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Green and Blacks are supposed to be high-end product. They charge a lot on the back of being a brand of superior quality. I am a big fan of their cereal bars so I was quite pleased to be given a bar of this chocolate the other day. I was very disappointed however, on tasting the chocolate.
Once I'd opened the wrapper (which by the way is now coloured the opposite way around to the picture, brown at the top, blue everywhere else), I discovered that there was a gold paper wrapper underneath. Then I reached the chocolate. It does had a rather nice chocolately smell which immediately encourages you to try a bit. It is quite soft chocolate and breaks appart easily into small chunks about 1cm x 2cm in size. It is so soft that there is quite a bit of crumbling which I had to work hard to keep in the packaging so as not to make a mess.
Then the chocolate was popped into my mouth and this is where the disappointment started. There is quite a high cocoa content, 34%, which the packet boasts is for 'a richer taste'. I found it very bitter tasting, and as I like my chocolate sweet and creamy, not at all pleasant. There was quite a nice chocolatey after taste but it really wasn't worth eating the chocolate to get to it.
This bar retails at £1.79 in Sainsburys. To be honest I'd rather spend less money on a bar of Galaxy. I left the packet lying on the table at home and the chocolate disappeared quickly enough, so obviously my husband and/or my children liked it. If you like your chocolate bitter don't let me put you off. I just won't be buying any anytime soon.
I love chocolate and i'm either eating as much as possible or on a diet craving it like mad; although today i'm trying to mix the two a bit better than i've been able to do in the past.
A few months back my brother in law (to be) got a few boxes of green and blacks milk chocolate from work and gave me and my parents a few. Each box contains about 20 35 gram bars. at first i was surprised he got so many for free but after having a few it kind of makes sense to me.
The chocolate is just a bit bland, it is creamy and melts in your mouth it just doesnt excite my taste buds. which does surprise me as i've tried the more exotic bars they make (the butterscotch is amazing!).
The packet is blue and looks very clean and stylish. the product is organic and is suitable for vegetarians; it may contain nut traces though so be warned. It has a lot of calories in it - 195 which i feel isnt worth having to change what hole your belt button goes in.
As i mentioned i didnt pay for this chocolate (yay) and i dont think you can buy bars this small in most shops. the bars i see are quite big 100 grams or so.
A nice bar but not distinctive enough for my tastes
As more of a dark chocolate gal than a milk chocolate one, I've long been a fan of Green and Blacks 85% cocoa bar. Bitter, dark and velvety, it's one of my favourite treats - and has the added value of a great big dose of antioxidants to alleviate any post binge guilt.
But as my local supermarket is currently running a "Buy 3 for the price of 2" special offer on the Green and Blacks range, I decided that a bit of guilt shouldn't get in the way of some sugary goodness, and splurged on a bar each of dark, milk, and white. And I have to say, the sweetness of the milk chocolate made a very pleasant change to the bitterness of my usual choice.
Green and Black are a UK based company, specialising in the production of premium-priced, organic, fair-trade chocolate bars, ice-cream, biscuits and hot chocolate.
The bar is presented in a mid-blue paper wrapping (in order to distinguish it from other products in the G&B range, all of which are presented as a different colour to differentiate between their otherwise identical appearance). The packaging marks the product out as something of a high range product - no vulgar wrapping or gaudy writing here! In fact, a bundle of the chocolate wrapped in a bow would make a very presentable gift.
The chocolate comes in the form of a 100g bar - so, plenty of bang for your buck, but it disappears surprisingly quickly, nonetheless (if you're anything like me, anyway!).
The chocolate itself is lovely: creamy and sweet, but without the synthetic sicklyness you sometime encounter in mass produced confectionery. According to it's marketing claims, G&B include more cocoa in their milk chocolate bars than do other ranges, which perhaps accounts for the satisfying "chocolateyness" of the product, and it's undoubtedly superior taste. I like dark chocolate, and am used to the slight bitterness innate to such products; however, those who prefer a very milky, tooth-achingly sweet chocolate (ala Galaxy or Dairy Milk) may find the taste a little stronger than their usual preference (although it is by no means a dark or bitter chocolate by the usual standard).
Price and Availability...
In terms of price, the chocolate is very reasonable - £1.19 per bar (with the added advantage in this instance of a third bar for free). Green and Black are known for the quality of their ingredients, and so while the price may seem high in comparison to a Mars bar, it is fairly cheap in comparison to a lot of the higher-end chocolate's on the market (despite being very similar in taste, at least in my opinion). And in the case of this particular bar, the ingredients are all organic, thus making the price even more reasonable.
As for availability, Green and Blacks are stocked in most good supermarkets (and, somewhat surprisingly, an awful lot of health food shops... maybe chocolate really is good for us, after all...)
Overall, a very pleasant chocolate at a reasonable price.
