It’s funny how things work. Periodically I check my search logs on the site to see what people are searching for and I try to see what people are searching for that we haven’t covered on the site. I noticed a little while back that there were a fair amount of searches for “Green and Black’s” and I had no idea what “Green and Black’s” were so I Googled it and found the Green & Black’s website.
It turns out that Green & Black’s originated in the UK in 1991, and features a broad range of organic chocolate bars, baking chocolate, hot chocolate drinks and gift boxes. Green & Black’s is a high quality brand of chocolate dedicated to the principles of organic, fair trade and sustainability of the environment. It’s organic and it’s produced from cocoa beans that were purchased directly from the Maya Indian farmers in Belize at a fair price.
Since so many people were searching for it, I figured I’d contact them and see if I could get some to review. I noticed, though, that they were based in the U.K. and I figured it would cost too much to ship so I didn’t bother with it.
Fast-forward a few weeks and I get an email out of the blue from the Green & Black’s PR people asking if they could send me some Green & Black’s chocolate to review! Of course I responded with a resounding “YES”! (Who can refuse free chocolate? Not me.) It turns out Green & Black’s has been sold in the U.S. since 2003 (in fact, I saw them at Target last weekend), so shipping wasn’t an issue.
So, a few days after they contacted me, I get a HUGE package (and I mean huge) from Green & Black’s full of TEN (yes, 10!) different chocolate varieties! So now I have an overload of Green & Black’s chocolate – how do I review it? Individual reviews of each flavor? One big review of all? Then I have an idea. We had invited my best friend from college (Travis) and his girlfriend (Tori) over for a fancy home-cooked dinner at our house, so why not have a chocolate-tasting afterwards? So, that’s what we did – all four of us tried all of the Green & Black’s flavors after dinner that night. What follows are the combined reviews from us:
- Dark 70%: (70% cocoa solids) This is their basic dark chocolate that is used in many of the other varieties. It’s excellent chocolate – very smooth and has wonderful flavors. Highly recommended if you like dark chocolate. We all agreed this was excellent – well, except for my wife who really doesn’t care for dark chocolate in general.
- Milk: (a darker shade of milk chocolate -34% cocoa solids) We all loved this chocolate. It’s very smooth and creamy with lots of different flavors that I couldn’t place. It’s amazing how much different a milk chocolate like Hershey’s and a chocolate like this taste.
- Maya Gold: (dark chocolate with orange and spices) We weren’t sure how this one was going to taste. The first thing that hits you is the spices – definitely nutmeg and maybe some cinnamon and other spices. The orange taste is subtle and in the background. None of us really liked this much, though Tori said she did like it. I just tried it again before writing this and I definitely don’t like it. Way too strong with the spices, though I could see some people liking it. I think it’s just too exotic for me.
- Almond: (dark chocolate with whole almonds) If you like almonds in your chocolate, you can’t go wrong with this one. It was a hit with all of us, especially my wife.
- Mint: (dark chocolate with a soft mint center) Each indivual square contains a soft mint center. It’s excellent. If you like dark chocolate and candy like York Peppermint Patties, you should love this.
- Hazelnut & Currant: (dark chocolate with hazelnuts & currants) personally, I wouldn’t know a currant if it bit me on my posterior, so I wasn’t sure what this would be like either. The currants were like raisins and there weren’t nearly as many currants as there were chopped up hazelnuts (which is a good thing since we all like hazelnuts). This bar was good, but none of us really thought the currants brought anything great to the party.
- Ginger: (dark chocolate with crystallized ginger pieces) Tori was the only person that said she liked this flavor (and I sent the rest of the bar home with her). The ginger was way too strong for the rest of us. If you don’t absolutely love the taste of ginger I would steer clear of this one.
- Espresso: (smooth dark chocolate with real coffee) This one has a serious coffee kick to it. Serious. The dark chcoolate combined with the espresso makes for a chocolate with a serious bite to it. We all liked it but agreed it would be hard to eat much of this in one sitting (though maybe that’s a good thing). Coffee lovers should love this.
- Caramel: (milk chocolate with a soft caramel center) I’ve always really liked caramel so I knew I’d like this one. The chocolate is runny, not stiff like in a Rolo – it will ooze out if you squeeze the chocolate. Good stuff, we all agreed.
- White: (creamy vanilla white chocolate) I’ve never been a huge fan of white chocolate so I was interested to see if this would change my mind. The bar has visible bits of vanilla flecks in it, so we knew it was going to be vanilla-y (is that a word?) – and it is. It is very smooth white chcoolate, but I still didn’t care for it. Both Travis and Tori said it was the best white chocolate they had ever had and they liked it. If you like white chcoolate, give this one a try.
Green & Black’s also have a Cherry Luxury bar and a Butterscotch Luxury bar which also sound great but haven’t made it to the U.S. – they are only available in the U.K. :( I also received some hot chocolate powder but I haven’t tried that yet since the weather is warm and I can’t bring myself to try hot chocolate when it’s hot outside. I’m sure it’s just as good as their chcoolate bars though.
If you’re looking to try some Green & Black’s, they are widely available in natural food stores across America (and in Target stores).
- Green and Black’s website
- Our buddy, Cybele, has reviewed the Maya Gold, White, and the Ginger flavors also