More chocolate testing

Green & Black's Maya Gold A couple of days after I arrived back in Ireland my foodie cousin called round with a thoughtful bag of kitchen basics for me. Pasta, rice – my favourite basmati – olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a bottle of wine and, piling luxury upon practicality, two bars of Green & Black’s organic Fair Trade chocolate.

Their Maya Gold is an old favourite but I hadn’t come across their extra-special Luxury range before. My cousin had bought me the Butterscotch bar, an mighty chunk of milk chocolate blended with crispy, crunchy pieces of butterscotch. While the rest of the kitchen basics are living down home at the moment (difficult to stock a kitchen which you don’t yet have, such are the trials and tribulations of a flat-hunter) I couldn’t leave those bars of chocolate at home – especially as there are a pair of sweet-loving teenagers in the house, not to mention my parents.

The chocolate travelled up to Dublin with me to brighten, piece by piece, many a dreary evening – the little comforts make all the difference! While I thoroughly enjoyed the Maya Gold, the Butterscotch is on another level. I’m not normally a fan of milk chocolate but Amnesty’s Fair Trade chocolate and now the (slightly darker than normal) Green & Black’s milk chocolate used in the Butterscotch bar may move me slightly away from my the-only-chocolate-worth-eating-is-dark-chocolate stance.

Green & Black’s Luxury chocolate range also includes espresso, cherry, ginger and almond varieties. Plenty to try out – after I get through my current stash!



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3 Responses

  1. plum says:

    I don’t know if it’s subconscious but I noticed this for the first time at an organic store today. I WAS very tempted by the Butterscotch and the Cherry but I am trying to get ready for a health kick (yes I know Christmas is in the middle!) and it definitely fell into the luxurious price-range!But I’ll wait and after the month of health, give in to temptation. Oh and I came across their cookbook the other day and you’re right, it looks great.

  2. I actually prefer milk chocolate now — does that mean I have bad taste? 😮

  3. Caroline says:

    I’ve seen that cherry bar, Plum, and I’m resisting strong temptation at the moment! Irish shops – perhaps it’s the ones that I frequent – seem to be particularly good at stocking G&B’s and I’m always drawn to the display. They’ve a great range of boxes for Christmas too – dark, milk and white squares, pralines and even a truly intense looking dark chocolate selection…but, besides all that, best of luck with the healthly living this month. Worth investing in the cookbook for when it’s over though!

    I have to say, green LA girl, that after eating the G&B’s milk chocolate, I may have to revise my views on it. I’ve always been a dark chocolate fan – the first time I went to a french supermarché and saw their variety of dark chocolate I was in heaven! – but milk chocolate of the expensive (and Fair Trade and organic) variety may just be sneaking into my affections. I think more testing may be called for!

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