A few days after I picked this bar up in Waitrose, the lovely people at Chococo sent me another. As it only takes a single bar to write a review, I’ll be giving away the spare bar at the end of this post!
The Grenada Chocolate Company is something of a marvel. They are probably one of the best advertisements for how chocolate can be produced ethically from bean to bar in the world.
Not only do they make their chocolate in a factory on the island, but the cocoa is grown there organically by a co-operative of farmers. The other three ingredients in their bars (sugar, vanilla and the emulsifier soy lecithin) are all sourced from equally ethical, organic suppliers.
There are no fancy fair trade logos on the packaging, but there doesn’t need to be. This is about as fair as chocolate gets, and that makes me happy.
Another thing that makes me happy is the packaging. Underneath the simple, brightly coloured paper wrapper is a thick copper coloured inner wrapper that reflects the colour of the chocolate inside.
Unfold it, and the rich, intense aroma of the chocolate inside hits you.
The design of the bar is the same as the 71% version that Simon reviewed back in 2008. It’s smooth and glossy with a reddish colour and a nice firm snap.
The flavour is intense, with an initial bitterness that quickly gives way to something a little softer. There are distint fruity and citrus notes in there, but the intensity and earthiness never completely fade, and the result is that this is just a little too intense for my preferences. Serious dark chocolate fans will love it though.
Luckily for me, I also picked up a bar of Grenada 60% with nibs at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair on Sunday (photos of that event on our Facebook page), which I’m really looking forward to trying.
Update: the competition is now closed: Congratulations to our winner Eryl!