This surely has to be the king of milk chocolate bars, or indeed of all chocolate bars for that matter. They seem to get just the right ratio of milk, sugar and cocoa to make it next to perfect.
I'm not into organic produce generally as I find it way too overpirced, but green and black's chocolate is not just organic but also much better quality, with no additives or anything similar. It is just basically sugar, cocoa, milk, vanilla. At 34% cocoa that's a lot higher than most milk chocolate but it still has it's fiar share of milk, equal to that percentage wise of a dairy milk bar. More cocoa also means less sugar, so the chocolate is actually better for you than most milk chocolate.
Since being taken over by Cadbury, quality hasn't decreased although whether this will still be the case if Kraft takes them over is highyly doubtfull.
It's expensive being about £1.50 per bar (the small ones are even more expensive), but look out for offers like 3 for 2. It's worth the money. The chocolatty flavour hits you as soon as you taste it and you will nevner want to go back to 'ordinary' milk chocolate again!
Green & Black's is a luxury range of chocolate that, while it tastes gorgeous, should really be saved for special occasions to actually fully appreciate the careful blend of cocoa, milk and sugar. This particular flavour, the milk chocolate, is very smooth indeed, and easy to scoff.
Some chocolates I find get a little sickly if you have too much, and while this is the same of Green & Black's to a certain extent, I find that eating this doesn't leave you with too rich a feeling in your stomach. The taste itself is quite rich in terms of flavour, with a 34% cocoa content, and what I can imagine as being high quality ingredients used. A 100g bar will give you around 525 calories and just under 20g of fat, which can be a pretty standard benchmark.
The fact that it is organic seems to denote a certain high accepted level of quality, and they don't disappoint. The smoothness of the chocolate is much better in quality from start to finsih. I find it doesn't 'goo' in your hands if you hold it for a bit too long, and it retains its taste a few days after having opened it, which a lot of chocs don't. Yes, that's right, I managed to open a bar of Green & Black's and there was still some left a couple of days later!!!
The higher cocoa content s probably one of the factors involved in the fact that it doesn't melt quite so easily. There are also less additives, and so it's technically better to give to kids. I find that my son gets a bit hyperactive to chocolate no matter what it is, but I find that my reaction is slightly less. I get that tingle around my mouth when I let it sit on my tongue for a few seconds, especially the first couple of blocks that go in.
So the negative really is the price. Usually, expect to pay around the £2 mark for a 100g bar of Green & Black's no matter the flavour. Occasionally you will find that places will do an offer where you can buy one get one free or buy 2 for £3 or something, but these deals can be few and far between, so it's worth resigning yourself to the fact that it's going to cost you around the £2 to buy a bar. Every now and then, I find it's worth it, but I wouldn't and don't buy it on too regular a basis because of the price. If it was just down to quality I would probably just stick to G&B. It's only the price that stops me from stockpiling!
Green and Blacks offer the highest level of quality and deliver a great chocolate with a fantastic taste, superb textures and it's very filling. However, it is prices much higher than similar brands and you do get a lot less, but in my opinion it is worth it for the whole package, you won't be disappointed.
The packaging is very bright, and easy to recognise on the shelf. The text is big and bold, making it easy to read. The wrapper can be opened easily, and the product is always fresh, and due to the thick paper, it is never broken. It can't be closed again, only re-wrapped, so it will stay fresh for a little while, but this isn't a problem as it is very nice. On the other hand, almost all of the brand look the same, making it hard to find the one you want at first glance.
The quality of the product is outstanding, higher than most other brands. The ingredients are very high quality, with familiar ingredients and nothing too bad. The product is always fresh, and tastes the same every time.
The price is quite high, but the product is sometimes on sale. Even so, it's worth it for the high quality and the brilliant taste which make this some of the best chocolate able to buy in a supermarket.
When you open the packet, a nice sweet smell drifts out. This is quite rich, but not too strong and combined with the delicious look, it will be hard to put it away. The chocolate is super creamy and silky smooth, melting in your mouth. It won't last long as it is very nice, but can get quick sickly. However, it is also addicting.
Overall, some of the best chocolate available. It's of the highest quality which means the higher price is worth it.
Deliciously smooth but strong tasting milk chocolate - this is the ultimate cocoa hit for chocoholics.
It used to be the case that only Cadbury's would do when I got a craving for chocolate, but then I began to notice that feeling in my belly, like I'd swallowed an oil slick! Not nice - but that was in the days before Green and Blacks had even appeared on the market.
- Okay, if you eat a whole large bar of this on your own, you will probably feel slightly nauseous, but could you really expect otherwise??
It may be more expensive at £1.99 for a 100g bar (which is about half the size of a "large" Cadbury's bar) but you will get double the "hit" with half the chocolate. This also means you are likely to put on less weight for the sake of activating those brain pheromones... bargain!
