Videri Dark Chocolate Bars are handcrafted, bean-to-bar, and made with only whole, organic, and fair trade ingredients. There’s not a speck of soy lecithin or other additives in site, and they even run a nut-free, gluten-free facility.
I originally tried their bars in 2014, but many things have changed about their product line since then. First, their dark bars got a cacao upgrade. They were 60%, 70%, and 90%, but are now 70%, 75%, and 90%. They also changed their packaging – both a new look, and just one bar (instead of two) per box. This makes the price quite a bit higher, unfortunately. I still recommend this as a gift-worthy, high-end brand, but we won’t be buying it as a regular treat ourselves. That would get too expensive considering we eat a bar a day in our home.
Tasting Notes for Videri Dark Chocolate Bars
With my trusty chocolate-tasting sidekick on hand, Caroline of Grateful Foodie, we sampled our way through five Videri dark chocolate bars (they do make one milk chocolate selection, at last check, which is not dairy-free).
Videri 60% Sea Salt Chocolate Bars (Now 70% Cacao)
My notes are from when this bar was 60% cacao, but it is now slightly darker at 70% cacao. We both agreed that this is a very nice, top quality, smooth dark chocolate with nary a hint of bitterness. It tastes amazing when nibbled alone as a simple indulgence with the sea salt heightening the overall flavor. As a huge sea salt + chocolate fan, the lack of stand-out salt with each bite was disappointing. Crystals sporadically dotted the underside, but didn’t seem to be dispersed throughout the bar. Nonetheless, it was a scrumptious treat.
Videri 75% Dark Chocolate Bars
Caroline was hesitant to keep moving up the cacao latter, as she isn’t a dark, dark chocolate fan. Likewise, I usually stop at around 70% cacao, and do actually adore nibbling on semi-sweet. But this was perhaps one of the most mellow 75% cacao chocolate bars that either of us had tasted. It was just beginning to venture into that deep, slightly bitter characteristic of most dark chocolates, but was still quite luxurious.
Videri 90% Ecuadorian Dark Chocolate Bars
At this point, we both though, “Why not? The 75% was good, let’s go for the gusto and give the 90% a try”. I was in shock when Caroline proclaimed, “This is the only 90% chocolate I’ve ever liked!” Definitely deep and very, very dark, but this nearly pure Videri dark chocolate bar has many flavor nuances to keep things interesting and it wasn’t nearly as bitter as expected. It was still a little dark for my tastes, but Caroline was happy to take the bar home. “It’s screaming for some wine!”, she said.
The Facts on Videri Dark Chocolate Bars
Price: $6 to $7.50 per 1.4-ounce bar
Availability: Videri Dark Chocolate Bars are primarily sold via the company’s website below.
Certifications: We did not note any certifications on Videri Dark Chocolate Bars.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Videri Dark Chocolate Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Videri website at www.viderichocolatefactory.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.