As Lindt significantly increased the price for its 85% cocoa chocolate. Sorry, more than two Euros for a bar of industrially made chocolate is ridiculous. While the price of the 70% cocoa chocolate did not increase, it taste apparently changed. Thus, I'm trying other chocolates now. The first attempt was a bar of GEPA fair trade bitter chocolate. Not bad, should have been conched a bit longer, though. However, I absolutely hate the taste of cane sugar in chocolate. Actually, I hate the taste of cane sugar in almost everything except rum.
Next attempt: Kuapa 72%, I believe a Kaufland brand, manufacturer is Zahor, a company from Spain. The list of ingredients should have been a warning. I do expect cocoa, sugar and cocoa butter, of course, so yes: this is chocolate. However, reduced fat cocoa? Rapeseed lecithin? Unspecified "flavour"? This chocolate is far too sweet and has a nasty artificial vanilla taste.
Currently, not part of the competition, as it was a gift from my parents: Chocolata Confiserie Premium Herren Edelbitter (85%). Very tasty. Unfortunately, almost certainly more expensive than Lindt, and I don't come to Braunschweig very often.
Next on the list: Sarotti No. 1 85% cocoa.
I've never been a fan of Stollwerck chocolates, but maybe it's time to give it a try again. It's surprisingly okay-ish. Not an epiphany of taste, slightly too bitter perhaps, but much better than I remembered. Includes soy lecithin and unspecified "flavour", but it does not have that awful artificial vanilla taste of the Kuapa/Zahor chocolate. Not bad at all for the price.