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Day 108 – Canadian treat

This bar was brought back from Canada especially for this blog:D Don’t we feel special?

Cocoa Camino is organic fairtrade chocolate from Cuba, and their mission is to help bring about change through what we eat –

Welcome to the path, or in Spanish, the camino. Your purchase of a Camino product is a step forward on the path towards change. Through the joy of eating good food, you are contributing to building vibrant, sustainable communities here and throughout Central America, South America and Southeast Asia.

We joined the joyful food revolution with this almond and cranberry bar of 71% dark chocolate. It was a nicely sized bar, and the first two pieces went down a treat! Lovely and dark, it wasn’t too bitter and the cranberries added a little tartness while the slivers of almonds made for a welcomed texture. I was contemplating sharing it, but time went on and I realised I had finished the whole thing! Hey, it was only 40g, so it could happen to anyone!

Rating: 5/5

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2011 in chocolate, dark, fairtrade, organic

 

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Day 73 – Taste of equality

You never feel bad eating chocolate, especially one that supports a good cause! Equal Exchange is a brand that works with local and small-scale farmers and their families to ensure they receive support and fair trades for their produce such as coffee, tea, sugar, bananas and of course cocoa and chocolate.

This organic dark orange tasted surprisingly bitter, to which someone guessed it at 80-85%… perhaps the organic nature of the ingredients lent to it being drier and less sweet, giving the impression it was darker than it seemed – it was only 65%!

The orange flavour wasn’t very strong, and it was a quite a hard bar so it could be nicely gnawed away at to pass time. It wasn’t my most favourite of oj chocos, but it’s nice to support the cause.

Rating: 3/5

*The soundtrack of this post is a stunning piece by Max Richter.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2010 in chocolate, dark, fairtrade, organic

 

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Day 17 – Christmas in a chocolate bar

As I write about today’s chocolate, a wave of fond memories wash upon the shore of my mind…

The English Green & Black’s Maya Gold bar frequently travelled around town with me, never wanting to be too far away from it I always kept a bar close. At that time it was only found in a few select organic or luxury stores and so it wasn’t easy to come by. Since then, a new distributor has taken over and thought to spread the love by placing them in every 7-11 and supermarket around HK. Ironically, this did not make me happy. Gone was the exclusivity and secrecy of this amazing chocolate, which now common chocolate eaters, who obviously wouldn’t recognise the stellar nature of this bar compared to an ordinary, every day snack bar, had access to as well. Ha ok I wasn’t that bitter, but things changed after that and I don’t even remember the last time I bought a bar of this chocolate, which is quite sad.

The picture below was taken at work during those Maya Gold infatuation days, you can probably tell as there’s a little more chub on the face! Admittedly this bar is not liked by all, it is dark and orange (so naturally it appeals to me) warmly spiced with cinnamon, nutmug and vanilla – honestly it’s like Christmas!! All you need is a small square to melt in your mouth and you’re whisked away to that festive season. There are a few other items that can do that including gingerbread lattes mmmm:)

On that note, I might get a bar today just for old times sake, and it is two months till Christmas eve!

Rating: 5/5

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2010 in chocolate, dark, fairtrade, orange, organic

 

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Day 2 – Some like it raw

Cacao that undergoes none or minimal processing and is free of additives is called raw chocolate. It is said to be the best way to enjoy the benefits of dark chocolate i.e. high in antioxidants, good source of magnesium, sulphur and other trace minerals and promotes alertness. Not to mention, the happy factor we all love:D As raw chocolate is taken directly from the cacao bean it is available unsweetened or with unrefined sweeteners – just to take that edge off.

I came across this bar whilst in New Zealand. I LOVE dark mint chocolate, so I didn’t have to think twice before putting in the basket.

The brand is Loving Earth, and has a “healthy – sustainable – fair” ethos and this chocolate is made from 72% organic raw cacao and sweetened with organic raw agave. (Disclaimer: please excuse the appearance of the packaging, something leaked on it!)

The chunky bar comes wrapped in gold foil paper to keep the freshness and is divided into handy 6 sections. The first bite was dark a little grainy due to the raw chocolateness and the fresh crunchy mint bits were delightful! I quickly munched down the rest of the piece and let the flavour mull on my palate. The aftertaste of the mint was refreshing and surprisingly lasting. For raw chocolate it’s exceptionally good… ALSO it’s organic, kosher and supports the Satipo community in Peru by buying the raw ingredients for more than 15% of the fair trade price – woah I’d eat that. Well I did. And I realise I didn’t take a picture of the actual bar, I accidentally finished it while I was out today and have only the foil left, and it would be mean to post an image of just that now wouldn’t it?!

You’ll just have to get this one yourself – click here.

Rating: A BIG 5/5

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2010 in chocolate, dark, fairtrade, kosher, mint, organic, raw

 

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