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I must confess to having a rather sweet tooth, and enjoy any confectionary that my vegetarian diet allows. I have limited self control when it comes to chocolate, so I tend to not buy it too often, to prevent overindulgence. Whilst I love chocolate, I always feel a bit yuck after consuming an ordinary bar of chocolate, which leaves me wondering why I still continue consuming them. When it comes to chocolate my preference has to be dark chocolate. The rich taste and the fact that it is an antioxidant makes it ever more appealing. As it is rich, it lasts much longer, too. Only a small amount is required to fulfill that chocolate craving, and it leaves me feeling happy afterwards. Good quality dark chocolate is a bit of a treat for me. With the various flavours that are now available, I'm spoilt for choice. Recently, I was tempted by the Green & Black's Organic Ginger chocolate. I love both dark chocolate and ginger, although in small quantities. I thought this would be a winning combination and looked forward to trying my treat, which is made even better, as I don't have to share being the only dark chocolate lover in the house. The packaging alone gives me that sense of quality, and the paper wrapper is ideal for wrapping back over the bar to keep it fresh. The chocolate is rich in colour with 60% cocoa content, just how I like it. Breaking a couple of segments from the bar reveals the small ginger crystals within. It looks delicious, and it certainly tastes that way, too. The dark chocolate has that rich flavour that is perfect, and the warmth of the ginger comes through nicely and makes for a delightful combination. The ginger gives it a slightly crunchy texture which is welcomed. The ginger taste lingers for some time after, too. With it being rather rich in flavour only a couple of segments are needed, and I couldn't consume more than that in one sitting. I have found this to be a tasty treat that I will purchase again in the future. At around £2.00 for a 100g bar it offers good value for money for a tempting treat. Organic, fair-trade chocolate that is suitable for vegetarians.
Green and Black's are known for producing good quality organic, fair trade chocolate. Their Ginger dark chocolate was new to me - I really like ginger, but I've never come across it in a chocolate before! The packing for the bar is slightly different from the picture - the main part of the bar is orange and the bar across the top is dark brown. The wrapper fits in well with other bars of chocolate in the range, and like them has a rather sophisticated appearance. This chocolate is 80% dark with small pieces of crystallised ginger dotted throughout. Green and Black's certainly do not skimp on the ginger. Unfortunately, and to my surprise, once I started to eat this chocolate I started to wish that they had. The dark chocolate in itself was up to Green and Black's usual high standard, but it was completely overpowered by the ginger. The taste of ginger was actually very faint, and there was just an overwhelming sweetness and sugary taste. It was like eating pieces of sugar with a ginger taste rather than actual ginger. The texture itself - the smooth chocolate combined with the crunchy pieces of ginger - was itself not unpleasant, but it's hard to really separate the texture from the taste. Overall I was rather disappointed in this bar. It was too sweet even for me, and that's saying something! I would like to try other brands of ginger chocolate in the future - preferably ones where the ginger is not crystallised and sugary - but I reckon I'll give this one a miss. A 100g bar costs under £2, and you can often get 2 for £3 in Tesco or other supermarkets. A bar contains 576 calories per 100g - not low calorie by any means, but what chocolate is? This chocolate contains milk and soya ingredients, and may contain traces of nuts and cereal. It is suitable for vegetarians.
When it comes to chocolate there is really only one brand I want to eat because they produce organic chocolate with no nasty ingredients and all varieties I have tried are exceptionally good. Green & Blacks are a London based company certified by the Soil Association for organic food. This item is suitable for vegetarians. The ginger variety comes in a 100g bar and this is very rich chocolate with a good depth of taste and for a dark chocolate is not bitter. It is 60% cocoa and this variety contains 20% ginger. You can really taste the ginger, there is a good amount added in for flavour and I think this gives the brand a distinctive taste as the flavours are real and not artificial like some non organic brands. There are 501 kcal in a 100g bar of this chocolate which isn't too bad as being quite a rich chocolate you wouldn't necessarily eat a whole bar in one go. The price is reasonable at around £1.79 for a bar but worth the extra cost for real ingredients over conventional chocolate. It is sometimes available on offer in the main supermarkets.
