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!