Today I bought a 3-oz SCHARFFEN BERGER Extra Dark bar from Cardullo’s for $6.99. Rip-off factor: high. It sells for $4.95 on the website. What’s more, I found the same bar at very-nearby Market in the Square for only $3.95. I really need to stop buying chocolate at Cardullo’s.
They promise a Distinctive Taste Experience and claim to be America’s first contemporary artisan chocolate manufacturer, although they’ve only been around since 1997. Good job SCHARFFEN BERGER marketing team (though you lose points for the all-caps brand name). I would not have pegged this as a new-ish American company. They got the European Historic Chocolate Expertise aura down pat.
SCHARFFEN BERGER was founded by lymphomatic family doctor Robert Steinberg and vintner John Scharffenberger. They claim to be the first American bean-to-bar manufacturers since the 1940s, and the first to label their products with cacao percentages. And now they are owned by Hershey’s.
The diagonal design is pretty, and, with some care, can be snapped off in triangles. That’s elegance for you! Upon biting, the chocolate flakes into delicate little shards with clean edges. It’s a smooth, creamy bar. I taste vanilla, and autumn fruits like apples or pears (the wrapper says figs so I guess I’m close). Not at all dry but a cool, clean flavor that doesn’t linger long.
Found at Cardullo’s, but go to Market in the Square for it.
60 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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