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Candy Review: Green and Black’s Organic Chocolate

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Green and Blacks Chocolates

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).

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12 Responses to “Candy Review: Green and Black’s Organic Chocolate”

  1. 1
    cybele says:

    I enjoy their chocolate quite a bit and noticed them in Target about a year ago.

    I’ve only reviewed the Maya Gold, White Chocolate and Ginger bar so far but I’ve tried the dark and espresso and also had good feelings about them too.

    Sounds like the perfect way to have dessert!

  2. 2
    GTO says:

    They also do ice-cream and a spreadable version of their chocolate, both are very good.

  3. 3
    william says:

    I’ve tried about half of these so far (and am slowly getting around to the other half). The Espresso bar was a little strong for me. I’ve had that problem with a number of espresso chocolate products (but I’m warming up to them quickly). On the other hand the strength of the spices is what I love about the Maya Gold and Ginger, though I can definitely see how it would not appeal to everybody’s tastes. Their Maya Gold Hot Chocolate is awesome as well.

    And I love their milk chocolate. It’s unlike any I’ve had before. There is just so much to the flavor that I can’t figure out (same boat as you) but it is absolutely wonderful stuff.

  4. 4
    Celeste says:

    You are absolutely right about how wonderfule these are – but you MUST have the Cherry in dark chocolate. Big hunks of dried sweet cherry – totally awesome!

    RESPONSE: They sound great!

  5. 5
    Darby says:

    My husband just brought a Green and Black butterscotch bar from a British Airways flight. Fantastic!!! I ran across this website doing a search for the brand. I hope this is available in the US soon. It’s to die for!

  6. 6
    Marianna says:

    The G&B Almond bar is actually MILK chocolate, which I think is worth mentioning, because (as you say about the “Milk” bar) it’s such a different flavor of milk chocolate. Oh, drool.

  7. 7
    Felix says:

    Green and Blacks certainly do make a MILK chocolate and almond bar but I promise, at least here in the UK, they also do a DARK chocolate version too and it is the most gorgeous, addictive, heavenly chocolate bar I’ve ever had. The almonds have a caramelised outer and I can’t stop eating it. Our friend claimed he wasn’t keen on dark chocolate but he kept eating it too.

    The cherry and dark chocolate one is also very nice but I’d say the cherries were bitter. The sour taste really compliments the chocolate but might not suit everyone.

    For the healthiest ever dessert, melt a bar of G&B’s dark chocolate, whizz up 2 bananas in a blender with a block/carton of silken tofu (275g I think), add the melted chocolate and whizz a bit more. Pour into glasses and leave in the fridge for a bit.

  8. 8
    Trish says:

    I’m currently enjoying some Green & Black’s Organic White Chocolate with Strawberries Ice Cream. It’s delicious stuff.

  9. 9
    Jess says:

    First off great website! Excellent descriptions of the products you review.

    Today I was in Target’s food isle and I heard about organic chocolate and was curious to try it. You’re right about one thing: I know what a Hershey bar tastes like but I never tasted a organic chocolate bar and I bought one. I got the organic Milk Chocolate (Green & Blacks) and I filled up real quick and I didn’t even reach half the bar yet (almost the same size as a hershey bar only with Hershey’s I do find myself plowing through the entire bars…) so I’ve got the other half wrapped up and will save it for a snack when I need a chocolate kick.

    I’m not a fan of dark chocolate or white chocolate. But the way you described the carmel, mint and espresso bars I’m definately wanting to try. And what I found is organic foods in general is it’s expensive but worth it for the price. Because when I read the health labels on the back of each packaging organic is lower in fat then regular old fashion chocolate. And the taste… a tiny bit off but I could still taste the chocolate and even smell it for that matter as it was so fresh. I’m most definately hooked and I’m definately gonna link this page up in a email forward to my buddies who are chocolate fanatics.

  10. 10
    nadia says:

    Hi great review. As a non-white chocolate eater in general, I too found this to be the best white chocolate I have ever had. Creamy vanilla-y!

    My husband and I both love their chocolates. We love the hazelnut and currant, but did green & black’s ever make this version in a milk chocolate? I could have sworn they did and now their website does not show it.

  11. 11
    Mike says:

    I have recently discovered Green & Black’s chocolate at the Vitamin Cottage here in Denver while purchasing the Ginger People’s Original Ginger Chews(you should review them if you haven’t done so). So far, I’ve tried the Mint bar and the Espresso Coffee bars. Both are exceptional and based on your review and my experience so far, I will be trying all of their bars. The Espresso bar is definately a strong taste and, I agree, can only be consumed in small quantities. I am especially interested in the Caramel, Almond, and White Chocolate bars you reviewed. Although I love white chocolate, most of the stuff you find is more waxy textured than white chocolate should be. Which is kind of a turn-off. Thanks for the review!!

  12. 12
    Old Fashion Chocolate Cherry Squares says:

    Okay, Chocolate Lovers out there; listen up! Do I have a recipe for you! This great old recipe is from the folks at Hershey’s Chocolate. Chocolate and cherries just seem to go together and this recipe is more proof of that. When you serve these tasty squares to your friends, be sure to have a copy of the recipe handy. They are sure to ask for it. Or you can be secretive, if you want, and tell them it’s one of your vintage recipes that you just don’t share. But be warned, they will be expecting you to make them anytime you get together.

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