Product Type: Divine Chocolate
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Raspberry chocolatey goodness
Divine Dark Chocolate with Raspberries
Member Name: beckyX
Divine Dark Chocolate with Raspberries
Date: 10/08/10, updated on 03/06/11 (80 review reads)
Advantages: Non-dairy, tasty, chocolate, fair trade
Disadvantages: A bit pricey
Divine 70% dark chocolate with raspberries in is a pleasant subtly flavoured fair trade non-dairy chocolate. I encountered it for the first time recently as a new addition to the chocolate range in my wholefood co-operative; I've not actually seen this in a supermarket.
It was a bit pricier than the other chocolate bars of a similar quality - £1.99 for 100g, but about 50p less than the vegan alternatives to milk and white chocolate (as well as probably much nicer!) so it seemed like the best bet out of the non-dairy options available.
Since it's a 70% chocolate and has lots of sugar in, it isn't too bitter, and the texture remains smooth and creamy. For comparison, I avoid chocolate bars at 80% or over, because they are brittle, taste waxy and generally aren't very pleasant. The raspberry pieces are freeze-dried and are blended into the chocolate in pieces about 2-3 mm in size, sitting mainly at the bottom of the bar. As a consequence, it has a bit of a crunchy texture, and the raspberry flavour isn't infused into the rest of the chocolate - it comes as a separate hit when you start crunching. It's not too overpowering - the dominant flavour comes from the chocolate, with a later raspberry hit.
I have found that I end up with a few bits stuck in my teeth though, which was the main negative feature that I found with this chocolate bar. Being dark chocolate, it wasn't very sickly, and I'd find it all too easy to eat the whole bar. Overall, I found it particularly nice and worth its price tag as an occasional luxury. Like most other chocolate bars, it melts if you let it get too hot and doesn't taste very nice after it has reset.
This lesser spotted beastie may be found hiding in unlikely places such as wholefood and health food stores and can be hard to locate. You will recognise it from its dark background, with gold and red designs on it. The brand name "Divine" is written in a flourishingly squiggly font in large gold letters on the front. Once spotted, place in your shopping basket and camouflage it carefully with healthier items.
From the allergy information, it contains soya and may contain traces of milk, nuts and gluten. The ingredients are cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, freeze dried raspberry granules, soya lecithin, raspberry flavour and vanilla. It seems like it may well be vegan, but it doesn't state this on the packaging.
It has much the number of calories as you would expect - per 100g, it has 586kcal, with 6.7g protein, 27.6g carbohydrates, 26.2g sugar, 45g fat, 28.3g saturated fat, 11.6g fibre, 0.006g sodium. But then again, I don't imagine you were expecting that a bar of chocolate was a health food now were you? On the plus side, that makes it excellent hiking food.
I found this quite a pleasant chocolate. At £1.99 for a 100g bar, it's a bit pricier than I'd normally buy, but not so expensive that I'm put off. Plus as it's fair trade it has a high potential smugness for helping people : effort that you have to put in ratio.
Summary: Nice alternative to regular chocolate bar. A bit different. Raspberry flavour not too strong.
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