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For anyone used to the taste of proper Swiss or Belgian chocolate, the G&B concoctions are just plain revolting. The coating of the tongue in oily smears and the acidic taste are disgusting. This company is a triumph of marketing over substance. On a par with the worst that American Hersheys and English Cadbury can offer, ie. rubbish.
A Treat for you tastebuds.
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.
The item I am reviewing has changed it's packaging considerably since it was first reviewed, so you will need to be on the look out for something different if you were to purchase this product today.
It is now called 'The Miniature Bar Collection'. It comes in a dark brown box, not a lot to look at by itself, but the gold lettering gives it an expensive feel.
The pack size is 180g but you get a lot of chocolate for your money. Don't try those expensive chocolate tasting clubs which charge an extortionate amount of money, simply buy one of these sets.
The box contains two miniature bars of each of six flavours. They are 15 grams each. It doesn't sound an awful lot, but what you are getting is brilliant selection of the Green and Black's range and a treat for your tastebuds.
The first bar is Milk - a creamy, milky bar with 34% minimum cocoa solids.
The flavour is light, and perfect for any chocolate lover who would prefer a quality product.
The second bar is Milk Almond - exactly as above with added almonds for people who like a nuttiness, or a crunch, an opposing texture to the creamy, velvet oppulence of 37% cocoa
The third bar is Dark - is dark and mysterious and is 70% cocoa solids.
The fourth bar is Ginger - it contains organic crystallised stem ginger with a 20% content. It is a delicate flavour, not overpowering like some.
The penultimate bar is Butterscotch - Mmm, mmm, mmm. I love all of the equally upon tasting (well, I have to research the product, don't I!!!) I think this is my new favourite, until next time.
The final bar is Dark Cherry - Is 80% cocoa with divine dried sour cherry peices. A bittersweet sensation in your mouth.
The price for the collection is usually about £6.99 but this is quite reasonable for the amount you are getting. It can be shared, as suggested earlier, like a chocoate tasting session, for a fun evening in with a bottle of wine and a friend. It will also make a terrific gift for anyone, especially someone on a health regime as the portions are so little, you will not be undoing all their hard work, After all, a little of what you fancy does you good!
This is surely the best box of chocolates on the mass market.
It is hard to think of what life was like before Green and Blacks chocolate bars hit the market. The darkest you could get in your local sweet shop was the sugary Bournville bars. Old Jamaican was the height of the exotic. Even the dark chocolate red bounty was not universally stocked.
Green and Black's Maya Gold hit the market twelve years ago. Organic Dark Chocolate with minimum 70% cocoa solids, with orange oils and spices. I remember tasting it at someone's house after dinner. Proper grown up chocolate, so intense it was almost savoury.
Since then, other flavours have followed - dark chocolate, intense milk chocolate, almond, mint, raisin and hazlenut, white chocolate, butterscotch and latterly cherry and ginger. (There have also been some Christmas varieties this year which I haven't tried.)
The Organic Seasonal Assortment - which is identical to the Chocolate Collection - is the chocolate box culmination of the development of the brand.
Many of the chocolate varieties are strongly identifiable with the chocolate bars.
The Ginger Baton is a stick of stem ginger encased in dark chocolate.
The Almond Cluster is made up of splinters of almonds held together by milk chocolate.
The Sour Cherry Truffle is very reminiscent of the cherry flavour bar, with bitter dark chocolate mixing with the tang of the cherries.
White Chocolate Truffle - which if you like the bars you will love.
My favourite is the Organic Orange Fudge. Orange centres and fudge are generally flavours to be avoided, but here the fudge is sweet and salty at the same time, with Mayan Gold orange oils and spices, all wrapped in intense dark chocolate. I would love them to market this variety on its own. They taste amazing with red wine.
Other varieties in the box are completely new to the Green and Black's range.
The Organic Caramel Ball is liquid caramel encased in a ball of milk chocolate. But this is as far from a rolo as you can get. The caramel is salty and contrasts beautiful with the chocolate.
Turkish Delight - rose turkish delight with milk chocolate.
Hazlenut Praline - with milk chocolate - a little sweet for me.
Organic Vanilla Fudge - again sweet and salty fudge wrapped in milk chocolate.
They are a little more expensive that most chocolate assortments. Usually #7.99, but I've seen them as high as #8.99 and on offer as Asda for #5.99.
These are chocolates for grown ups only. They taste divine with a glass of red wine at the end of the meal, and are strong and intense enough to satisfy you with one, maximum two chocolates. In that regard, they are good value.
