Just when I thought I wasn’t going to be able to find anything new and exciting in my local shops, one of them started to stock most of British Columbia’s Organicfair collection. I had crossed paths with Organicfair before and wasn’t overly impressed but there were so many choices before me that I was still excited to give them another go, selecting a couple.
I hadn’t really planned on picking out two bars that featured ginger, but I suppose that particular root attracts me subliminally because I’m a fan. Anyway, there were enough other bits and pieces thrown into each bar so I wasn’t anticipating that I’d get them confused. And then I noted they both had dried fruit in them too and that’s when I realised that I really should pay more attention when I’m buying chocolate because these were a lot more similar than I thought. So it’s time for a compare and contrast review.
First up is the Sakura bar which is 70% chocolate with sundried cherries and candied ginger. Unwrapping the bar releases a big waft of ginger, suggesting that I was in for a treat. It doesn’t quite get there though. The ginger is pleasant enough, but there isn’t enough of it to make this a bar for real ginger lovers. The cherries don’t really enter into the equation until the very end when they are the chewy residue left behind after all the chocolate has gone away. Ot really what I was expecting, but even I still actually enjoyed it.
The Heart of Gold bar brings together a more robust 75% chocolate with cranberries, blueberries, matcha, cinnamon and ginger – lots of potentially big flavours jostling for position and obviously there are going to be both winners and losers. First past the post is the matcha which really dominates although the cinnamon and ginger are both lurking around in the background. But again the fruit doesn’t really contribute a whole lot until everything else has disappeared and even then the cranberries make more of an impact, reaffirming my long held belief that blueberries just don’t work well with very dark chocolate. Not my cup of tea, but if matcha tea is your cup of tea then you will probably like this.
And I’ve still only made it through 20% of Organicfair’s chocolate bar range, but I’m pretty sure there isn’t any other ginger and fruit options left although I could be wrong. I really should start reading those labels…