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Through the week my boyfriend and I are quite healthy but on the weekend we like to kick back watch a film and enjoy a few treats. We always buy a bar of chocolate. Last week I was shopping in Tesco and was happy to discover that some bars of Green and Black were on offer for just £1 there usual price being around £2. We both really like Green and Black so I decided to pick up a few different varieties, today I am reviewing the Butterscotch which we tried last night.
Green and Blacks Butterscotch must have recently updated their packaging as it is a little different to Dooyoo's picture above. The chocolate comes presented in a orange paper slip which clearly displays the brand and product name along with the fact that this is a "milk chocolate with crunchy toffee pieces for an extremely moreish taste." This particular bar is 100g, but a smaller version can also be purchased as part of the miniature bar collection.
The chocolate has been given the Fair trade certified mark, which guarantees that the ingredients are indeed fair trade. It also has the Soil Association symbol and is therefore "certified to Soil Associations standard for organic food and farming".
I won't list the full ingredients or nutritional information as this information is easily available online, failing that its all on the back of the packaging. However, I do think it is worth noting that the chocolate contains 34% Cocoa and 10% Butterscotch. It may contain soya, nuts and cereal. It is suitable for vegetarians, but not vegans as it contains milk.
The chocolate itself is dark brown in colour and divided up into squares which are really easy to snap off. This one is great for sharing, which is good as I think I would struggle eating a 100g chocolate bar all to myself! It tastes absolutely delicious and is clearly of a much better quality compared to other cheaper brands. The chocolate is nice and creamy and melts in the mouth, the toffee pieces are quite small but give a added texture which I found interesting and enjoyable. All the ingredients worked really well together and provided an enjoyable chocolate experience. I did find it quite sweet, but not overly sickly. My boyfriend and I found this to be a really luxury chocolate bar, however its usual high price means it is just a little too expensive for us to buy every weekend, but I would definitely buy it again should I see it on offer.
Being a lover of both rich quality chocolate, and butterscotch, I have got to say without doubt that green and blacks is an exceptional combination of the two. Personally, I feel it's worth paying that little bit extra if you can, for more intense chocolate experience (plus altogether more wholesome ingredients), and this really is a delicious bar.The chocolate itself is creamy, sublimely chocolatey and of course sweet but not sickly so. Really melts in the mouth. Then enter the crisp but chewy caramelistic notes of butterscotch, adding that extra texture sensation and really enhancing the bar in my opinion. Having tried other butterscotch bars, I have to say that so far this has maintained the place of favourite.As you can tell from the above description, this is definitely a favourite treat of mine! Would definitely recommend! :)
As I have said in previous reviews, I am not really much of a chocolate fan, preferring savoury snacks such as crisps. However, I was in my local petrol station and I noticed that they had Green and Blacks Organic Butterscotch Chocolate on special offer, so I decided to treat myself to a bar.
About Green & Blacks
The name Green and Black actually comes from 'green for organic' and black for 'dark, rich colour of the chocolate'. Green and Blacks is based in London and is owned by Cadbury Schweppes.
The outer wrapper of this bar of chocolate is pretty much just glossy paper. The packaging is a dark brown colour and the top section of the packaging is a yellow colour (for butterscotch I assume). The actual chocolate is in a gold coloured foil wrapper with Green & Blacks Organic written on it.
The Chocolate Bar
The bar I am reviewing is a 100g bar which is about 6 inches by 3 inches. In total there are 30 pieces of chocolate in the bar and each piece has the Green and Blacks organic symbol on it. The chocolate bar is obviously a dark brown colour and you can see the pieces of butterscotch inside.
I bought this when it was on special offer at my local petrol station and it cost me £1 at the time, although I think they normally sell for £1.99.
What I Thought
I really enjoyed this chocolate bar. I like to suck my chocolate rather than crunch it and I found that the mix of rich chocolate and the sweet butterscotch worked really well together. The chocolate is rich and creamy and the butterscotch is crunchy and tastes like toffee (similar to Crunchie bars). I felt that this chocolate bar had just the right about of butterscotch pieces and long after eating the chocolate you can still taste the butterscotch.
I would definitely recommend this chocolate bar to any chocolate lover. You really can taste the fact that this is organic chocolate. Although Green and Black products are more expensive that other chocolate brands, I do think that it is worth paying a little bit extra to get good quality chocolate.