There is also something to be said for thin pieces of chocolate - it seems to melt in the mouth better and give out more flavour (that why Buttons are so nice compared to solid bars). And for a mini indulgence, small bars are 30g instead of the standard 46 - 50g bars that other brands tend to be, which again means you are getting a (better) fix while consuming less calories and fat!
Choose this over other main brands for a purer flavour and conscience (it's fair trade, too). Once you've switched, you won't look back, honest!
Green & Black was only established in 1991! Since then it has become a well know luxury chocolate brand round the country.
The initial products in the range were gathered sheerly thorugh chance trials and deals - this earned them the first Fair Trade Mark given to any company in the UK in 1994. Many of their products are now listed as fair trade and even those that are not, the beans are sourced in an ethical way from groups of farmers. No only that, but all products are ethically sourced (based on international labour conventions) and organic (no pesticides-all natural).
The milk chocolate is exquisite (chocoholic in me getting out!!!). It comes in 100g (525kcal) and 35g bars (180kcal). But with only 10g of fat in the smaller bar I find it easy to justify as a treat!!!! The ingredients are refreshingly simple (Sugar, Milk Powder, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin and Vanilla Extract). I don't see anything I don't recognise, which is really unusual in packaged food today. There is a warning though that due to production these are not suitable for for those nut allergic or coeliac.
It is branded as 'Cocoa rich' and the taste evidences that the liquer and butter are stronger than in most milk chocolate and this comes through - it is quite comparable in strength to a dark chocolate, but creamier. It melts in to a woderful syrupy consistency (but only if you can keep it in your mouth that long!)
This is delicious but only devout fine rich food consumers could eat much of it in one sitting!!! This is lucky as it stops me eating too much of it!!! Definitely a snack chocolate!
I often find particularly the small bars hard to get. The larger bars are available in supermarkets, but the bar flavours in stock change and I don't often see the small bars. You can buy many of their products on the website (some alone but others only in sets), of course though you don't want to order a couple of small bars online and pay postage!!! The most reliable stockist I have found are the health food stores.
Green & Black's organic milk chocolate is a delicious treat that can be bought from supermarkets across the UK. It is of a high standard and perfect for those with a sweet tooth!
I much prefer it to similar products from another companies as it has a much higher cocoa content (34%) than most. This means the taste of chocolate is quite strong and less artificial. It is very smooth and a real pleasure to eat. Also, it doesn't melt as quickly as other chocolate bars which is probably due to higher quantities of cocoa/lower quantities of milk. This chocolate isn't too sweet and as I'm not a fan of sickly, sweet goodies it's perfect for me.
~Nutrition and Ingredients~
There are relatively few artificial additives in Green & Black's milk chocolate and I prefer to give this to children rather than other chocolates which can have a high quantity of artificial sweetners etc.
Ingredients are as follows.
Organic Raw Cane Sugar,
Organic Whole Milk Powder (27%),
Organic Cocoa Mass,
Organic Cocoa Butter,
Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin,
Organic Vanilla Extract
Also worth noting is that the product is vegetarian which again isn't the case for all brands of chocolate.
In a 100g bar there are 523 calories and 17.9g of saturated fat. This is pretty much the same as various other milk chocolate products. For example, Cadbury's Dairy milk contains 525 calories. However, I would say you are less likely to eat the whole bar of Green & Blacks as I've found it to be much richer and more satisfying so as a rule you don't eat as much.
Green & Black's organic milk chocolate bar (100g) typically costs between £1.65 and £1.75 at supermarkets. However, there are often offers on that you can look out for. For instance, you can buy 2 for £3 at Tesco's at the moment. It is a little more expensive than other milk chocolate and so if your on a bit of a budget, like me, it has to be more of a treat than a regular buy. Worth noting is that the packaging is 100% recycleable so it's an eco-friendly product as well as a delicious one! I'd recommend you try this chocolate and I'm sure you will be able to taste the difference!
Green and Blacks really do offer excellency for chocolate lovers. They have a wonderful range of 100g chocolate bars - plain milk and white chocolate, as well as flavoured chocolate such as maya gold (orange flavoured), ginger, cherry and butterscotch. Each type of bar has its own unique and distinctive flavour.
My favourite is the simple milk chocolate bar. It has a wonderful creamy texture and is obviously of excellent quality. All of the chocolate bars are organic and high quality. This milk chocolate does taste a little more chocolately than other milk chocolate. It has a minimum cocoa content of 34%, with a minimum milk content of 27%.
There are also now small pocket sized bars available, which are great if you need a quick bite while on the run.
This chocolate is not cheap, at around £1.75 per 100g bar, but look out for the special offers in supermarkets. It is of course true in this case that you 'get what you pay for'.