Dark chocolate (also known as black chocolate or plain chocolate) is a form of chocolate which is made from cocoa butter instead of milk-based butter like milk chocolate, and contains a higher percentage of cocoa. Government and industry standards of what products may be labeled "dark chocolate" vary by country and market.
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, such as polyphenols, and is relatively low in sugar. It has a reputation as a healthier alternative to other types of chocolate, such as milk chocolate. Dark chocolate has been identified as a potential "superfood". This has helped lead to a global increase in demand for dark chocolate.
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||2,708.42 kJ (647.33 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||10.9 g|
|Vitamin A equiv.||
|Vitamin A||39 IU|
|Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
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Dark or plain chocolate is chocolate made with cocoa solids, sugar and cocoa butter (or vegetable oils in cheaper chocolates).
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