Green and Blacks milk chocolate is a darker shade of milk chocolate. Available in both 35g treatsize bars and 100g larger bars, this chocolate is absolutely delicious for a special chocolatey treat.
--Price and availability--
I tend to buy mine from the supermarket, and they sometimes have a two for £3 deal on for the big bars which is probably when it is best to buy as they are £2.06 each from Tesco at full price, and this gives you an idea of the average price across the range.
They are available from the majority of supermarkets though some supermarkets will have larger varieties of flavour than others, and you will definitely find them in a large supermarket as they are a popular luxury chocolate brand.
I first tried this chocolate when I was about 14 and it was a favourite of my mum's and have loved it since then!
It comes in a variety of flavours and I have tried many - butterscotch, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, very dark chocolate, burnt toffee dark chocolate, cherry dark chocolate, almond milk chocolate and mint chocolate.
Butterscotch is one of the best I have tried and the reason for this is the taste combination of a darker shade of milk chocolate alongside a sweet satisfyingly crunchy texture of butterscotch pieces.
I could happily eat a large bar to myself in a short space of time, but the treatsize bars are also great as a chocolatey snack, though the big ones tend to be better value for money (unfortunately...)
This chocolate comes in Easter egg form at Easter time and there are always gift boxes of miniature versions of each bar if you wanted to try them all out first! (These retail at £6.99).
Delicious and moreish bar of chocolate with satisfyingly crunchy and sweet pieces which complement the darker shade of milk chocolate perfectly!
Luxury product as the price is quite high for a sweet treat.
Buying Green and Black's chocolate is good for the soul, good for the environment and good for the cocoa farmers. It's not, however, very good for the pocket...and I don't mean leaving a bar in yer pooch to melt into a gooey, pooey mush giving the appearance of a sudden onslaught of incontinence, although that's certainly not good for your pocket. No. I mean it's a bit on the pricey side.
Still, I was given a pack of Green & Black mini bars at Christmas so price didn't really matter anyway.
Green & Black's chocolate bars are organic, but then pedantically, isn't all chocolate? Unless, even more pedantically, you consider that man-made is an antonym of organic and I'm pretty sure most chocolate is man-made...or woman-made.
Let's stop splitting hairs and get on, shall we? Yes, let's.
So anyway, I've munched my way through the various bars but I have to say, that the butterscotch variety was probably my favourite. But then, I like butterscotch.
These mini bars are a great way to sample G&Bs chocolate bars as shelling out for a full size bar just to discover you are less than impressed with the variety is a real bummer. For example, I would have thought the Cherry bar would be really tasty...I would've thought wrong. It's rotten. Luckily, the Butterscotch one wasn't.
It's milk chocolate, which I have to say on the evidence of this mini pack, is far superior to the dark chocolate.
The chocolate itself isn't too bad. Firm and brittle, it has a smooth mouthfeel and isn't at all gritty as some brands can be. It has quite a high melting point though. I was under the impression that quality chocolate should melt at body temperature whereas this stuff seems to take an age to melt-in-the-mouth. The chocolate flavour is there though...no complaints on that front.
As for the butterscotch flavour, well that hits the spot too. It's rich and creamy and loaded with burnt sugar caramel. It's quite strong, but not overpowering.
These bars leave a lovely aftertaste - smooth and not-too-sweet yet not bitter at all. I don't think this combination would work nearly so well with dark chocolate. However, since it's not made with the dark stuff, that last point is totally extraneous..so don't bother reading it.
Would I recommend G&B's Butterscotch chocolate?
Yes and no. I thought the 25g bar was just this side of dinky, but any more than 20g or so would be maybe a little too much. I suppose, of course, it's possible to buy a full size bar and eat a little one day then save the rest for later but then this is the real world - hands up all those peeps who make a bar of chocolate last all week?
Well, that was short and sweet.
When I recently spotted Green & Blacks bars of chocolate on a 3 for 2 offer in Morrisons I couldn't resist picking a few up. I love real good quality chocolate but it is expensive so I don't get to buy it very often. The usual price per bar is £2.09.
The packaging certainly gives an image of high quality chocolate, it looks really expensive and well made. It has an outer paper wrapper and an inner foil one to keep the chocolate fresh. Inside the bar is split into small pieces, smaller than most chocolate bars, which break off easily.
When I open the bar there is a strong smell of cocoa, but I can't catch any hint of butterscotch in the scent. The chocolate has a really soft texture which breaks easily and makes no snap or crunch as it breaks. It's really smooth and melts easily in the mouth allowing the flavour to come out.
