Magazine article USA TODAY

Pure, Dark, & Delicious Invaders from Mars

Magazine article USA TODAY

Pure, Dark, & Delicious Invaders from Mars

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The health benefits of dark chocolate have been well documented. It can lower blood pressure and is a potent antioxidant, which can help protect against heart disease and other ailments. The challenge is to find one that has the flavor profiles we're looking for.

Pure Dark, a division of Mars Chocolate, Hackettstown, N.J., delivers an authentic and earthy chocolate experience with its line of premium handcrafted specialty items. Expert chocolatiers measure, mix, and taste-test every batch to ensure quality and consistency. Made from select beans, the signature blend includes robust ingredients for a diverse product offering.

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Pure Dark Slabs come nearly an inch thick, with a dense--and intense--deep cocoa flavor. Enhanced by the tantalizing crunch of natural cocoa bean nibs, Slabs are available in plain dark chocolate; dark chocolate with caramelized nibs and coarse sugar; and dark chocolate with roasted and caramelized nibs.

The Pure Dark collection of Barks are sheets of intensely deep, dark chocolate studded with a harvest of plump dried fruits and crunchy nuts, followed by a sprinkling of lightly roasted, crushed natural cocoa beans. Classic Bark contains sour cherries with salted almonds and caramelized nibs; Island Bark showcases tropical mango, macadamia nut, and toasted nibs; and Fusion Bark has zesty crystallized ginger, salted pecans, and caramelized nibs. …

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