Green and Black's ginger chocolate is a sweet dark chocolate bar containing 60% cocoa with 20% embedded pieces of crystallised ginger. Costing £1.89 for a 100g bar, it is one of the posher everyday widely available brands that you can pick up in most supermarkets or health food stores (though don't make the mistake of thinking that means they are healthy - they aren't!). All of the ingredients of the bar are organically certified according to the Soil Association's standards and do not contain any genetically modified material. Green and Black's are based in London and have been making organic chocolate since 1991. Unlike their Maya Gold brand, the Ginger brand is not fair trade; their website says that they pay premium price for all their ingredients, but not all are available under the fair trade scheme. ===The bars=== The ginger chocolate bars is extremely sweet for a dark chocolate bar - presumably due to the high sugar content - most dark chocolate bars of this quality are 70% cocoa and correspondingly much more bitter. As such, more than a few pieces of this are somewhat overbearing in their sweetness. The ginger is quite subtle and is not overpowering in flavour, and it does permeate the chocolate beyond the small pieces. The texture of the chocolate also has much less of the crystalline brittleness of higher cocoa content bars - it is very smooth apart from the ginger crystals. Don't let the chocolate get hot though - after it has melted and reset, it gets a very waxy and brittle feel to it. The bars have a shelf life of about 18 months, so it does last pretty well. ===The packaging=== Like the other chocolate bars in the Green and Black's range, the paper packaging is dark brown with golden writing, with a band on the top of the pack indicating the flavour - in this case, a pale orange colour. ===The nutrition=== All the ingredients of this bar are organic. Cocoa products, sugar, crystallised ginger, emulsifier and vanilla extract list in the ingredients. Like the other brands in the range, Milk powder is listed as a contaminant ingredient, though according to their FAQ, this is because of cross-contamination rather than because it is an intended ingredient. As well as trace milk allergens, it is not suitable for people with soya allergies. Per 100g of chocolate, there are 501kcal, 6.8g protein, 53g carbohydrates and 29.1g fat. So don't have this very often if you don't want to put on weight! ===Conclusion=== The chocolate is pretty tasty and good for when you don't want a bitter chocolate. I prefer their Maya Gold brand personally. Review may be cross-posted elsewhere.
I shared a bar of this Green & Blacks chocolate with my mum today because we both needed a treat after going shopping. It's a big 100g bar of dark chocolate that has got loads of pieces of crystallised ginger in it. The chocolate is 60% solids and is one of the best dark chocolates I've tasted because it's proper smooth and creamy with a rich and strong flavour. The ginger pieces are wicked, they make the chocolate taste warmer and the taste of the ginger is strong enough to make the chocolate taste of it. The 2 flavours are delish together and make it feel like a proper luxury chocolate. I love how crunchy the sugary bits of ginger are because they add something to the bar of chocolate that makes it different from other bars. The ginger tastes stays with me for ages after I'd finished the bar of chocolate and its a dead nice aftertaste that nearly made me want another bar straight away even though I felt a bit sick because of how rich the chocolate is. My fave way to eat a square is to suck it until all the chocolate has melted and then chew the ginger because this lets me taste both flavours strongly but still they mix in well together and each one makes the other taste a bit different to usual. I reckon this chocolate would be wicked melted down and used to put on top of cakes, today I read a review by claribella and she said she wanted to melt dark chocolate on top of ginger cake and I reckon this would be the best one to do it with. Green & BLacks is on offer in Sainsburys at the minute and only costs £1.39 and I think that's wicked for such a luxury and gorgeous chocolate bar.