The flavour of the chocolate is much more rich and intense than 'normal' milk chocolate like cadburys because it's made with 34% cocoa. You can definitely taste the quality in the chocolate and it's less sweet and cloying than cheaper milk chocolates. Within the chocolate are lots of little crunchy pieces of toffee which are again not too sweet and taste rich and high quality. The flavours of the chocolate and the toffee go together extremely well, making for a beautiful tasting chocolate bar, but I don't really get a specific Butterscotch flavour from it.
The 100g bar contains 540 calories, 49.4g of sugar and 31.4g of fat, so as you would expect it's not greatly healthy, but I find that because it's much richer and less sweet than other milk chocolates, it's not as moreish and I am satisfied with just a few pieces rather than wanting to finish off the whole bar at once.
i love this chocolate - it's the absolute best. When I really want to treat myself this is the one I turn to.
Green and Black's produce excellent quality organic chocolate. it's high in cocoa and some of the flavours are fair trade.
The butterscotch chocolate bar is milk chocolate but it's a richer, darker type of milk chocolate than you are probably used to. It's sort of in between traditional dark chocolate and milk chocolate. It means it's rich and smooth but with enough of a kick to satisfy a real chocolate junkie.
The butterscotch is also rich and tastes of molasses. The bar is full of little crunchy pieces which the chocolate melts around in the mouth. There's an unmistakable taste of toffee with it too - and it's rice but never sickly. I should know - I've eaten enough of it in the past couple of years!
Green and Blacks is on the pricey side but it is so rich that you can't devour a whole bar in one sitting (well you could but you'd probably regret it!) It's intense flavours mean you don't need to eat as much as an ordinary chocolate bar and so it can last 2, 3, even 4 times as long.
Green and black's aren't the most high profile brand, they certainly don't get as much publicity as Cadbury but they are my favourite brand now after tasting this variety of their chocolate! They are actually an organic brand , and it seems that a lot more care has been put into the product than say a bar of Dairy milk as this just seems a lot more authentic somehow! Before having this I just used to think that organic chocolate was just a con, but this is so nice that I think I'm a convert!
The packaging is simple, after all it is just chocolate so nothing fancy needed yet, at the same time it manages to look quite sophisticated - the majority of the paper is black, with the Green and Black's logo written on in gold writing and there is a yellow bit at the top where the flavour of butterscotch is written and this is the same for all their flavours, each one is a different colour. The paper is quite thick, and there is then gold paper inside of this. Overall its quite good since it can be recycled unlike the packaging of most chocolate bars. You can get it in two sizes, one is probably for sharing and about the size of two dairy milks maybe and the other is a bit bigger than a freddo.
When you open the chocolate you get the most delicious smell ever! It's normally divided up into tiny pieces, unless you want melted chocolate on your fingers then I wouldn't recommend trying to snap it into each individual piece! Each piece has a tiny green and blacks logo on.
Although the majority of green and blacks chocolate seems to be dark, this is milk and judging from this I really think that they should start making more milk chocolate, because I don't think I've tasted better. It is utterly gorgeous, each bite is so nice - it is rich, creamy and not all fake tasting! It means that you will eat less of it then dairy milk because it's rich, while I do normally want more I stop myself! The butterscotch pieces are a really nice addition because they provide a nice contrast to the creamy chocolate as the pieces are fairly crunchy - I tend to suck the chocolate then bite the pieces that are left!
It's not as available as other chocolates, but you should still find it most places, definitely in both supermarkets and Fenwicks! Because it is organic, the price is slightly higher - about 70p for the little bar and £1.50 for the big bar, but I don't really mind paying the extra because I know that it will be worth it for the taste!
I shared a bar of this Butterscotch Green And Blacks chocolate with my mum the other day and even though I usually LOVE Green And Blacks chocolate I wasn't all that mad on this one.
It's a 100g slab of milk chocolate with pieces of butterscotch in it, the bar costs about £1.79 but if you look in some BP garages they sell smaller Freddo sized bars for about 69p.
When I first opened it I had to double check that it was milk chocolate because it looked very dark compared to Dairy Milk and I thought I'd read it wrong and it was actually going to be dark chocolate! It's not though, it's a delish creamy milk chocolate that tastes like much better quality than most other standard milk chocolate.
