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I'm not often one to buy a bar of milk chocolate, but recently I helped a colleague move and she was kind enough to gift me chocolate in return. One of the items was a packet of Cadbury caramel nibbles, which always go down well. The other was a bar of Green & Black's organic milk chocolate.
As I'm not always a big milk fan, I was a little apprehensive - much preferring a nice dark chocolate or something with caramel or honeycomb. The packet is actually pale blue, and now proudly bearing a Fairtrade logo, with a strip of brown at the top (not like the picture with the review). I had a 100g bar which is apparently 34% cocoa. They retail for around £1.50 at the moment in supermarkets. The wrapper also carries the soil association's organic certification logo. It at least ticked some ethical boxes before we'd even reached the taste test, which thankfully more companies are embracing these days.
As with most Green & Black's bars, the chocolate itself is wrapped in gold coloured foil underneath the outer paper wrapping. Upon opening it, the chocolate looked tasty but the pieces were a very odd size, quite thin and wide rather than the more familiar square shape in brands such as Cadbury. The chocolate snapped off the bar easily, but not necessarily in the amounts you expect. It was quite firm but began to melt quickly, so by the time you had snapped a piece off and put it into your mouth it had begun to melt a little. However, minor inconveniences aside, the chocolate itself was very rich and creamy. It had a strong flavour of cocoa, as you would expect from a dark chocolate, but the creaminess of the milk chocolate left it sweet rather than bitter. As it was so rich, it was easy to ration myself to a few pieces a night over a few evenings, but still feel as though I had enjoyed a little indulgence.
Overall I would recommend this chocolate. It was tasty and not too expensive. It's readily available in supermarkets and other shops - and it doesn't cost the earth too much for an indulgence either.
Green and Black's are known for producing good quality organic, fair trade chocolate. I've had their milk chocolate a few times so I thought it was about time for a review!
The packaging for the bar is high-quality and sophisticated, being a rich royal blue with a dark brown strip across the top. The chocolate has 34% cocoa solids, which is higher than some other brands of milk chocolate (Green and Black's have brought out a Creamy Milk version for those who prefer more 'milky' milk chocolate).
The chocolate breaks cleanly with a satisfying snap, and is pretty much the usual colour of milk chocolate. In taste it is rich and creamy, though has more of a cocoa taste than most milk chocolate brands. I really like it for this reason - you can tell it's 'proper' chocolate (which Dairy Milk et al isn't, not really - not enough cocoa content, much as I like it). The chocolate is smooth and there is a hint of vanilla.
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 as an occasional treat it's fine.
The chocolate is suitable for vegetarians, contains milk and soya, and may contain traces of cereal and nuts.