Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Green & Black's Burnt Toffee and Hazelnut & Current, 2 Boldly Flavoured Dark Chocolate Bars

Earlier this week, I purchased two of Green & Black's dark chocolate bar flavours for the first time: Burnt Toffee and Hazelnut & Currant.

The Hazelnut & Currant chocolate bar has chopped hazelnuts and dried currants in a 60% dark chocolate.  I was surprised by how good it was. I do not normally like fruit pieces in chocolate, but I truly enjoyed this chocolate bar. The currents are very small and soft - not too big and too chewy like in some other chocolate bars.  And the hazelnuts are in small pieces - not whole, so the chocolate itself can be savoured and enjoyed.  Overall, it has a wonderful tangy flavour and nothing about it tastes artificial. 

The Burnt Toffee is AMAZING. The Yorkshire toffee pieces do have a burnt taste, but in a very good way.  Really it is just a hint of burnt flavour, like when just the bottom of the caramel pot starts to burn a little. In fact, it tastes a lot like the buttery brown sugar that cooks to a crisp at the edges of the Cinnamon Twists that I make for the local café (which is, of course, the best part!). Overall, Green & Blacks perfectly paired their 60% dark chocolate with the burnt toffee, for a very delicious combination.

The most interesting part of both chocolate bars is that although each is closer to a semi-sweet dark chocolate, with 60% cocoa solids, they have a richer, darker taste. I often find 60% too sweet for me, and yet I found these to be just the right bitterness.

I highly recommend both of these chocolate bars. My favourite was the Burnt Toffee, but both were exceedingly good.

I purchased the bars for $5.99 each at The Sweet Shop in Tobermory, Ontario, a very cute little tourist town and the launching pad for the ferry to beautiful Manitoulin Island!

Here are the package details from the two chocolate bars that I tasted today:

Burnt Toffee, 60% Cocoa, 100g
Green & Black's Organic (U.K.)
http://www.greenandblacks.co.uk/
Ingredients: Organic Cocoa Mass+, Organic Raw Cane Sugar+ Organic Butterscotch (15%) (Organic cane sugar+, organic glucose syrup, organic butter, organic palm fat, organic molasses+, natural flavouring), organic cocoa butter+, Emulsifier (soy lecithin), organic vanilla extract+. Organic Dark Chocolate: Minimum 60% Cocoa Solids. Contains Milk and Soya. May contain nuts and cereals.
+Fair Trade Ingredients.


Hazelnut & Currant, 100g
Green & Black's Organic (U.K.)
http://www.greenandblacks.co.uk/
Ingredients: Organic Dark Chocolate (Organic Cocoa Liquor, Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Chopped Hazelnuts, Organic Dried Currants (with Organic Sunflower Oil). Contains: Soy, Hazelnut. May contain milk, other tree nuts. Organic Dark Chocolate: 60% Cocoa Solids.  Cocoa, cane sugar, vanilla: traded in compliance with Fairtrade standards.

2 comments:

  1. Is Green & Black's as popular in Canada/US as it is here in the UK?

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    1. G&B's is in all our grocer stores and most health food stores! But probably not as popular as in the UK, since the company was founded there. Our competitive brand to G&B's is Camino by Canada-based La Siembra Co-Operative (www.tasteofcamino.com).

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