The smell that comes off the chocolate is lovely, it's mega sweet and you can deffo smell the butterscotch coming through the richer smell of the chocolate. The sweet smell made me think this chocolate bar was going to be sickly but even though the idea of good quality milk chocolate and butterscotch sounds wicked I was bored of it by the time I'd eaten my half a bar.
The chocolate is delish, I LOVE Green And Blacks chocolate anyway and most of the ingredients they add to it are usually wicked but I didn't think the butterscotch went all that well with it. It's in quite small pieces and is quite crunchy but some of the butterscotch was a bit chewy and it has got a bit of a weird texture that made it dead hard to chew properly.
There are loads of butterscotch pieces in the chocolate, my fave way to eat it was to suck the chocolate until it was all melted away and I was left with just the butterscotch in my mouth. Then I think the best way to eat that is to suck the butterscotch until it goes into one biggish bit and then try your best to chew it up. It goes a bit sticky when you've done that but that doesn't always make it easier to eat because it kind of all gels into one lump! lol
The taste of the butterscotch doesn't go all that well with the chocolate either I don't think, it's got a proper nice flavour but isn't right for the creamy sweet milk chocolate.
I don't know if to recommend this or not because I know other people will like this a lot more than I do. On quality I deffo recommend it, it's just that I wasn't mad keen on the texture of the butterscotch with the chocolate.
Green and Black's Butterscotch was the second of the two chocolate bars I bought in Tesco's the other day. I bought two because there was a special offer in which two 100g bars cost £3 - they normally cost around £1.80 each. Whereas the other bar was dark chocolate with cherries, this one is milk chocolate with butterscotch which I thought would make a nice contrast.
Green and Black's is a brand of organic chocolate whose name reflects the company's principles: Green represents sustainability and Black stands for the colour of the original 70% cocoa dark chocolate. It was also the first fair trade brand to be sold in the UK.
This bar is milk chocolate, made with 34% cocoa. One 100g bar provides 529 calories and 31g of fat - ouch! Milk chocolate is more unhealthy than dark chocolate I suppose, and the butterscotch probably adds calories!
The packaging, which is a distinctive orangey-yellow topped with brown (the opposite of the packet in the picture) describes the bar as "Milk Chocolate with crunchy toffee pieces for an extremely moreish taste".
It certainly was moreish - the milk chocolate was rich, creamy and delicious and the butterscotch pieces added crunch and extra sweetness. It tasted a bit like Crunchie - but nicer.
I love milk chocolate anyway so this bar had no chance - I ate it in one go, as I have no willpower!
Green and Black's is one of the nicest chocolate brands I've tried and this bar is no exception. It's ideal when you want a treat or something a bit different.
Today I was lucky enough (or unlucky enough perhaps, as I'm on a diet!) to receive a little pack of chocolate bars as a gift from a colleague. I tried hard to resist them but I've scoffed two of them already, including this Butterscotch flavoured one.
A bit of quick research told me that Green and Black's chocolate was the first Fair Trade product to be sold in the UK, and is all organic. The company was originally founded by two individuals but they weren't named Green and Black as I originally had thought. Instead Green stands for the company's environmentally sustainable principles, and Black for the dark, rich colour of the dark chocolate they first started by selling. Now Green and Black's is owned by Cadbury's but they have pledged to continue to run it as a separate company.
All of the above is important to me because I once read an article in the newspaper about slave labour on the Ivory Coast where children were forced to harvest cocoa beans but had never even tasted chocolate themselves. This brought home to be the incredibly cruel and unfair business practices of most chocolate manufacturers. For some reason, though, until my colleague gave me this Green and Black's chocolate, I had the idea that Fair Trade chocolate wouldn't taste as nice as Cadbury's. I can now say that it tastes even better, and I feel really grateful to be able to purchase a delicious alternative which means I don't have to choose between chocolate and principles.
So how was this butterscotch-flavoured bar? Well, firstly it was milk chocolate which is my absolute favourite, and it was very creamy. The texture was perfect, as it melted in my mouth, and the taste was heavenly. The chocolate was darker than most milk chocolates which made it taste stronger and richer than milk chocolate usually does, but it was also sweet the way milk chocolate should be.
The butterscotch tasted very similar to what you find in a Dime Bar, but it was just flecks of butterscotch rather than the far too solid Dime Bar stuff you break your teeth on. This butterscotch was nice and crunchy but since the pieces were so small it was easy to chew.
