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I am a seriously unhealthy person through smoking too much and eating too much crisps and chocolate. However, at present i am trying to change this as i have decided that it is essential for me to become more healthy ans start looking after my body. One change i have made is the amount of chocolate i eat and the makes as i am constantly gorging on cadburys dairy milk and wispa bars. As a rule, I decided that cutting out chocolate altogether would just be too hard so i opted for swapping milk chocolate for dark chocolate as it is substantially better for the body in the manner that it has less calories than milk chocolate.
My first experience of dark chocolate was as i tried my first organic bar- The Green and Black's mint dark chocolate variety. It is 70 percent cocoa and contains a layer of mint fondant in the middle of each square.
On my first bite, i was taken aback as i found the taste quite strange, not like any chocolate i have tried before. This was due to the strength of cocoa it contained as i have never tried this strength before. However, on my second square i found my taste buds adjusted to the unfamiliar taste and i really began to enjoy the chocolate. My favourite aspect of the bar is the mint centre as this tastes wonderful amongst the dark chocolate- a perfect mixture. The chocolate is also quite crumbly and i feel that this makes it easier to eat and enjoy.
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I like chocolate me, so I do, and especially plain chocolate.
One of my all time favourites is Cadbury's Bournville. So when I spotted this dark, minty chocolate, "Green and Black's Organic Dark Chocolate Mint" on a recent supermarket trip I thought it looked tasty and interesting, and so popped a bar into my basket.
If its tasty dark chocolate and minty too boot, then I reckoned it would be something I would really enjoy. Ehhhh....Wrong! Far from enjoying this chocolate I was actually worried that it would give me a bad dose of diarrhea as the taste reminded me very much of the Senokot granules my late mother used to dose me with when I got constipated as a young fella. It's sweet (but not in a nice way!) and very sickly, and the peppermint fondue filling does little to relieve the overall impression that your taking a nasty tasting medicine rather than what is supposed to be a tasty wee chocolate bar.
This chocolate is made by a London based company (now owned by Cadbury Schweppes) and started out as a very modest venture on the Portobello Road back in the early 1990's. The main shakers and movers were a guy called Craig Sams and his wife, environment columnist for The Times newspaper Josephine Fairley. Seemingly, or so the legend goes, Josephine picked up an organic dark chocolate bar that was lying on Sam's desk and which was produced using 70% organic cocoa beans. She liked the taste so much the company "Green and Blacks" was born, and they have gone from strength to strength ever since.
If you look at the company website then you'll discover a whole load of bumph about the origins and development of the company, and how they are totally committed to producing products that are completely organic with ingredients sourced from only "green" suppliers.
That may be all well and good, and entirely laudable, but for this wee punter at least the product has to be tasty and edible if they want me to purchase it on a repeat basis. In this instance their chocolate was neither, and wouldn't inspire me to try out any other products from their extensive range.
That said you have to keep in mind the old saying that one man's meat is another man's poison. Just because I don't enjoy this chocolate doesn't necessarily mean that you won't do so. Some people must enjoy it, as the company is unquestionably a success story. So to see whether or not this chocolate is for you then you'll simply have to taste it and see.
I bought my 100g bar for Euro2.99, which I thought was a tad expensive. But there again, if you want "green" products, then I find that you invariably end up paying through the nose!
© KenJ January 2008
The freshness of mint, whilst wonderfully clean and invigorating, can overpower other flavours when they are combined. For this reason, the goal for the mint bar was to achieve the correct ratio of dark chocolate shell to mint fondant filling. We hope you agree that neither the chocolate nor the mint dominate, but instead complement each other perfectly.