Rest In Peace
You'd have more luck finding that pot of gold under the rainbow than this precious gem of a dark chocolate. I was a fervid guzzler of this stuff before its untimely demise from Australian supermarket shelves a year or two ago. Nothing else available at the mainstream chains comes close.
I sent a short, somewhat humourous message to Whittakers in New Zealand a while back, the gist of which was "Seriously?!". Someone replied not long after with a long thread of emails in tow. It seems my message had bounced from department to department, each tr...ying to pass responsibility onto the next – as though it merited some crucial response. I always imagined Whittakers to be a fun place to work, something akin to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. But the tone in their notes to each other was quite somber, almost depressed. Must be they're just really missing their favourite dark chocolate as much as I am.
Exactly how I imagined it would be. High quality & lovely presentation. A cut above the rest!
Purchased in August 2020 at Woolworths Online store for $6.
Good tasting chocolate
This chocolate is fairly unique in its strength and taste for mainstream brands. Woolworths used to sell it but for some reason stopped. They still have the other brands including dark almond but it's not as good. Strange decision. Found it imported in good old fashioned 250 gram blocks at Coles. Not cheap though.
Purchased in July 2019.
Best dark chocolate
We have eaten this for years and nothing else on the market compares. We even use it in cooking and it is superb. We buy it from IGA.
I love Whittakers Chocolate
Why does woolworths remove Whittakers dark guana chocolate it is the best of the range. It is great chocolate. Woolworths should ensure Whittakers to not reduce the isze of the bars. But you cannot trust woolworths either they would rather you go thru the do it yourself checkout than employ Australian people.
Whittaker Dark Ghana chocolate block
I love this chocolate and it has been removed from Woolworths it is the best dark chocolate in my opinion
I make a very nice chocolate mousse and it never tastes as good if I can't find this wonderful Whittaker's 72% chocolate. Where can I find it? Woolies and Big W don't appear to have it anymore.
Diminishing to now zero -
It was pretty obvious if Whittakers marketing kept reducing the size of bars in Australia from 250gm-220gm- to now 200gm for most lines - then they would soon be deleted, well it has happened, the Dark Ghana has now been deleted from WW -
Rating? the product itself flavour, texture PLUS 5 stars, the Australian bar size and marketing mess MINUS 5 stars, shame on you Whittakers.
This chocolate is delicious
I've been looking for a low sugar option for chocolate and this dark Ghana fits the bill and tastes amazing.
It doesn't taste bitter like some dark chocolates do.
Delicious, appealing and excellent bite sizes
This is currently my favorite chocolate confectionery. The 72% cocoa feels just right, it doesn't feel too bitter and has a fairly good taste that will give us those extra healthy benefits that are associated with dark chocolate. The wrapping of the chocolate is done very nicely. When you unwrap the golden foil it looks like something out of a Willy Wonker movie making it look very appealing to the eye. The size is also very decent. It's bigger then your ordinary Cadberry block and almost twice the size of the dark chocolate that Lindt sells. T...he only bad thing I can think of about this bar is that it's a little bit pricey. Usually they go for $5 a bar at Woolies which is much more then your ordinary chocolate but at a premium, I feel that it's benefits are worth the price.
My First Time..
I was craving for the 80% Dark Chocolate. Today I bought the 72% Cocoa Dark Ghana, 250g for a very reasonable price, $3.00, and took it home to try it, for the first time, I didn't think I'll eat a chocolate with a very strong Ghana flavor once it melts in your mouth. That chocolate block will last me a month or 2 to finish it off before buying another Whittaker's Dark Chocolate.
Smooth Chocolate Texture and strong flavour.
Nothing Wrong with it.
250 block now 200g! The stinkers!
Product available again but shrunken down to 200g instead. They've sold out & in my opinion the product isn't as attractive anymore despite being a great taste as it's not the largest-that was the selling point-it was the ONLY 250g block on the market! That was their competitive edge! I used to boast about having found the best choc and value for money but no more as you just KNOW the price is going up next: "production costs in a competitive market" etc..
Largest, best tasting block over the 70% cocoa mark.
It may be an "almost" local brand, but they've gone corporate and global with this attitude-not nice.
Great value >70% chocolate
For my money, this is the best dark chocolate with more than 70% cocoa.
It has a full-on rich flavour and melts well, both in the mouth and the pan (my mouth must be hotter than another reviewers...). It compares very favourably with much more expensive offerings such as Lindt's 70% that I find much coarser and duller in flavour.
Its price tends to be very competitive with those from the big multinationals, and Aussies can feel good about buying something from an almost local independent company.
Nice taste but doesn't melt in the mouth easily
I really like the flavour as it's earthy and not too sweet but found myself chewing it up in the mouth before it would melt properly which doesn't give the nice mouth feel that I like from chocolate. For this reason I would probably only use this as a cooking chocolate in future. Not comparable to the quality of Green and Blacks, but if you want higher quality there is a higher price to pay.
Not smooth enough
A delicious dark chocolate
These regularly go on special at Woolies at two for $5. At that price, and even at the regular $3 for 250 grams, this chocolate is well priced and delicious. Comparing it to its often more expensive companions:
Green & Blacks (G&B) 70%: For taste, the G&Bs beats out the Whittakers by a sliver because it is so soft and creamy. It also features the same delicious vanilla kick of Whittakers Dark Ghana (both of these chocolates feature vanilla flavour as an ingredient). .The G&Bs, at a regular price of around $5 for 100grams and a special price ...of $2.50 for 100 grams is significantly more expensive. It's also worth mentioning that Green & Blacks are now owned by Kraft Foods, who also own Cadbury. This is a shame. Personally, I'm not to keen on monolithic companies like Kraft. They sell some nice products (such as this chocolate) and also a lot of '[censored word removed] in a box' type foods - an ethical company wouldn't sell fellow humans bad products for profit. As a corporation, Kraft is not a responsible global citizen. Cadbury Old Gold 70% Cocoa: Not bad, but a bit powdery and lacking compared to the G&B and Whittakers. The absence of vanilla hurts the Old Gold - vanilla is up there with cinnamon and turmeric as a magic flavouring in my books. With high percent cacao chocolate, vanilla seems to take the edge off the bitterness. See above for my thoughts on Kraft Foods. Lindt Excellence 70%: These 100 gram bars come from Lindt, who typically receive good raps for their chocolate. Even on special, they're over double the price of the Whittaker's (2 x 100g for $5 vs 2 x 250g for $5) at my local supermarket. They're definitely not as tasty either. The Lindt 70% is what I'd call boring. Perfectly good but not decadent like good chocolate should be. It lacks the cocoa butteryness that G&Bs have totally nailed and Whittaker's have done so well. It's the same case with their 85% Cacao block in comparison to G&Bs 85% offering. I wikipedia'd Whittakers tonight expecting to find that they were owned by some massive, multinational conglomerate. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they are a privately held third generation family business, based in New Zealand. They also control their whole manufacturing process, in their words, "bean to bar". I like that.
Questions & Answers
Where can we purchase the Ghana dark chocolate in south Australia?
Where do I buy ? How much is it?
Standard Woolworths item. Around $5 full price for 200 g, often on special.
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