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I am a huge fan of white chocolate, but not just any white chocolate for me it has to be Green and Blacks organic chocolate. The company was founded in 1991 by husband and wife team Craig Sams and Jo Fairley. The name Green was chosen to represent the organic nature of the chocolate and black was to represent the rich dark chocolate that was being produced. At the time the company's ethos was to create high quality products by environmentally friendly and ethical means. However in 1994 Sams sold the company to none other than Cadbury who as we all know is now owned by the American company, Kraft. This makes me feel very sad and less loyal to the Green and Blacks brand name!
Anyway despite my misgivings about Kraft, I still love the taste of Green and Blacks white chocolate! The chocolate is aimed at the luxury end of the market and the wrapper, a rich cream colour with fancy black writing, bears witness to this. I buy the 100 gram sized bar and have just paid £1.89 for my week end treat from Tesco. As you would expect a bar of this chocolate is no healthy option despite the use of all organic ingredients. Eating the whole 100 gram bar will provide you with a massive 36.6 grams of fat and 573 calories! The chocolate contains-organic raw cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic whole milk powder, soy lecithin (emulsifier) and organic vanilla extract. The chocolate is made by crushing the cocoa beans and blending them with milk and bourbon vanilla. The chocolate gets its rich taste by using 30% cocoa.
Unlike other brands of white chocolate I think Green and Blacks has a really smooth and creamy taste with a lovely subtle of vanilla. Although sugar is the main ingredient of this chocolate it doesn't taste too sweet and sickly. Unlike dark chocolate there is no bitter aftertaste, although this is a very rich chocolate so you really only need a few squares to feel satisfied!
Overall this is a lovely smooth and creamy chocolate although the fact its now owned by Kraft does leave a bitter taste in my mouth!
I sit here eating a big bar of Green & Blacks organic white chocolate as I write this review. It's my night time treat.
As a big white chocolate fan I've searched long and hard to find a bar that meets all my critera. Tasty and sweet but not sickly. Creamy and milky. Wonderful chilled (always the preferance) or at room temperature. Lack of melting potential. But above all else something that just makes me feel special eating it.
I picked up this bar for the first time because the packaging caught me attention. A very simple cream cover with clear brown writing, unlike most chocolate bars this one is clearly for grown ups.
The taste can be described as follows: Have you ever had a white chocolate magnum? This chocolate tastes exactly like the chocolate on that. It's a perfect mix of vanilla and chocolate that melts easily on the mouth without leaving a sickly after taste.
I can leave a bar of Green & Blacks on my bedside table for days (the few times it's lasted that long) and it's never melted. It might get a little soft but it never melts into a messy puddle like some other brands do.
All in all this is my favourite white chocolate brand, and I would recommend it to any chocolate fans. You might never change back!
This is bar far the best white chocolate out there. I'm not a fan of white chocolate normally but when I tasted this I almost changed my mind. As with all green and blacks it seems like it has come stragiht from heaven.
A bar of white chocolate - and it's not a big glob of sugar (think the disgusting milky bar). You know nit's different when you unwrap it - rather than being gleaming white it's off white. It looks creamy - certainly no complaints from me however. It also tastes very creamy and not massively sweet - another big hit. The main off white colour then has a rather unusual speckled appearance about it.
The ingredients are very simple - cocoa butter, whole milk, sugar, vanilla extract plus a natural emulsifier. That is it. No rubbish whatsoever. This is a minor fact for me, but who knows? Maybe that is what makes it taste so good.
Howver, I personally think the taste is down to the high cocoa percentage (30%) though and the use of whole milk combined with the fact they've not just added more sugar like white chocolate normally has over milk chocolate.
Like with all green and blacks it's all organic ingeredients, so may appeal more to you ethical shoppers. In fact what I don't get is the double wrapping of paper AND foil - the foil seems excessive and wasteful to me especially for organic produce - and expecially since I'm convinced it only recetnly started to be double wrapped (someone please correct me if I'm wrong on that).
Nutritional information for 100g bar
They are expensive normally £1.50 - £2.00 a bar but look out for 3 for 2 offers (this was in Sainsbury's earlier in the month).
I am a big fan of white chocolate although nowadays I struggle to find any without resorting to the milkybar stuff and if I'm honest that isn't all that satisfying. A few years ago they had a Dream bar which was exactly the kind of thing I wanted but now it seems they have disappeared from our shelves.
I'm not going to turn down the chance of eating a good quality product when it's been reduced in price. Generally I do opt for Cadburys as it is at a reasonable enough cost and you can get quite a big bar but in this sense I figured that I might not look quite so greedy as the size of the chocolate is a lot smaller.
