Thursday, February 11, 2010

Divine 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries

Divine Dark Chocolate with RaspberriesOne of the newest bars from Divine, a fair trade chocolate maker, is 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries.

The packaging is another iteration of their West African iconography in gold and red on a black background. The bars is 3.5 ounces (not available in a single serve size at this time) and is wrapped well inside the paper overwrap with a textured medium grade foil.

Divine bills itself as Heavenly Chocolate with a heart. They use mostly fair trade ingredients (in this case it was the sugar, vanilla and the cacao), are all natural and use non-GMO soy lecithin. Their dark bars do not use any dairy products and are considered vegan though are produced on shared equipment with milk, wheat and tree nuts.

Divine Dark Chocolate with Raspberries

The construction of the bar is simple. Dark chocolate with a layer of freeze dried raspberries sprinkled on the bottom.

Divine Dark Chocolate with Raspberries

Flipped over, the bar is quite beautiful, like all the Divine bars I’ve had. Nice gloss and snap, a rather red hue to it; I wasn’t sure if it was from the raspberry inclusions or just the natural state of the chocolate. It’s a moderately thick bar, thicker than a Lindt Excellence bar, but not as thick as something like Ritter Sport. The sections are 4 by 6 and pretty easy to snap apart.

It absolutely smells like raspberries with some woodsy and seed notes. The dark chocolate is strong, dark and slightly bitter. I was expecting a fruity chocolate, instead it had strong coffee and charcoal notes. The texture is silky with a dry finish and of course the raspberry bits created some texture. The raspberries are freeze dried bits, with lots of seeds. Chewing the seeds gives off grassy and sesame flavors while the pulp part is quite tangy and has great natural raspberry flavors.

Overall I liked the bold combination of flavors - this was not a timid bar. It was not a bar that I could munch on forever though. I had two pieces, then needed to rest for a while until I was interested in having some more. It wasn’t something I was craving at any point though. If they could do the same bar without the seeds, I think I’d prefer it.

Related Candies

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  2. Divine Fair Trade Chocolate
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  4. M&Ms Razzberry - Limited Edition
  5. Cadbury Raspberry Bunny
Name: 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Divine Chocolate
Place Purchased: sample from Fancy Food Show
Price: retail ~$3.00
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 162
Categories: Chocolate, Germany, Divine, Kosher, All Natural, Fair Trade

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:25 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Beautiful photo, but you have a bit of a typo in the header smile ‘chcoolate’ You don’t have to publish this comment, just letting you know.

    Big fan of your blog, btw, been reading it for years but hardly ever post.

    Comment by Quark, son of Iska on 2/11/10 at 1:03 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Thanks Quark - I copied & pasted and found the later errors but not the source. (Spell check doesn’t do headlines ... but I should!)

    Comment by Cybele on 2/11/10 at 1:05 pm #
  3. I’m not a big fan of dark chocolate but I give them big props for the cool wrapper (like the design) and the presentation.  My mouth was watering as I read the post!

    Comment by john on 2/11/10 at 2:33 pm #
  4. that looks really yummy!

    Comment by Gage on 2/12/10 at 8:27 am #
  5. I had a Chocolove raspberry bar that seems similar to this, but not quite as dark. I really liked it—but I think I might like this even better. I love very dark chocolate.

    Comment by Karen on 2/14/10 at 11:37 am #

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