Like milk chocolate but think you should be having dark chocolate because everyone says so? Here’s the compromise: Dark Milk What?!
Chocolate makers have upped the cocoa content in these bars from your more traditional milk bars (thus, Dark) but have also included a little dairy (thus Milk). Once you try these bars you may decide to sit right in the middle of milk and dark.
Starting with AKESSON’S 55% Dark Milk bar, the cocoa is from the Fazenda Sempre Firme in Bahia, Brazil. Owned by AKESSON, this farm is situated in the middle of the Mata Atlantica, a wild forest with the highest biodiversity on earth. The cacao has grown here since the beginning of the 20th century and grows beans with intensely chocolatey notes. AKESSON'S believes that alone makes them the perfect bean for a Dark Milk bar.
Dick Taylor’s 58% Dark Milk bar is a combination of Madagascar cocoa beans and Humboldt Creamery Milk. Humboldt is the home town of Dick Taylor and they love using locally made ingredients in their bars. The Madagascar beans are usually described as berry and citrusy in their notes, however with addition of the milk, the ﬂavour described by Dick Taylor is more almond butter and caramel. The chocolate has a smooth creamy texture and melts easily, releasing the ﬂavours of the bar. There is still a hint of citrus detected, adding an interesting twist!
New to the Hummingbird assortment of bars and oh so creamy is Dark Milk Tumaco 60%. This Columbian bean has stone fruit and honey ﬂavour notes that seem to be accentuated with the addition of dairy. Sweet with a little bit of tanginess. New but already recognized for its ﬂavour, this bar earned a Bronze at the International Chocolate Awards in 2019.
Chocolat Bonnat offers a very distinct 65% dark milk bar as part of their Grand Crus collection. The Surabaya bar is made with pale coloured beans from East Java, described as having a range of mild and complex ﬂavours. Bonnat has said this is why the beans were chosen for 'a milk bar like no other'. The bar is sweet and creamy with some smokiness to it. Very luxurious mouth feel and beautiful melt.