It comes in a thick paper packaging with a foil layer inside to keep the chocolate as fresh as possible. In a cream colour it makes it very easy to know that this is a white chocolate product unlike all their others which are always in darker shades. It also has all the nutritional information clearly displayed on the back and is clearly recognised as a Green & Blacks item.
You get 27 chunks in a 100g bar although disappointingly they are quite small in size. I think there's some kind of rule concerning chocolate in that if it's a good quality brand then it's fine to make the height thinner. It does have a distinctive white chocolate scent about it and it is again a creamy colour with visible black vanilla pod grains in it.
The actual taste is very creamy and sweet which melts quickly when you eat it. Breaking away easily into chunks so you don't end up having too much in one go. It has a strong vanilla taste and is nothing like your childhood white chocolate tastes which although quite nice always got a bit sickly after a while. The bar is also very moreish which is why I'm going to have to try very hard to stop eating mine as it's almost dinner time and a sweet and then savoury combination is not something I really enjoy.
Green & Blacks are always very open about the fact that they like to use organic produce in their chocolate hence the reason behind their name. Green meaning the company using 'sustainable and organic principles' when making the products. Then Black, refering to their original dark chocolate which they are more well known for.
These are suitable for vegetarians but may contain traces of nut, cereal and gluten ingredients down to the factory that handles the goods. All of which is stated on the packaging.
Overall this is a tastey product although I personally think that maybe the price could be lowered a little bit for those who don't necessarily want to spend too much on chocolate. I got mine from Sainsburys at the cost of £1.16 which was reduced from £1.79. Especially when there isn't a lot of it.
These I think are ideal if you want to have a treat and get away from the usual Cadburys or Nestle brands. They have a nice flavour without being too sweet and sickly. The chocolate is, in my opinion, enhanced a great deal if you are drinking a cup of tea as well!
Green and Black's are well known for producing some fantastic chocolate that is some of the best available and this is no different. It combines high quality ingredients, with a great taste and texture. It may cost more, but your getting the best and in my eyes, it is definitely worth it.
The packaging is so simple, but also effective so it is easy to find on the shelf. The text is defined and bold so it is easy to read. The packet can be opened easily and always seems to be fresh. It is hardly ever broken, with the thick chocolate and thick paper. The paper is also very effective in keeping the product fresh afterwards, but it is hard to make sure that it is all wrapped.
The product has the usual high quality that we can expect from G&B's. The ingredients are all very good, with familiar ingredients which is something other brands can't offer. Also, the product is always fresh and tastes the same every time. This all makes the extra cost worth it.
The price is quite expensive compared to other brands, but the high quality and the superb product makes it worth it.
When you open the packet, a very nice sweet smell drifts into your nose, encouraging you to eat some. It also looks delicious, so you won't be disappointed. It will start to melt as soon as you put it into your mouth. It's silky smooth, and some of the creamiest chocolate you will ever taste, with a rich vanilla taste that isn't too strong. The chocolate can provide a nice crunch, but melts very quickly to make the experience last a very long time.
Overall, a brilliant chocolate bar, that is one of the best available. The high quality and the great taste combine to make the extra price worth it.
White chocolate tends to be a bit of a girl thing, and indeed I was introduced to it by a lady friend. All too often white chocolate tends to be a bit on the sickly sweet side.
Not this one, I've never tasted duff Green and Black's chocolate and this was no exception - smooth, yes, sweeter than the same company's Organic Milk Chocolate and still with that touch of class that Green and Black's bring to their products. The vanilla is top quality and the balance of this with the overall flavour is just right for me.
I was seriously impressed, and this has become one of my favourites among their range of chocolates. Like everyone else I do try not to eat too much chocolate, let's face it 100grams contains 573 calories, 10% more than their Organic Milk chocolate (source: Green & Black's website) and I am definitely of the opinion that if I am going to eat chocolate then it has to be decent stuff. I was a fan of Green and Black's Organic Milk Chocolate but this won me over.
It's always worth looking out for Tesco's or Sainsbury's having a special offer on this as it is pricey, however if you do buy two then you have to have the self-control to tuck one of the bars right away at the back of the cupboard for a week otherwise the nominal saving gets blown away.
I went to Tesco today to try and find myself a little treat, I am a huge chocoholic, so I looked where all the chocolate is kept and I came across this Green&Black's white organic chocolate bar!
This chocolate bar grabbed my attention initially because of the packaging. It's cream with a bit of yellow on it, with dark writing on it. To me this chocolate bar stood out because it was so different to the bars next to it, it looked sophisticated and elegant, where as the Lion bar and the Kitkat just all blended together, with the bright colours.
