I saw this little box of Green & Black’s Organic Treat Collection in Waitrose on offer for £2.40. It should be £3 which is still a good price, especially as there are 6 little bars of white, milk and dark chocolate bars to sample instead of forking out for one large bar. So, I thought I’d test them out, see what they were like.
The chocolates are all organic and Fairtrade. Green & Black was founded in 1991 by husband and wife Craig and Jo. Green represents their strict organic principles and Black represents the intensity of the chocolate.
The box contains a 15g bar of white, creamy milk, milk, butterscotch, ginger and dark 70% chocolate.
White chocolate: A creamy, yellowish white chocolate with specks of vanilla bean. It smells as a white chocolate normally does which is quite sweet. It hasn’t a smooth texture, it’s a little rough or grainy. And although I said it smelt rather sweet, it isn’t as sweet as most white chocolate. Which is a good thing because some white chocolate can be very sweet and is not liked by many people I know. This they would probably like.
Creamy Milk Chocolate: This is 32% cocoa solids. Smells nice and creamy, again not too sweet. It seems smoother than the white chocolate.
Milk Chocolate: This is 34% cocoa solids and I thought that 2% would not make any different at all. I was wrong. It had rather an unusual taste I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Not unpleasant I must add.
Dark chocolate 70%: Smells very dark. I can’t say I liked this very much. I’d recently had some 70% dark chocolate from Charbonnel et Walker – see our review here – and theirs was a lot smoother and tasted nicer. This was rather a bitter, sour taste on the back of the tongue and a little ‘chalky’. But then, we are all different and like different tastes and as there are many chocolatiers out there, there is something for everyone. Which is great, we have so much choice nowadays.
Ginger: 60% cocoa solids. Now, this I did like. I like ginger and love it when it’s combined with dark chocolate, it’s a great combination. There were plenty of ginger pieces in every bite and the ginger was lovely and hot – but not too hot, just as ginger is, and should be.
Butterscotch: 34% cocoa solids. This was another that I preferred. Although it had the 34% cocoa solids the butterscotch pieces gave it the sweetness it needed.
So, ginger and butterscotch were my favourites. I’m not sure I personally would go out and buy a whole normal-sized bar of Green & Black’s chocolate, apart from the two I’ve just mentioned, as they are not sweet enough for me. But, you may love them and this little collection is a great idea to see if you do. One mini bar for each day of the week and on the 7th day, perhaps a large bar of your favourite to enjoy!
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