Saturday, October 2, 2010

Review: Green & Black's Dark 70%

Lindy's Rating: 4.0 (previously **)
Richard's Rating: 5.5 (previously **)

chocolate makerGreen & Black's
barDark 70%
cacao treesTrinitario
size100g ~ 3.5oz
cocoa solids70%
fatcocoa butter
sweetenercane sugar
emulsifiersoy lecithin
flavoringvanilla extract
other ingredientswhole milk powder
list priceN/A

colormedium brown
aromavanilla, grapefruit
tastefruity, grapefruit
finishsomewhat bitter
Green & Black's Organic Dark 70% bar is certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), one of the 97 USDA Accredited Certifying Agents. In addition to being certified organic (for every ingredient other than soy lecithin), this bar is also the first to have organic whole milk powder as an ingredient. It's also notable that Green & Black's call out the use of Trinitario cocoa beans on the front cover.

Lindy and I both had a difficult time identifying aromas beyond the scent of vanilla. I noticed something that seemed to be grapefruit; Lindy clarified the vanilla scent as that of a liquor. The taste revealed a fruity flavor with a hint of citrus, that I experienced as grapefruit. Both of us found the length short, but for Lindy it was nearly minimal. She also found the finish to be more bitter than I did.

There is no list price for the Green & Black's bars, but I found them in the organic section of our local grocery store for $4.49.

Because we tasted the Green & Black's Dark 70% and Dark 85% bars after reviewing the Michel Cluizel Vila Gracinda bar, I retasted them again this morning to confirm our findings, and the grapefruit aroma and taste were even clearer (or perhaps just easier to notice since I was seeking them :)

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