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Review: Aero Dark 70% Cocoa chocolate bar

That's a pretty giant 70 on that Aero Dark 70% Cocoa chocolate bar wrapper.

It’s a Halloween tradition. Every year, when digging around through my surplus fun-size candy, I rediscover Aero. It’s a chocolate bar I’d never normally buy on its own in a full-size version, but in fun-size, it’s perfect.

Why do I like it? Because there are no bells and whistles. It’s just chocolate, infused with a ton of tiny little air bubbles. There are no pieces of candied fruit, no flecks of peanuts, no nougat swirl. After plowing through a ton of more fanciful Halloween treats, the quiet simplicity of Aero wins me over.

Of course, once the Halloween stockpile has been eliminated, I abandon Aero again for another year. It’s a cruel, cruel world for plain-jane chocolate bars.

This year, I thought I’d challenge this slight, just to prove to myself that Aero shouldn’t be neglected in the other months of the year. And what’s this? A dark chocolate Aero? You’re on, chocolate gods. You’re on.

The Pitch: Catchphrase: “Feel the bubbles.” Science-ish: “Aero Dark is made with 70% cocoa, making it an excellent source of magnesium, and it contains naturally occurring polyphenols like epicatechin (44 mg per 42 g bar).”

The Look: Very nice, very classy packaging. The appearance is very modern and “premium,” with gold accents and a palate of dark, rich browns. The bar itself is a series of eight connected speed bumps of chocolate, which makes it easy to share (if that’s your inclination).

The Taste: Aero is half about the taste, and half about the texture. The bubbles change the way the chocolate dissolves in the mouth – it’s a different sensation than with a piece of solid chocolate. As much as I like dark chocolate, I think the standard Aero milk chocolate is a better match for this bubbly treatment. The chocolate itself has a lightly fruity intensity (as expected with a 70% cocoa chocolate bar), though the flavour is more dull than it could be. It feels like it’s missing something. What, I don’t know, but something’s not quite right.

 

All bubbly inside, just like a regular milk chocolate Aero bar.

RATINGS AND DETAILS

Cost: $1.49 at Shoppers Drug Mart in Calgary.

Value for cash money: Good.

Availability: Here and there. It’s not one of the standard handful of bars that you’ll find on every candy rack, but it’s not obscure.

Nutrition?: Per bar (42 grams): 250 calories, 16 grams of fat, 0 mg of sodium, 4 grams of fibre, 3 grams of protein. Vitamin/mineral wise, 35% daily value of iron, and 25% daily value of magnesium.

The verdict: OK. Clearly not as good as a premium chocolate bar, but an OK step in the right direction. I prefer the milk chocolate Aero.

The look? Like a series of speed bumps you think will never end.

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