Earlier this week I told you about the dull and very overrated ginger chocolate made by Lindt, I'd actually picked it up by mistake as I wanted the Green & Blacks version and was extremely disappointed. So to address the balance yesterday I went to Sainsbury's (directly from my Weight Watchers meeting!) and bought the bar I'd originally intended to buy, Green & Blacks Organic Ginger Dark Chocolate. The difference between the two bars is immense, allow me to refresh your memory about the Lindt chocolate before launching into my gushings about it's Green & Blacks counterpart. It is just dark chocolate with a vague sensation of being perhaps touched by ginger at some point in its creation, end of story. But Green & Blacks on the other hand have come up with a masterpiece, marrying ginger and dark chocolate beautifully - too beautifully in fact and when I buy a bar of this I cannot stop until I've eaten the entire 100g! The chocolate is wonderfully smooth and luxurious tasting, it is rich and creamy with the perfect bitter sweet flavour that many chocolatiers seem to have trouble with when attempting to create a dark chocolate. One of the things I adore about this bar is the aroma as I open the packet, I should be annoyed that there is little scent of ginger but the smell of the actual chocolate is so rich that it more or less completely masks it and quite rightly so really as it's a delicious aroma that has my mouth watering instantly. When you first unwrap your chocolate you'll feel that there are a few small lumps on the underside, I remember the first time I had this bar I was absolutely thrilled that there were actual pieces of crystallised stem ginger in the chocolate but was quite perturbed that there were seemingly very few in there. However, once you've bitten into the chocolate you'll see there are far more pieces of ginger than appears from the unbroken bar - actually the chocolate is saturated in them and there wasn't a single chunk that had less than four or five small (but big enough to enjoy) crunchy ginger pieces inside. The ginger pieces are sweet and full of natural flavour, they infuse every morsel of the delicious dark chocolate with the heat that this spice is known for and even though the effect is strong and flavoursome neither of the main tastes interfere with or overwhelm the other. Each ginger piece is has a slight crunchy and a delicious sugary consistency which is absolutely divine when contrasted with the smoothness of the chocolate, compared to the boring texture of my recent Lindt purchase this was heavenly. My favourite way to eat this gorgeous treat is to suck the chocolate until it has all melted and I am left with a small pile of ginger pieces in my mouth which I then munch on happily while they release their delicious warmth. I'm sure you can tell I love this chocolate, although there is one downside to it (other than the calories and fat content, but we'll gloss over that) and that is that if you eat a 100g bar it can have a laxative effect the following day. That's all I'll say about that one, but you have been warned! A bar will cost around £1.75 from all the large supermarkets, if ginger isn't your thing then do look out for other flavours in the Green & Blacks range as there is usually something to suit everyone.
I love chocolate, and eat far more of it than I should. Although I have been known to throw chocolate of dubious quality into my body, my chocolate of choice is good quality dark chocolate, preferably 70% cocoa content or more. And it is proven by scientific boffins in white coats, that dark chocolate is actually good for you.....and who am I to argue with that! Green & Black's produce a range of organic plain chocolate bars. There are a number of flavours, from plain 70% chocolate, to bars with almonds, mint, cherries, spices, and ginger. They are now part of the Cadbury empire, but thankfully have retained all the quality of the Green & Black's brand without the move towards "cheap" that I tend to associate with some of Cadbury's products. Green & Black's produce the majority of their chocolate in 100g bars, but you can occasionally find smaller 40g bars. Quite often, though, the 100g bars are on offer in the supermarkets - 2 for £2 for example, so it would be a shame not to buy a couple.....You are less likely to find this brand in newsagents and filling stations, but most of the bigger supermarkets will stock this brand, as will many health food shops, due to its organic nature. The wrapper is simple, and like all Green & Black's bars has a coloured top with the variety printed on it - be wary though, some of the colours are incredibly simple, so check that you are picking up the right bar in a hurry, as if you end up opening a ginger bar when you thought you were opening a maya gold bar, you might be in for a surprise! (she says, speaking from experience!). Anyway, on to this particular variety - the ginger one. This bar has 60% cocoa content, so not as dark as some bars, but it is described on the wrapper as having "inherent warmth from crystallised ginger"......sounds good to me! The 100g bar is divided into many small squares - and lots of people will tell you that just one square of dark chocolate is enough to satisfy your chocolate craving.....WRONG!! I could eat a full 100g bar in one sitting.....small squares, big squares, it really doesn't matter to me......with something as delicious as this, it is just not possible to hold back! The chocolate is deliciously dark and just a little creamy, but not too bitter - the 60% cocoa content here works really well with the ginger. The ginger is very definitely noticeable - real bits of crystallised ginger, rather than just a hint of ginger powder. Each small square of this bar has ginger in it, and the description is right - inherent warmth. It is really quite luxurious, and would be fab in the winter in front of a roaring fire. Whatever time of year you eat this, though, I would suggest you take time to enjoy it on your own - be a bit indulgent....wait until you have the house to yourself and can put your feet up. Pour yourself a glass of wine, and tuck in......! Nutritionwise, 100g of any chocolate is never going to be "good for you", and as with everything, a little of what you fancy does you good. But if you are like me and can wolf down a whole bar of this, you should know that 100g has 501 calories and 29.1g of fat.....not something you should be devouring on a daily basis, but if you have an occasional Green & Black's binge for a treat, then I'm not going to tell on you..... Suitable for vegetarians, but contains milk and soya ingredients and may contain traces of nuts. More information on Green & Black's products in general can be found on www.greenandblacks.com.