The only problem with this bar is the high calorie content, but that's to be expected in a chocolate bar. This stuff has 529 calories per 100 grams which compares quite favourably to the average Cadbury's offering. A 100 gram bar costs £2.05 on Goodness Direct, which is about twice the price of other milk chocolate bars. However, I think this is well worth it if it means that the people working to make it can have a better life. While I know I don't have the willpower to give up all other chocolate bars, I will try to buy this as often as possible to cure my chocolate cravings from now on.
I have tried numerous types of chocolate and this is probably one of the best around. You can really taste and smell the cocoa which makes the experience that much better. Unlike the more commercial chocolates like Dairy Milk and Galaxy where all you can taste is the sugar this actually tastes like it was made from real cocoa beans. It has a strong and rich aroma and taste and simply melts in your mouth leaving the crunchy pieces of butterscotch. Another great thing about this is that you don't have to feel guilty eating it. It's organic and they use ingredients which are ethically sourced. Green and Blacks do a range of chocolate but butterscotch is my favourite. It just gives the chocolate another dimension with the caramel flavour and the crunch. It's incredibly moorish and you have to stop yourself from eating the whole thing in one go. The packaging is also sophisticated and you feel like your really buying a great product. The chocolate is lined in gold foil and a card like paper wraps the whole thing. On the inside of the wrapping you get a brief description of the origins of the product. It really makes you feel like they've put in a lot of effort and that they are really proud of what they do and hope that you will enjoy it. You really can taste the difference in the quality and for chocolate lovers everywhere this will just brighten up your day.
My favourite Green and Blacks bar. The chocolate is so creamy and then there are the lovely sweet and crunchy chunks of butterscotch mixed in with it. I would advise to refrigerate this - it lasts longer that way as you need to suck it. One bar would last me a week as it is so rich. Also very yummy crushed and sprinkled over a good quality vanilla ice cream. Unfortuately I won't be buying any more as Green and Blacks has been bought by Cadburys and I refuse to buy from them due to their planned closure of the Bristol factory - which will move to Poland - with the loss of 500 jobs plus more connected to the factory in the surrounding area..
You can read more at the website. I'm switching now to Hotel Chocolat and Coop fairtrade which is as yummy and to my knowledge so far, nothing to do with Cadburys.
My boyfriend was given a box of assorted mini bars of Green & Black's for his birthday. So naturally I had to help him out on his quest to find the best flavour! Well, it just so happens that this one came a close second after the plain dark bar. The chocolate itself is rich and creamy, melts in the mouth and made me feel instantly better! The butterscotch pieces make it extra special though - a bit like a crunchy bar but much nicer! The small bars we had were probably just about right, leaving you wanting a little bit more, but I'm not sure how I'd feel confronted by the larger bar - I might have to eat it all in one go and I think that would be bad! All in all, this is premium chocolate for grown ups, very addictive and makes you feel soooooo much better!
Having just been to Tesco this morning, I decided to treat myself to a lovely big bar of Green and Black's Butterscotch Milk Chocolate.
I have bought the 100g bar (this is the biggest size available) and it is currently on a special offer at two bars for £3.00 (I also bought the Green and Black's Dark Chocolate with Mint - I have not tried that one yet, but will review it later when I have!)
The normal price was £1.85 each, so quite a good offer there.
All the Green and Black's chocolate bars are easily identifiable in smooth matt brown wrappers, then a different coloured top to identify the different flavours - in this case, it's Yellow for Butterscotch.
The blurb on the front tells me that this is milk chocolate with 34% cocoa, so still pretty high cocoa content for a milk chocolate, also that it's organic and has 'crunchy butterscotch pieces for an extremely moreish taste".
Inside, I open the gold foil wrapper and break up the little squares. First impressions? Well, it's that familiar good quality Green and Black's Chocolate, very creamy tasting and dense with chocolate flavour.
However, not so sure about the butterscotch. It' s scattered throughout the chocolate in little chunks, but I don't find it crunchy, it is actually quite soft, which is still fine, but I am not sure about the flavour:
As the name suggests, it's buttery, but I find it a little bit too buttery - You know when you eat butter that's been out of the fridge for a bit too long and it's slightly ripe? Well it's a bit like that I'm afraid.
I would have preferred the butterscotch to be more sweet and crunchy and less , well , buttery!
The nutritional information tells me that this chocolate has 529 calories per 100g, which in this case means per bar, and 31g of fat.
Each bite of this bar reveals crisp, crunchy pieces of organic butterscotch submerged in our wonderfully cocoay darker shade of milk chocolate.