* Prices may differ from that shown
As a strong supporter of Fair Trade, both buying as many products as I can and having an occasional stall selling it as a volunteer, I must declare a bias. For treats like chocolate, which aren't really essential, I would only ever buy a Fair Trade option where it's available. Hence, my recent experience of some of the major brands is a bit limited - though of course I would never turn down the offer of chocolate, so I must confess to having tried some other types over Christmas!
White chocolate is something which divides chocophiles. Some insist that it isn't proper chocolate, and should not be countenanced, nor mentioned in the same breath as the proper stuff. Others say that even if it doesn't include quite the same ingredients it is still yummy, and not to be sniffed at. I incline to the latter view, I enjoy white chocolate for it's own sake. This review is for others in the same category; if you don't like white chocolate as a concept, I will never change your mind, so read no further.
Divine chocolate is generally of good quality, certainly better than the mass market options, and correspondingly a bit more expensive. Their white chocolate is no different. The quality of the ingredients is high, and it doesn't contain any artificial sweeteners. According to the wrapper, it contains a minimum of 25% cocoa solids and 26% milk solids. 73% of the ingredients (the main ones being sugar and cocoa butter, with vanilla as a flavouring) are fairtrade certified.
It tastes very good. Not as sweet and sickly as some cheaper white chocolate, and it doesn't melt too quickly on the tongue. It's fairly smooth, but does have some granularity. No-one who likes white chocolate would be disappointed, and though it probably isn't quite as tasty as some of the more expensive individual white chocolates you can get, I can't think of a bar of pure white chocolate which is better. And it goes very well with a cup of fairly traded coffee!
My main motivation to buy this is because it is fairly traded. However, the quality of the chocolate is high and justifies the price. You don't have to sacrifice anything to eat ethically produced chocolate! The only real problem is that it is quite hard to stop yourself eating the whole bar at once, and 100g is a lot of chocolate. This is probably more about my lack of self restraint than anything else, but if it wasn't so good I'd be less tempted.............
(NB. Not sure of this is relevant, but the image listed above is not the same as my wrapping - Divine changed it a while ago. Also, it sells for about £1.70 if you buy it from a source such as an Oxfam shop or a fair trader).
Divine white chocolate made with cocoa from Kuapa Kokoo, Ghana. Contains real cocoa butter and vanilla.