They taste best of all straight from the fridge.
I got some chocolate for Xmas. Well, so what? I hear you saying. If youve read some of my reviews before now then you know I have a severe milk allergy and the choice of chocolate is very limited. This year I was in for a surprise, not only my daughter but my sister as well happened to buy me the same product. I was in seventh heaven as I licked the remaining bits of chocolate from my fingers tonight. But Im not just here to tell you about my latest milk-free goodies, this is one special chocolate that everyone should get a taste of because its simply luxurious.
Im talking about Green & Blacks dark chocolate, a veritable feast from the ordinary dark chocolate that Im accustomed to. Before I go into raptures here is a brief summary of this special delight.
Back in 1991 a man called Craig Sams with his wife Jo were holidaying in Belize when they discovered a local drink made from pure cocoa beans. They saw the potential straight away and so they founded Green & Blacks. Green because local farmers, without any additives made the product, black because this was essentially a dark chocolate. This was to become the first true organic product, with small farmers from Belize, the Dominican Republic and Madagascar forming the Fair Trade venture. The company itself has grown from strength to strength but its still a small company specialising in quality organic products. If youd like to know more then look up their site www.greenandblacks.com. Its full of information on the products and forthcoming special events.
My own choccie delights were one bar of rich dark chocolate from my daughter, followed up a few days later by the cherry and ginger varieties from my sister. I have to say that each was an experience I could never have dreamt of, but Im going to concentrate on one flavour alone. (The others were delicious but this one stood out as a something to appeal to any chocoholic.)
The wrapper alone said good taste in more ways than one. This is the ginger flavour with a rich and opulent look consisting of mainly a dark orange background with the word ginger in plain gold at the top. The words Green & Blacks are picked out in gold lettering on the orange background with the weight of the product at 150g. Turning over you get the usual product description along with the ingredients and nutritional information. Although it didnt state it was dairy-free it did say suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans and that was good enough for me. Unfortunately it isnt suitable for people with nut allergies, although I would think it might be suitable for those with a very mild allergy, but better safe than sorry.
I dont normally place any value on packaging but this looks expensive enough to impress the discerning connoisseur and would make a good gift for those that appreciate the finer things in life. (It impressed me and Im no snob.) I run my fingers across the bar picking up the raised lettering against the background before I ventured into the taste test, it appealed to my sense of touch and colour (Im a frustrated artist). Truly this looked and felt good.
I peeled back the packaging discovering another layer of gold foil inside. (By now I was wondering if I could salvage the wrapping for an art project). The wonderful smell of rich dark chocolate filled my nostrils with delight, I was looking forward to this. Even the squares of chocolate were small, about five to one small strip, further reinforcing that this was a product to savour rather than to gorge on. I broke off a small portion and was delighted to see some crystallised ginger peeking out from the chocolate. It did say a lot about this on this wrapper but Im naturally sceptical of such claims.
Im ashamed to say that the first bites went down without any thought about research (Im only human after all!). To be honest I was on second strip before I even thought about reviewing it, I felt decidedly adverse to stop my eating pleasure to savour a mouthful. Eventually Id eaten three quarters of the bar and all I could say at that point was YUM!
Like a good little girl I put the rest away for another day, its so tempting to eat chocolate in one go for me but there was a film on the TV I wanted to watch the next night and what better way to indulge than with chocolate and some wine?
This time I really did think about the combination of flavours, Im not a great lover of sickly sweet flavours but I dont like the bitter taste of rich dark chocolate either. The ginger really complimented the dark chocolate leaving the warmth of the taste in my mouth for ages after. Id sampled the cherry flavour (I still have a bit left) and the plain dark chocolate, which Id eaten on the long journey back from visiting my daughter at Xmas. (Great for beating nicotine withdrawal symptoms). The ginger is the perfect foil to set off the dark chocolate and this time I really allowed myself to savour the taste. I sucked and chewed rolling the ginger pieces around in my mouth as it tickled and teased my taste buds. Im not talking about ginger flavour either; there were real pieces of ginger in the bar. I ate it with a nice sharp Chardonnay, which cleansed the palette and allowed me to enjoy it even more.
This is one treat that Ill enjoy on special occasions, I cant see me buying this for ordinary day-to-day consumption. It was an Xmas present but Ive looked at the prices and they vary a great deal with Tesco coming out the cheapest at around just under £2 per 150g bar. You know you are getting your moneys worth with 80% organic dark chocolate, the remainder is made up of crystallised ginger raw cane sugar and a touch of vanilla, no preservatives, no artificial flavourings, just a 100% pure product. So many chocolate products are diluted with milk, this makes it cheaper to produce as pure cocoa solids cost much more, but in the long run its worth it to sample something definitely out of the ordinary. If the ginger doesnt appeal to you then there are many other flavours to choose from, just explore the site.