The packaging got me really interested in it because it says it's white chocolate and that's my favorite. I was intrigued. I looked at the price and the size of the bar, It was 70p for a 35g bar, although this is quite expensive compared to the Kitkat at 48p I just had to get it.
I eventually got home and decided to have a cup of coffee with my chocolate bar. I must say when I opened the bar I counted 12 pieces, which I was surprised at because it is relatively small for the price I paid, never the less I tried it and it was delicious, I was not disappointed.
The chocolate doesn't really smell of much but you can see the vanilla in it and when you taste it, it's one of the first things you can taste. The chocolate is absoloutley lovely and well worth the price. It feels really smooth on your tongue, the perfect melt in your mouth experience.
This Green&Black's chcolate bar is available in larger size, 100g for about £1.80.
I think this is a perfect treat for adults mainly, however it should be a treat because the nutritional information shows that it isn't particularly a healthy choice:odin
(suitable for vegeterians)
per 35g serving
energy 837kj/ 201 kcal
Another delicious chocolate courtesy of Green and Black.
This bar comes in 2 sizes 100g and 35g (retailing for 1.50-1.80 and 60-70p respectively). I actually tend to manage to restrain myself enough to go for the smaller version on this one!!!
As with other Green and Black products this is organic (I'm sure that makes it healthier?! Right?!). At least it's not pouring any additives in. This is in keeping with the company ethics as listed on their website. Although it is not listed as fair trade.
The wrapping is in two layers, a cream, thick paper on top and a gold single sided foil inside for freshness. The writing is in a very dark brown, I think - my eyesite is pretty poor!!!
The chocolate contains cane sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, soy lecithin, vanilla extract and pod. All except the lecithin are listed on the packet as organic.
The chocoloate itself is very pale (yes, I KNOW it's white chocolate) but this is even more highlighted by the little black dots in it (I am assuming these are vanilla!!) The bar is sectioned (even the 35g bar has ten little pieces - a combination of size of mouth and lack of willpower does mean I eat these two at a time!!!)
The unhealthy aspect is defiinitely balance by the taste - despite the fact it is nearly 5.5kcal a gram!!!!!! The chocolate doesn't really have a smell, but as soon as it's on your tongue it makes a big impression. It is very creamy and sweet - it's almost like a warm solid vanilla ice cream!!! And given that my teeth are sensitive to cold a better option!!!!
After the chocolate has melted in your mouth/ been rapidly chewed and swallowed to get the next piece in you are left with a gentle vanilla taste in the back of your mouth.
If you're not familiar with Green and Blacks chocolates, they are a UK based manufacturer chocolate manufacturer founded in 1991 and now owned by Cadbury. The name reflects their ethics: Green represents their sustainable and organic principles, and Black represents the colour of their original dark 70% chocolate bar,and the intense taste of all their chocolate.
The organic white bar comes in a 100g bar, which usually sells at around £1.70 in supermarkets. On the front of the wrapper it has the following description:
'White chocolate made with fragrant Madagascar vanilla for a creamy taste. 30% cocoa.'
The list of ingredients are as follows:
Organic raw cane sugar
Organic cocoa butter (30%)
Organic whole milk powder (28%)
Emulsifier: soya lecithin
Organic vanilla extract (0.08%)
Organic vanilla pod (0.08%)
Per 100g bar it contains 573 Kcal, 7.4g protein, 53.5g carbohydrate, and 36.6g fat.
Inside the paper wrapper there is layer of pale gold foil, which adds to the impression you're about to eat a luxury bar of chocolate. When opened, a delicious aroma of vanilla and cream wafts out. The chocolate is a rich creamy colour with visible speckles of dark vanilla pod.
If you have horrible memories of sickly sweet melty white chocolate from Nestles Milky Bars, forget them. This is nothing like it! This bar is firm to bite into, but with just the right melting factor in your mouth (oops, I came over a bit Nigella there!).
It's got a very creamy flavour, and the delicious taste of the vanilla comes through at once and lingers in your mouth afterwards. This is very moreish chocolate and it's easy to scoff your way through a bar without even stopping! It reminds me a bit of Ben and Jerries vanilla ice-cream, so if you like that, you'll probably enjoy this as well. Don't let your children near this! It'll vanish in no time!
Green and Blacks do a variety of bars which can be ordered as a gift pack, any 4 for £8, any 8 for £16, or any 12 for £24. As well as the white, they have the following flavours:
Milk, Butterscotch, Almond, Raisin and Hazelnut, Maya Gold, Hazelnut and Currant, Ginger, Cherry, Mint, Dark 70% and Dark 85%.