnecessary Ingredients
Here’s what’s inside the wrapper:
- Wicked Dark – 95% dark – Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar.
- Sea Salt and Almond – 80% dark – Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic almonds, organic cocoa butter, sea salt, organic vanilla beans.
- Raspberry Crunch – 70% dark – Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, puffed quinoa, organic cocoa butter, organic raspberry oil (organic vegetable oil and natural flavors), organic vanilla beans.
- Espresso Buzz – 70% dark – Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic coffee beans, organic cocoa butter, natural coffee flavor, organic vanilla beans.
At this point, I should be deeply ashamed that I am transferring this information off of empty chocolate bar wrappers, but I am not. I am blissfully happy. I will, however, now go to my unopened stash, as follows.
- Deliciously Dark – 70% dark – Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic vanilla beans.
- Chocolate Mexicano Super Dark (disc) – 85% dark – Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar.
I thought I had one with coconut. Where’s my bar with coconut? Oh, I remember. That’s the one I’m working on now. Hang on. I’ll go get it.
- Wicked Dark with Toasted Coconut – 95% dark – Organic cacao beans, organic coconut, organic cane sugar.
After completing my “research” about the ingredients in chocolate on Amazon, I was impressed with Taza so I went to their website to have a look around. This is what I learned.
Taza Chocolate is Stone Ground
When my kids were little, we made frequent trips to Chocolate World in Hershey, PA, where there’s a fun & free “factory tour” ride.
“Follow cocoa beans on a delicious journey in this immersive and FREE chocolate making tour. See, feel, hear and smell the transformation of cocoa beans to HERSHEY’S famous chocolate on this fun tour. Then, enjoy a complimentary Hershey’s product sample at the end!”
I assumed all chocolate was made that way.
Taza Chocolate is different. It’s stone-ground, which means that it is less processed and has more flavor. The texture is completely different from any other chocolate I have ever tried. Instead of being “melt in your mouth creamy”, it has a more “gritty”, “crunchy” texture. It’s so GOOD! This is food, people. Flavorful, antioxidant-packed, mood-lifting FOOD.
Taza Chocolate is Direct Trade Certified
You have heard of “Fair Trade” products, I assume. Taza has taken this a step farther (further?) with its Direct Trade program. In their own words, “We have real, face-to-face relationships with growers who respect the environment and fair labor practices. They provide us with the best organic cacao, and we pay them prices significantly higher than Fair Trade.”
This, too, makes me happy.
Taza Chocolate has Factory Tours!
They give out free samples!!!
Side note: I refrain from accepting free Hershey samples. It’s not hard.
Someday, when I get rich from rambling about chocolate, I am going to meet up with my friend Cheri and we are going to drive there and check it out. (Right, Cheri? Say “yes”. I NEED you to come with me because you have so much more self-control than I have and maybe you can keep me in line. Please take my credit card away before we get to the door. Caution: I may have more than one. Take them all.)
One final thought: I think I may be able to use my chocolate wrappers as free wallpaper. See? Taza Chocolate is even environmentally friendly.
As I sign off, I will leave you with one final thing: a link to Taza Chocolate’s Website. They have an email list and if you sign up and are lucky like me, they will offer you a discount on your first order. I love discounts! If you spend $25+, you’ll get free shipping, too! After that, they send you emails with more offers that are hard to resist. Seriously. I had to conjure up my “inner Cheri” to resist the discount they just offered on their extra dark choices. Man, that was hard!
Oh, yeah. One more final thing.
I am not an affiliate with Taza Chocolate.
I would be if they had an affiliate program but they do not. I share this because I really think that they provide the best dark chocolate and I want my readers to have the best.
Taza Chocolate is also available from Amazon, where I am an affiliate. If you order from there, you’ll miss out on the discounts and emails but you will still get to try the best dark chocolate. Don’t worry. I’ll be happy either way, knowing you are happy and healthy because you are experiencing the best.
My Personal Guarantee
If for any reason you buy Taza Chocolate and you do not love it, feel free to send it to me. I guarantee I will be completely satisfied!
Have you tried Taza Chocolate? If yes, what did you think? If no, what’s your favorite chocolate? Get in on the conversation by commenting below.
Then there are the buttons below. I’m not exactly sure what they do but you can play with them if you want to.
Bam! 1500 words exactly. See what happens when I don’t try so hard?