Obviously it was bought for me with my milk allergy in mind but I can see this becoming a present for that certain special person. It looks good, it tastes sublime and its helping farmers in third-world countries. If you havent tried dark chocolate because you are not sure it will appeal to you then I recommend trying the ginger flavour first, it wakes up a jaded palette and really does make you feel like a gourmet. If you want to impress at a dinner party or as a gift for someone that has everything then you wont go wrong with this. Its classy, shrieks Ive spent a lot of time and money on choosing this and if you decide to indulge yourself I guarantee you will never turn your nose up at dark chocolate again.
Indulge your senses in opulent organic oriental oblivion and wake up your taste buds to a new delight.
Many people would say that all chocolate is the same. Well I beg to differ. Green and Black's Organic Chocolate is made for anyone who enjoy a rich flavour and smooth texture. I am very aware of environmental concerns and love to buy organic food. In 1991 Josephine Fairley and Craig Sams set up Green & Black's in with the aim to make an organic chocolate. There philosophy was to create a pure product of unadulterated luxury that in turn would also be less harmful to the environment. Now surely luxury and caring for the environment is a contraction in turns. Not so! No chemicals or genetically modified ingredients enter in this chocolate making process, thus ensuring that Green and Black's Organic Chocolate is one of the purest chocolates on the market today. Green and Black are pledged to protecting the planet, thus explaining their 'organic' status. The Cocoa that is bought from the small-scale farmers is cultivated without using pesticides or artificial fertilisers. Instead of chemicals, shady trees are planted amongst the cocoa trees to help preserve rather destroy the forest canopy, bringing together life a in a bio diverse agricultural environment. As a company, Green and Black's want the best for their family growers and so a higher price for organic cocoa beans than many other companies. Through this ethical trade approach, Green & Black's Maya Gold became the first chocolate to carry the Fairtrade mark. I will often buy this range of chocolate for Shane and also as a treat for my God Children too. I tend to only buy milk chocolate for them, as it is sweeter than dark chocolate. **Types of Chocolate** *Milk Chocolate* This is the most popular type of chocolate in the world today. Milk Chocolate comprises of roughly 50% sugar, 25-30% milk solids and 20-25% cocoa solids. Dark Chocolate This chocolate makes up 5-10% of the total chocolate eaten in many countries ar
ound the world. Its composition is usually about 55% sugar and 45% cocoa solids. NB Green & Black's Dark chocolate is made with 70% cocoa solids and the delicious Green & Black's milk chocolate is made using 34% cocoa solids. So you can see why it is so popular. **Where To Buy It** Tescos Stores Waitrose Stores Health Food Shops **Trivia Time** Did you know in its pure unsweetened form chocolate is used in some savoury dishes? The most famous is probably 'Mole Poblano', a Mexican speciality of turkey cooked in a chilli, chocolate and nut sauce. **Truffles** Chocolate has become synonymous with romance and with good reason. When chocolate first became popular in Europe several centuries ago. It was thought to invigorate men and make women less inhibited, thus making it the ideal gift to bestow upon your sweetheart. Oh if this were really true! These Truffles are luxurious and rich but light on the stomach. They will make excellent Valentine's Day gift for any chocolate lover! *Ingredients* Organic cocoa mass, organic raw cane sugar, organic butter, organic cocoa butter, organic vegetable fat, organic cocoa powder (1.8%), emulsifier: lecithin, organic vanilla. *Nutritional Information* Energy 2360kJ/565kcal, Protein 5.6g, Carbohydrate 29.0g, Fat 47.4g. *Cautions* May contain traces of nuts. *Cost* £3.80 per 100g **For Further Information** Website:www.greenandblacks.com
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Ah, chocolate.. the Food of the Gods! And don’t let anyone tell you different (I mean, all this talk about Ambrosia being the food of the Gods…I mean, I have nothing against rice pudding per se…but compared to chocolate..) Anyway, I know that chocolate is really the food of the Gods and that’s because the botanical name of the cocoa tree, from which we get all chocolate, is “Theobroma Cacao” which translated from the Greek means…you got it…”food of the Gods.”So there! If you are a chocolate lover (and if you aren’t then you and I are so diametrically opposed that we will never see eye to eye) then you really do want the very best chocolate you can buy. Which is Green and Blacks Organic Chocolate.Happily for us chocoholics (definition: someone whose craving for and delight in chocolate suggests addiction – I can live with that!) Green and Blacks chocolate comes in a number