If you're trying to eat healthier but also refuse to give up your chocolate addiction, we have a solution for you: gourmet and health-conscious dark chocolate bars. According to Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, the antioxidants in dark chocolate can protect you against disease-causing free radicals while the flavanols can improve cardiovascular health, among other benefits. And according to those of us with a sweet tooth, it's good for overall happiness simply because it tastes so good.
To celebrate this incredible news, we decided to round up the best dark chocolate bars and bites. Some are foodie-friendly, while others allow you to shop with a conscience or stay true to your dietary restrictions.
Ready to get cuckoo for cacao? Scroll through our selection of the 13 best dark chocolate bars of all time.
This 100 percent cacao chocolate bar is not messing around. The texture is both velvety and crunchy, thanks to the bits of cacao nibs mixed in. It's also vegan, gluten-free, and kosher, so pretty much everyone can enjoy it.
Here's a gourmet alternative to your favorite peanut butter cup dessert. A 74 percent dark chocolate shell encases a ganache stuffed with hand-candied peanuts. Yum.
Based in San Francisco, Dandelion Chocolate makes thoughtfully crafted, small-batch bars. This one comes from woman-run, Asociación Cooperativa La Flor del Cacao Mantuano, a small-scale cooperative on the Venezuelan coast. If you like farm-to-table dining, you'll love bean-to-bar nibbling.
Just looking for a simple, classic bar of dark chocolate? Look no further. Here's a reliably delicious no-frills option.
Complex yet simple in flavor, this 2018 International Chocolate Award-winning bar is a creamy dream, thanks to estate pressed olive oil, lavender, and honey, which gives a silky-smooth consistency and a tantalizing aroma.
This chocolate bar is the perfect go-to when you're overheating but craving dessert because it offers a refreshing burst of cool mint. And you can't beat that gorgeous ombré packaging.
Known for its experimental flavor combinations and artful design, Compartés is blowing our minds with this tequila-lime chocolate collaboration it did with Kelly Wearstler. Bittersweet and intriguing.
This chocolate bar is so much more than a dessert option. As stated on the Letterpress Chocolate website, "Liberation Cocoa rehabilitates cacao farms in the Butuo region of Liberia. Former child soldiers are hired and trained to cultivate and harvest cacao in Grand Bassa and Grand Gedee, and relocate with their families to safer areas."
With 85 percent cacao, this bar of dark chocolate is not only wonderfully rich, but it's also fair-trade, paleo, non-GMO, kosher, vegan, and certified organic. In other words, come one, come all for a bite of this treat.
Made with deshelled cacao beans, this bar is brimming with enough flavor to leave you buzzing in chocolatey delight for hours. All that goodness, and it's still gluten-free.
This bar is the yummy result of a collaboration between Askinosie and the founders behind A Beautiful Mess. Close your eyes as you bite into this bar, and the sweet, fruity taste of toasted coconut will make you feel like you're on a tropical beach getaway.
This treat is unbelievably delicious, and it's almost too beautiful to eat. Sprinkled with fleur de sel and dried rose petals, this would make for a special gift.
While these tasty bites aren't exactly a great dessert choice, they definitely taste like they are. They're sort of like the grown-up version of those gummy vitamins you took as a kid. In fact, each bite of dark chocolate contains 10 billion active bacterial cells to support gut health, plus coconut sugar to prevent insulin spikes.