Product Type: Seeds of Change Chocolate
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Who gives a fig with orange
Seeds of Change Orange & Fig Dark Chocolate
Member Name: paulpry118
Seeds of Change Orange & Fig Dark Chocolate
Like most people who have reviewed this product recently I am a Bzz agent and have been sent two bars of chocolate for me to try and tell the world about. The two chocolate bars I received were Seeds of Change Dark chocolate Orange and Fig and a second bar of Milk chocolate Apricot and Cashew.
I had never heard of the Seeds of Change company and after checking them out on the internet, it turns out they are an Organic food company who make organic soups, sauces and pasta and have recently gone into the chocolate field, trying to be competition to Green and Blacks.
I admit I am not a lover of plain chocolate, I find it far too bitter but I do quite like Green and Blacks Plain Chocolate, and I would never turn down a free bar or two of chocolate.
So the first bar I am going to review is the Dark Chocolate Orange and Fig.
The 100g chocolate bar is encased in foil and wrapped in a dark pink and dark brown (the colour of the chocolate bar) paper wrapper with a drawing of a palm tree, orange tree, grass, a stork and various frogs, dragon flies and butterflies, all the wrappings are of course recyclable. On the front of the wrapper it states "Grown for pleasure" and "Fragrant figs ripened in the Aegean sun, paired with zesty oranges, enveloped in our rich dark chocolate heaven". On the back it gives you directions of how to open and eat the chocolate, "Open this wrapper and summoning all the willpower you can, hold back for just a moment. First, breath in this chocolates aroma: Trinitario cocoa giving the chocolate its rich complexity. The delicate orange zest with tangerine overtones. All imbued with fragrant figs, ripened under the hot sun of the Aegean. Now Taste. By the way, we only use figs from female fig trees (the males being inferior, are discarded) Sexist? Fruitist? Unashamedly yes". So now I know how to open a bar of chocolate, as if I didn't know! What a waste to discard the male fig, surely they could be used in something, not very fig friendly in my opinion. Its a good job I am writing this review otherwise I would have just ripped open the wrapper and rammed a chunk in my gob and not held back to enjoy the moment of the chocolates aroma!
So I've opened the wrapper and have the bar in front of me. The dark chocolate bar is moulded into 10 cubes of around an inch square, 5 cubes are stamped with 'Seeds of change organic' and the other 5 are stamped with something that looks a bit like an orange. The smell of cocoa is strong and at 59% it should be, but the smell of orange is undetectable. I snap off a piece of chocolate and place gently in my gob and chew and chew and chew. The taste of the plain chocolate overpowers the delicate flavour of orange so overpowering that I can't actually taste the delicate orange, the tiny figs are crunchy with the seeds, 5 minutes later I've still got the seeds hanging around in my mouth. The chocolate is quite firm and certainly not melt in the mouth and the figs taste of nothing really. Three pieces later and I have had enough, even just smelling the chocolate is making me feel sick and that is totally not like me, I am a rather overweight chocoholic and can easily clear a full bar but not this. This is certainly not a bar of chocolate that I would want to pig out on, in fact I could put it down and never pick it up again.
The bar contains 17% of fig pieces and 0.01% of orange oil (that will be why I can't taste the orange then!). Oh those 3 pieces I've just eaten contain 149 calories and 9.4 grams of fat which on checking out a bar of Green and Blacks Cherry chocolate is reasonable.
The chocolate contains traces of hazelnut, almond and other nuts, so is not suitable for people with nut allergies, also I can't find anywhere on the wrapper if this chocolate where it states it is suitable for vegetarians. The chocolate meets the soil association's standard for organic food and farming and has organic certification IT-QCI.
1% of all their sales goes back into research and promotion of biodiversity and sustainable organic practices, so that's 2p accounted for, it probably costs around 92p to make and pay the workers, so could the other £1.00 be profit!
This chocolate is available in Sainsbury's for £1.94 or Waitrose for £1.99 and has four different flavours, Plain Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Orange and Fig, Dark Chocolate Hazelnut and Walnut and Milk Chocolate Apricot and Cashew, or from health food shops.
I would love to say how long the best before date is but the bar I was sent was actually out of date!
Seeds of Change Freeby Lane, Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire, LE14 4RS, www.seedsofchange.co.uk, telephone 0800 9520000
This is not something I will ever buy again, the chocolate was just to sickly for me and the figs were far too seedy, lets hope the milk chocolate fairs better. For me I will be sticking with Green and Blacks, there is a lot more selection and it's cheaper.
I gave the rest of my bar to my mum who likes dark chocolate, when I rung her to ask what she thought, she said she had a couple of chunks and it made her fill sick as well!
Many thanks for reading. Anna
Summary: Not for me.