Friday, September 8, 2006

Green & Black’s Espresso Chocolate

Coffee is one of my favorite flavors. I’ve been searching for the perfect coffee chocolate bar, so when Green & Black’s offered to send me some chocolate to try (including some bars I’d had trouble getting a hold of around here), I jumped at it.

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Green & Black’s basically offers two different formats for their chocolate, the big 3.5 ounce bars and these boxes of 27 little tablets. I really like the boxes because I can have just a little chocolate and save it for later or share it. But it’s a lot of packaging, too, so I’m torn.

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Unlike other coffee infused bars that use whole beans to flavor the chocolate, Green & Black’s doesn’t have discernible grounds in the chocolate. Here’s what the package says:

To get the ultimate smooth dark espresso chocolate we’ve taken fresh organic espresso coffee and ground it until the coffee grains can no longer be felt on the tongue. Combining this with our dark chocolate gives the sensation of a strong espresso hit followed by the intense bittersweet chocolate flavors.

Thank goodness someone realized that I don’t want coffee grounds in my chocolate!

The overwhelming scent of these little pieces is coffee, strong black coffee. On the tongue the chocolate melts readily with no graininess but some bitter notes of espresso with flavors of licorice and sandalwood apparent as well. Just as advertised on the package the chocolate flavors emerge later as a support for the espresso, kind of like cream does in your coffee.

It’s not for the faint of heart, this is high octane stuff and I imagine there’s a good hit of caffeine in there, too. I’ve had to be careful not to eat them too late in the day lest they keep me up. I enjoyed it but the price for the box of tablets is a bit up there, for a better value grab the 3.5 ounce bar at Target (here in LA they’re selling them at Ralph’s now).

If you’re a reader from the UK, be sure to check their site for current competitions to win chocolate prizes.

UPDATE: I grabbed the retail price from Chocosphere, which as them at $13.99 a box. If you find it in stores it should be $8.99.

Name: Organic Espresso Dark Chocolate Squares
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Green & Black's
Place Purchased: sample from Green & Black's
Price: ~$13.95 $8.99 msrp
Size: 4.2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 157
Categories: Chocolate, Coffee, Italy, Green and Black's, Organic

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Comments
  1. Wow, do those candy corns on your site look good!

    Comment by Rhea on 9/08/06 at 6:42 am #
  2. mmmmm!  both coffee & chocolate should be dark & intense.  these sound heavenly.

    Comment by anne on 9/08/06 at 11:36 am #
  3. Sounds perfect. Why, oh why would anybody want coffee grounds in their chocolate?

    Comment by leigh on 9/08/06 at 5:29 pm #
  4. This blog is really fun to browse!
    Have you tried chocolate covered sunflower seeds? I used to eat them in South Korea- I think they’re made by Lotte. Pretty tasty.

    Comment by Corie on 9/08/06 at 6:30 pm #
  5. Here’s the chocolate covered sunflower seed review that she did, Corie.


    http://www.typetive.com/candyblog/item/crunchy_sweet_sunshine/

    Comment by cas on 9/09/06 at 9:06 pm #
  6. Awesome candy site.  I will have to try some of these.

    Comment by claudia on 9/10/06 at 3:01 pm #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Rhea - it is almost candy corn season! I hear they’re making gourmet flavors now, but I’m kind of a purist for the plain old orange & white sugar ones.

    anne - I’m glad you agree, sometimes coffee candy bars can be so sweet, like the Coffee Crisp (which is good, don’t get me wrong). I don’t drink my coffee with sugar in it, so I like a rather dark flavor to it.

    leigh - I ask myself that too. Of course I first gained my coffee addiction not through drinking the stuff but by eating the chocolate covered espresso beans in grad school. So if a whole bean is acceptable, I suppose bean bits should be.

    Corie - cas got the link! I love those ... there are a few brands now and they’re all pretty good.

    cas - thanks for helping out! I missed that comment the other day.

    claudia - thanks for visiting!

    Comment by Cybele on 9/13/06 at 9:50 am #

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