“ Brand: Green & Black's / Food quality: Organic food „
I read a very interesting magazine article the other day which stated that eating a small helping of dark chocolate daily can help lead to a flatter stomach if combined with a normal low calorie diet. Well, as a self-confessed chocolate addict these words were music to my ears so off I went to Waitrose to buy myself a bar. When I arrived I saw that the Green and Blacks bars were on offer at £1.49. I have tried some of their chocolate in the past and enjoyed it so I thought I would treat myself to a bar. I used to love dark chocolate but I must admit over the last few years eating it in any great quantity has left me with a migraine type headache but I thought since I was only going to indulge in a small amount a day it was worth trying. Green and Blacks are well known for producing organic chocolate with intense flavour. I was also under the mistaken belief that the chocolate was Fair-trade but I seem to have been mistaken in that belief as there is no claim to that anywhere. When I arrived home I realised that I had actually selected the Cherry bar by mistake. Obviously in my excitement of buying legitimate "diet" chocolate I had failed to read the packet properly. However since I love cherries I thought that the bar would be alright. The bar is 100g and contains 477 calories and 28.2g of fat. The ingredient list is short and consists of things I have actually heard of which is always good. The product states that it is suitable for vegetarians and warns about the possible presence of cherry stones. The bar is packed in the basic livery of all Green and Blacks with the two-coloured front and the gold lettering. It clearly states Cherry at the top (if you bother looking!) and this bar describes itself as "60% Cocoa Dark Chocolate with whole cherries for a bittersweet sensation". This was all sounding quite promising so I was looking forward to sampling it. Upon unwrapping the dark maroon paper I then removed the gold foil and was immediately hit by the strong aroma of dark chocolate. My mouth immediately started watering and I was looking forward to my first taste. I tried to break off a couple of small squares. My bar had been stored in the fridge but there was no way that it would break along the marked lines. The pieces of cherry obviously got in the way and the bar immediately broke into several untidy, uneven sized lumps. I took one of the smaller pieces and popped it in my mouth. The flavour of the chocolate was smooth and strong and very rich but without any of the nasty bitterness that sometimes happens with cheaper dark chocolate. The taste of the cherries then hit, these were quite bitter with a hint of sweetness which was lovely but I found their texture unpleasant. They were very chewy and the skins felt quite tough and even after swallowing the chocolate I still seemed to be chewing on bits of skin. I tried another piece (purely for the sake of reviewing!) and found the experience to be the same, the cherry skin really detracted from the whole experience. The remains of the bar are sat besides me as I write and although the smell is very alluring I am easily able to resist eating any as the memory of the cherries is enough to put me off. As someone who can't usually resist chocolate in any shape or form I think this says a lot about the desirability of the Green and Blacks Cherry bar. Maybe I have actually found my ideal dieters chocolate, I know it is there if I need it but I don't actually want to eat it-result!
I shared a bar of this Green & Blacks Cherry chocolate with my mate last night and even though it was quite nice I wasn't as impressed with it as I am with other flavours of their chocolate. It's dark chocolate and comes in a 100g bar, mixed in with the chocolate are whole cherries and in Morrisons it costs £1.29 at the minute because all the Green & Blacks chocolate is on special offer. The chocolate is mega smooth and creamy, it's quite bitter because of it having such high cocoa solid content but the flavour is also sweet. The block of chocolate is seperated into small squares but it's impossible to break into squares because the cherries are too big and it stops you doing it neat and tidy. You get shedloads of chocolate crumbs all over you when you eat this chocolate bar and because it's Green & Blacks it melts too quick for you to be able to shake them off so you've either got to eat this chocolate over a plate or not worry about the mess of your clothes! lol The cherries have got quite a bitter taste, to me they didn't taste like fresh cherries at all though and even though they made the chocolate bar taste fruity I was a bit disappointed in them. They've got a chewy dried out texture that was like having bits of prune mixed in with the chocolate and I wasn't mad keen on it. When you bite into one of the cherries you do get a little bit of juice in your mouth but not a lot and I reckon the texture of the bar would be loads nicer if they had more of a fresh flavour. The chocolate is deffo the best thing about this bar and halfway through I wished I'd chose a different one, I was torn between this and a butterscotch one in Morrisons and I felt like kicking myself for choosing this cherry one actually! lol I reckon loads of people will LOVE this chocolate bar because the tastes of cherry and chocolate go soooo nice together BUT it's deffo not something I'll have too often because of the weird dried out cherries and lack of proper fruit flavour. Recommended.... sort of.....!!!
