Long term Chocablog readers may remember a bit of a kerfuffle involving Divine last year. In the spirit of Chocolate Week, we have decided to put the past behind us and feature some of their exciting new Fair Trade bars. And they do look good… –Dom
Now that we’re all friends again, Divine have sent over a small selection of their Fairtrade bars for me to review.
Rather than start with something I knew I’d probably like, I decided to try this Milk chocolate and butterscotch combination. I’ve never really enjoyed butterscotch (childhood memories of small blocks of the stuff in golden wrappers, the slightly sickening rich, buttery taste – I never finished a butterscotch in my life!) so at this point you might be forgiven or thinking that I was on the warpath. However, the truth is somewhat different. Luckily for me the butterscotch comes in the form of tiny pieces suspended in the bar, thereby avoiding any butterscotch overload and allowing the flavour to be spread through the chocolate rather than dominating the whole taste experience.
The chocolate itself contains only 27% cocoa solids, but still manages to deliver pretty good cocoa flavours. The addition of dried cream makes for a richer,milkier flavour and the butterscotch adds an extra little sweet kick, especially at the finish when the chocolate has all gone and you’re left with the fragments to roll around your mouth.
The inside of every Divine wrapper gives the customer detailed information about how Divine came to be (with investment from from the Body Shop and Twin Trading and investment from Christian Aid and Comic Relief,) The farmers are also shareholders in the business and consequently benefit greatly from all sales of Divine products.
Divine are obviously aiming to produce good quality, fairly traded chocolate with mass appeal, and I think they’re doing it very well. This isn’t high-falutin’, handmade, posh chocolate. It’s something to buy whenever you feel like a bit of decent chocolate to nibble on, and in terms of taste and ethics it’s a good choice to make.