As a lifelong chocaholic, I am always interested in any studies that prove chocolate can be good for you. Several studies have shown that eating dark chocolate (in moderation!) can provide some health benefits, such as providing anti-oxidants, lowering mild blood pressure and releasing mood changing chemicals that make people feel happy. The studies all seem agreed that it is only dark chocolate that provides these benefits though... so don't rush out and stocky up on Dairy Milk just yet. It seems that the amount of cocoa in the chocolate is the key factor; dark chocolate can contain between 35% and 80% chocolate and as far as health is concerned, the higher the better. With this in mind, and also while looking for something new to review, I spotted Green & Black's Organic Ginger Dark Chocolate in my local Asda. **Packaging** The packaging is understated yet quite classy. It is a dark brown colour with gold writing and an orange strip across the top to signify the added ginger. I was quite intrigued to read on the packaging that the company was named Green and Black's, not after the people who founded it, as I would have assumed, but Green to represent their organic and sustainable principles and Black to reprsent the colour of the original dark chocolate bar. This particular bar contains 60% cocoa although different flavoured bars can contain more or less cocoa than this. **Appearance** Upon opening the package I was greeted with a slim slab of dark chocolate. The ginger was not apparent upon opening the bar but it can clearly be seen when biting through a piece of the chocolate. **Taste** Some people feel that dark chocolate is an acquired taste. My Mum won't eat dark chocolate at all, as she prefers her chocolate to be more sweet and creamy tasting, and dark chocolate can be bitter. I also find that my children aren't keen (all the more for me!) and I suspect it's because their tastebuds haven't matured enough yet. If you have a similar taste in chocolate to them then this bar probably isn't for you. I, however, do like dark chocolate. When first biting into this chocolate the first taste that hits is the dark chocolate which is quite strong tasting and not overly sweet at all, followed by the ginger. The pieces of ginger are quite miniscule and finely chopped, which I liked as it means the flavour of the ginger complements the chocolate, rather than overpowering it. After swallowing, it leaves a chocolate-y after-taste on the back of the tongue - presumably the area where the bitter taste buds are located. It is a pleasant tasting chocolate, neither too sweet nor too bitter and what I really like is that I find a few pieces are enough so the bar lasts a few days rather than being eaten all in one go - a problem I do have with chocolate in general. Apparently this is to do with the higher cocoa concentration, making the human brain feel as if it has had enough. **Would I recommend it?** Yes, if you like dark chocolate then it could be for you. If you're more of a Cadbury's fan then maybe not. Also remember that, although there are proven health benefits, all chocolate still contains high amounts of sugar and calories, so it's not an excuse to eat loads, but in moderation I don't see a problem. It is definitely a product that I will buy again but I think I'll try some other Green and Black's products first. **Price and Nutritional Information** This chocolate contains 501 kcal per 100g. I bought it at Asda for £1.20 for a 100g bar but it can be found at many popular supermarkets. It contains milk and soya ingredients and may contain traces of nuts and cereals. It is suitable for vegetarians. Overall, a pleasant change from my usual chocolate buying habits!
I have never really been a fan of dark chocolate or ginger for that matter but agreed to try a piece of this chocolate when my mum had a bar the other week. My mind was changed forever the chocolate is quite rich, well with minimum 60% cocoa solids you certainly would hope it would be rich and strong. The ginger is crystallised into small pieces and everyly distributed throughout the bar, so you do notice it's there but it's not too overpowering. Due to the fact this chocolate is so rich and full of intense chocolate flavour it means you can't really eat too much of it... even better, as it lasts you longer!!! Unlike regular chocolate Green and Black's is organic and therefore is slightly more pricey than your bog standard bar at around £1.70 per 100g bar but it is not something you would sit and eat the whole bar at once so I could quite happily reason out paying this for it. Green and Black's really is a luxury chocolate to be enjoyed by all.