A little while ago the people at Divine got in touch and offered to send over a few bars for review. Unfortunately my ‘proper’ job kept me away for a couple of weeks but finally I’ve been able to sit down and appraise the selection of chocolate they sent over.
This first bar is the only one that uses milk chocolate. It’s another Fairtrade product and uses Ghanaian beans from a co-op of farmers, so at least you know that the growers are going to benefit from your purchase. In fact, over 75% of the ingredients are Fairtrade, so this really is chocolate with a heart.
At only 27% cocoa, I thought it a little light on the important ingredients, but as the proof of the pudding is in the eating, I popped a square in my mouth and was immediately hit with the orange flavour. It’s a light citrus taste which intensifies as the chocolate melts, and it’s also the finishing flavour. It did cross my mind that the reason for such a low cocoa content may well have been that the orange flavours have a tendency to dominate, and consequently the manufacturers decided to save cocoa.
Oddly enough, I don’t think I have tried much ‘orangey‘ chocolate (although i can think of a couple) and that’s probably because I’m not a big fan. The ubiquitous Terry’s Chocolate Orange has never been a big favourite of mine, and although the chocolate in this bar did have a better depth of flavour, I couldn’t help making mental comparisons as I tasted.
I suppose the best thing I could say about this bar is that it’s okay. Nothing more, nothing less. It didn’t excite my palate particularly, nor did it make me wish I hadn’t tried it. It was just what it was – milk chocolate flavoured with orange. Pleasant enough if you’re a fan, but nothing special if orangey milk chocolate is not your thing. I’d probably recommend it as a more ethically sound version of the Chocolate Orange to my Terry’s-buying friends, but beyond that I found it unremarkable. I just hope the darker bars show a little more character and depth.