Product Type: Co-op Fairtrade Chocolate
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A very bitter dark chocolate.
Co-op Fairtrade Dark Chocolate
Member Name: kiss_me2070
Co-op Fairtrade Dark Chocolate
Advantages: Don't/Can't eat too much, Helps sugar cravings
Disadvantages: Others may find it too bitter.
* ~ * THE BAR * ~ *
I purchased this bar from my local Co-Op which cost me approximately 60pThe bar comes in a dark brown paper wrapper which is quite thick. On the front in a silver box it states the item is part of the Truly Irresistible range. It also states that the chocolate is fair-trade and is 85% Cocoa. This is a small bar and contains 40g of Ghanaian dark chocolate. On the back on the wrapper you can find nutritional information, ingredients, advice, contact information and how to dispose of the wrapper. When wrapped the chocolate measures 11cm long and is 5cm wide, so although this is a small bar there's plenty of chocolate there, especially as dark chocolate can be very sickly. I opened one of the flaps of paper wrapper on the bottom of the bar and this opened easily to reveal a silver embossed type foil, which was also wrapped round the chocolate. The foil was embossed with lines and made the chocolate look quite expensive than it would if they have used thin, plain foil.
The following is per bar which is 40g:
* Calories - 235
* Fat - 20.3g (23% GDA)
* Saturates - 12.8g (64% GDA)
* Sugars - 5.5g (7% GDA)
* Salt - Trace (<1% GDA)
Product may contain nuts, gluten and wheat.
Not suitable for milk allergy sufferers because it may contain milk
* ~ * TASTE TEST * ~ *
As soon as I opened the paper and foil wrapper, I could smell the chocolate. The smell of the chocolate was quite strong and a little sickly; how-ever this didn't put me off. The chocolate is split into 10 small squares, each embossed with lines going different ways. The chocolate is about 0.6cm thick and breaks easily using the grooved lines which separate each chunk of chocolate. I put the first piece of chocolate into my mouth and this soon started to melt against my tongue. The taste of the chocolate was quite bitter to start off with. The chocolate melted slowly in my mouth against my tongue and the chocolate felt smooth in my mouth. As the chocolate melted, the bitter taste started to disappear and I could taste the chocolate more. Although the chocolate tasted bitter at first I enjoyed the overall taste of the chocolate as it did taste quite sweet as well. I only ate 4 chunks of the bar as it does contain a lot of fat, so I decided I would eat the other chunks next week. After eating the chocolate there was a bitter after taste in my mouth and I felt very thirsty. How-ever after drinking a glass of water the bitter taste soon disappeared.
* ~ * OVERALL OPINION * ~ *
I'm a fan of dark chocolate anyway, so I knew this wasn't going to be too bitter for me and I knew that I would like the taste of the chocolate. For other's who are used to milk chocolate, I think they would find this very bitter, especially if you have never tried dark chocolate before. I tend to have dark chocolate as it cures my sugar cravings for longer, without me having to snack on about 3 different chocolate bars a week. For the price I don't think the chocolate bad is too pricey, as I would probably pay at least 50-60p for a standard chocolate bar anyway. The good thing about the chocolate is because it's a little sickly and so sweet, there's no way you could eat the whole bar in one day, as you would feel too bloated and a little sick. Therefore the bar is good for keeping and eating over a few weeks. I wrapped my bar back in the foil and paper wrapper and store it in the fridge and it tastes just as good as when I first purchased it. If you like dark chocolate, give this bar a go.
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Summary: A great dark chocolate.
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