On the lookout for chocolate in Tesco's the other day, I came across an offer: two 100g bars of Green and Black's chocolate for £3. As each bar normally costs around £1.80, I thought this was a good deal and bought two - one of which was the Dark Chocolate with Cherry. 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. I must admit when I first heard of the company I assumed Green and Black were the names of the founders! Doh. This bar is of the dark variety, made with 60% cocoa. It contains 20% whole cherries to create a 'bittersweet sensation'. 100g provides 480 calories and 28.2g of fat - hey, it's chocolate, it's not going to be healthy! As a general rule I prefer milk chocolate to dark, however I do like certain brands of dark chocolate (generally the more expensive ones!) - of which Green and Black's is one. This particular bar didn't disappoint - the cocoa flavour was strong and bittersweet with the cherries adding a sweeted extra dimension to the flavour. It tasted like a really luxurious treat. For me, dark chocolate has the advantage that I don't need to eat so much of it! I ate half of this particular bar to get my fix, which sounds like a lot but I could easily manage a whole bar if it was milk chocolate! This dark chocolate is one of the nicest brands I've tried, and the cherry version one of the nicest varieties. I will definitely be buying this again, but making more of an effort to eat even less at one go!
Green and Blacks - for chocolate connoisseurs! History* Green and Blacks was first launched in 1991 - with the aim of being 'guilt free' chocolate. This was because it was the world's first organic chocolate. In 1993, with the introduction of Maya Gold, an orange and spice flavour, it carried the very first Fairtade Mark. Green and Black's is a true leader in it's field. This chocolate got it's name from Green, as in organic, and Black, as in the dark colour. because of it's high percentage of cocoa solids. This was extraodinary at the time of launch as most chocolate had a 30% maximum. *Appearance* Upon opening the eco-friendly paper wrapper, you are greeted by the intense aroma of chocolate and cherry obviously, but it's not a sweet, cloying smell. The chocolate has well defined sections for ease of breaking to devour by yourself or share, as you wish (but not in my house - it's mine!!!) If you turn the slab over you will see the tremendous amount of dried fruit in it. A whopping 20%, to be exact. *Taste* The sour cherries within this are not at all like a fresh cherry picked from the tree, they are intense and flavourful. Imagine a fine wine or a whisky is improved with age, well these cherries are improved by evaporating the moisture and concentrating the flavour. The percentage of cocoa solids in this chocolate is very high at 80% for a rich, darkness. A normal dark chocolate is usually 70% so this is so much stronger. It complements the bitter-sweetness of the cherries perfectly. The first taste is like an explosion on your tastebuds. It is like eating an entire black forest gateau in one sitting. The flavour is so satisfying, only a couple of squares are required to satisfy any chocolate craving. Unlike the creamy, milky varieties it is impossible to eat a whole bar. I totally recommend this flavour if you love a dark chocolate/cherry combination. It is not one for the faint hearted!!!
Forever on the lookout for my next cherry fix, I was elated to find an affordable yet indulgent chocolate featuring cherries in the green & black's range! Don't let the fact that Green & Blacks is now owned by Cadbury put you off (they are trying to create a chocolate army aren't they!), as this brand still states they will stay as the ethical company it started as, providing delicious fairtrade chocolate. Although I haven't tried the whole range, I would say this is one of my favourite chocolates of choice... This 100g bar of chocolate is luxuriant and delicious, featuring sweet dried cherries in a base of 60% cocoa, which means it is not too sour to taste (some strong dark chocolates are hard for me to eat!). They are not stingy with the cherries, and each square of this chocolate is a delight to eat. Whenever I open this bar, I end up eating loads, even though my aim is to ration it and have just a couple of squares at a time.... i can easily eat a half a bar with ease! If you like cherries and you like chocolate, this one's a winner!
I'm on a bit of a mission, and that mission is to sample the entire range of Green & Blacks chocolate - with the exception of their White Chocolate bar as I am not a fan of this type of chocolate at all. My most recent Green & Blacks aquisition was the Cherry bar which is basically a 100g block of dark chocolate filled with juicy pieces of cherry. I love it, it's absolutely one of the tastiest chocolate bars I've ever eaten (and I have eaten lots!) with a delicious texture and really fruity flavour. The dark chocolate is smooth and creamy, it has a rich and very intense flavour which is typical of the Green & Blacks dark chocolate range. At 60% cocoa solids it lacks the bitterness that stronger chocolate (ie. 80% solids) has, which for me is ideal as I struggle to eat very dark chocolate even if it is better for me. The cherries inside add a real fruitiness to the chocolate bar which compliments the chocolate beautifully, they have a much juicier texture than the raisins you find in most chocolate/fruit bars and are deliciously sweet and flavoursome. I enjoyed letting the chocolate melt and then being left with these wonderful cherries to chew, it's quite difficult to describe the combination of flavours when you eat the chocolate and cherries together so I am going to simply tell you what Green & Blacks themselves state on their packaging and then say I agree with it: "Dark Chocolate with whole cherries for a bittersweet sensation". So scrap my earlier comment, these aren't cherry pieces but whole cherries - all I can say is that they are not very big cherries then! As far as it being bittersweet I'd say this is just right, the chocolate has the correct level of bitterness for a 60% cocoa solids bar and the cherries manage to be sweet yet slightly sharp at the same time. This gives the bar a depth of flavour that just isn't apparent in most other chocolate bars which have included dried fruit, the cherries aren't particularly uniform in flavour either so sometimes you'll get a very sweet one yet a little later you'll have one that is sharp to the point of almost being sour. Of course, being Green & Blacks every single cherry is of the highest quality flavour wise and none are hard or terribly chewy as sometimes happens when you eat a Cadbury's Fruit & Nut. Overall this is an excellent bar of chocolate. It's not sickly in the slightest, which is an advantage really but could quite easily become a disadvantage as there is nothing at all to stop you eating the entire bar - unless you have lots of will power and think of your waistline more than I do! I paid around £1.75 for this 100g bar in Tesco which is excellent value in my opinion considering it's a luxurious tasting bar of chocolate and organic to boot!
