10 Best American Chocolates
When Americans need an afternoon pick-me-up, many of us turn to chocolate. It’s no surprise, as various companies have turned the making and marketing of chocolate into a bit of an art form. There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to chocolate here, but you may be looking for some of the highest quality options. Swiss chocolate and Belgian chocolate are usually recognized as some of the best chocolates in the world, but there are fantastic American chocolates to choose from as well. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of what we believe to be the best American chocolate brands on the market today. In order to rank each product, our criteria include aroma, taste, user experiences, and value/affordability.
10. Newman’s Own Organic Chocolate Cup Dark Peppermint
As the name suggests, this chocolate candy from Newman’s Own is packed with all-natural ingredients. However, they don’t skimp on the flavor, so keep in mind that you’re still getting a product that is packed with sugar. Users report excellent taste and texture for this chocolate, and they say it has a pleasant, melt-in-your-mouth quality and a sweet aftertaste. Note that while some users are happy to claim that this candy is healthy and good for you, we recommend checking out the ingredients list; natural ingredients make the best chocolate, but that doesn’t always translate to healthy. This is an affordable chocolate snack, but because it is also fused with peppermint, the cocoa content is not high enough to give it a better spot on the list.
9. Lake Champlain Chocolates Dark Spicy Aztec Bar
This chocolate has a delightfully spicy taste, with many users convinced that it has just the right amount of “heat” for their palettes. The combination of chocolate and spices gives the bar a pleasant aroma, sure to please anyone that enjoys peppery hints in their chocolate bars. All ingredients are high-quality USDA certified organic, and the product is even suitable for vegans.
If we have one complaint, it is the affordability. The price is only for one 3-ounce bar of chocolate.
8. Schar Chocolate Hazelnut Bars
These hazelnut bars provide a mild, sweet taste that combines the pleasant aroma of hazelnuts with the crunchy textures of chocolate. The bars contain natural ingredients that are both gluten-free and relatively low in sodium content. This provides consumers with excellent taste and texture without adding too many unwanted calories. Users love the taste, and celiac households, in particular, enjoy it. However, some consumers report that shipping costs are more than the value of the chocolate itself.
7. Clif Builder’s Chocolate Protein Bar
Another favorite that has been around for decades, the Clif Bar appeals to a variety of chocolate enthusiasts. It comes in a variety of appealing flavors that include additions to your chocolate, such as hazelnuts. We’ve chosen the pure chocolate version here, which, like all Clif Bars, is packed not only with delicious, natural chocolate, but a great boost of protein for a workout or just those times when you’re out and about and don’t have food at hand. The price is great too and it is, of course, discounted from the list price for further savings.
6. Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Cabernet Bar
One of the best things about this dark chocolate from Ghirardelli is the wonderful aroma of blackberries that enhances the chocolatey experience. It also infuses just a hint of grapes into the mixture, and does so without overwhelming the perfectly textured chocolate taste. Many users love the incredible mix of flavors, and it comes highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a bit of wine. This chocolate includes real vanilla and other natural ingredients, and our only complaint is that the price seems high for single bars.
5. Hershey’s Chocolate Candy Bar Assortment
If you’re looking for a huge variety of the best American chocolate bars, this is the product for you. It includes regular milk chocolate, chocolate infused with almonds, Kit Kat wafers, Reese’s cups, and much more. We like the affordability of this box, as it provides over fifty different bars for one price. This gives users a chance to try a variety of tastes and aromas from the various bars in the Hershey’s lineup. Our one complaint would be that some users report missing bar types or getting different bars than those promised in the product description.
4. Mr. Goodbar Chocolate Candy Bar with Peanuts
This popular line from Hershey’s provides chocolate-lovers with the smooth taste of milk chocolate combined with a crunchy nut texture and aroma for a very satisfactory experience.
Most users are very happy not only with the taste of the chocolate and the quality of the bars, but the shipping conditions as well. Almost all boxes arrive intact, with no melted, broken, or missing chocolate. In very rare cases, some consumers were missing bars in their packages. Other than this, the product provides a very inexpensive option for getting a large amount of great chocolate at once.
3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snack Size
Readers likely expect that some of the most beloved brands are going to take the top spots on our best American chocolate list, and Reese’s is no different. The smooth taste and mild aroma of Hershey’s patented chocolate recipe fuses with the peanut butter for a creamy and pleasant texture that is sure to please nearly everyone. Of course, you also get premium Hershey’s ingredients too, and this is a product that has remained essentially the same for years. Most consumers are in love with this product thanks to its taste and the added value of regular-sized cups in a jumbo bag. In very rare cases, consumers report receiving a bag of stale candy.
2. Chocolove Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate
Chocolove may not be as well-known as some other brands, but it’s still some of the best American chocolate available today. This particular line features a smooth semi-sweet taste of dark chocolate. The cocoa is mixed with a hint of orange aroma to give it just a bit of an extra kick that many consumers will appreciate. Excellent natural ingredients round out this pleasing experience, and most users describe the product as being entirely satisfactory. Although not a downside per se, this chocolate tastes best when stored at temps of sixty degrees or so.
1. Raw Crunch Bars Organic Dark Chocolate
These bars from Raw Crunch take the top spot as the best American chocolate. Not only do they have excellent taste and texture that users love, but they’re also some of the best bars on the market for those who need insulin control but don’t want to sacrifice quality and taste. They contain all-natural ingredients, and are gluten and dairy-free. They come in a variety of flavors, and are quite affordable, with twelve bars in each box.
There’s no shortage of choices for chocolate treats these days. However, if you’re looking for some of the best American chocolate, with quality ingredients, pleasant aromatic hints, and smooth tastes, we’re certain this list has something for you. If we skipped the best American chocolate brand of your choice, leave us a comment telling us about it.