of varieties. DARK Made from 70% cocoa solids and a minimal amount of sugar, this is the piece de resistance of chocolate. It is smooth, rich, dark and utterly irrestibible. Many purists maintain that this is the only type of chocolate worth the name. The intensity of the cocoa flavour is brought out by the small amount of sugar added. This is the best chocolate to use in cooking because of its wonderful flavour. Like all Green and Blacks chocolate, this contains ingredients which have been organically grown and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is salt-free, wheat free and contains absolutely no genetically modified ingredients. Nut allergy sufferers, however, should be aware that the product may contain traces of nut. This product is available in 100gand 20g sizes. Look for the brown wrapper. MILK Green and Black’s milk chocolate is rich and creamy and sumptious. It is made to the same exacting standards as the dark chocolate, but cont
ains added milk. This product carries the Fairtrade mark, which means that a fair proportion of what you pay goes directly to the cocoa bean farmers. Again, it is available in 100g and 20g sizes. Look for the purple wrapper. MAYA GOLD This is an exquisite chocolate made with 55% cocoa solids, and which contains orange and spices from the rainforest. It is a unique product to be savoured slowly and with due respect. It contains natural flavourings only, and organic vanilla. Once again, this product varies the Fairtrade Mark.It is available in 100g and 20g sizes. Look for the orange wrapper. HAZELNUT AND CURRANT Oh, what a delight! The smooth, rich flavour of the dark chocolate is perfectly complemented by the fat, juicy organic currants and the crunchy hazelnuts. Try melting this chocolate slowly over a low heat (or preferably in a bain marie) and then pour over vanilla ice cream.Sublime.This product is only available in the 100g size (oh, damn!) Look for the blue wrapper. WHITE Frowned upon as being “not real chocolate” by purists, nonetheless I adore this one. It takes me back to my childhood, but is more sophisticated than the one children adore. This chocolate is made from full-cream milk from cows that graze only on organic pastures, and it contains vanilla from the Reunion Islands it is smooth, sweet and comforting. Just the one to curl up with in front of a soppy film. It is available in 100g and 20g sizes. Look for the white wrapper. MINT A special, dark and bitter chocolate which encases a filling of luscious mint sweetened with organic honey. Cool, crisp and utterly delicious, a real after-dinner treat, if you can bear to share it. It is made from 70%cocoa solids and contains peppermint oil and menthol, both organically grown (naturally!) It is available in the 100g sizes. Look for the turquoise wrapper. FOOD FACTS Calories…. do yo
u really want to know? Okay then, I’m sure we all know that chocolate contains quite a bit of sugar and fat. Most of the products listed contain round about 500 cals per 100g and between 25-37% fat…oh heck…who cares! Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine (PEA) which raises blood pressure and the heart rate. It is the chemical which is released when you are feeling passionate and sexy. Chocolate mimics the feeling of being in love, which is why chocolate is often given as a love token. Food of the Gods? You bet it is!!
Totally brilliant. All the favourites from around the globe are packed into little miniature chocolates. Green and Blacks range are mouth-watering to the ends of the earth. Chocolate and fillings are not sparse here yet with a sense of urgency, one can not help but eat them. Texture is the main feature - not to rough and not too watery, these chocolates have hit the nail on the head in almost every area. The packaging looks good too. I first received these for my birthday, and how gorgeous they were! I'd eat them nearly everyday, if they were cheaper. But even though I can't splash out all the time, every moment when I eat them is totally divine, as they melt just as you put them into your mouth. These chocolates are relatively hard to find, depending on where you live but I have found shops in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Any money spent to eat them is well worth it! IJC
Green and Blacks chocolate bars have got to be the most underappreciated, throbtastic bars of chocolate on the market.... They are presented in unexciting wrappers (super conservative brown or burgundy) with litle inkling of wht is hidden inside! The chocolate is the most surprising taste... as a dark and obviously cocoa-packed treat it looks like Bourneville....However, it is a real milk chocolate and the taste is to die for....very smooth and creamy. No after-taste like some chocolate that leaves a bitter residue...and it satiates the most aggresssive chocolate craving.... Heaven !
Luxurious selection of Green & Black's organic chocolate. Truffles, praline, fudge and almonds all coated in Green & Black's chocolate to make your tastebuds tremble.