The name Green and Blacks symbolizes the foundation of its products, green for organic and black for the rich dark colour of its chocolate. It's now owned by Cadbury Schweppes, but remains true the values of the original business which are ethical trading and the use of organic products. Green and Blacks organic Cherry bar is a dark chocolate, but not one of the darkest Green and Blacks make. It's made from 60% cocoa solids and sharp tasting cherries. INGREDIENTS Organic Cocoa Mass Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Cherries (20%) (Organic Dried Cherries, Organic Sunflower Oil) Organic Cocoa Butter Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin Organic Vanilla Extract Organic Whole Milk Powder And that's it really! No nasty unhealthy trans fats, and it's all organic. It's also suitable for vegetarians. A 100g bar contains 477 kcal, 28.2g fat and 48g carbohydrate, of which 41.6 are sugars. That breaks down to 24 calories and 1.4g fat per square. That's all the practical sensible stuff, but what about the taste? At 60% cocoa solids it's got an intense chocolate flavor but isn't too bitter. The taste of the vanilla comes through nicely, but it's the cherries that really dominate with this chocolate. They're a bit on the chewy side, so this is not chocolate you can wolf down in one go (although I don't blame you if you do!) They've also got an intense tart taste to them which goes fantastically well with the dark chocolate. It's really not a highly sweet flavor. The reason I buy Green and Black's dark chocolate is because organic dark chocolate is the healthiest you can eat. But at 28.2g of fat per bar, it's still going to pile weight on the wasteline. However with the intense strong flavours, I really don't need to eat a lot to feel satisfied, so I'm happy with a quarter of a bar at a time. I've paid around £1.69 a bar for it in supermarkets, although Morrisons very often has offers on and that's when it's worth snapping up. The Cherry Bar was voted the best new organic product at the Natural Products show 2004.
Green & Blacks Organic Cherry, 60% Cocoa Now being diabetic, chocolate is an occasional treat only, and, the more Cocoa solids, the less sugar, so 60% Cocoa solids is okay, 80% is better, it is just that 80% is a little too bitter for me. Green & Blacks make several 'flavours' of their chocolate, but the one I am reviewing here is Cherry. ~~Packaging~~ All G&B chocolate bars come in the same packaging with variations to the 'header': Mint has a green header, Dark has a black header and Cherry has a cherry colour header. The bar is wrapped in foil which has a paper wrapper; both foil and paper are recyclable and the consumer is encouraged to recycle by G&B. On the front of the packaging the information is minimalist which I like: We are told that the chocolate is; organic, 60% Cocoa and that G&B are holders of the Soil Association Organic Standard for food and farming. ~~~Ingredients~~~ Organic Cocoa Mass 60%, Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Cherries (20%), Sunflower oil, butter, Vanilla extract. Basically it is all pretty good, and if 80% is Cocoa and cherries, there is little room left for sugar which is good for me. ~~~Looks, taste, smell~~~ Clearly this is always the most important part of any food product and what we get when we first open up the wrapper is a nice rich, dark set of chocolate rectangles in a bar. The smell is intense, rich, and appetising. When the bar is broken we can see the whole cherries embedded in the chocolate and there is a healthy sounding snap as a piece is broken off. Some Dark chocolate that is low on sugar sometimes tastes and feels a little 'waxy'. Not this, it is quite sharp as good dark chocolate is and really gets the mouth watering from the first taste, then when the cherries are bitten into there is a slight sweet taste, but not too sweet. G&B describe it on the package as 'bittersweet' and it is. There is a strange phenomena with this chocolate, unlike any other I have tasted.....I can eat a couple of pieces and really, really enjoy it, yet do not crave more, perhaps it is the lack of sugar. ~~~Disadvantages~~~ This is not cheap at around £2 per 100gm bar not many folks on low incomes will be buying this, which is a shame because it is very, very good. The taste will not be to everyone's liking, especially if you are an avid muncher of milk chocolate. ~~~Finally~~~ I love the Green & Black's range and this is no exception, I generally have a bar or two in the house and find it goes really well with a strong cup of coffee. There is a website which is very good with all the information on The Soil Association, products, recipes and other info. This can be found at: http://www.greenandblacks.com/uk Information on this particular bar can be found at: http://www.greenandblacks.com/uk/productdetails.php?pageid=27&cid=6&pid=5