According to the Fine Chocolate Industry Association, fine dark chocolate should only contain the following ingredients: "Cacao liquor (or cocoa mass), sugar, cacao butter, lecithin, and vanilla". So when I casually glanced at the ingredients list of a Nestlé 70% Dark Chocolate Aero bar at the grocery store the other day, I was surprised to see that the ingredients for this chocolate bar fit the definition by the FCIA. So I asked myself a question: Can a commercially sold "candy bar" be considered fine chocolate?
So if going by the FCIA definition, Nestlé has, in fact, produced a fine dark chocolate bar with bubbles. Of course, I'm sure many chocolate connoisseurs would argue that the beans should be hand-selected and the chocolate should be bean-to-bar artisan-made in order to be considered "fine" chocolate. They would probably also argue that the beans should be superior and there should be an abundance of flavour from the environment where the beans were grown, which should come through in the flavour of the chocolate. That is not the case with Nestlé's 70% Aero bar.
I too consider artisan-made chocolate from single origin criollo or trinitario beans to be far superior to commercially marketed candy bars. However, since Nestlé has simplified the Aero dark chocolate bar's ingredients (unlike the use of a multitude of complex and unnatural ingredients in other commercial candy bars), and since they use natural flavouring and it tastes great, why not consider it to be fine accessible chocolate? In other words, it's fine chocolate for the masses. With bubbles.
I'll leave it up to you as to decide if it can be considered fine chocolate. As for me, I only know that I will probably eat another one when a craving for dark chocolate hits me again in the grocery store.
Fore more information on the Aero Dark Chocolate bar by Nestlé, go to: http://www.nestle.ca/. Here are some more stats from the package of this chocolate bar:
Licensee: Nestlé Canada Inc., North York, ON
Ingredients: Dark Chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, natural flavour). May contain milk.