dark chocolate


: chocolate that is dark in color and contains a high percentage cocoa and cocoa butter, usually no milk, and varying amounts of sugar
Imagine opening your mailbox and finding a three-pound bar of 70 percent pure dark chocolate. Elizabeth Eilender
The tart mousse was served in a dark chocolate cup, topped with meringue, and finished with a crisp wafer. Fran Bellamy
compare milk chocolate, white chocolate

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web More cheese – this time manchego – tops a seafood or vegetarian orzo paella before making way for a dark chocolate hazelnut cheesecake with candied orange. Benjy Egel, sacbee, 13 Feb. 2018 The week started off with a Raf Simons bacchanal complete with Belgian waffles, dark chocolate, and red wine. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2018 Plain dark chocolate is recommended over milk chocolate or chocolates with a sugary filling, such as caramel or cherry. Michael Suchar, Philly.com, 13 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dark chocolate was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Dark chocolate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dark%20chocolate. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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