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My review is for Plamil's 'Free From Luxury Chocolate' which I recently purchased from the brand's website. I have always had a sweet tooth and eat an awful lot of chocolate every day. I can seriously get through more than 100g of the stuff daily. I recently decided I'd like to cut down on dairy and tend towards a more vegan lifestyle. Swapping from chocolate made with cows milk to dairy free chocolate seemed like an obvious step. I had tried carob bars previously but hadn't really liked them so I researched dairy free chocolate and found this brand Plamil. They have a website and shop where you can read about their products and purchase them.
Plamil make lots of different kinds of dairy free chocolates and chocolate products including dairy free milk chocolate, exotic flavoured chocolate, a no added sugar range, an organic range, a luxury 70% cocoa range, carob bars and dairy free chocolate spreads.
I purchased the Luxury 70% Cocoa chocolate bar. You can get these in different sizes such as the 45g snack bar and the 100g sharing bar. I purchased several of the 45g bars as they were on a BOGOF offer.
The snack sized 45g chocolate bar comes in a transparent wrapper and has two labels on the front and back which tell you all about the product.
This chocolate is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and contain absolutely no egg or dairy ingredients. They are also free from wheat, gluten and starch. They are made in a factory that does not handle nuts so it is also suitable for those with nut allergies. The brand also point out that they do not use genetically modified ingredients and are against this practice.
The ingredients are fairly basic: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier - sunflower lecithin. The chocolate may contain a source of soya though. Ingredients are from "organic agriculture".
The chocolate bar is quite thick but the shape is not even - instead it is like thick on one side and slightly thinner on the other and this pattern is chequered across the eight squares of 1 X 1 inch pieces. The bar is printed with a lovely flower and leaf pattern.
The chocolate is dark and tastes very strongly of cocoa. To be absolutely honest it is very much like a high quality dark chocolate (such as Green and Blacks) and I would never be able to tell the difference between this and a chocolate bar containing dairy. It has a bitter sweet flavour and is sweet enough to satisfy me. The chocolate is quite dense in consistency and is quite waxy and sticky when I'm chewing. When the chocolate begins to melt it feels ultra smooth.
I was really suprised by the quality of this chocolate and by the fact that it tastes like an authentic chocolate bar rather than a fake which deviates from how chocolate is supposed to taste!
I will probably purchase this again but it is slightly more expensive than dairy milk chocolate and my 45g bars cost just over one pound each. I've therefore had to limit myself to a couple of squares a day which has been a real challenge! I am certainly inspired to try more of the dairy free chocolate from Plamil's range though as this one is so good. As well as buying online I've noticed you can get selected bars in Holland and Barratt healthfood stores.