Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Green & Black’s Ginger Chocolate

After my rave review of Green & Black’s White Chocolate (which surprised even me) I got an email from a representative of Green & Black’s asking if I’d tried their Ginger bar. They were reading the blog and knew how much I loved ginger! Of course when I said I hadn’t seen it in the store yet (Target has a rather limited selection), she offered to send me some. (And some other bars which I’ll review in the coming weeks.)

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It’s a beautiful bar, with the same simple foil wrapping cloaked in a paper wrapper. The bar was shiny with small sections that gave a good snap. It smelled distinctly smoky and earthy. The dark chocolate is 60% cocoa content.

The first flavors I noticed when letting the chocolate melt on my tongue were a rather tart lemon and then a lingering burn of black pepper. Later the rooty, earthen flavors emerged, giving the bar more of a ginger flavor than a chocolate one.

The crystallization of the ginger gives the bar a more distinct graininess. It’s also rather sweet. I liked the spicy burn, and I found it very munchable, but the acidity kind of bothered me after a while. (But I have been eating a lot of pineapple lately and may be working with a disadvantaged tongue.)

The integration of the two flavors and textures isn’t quite right for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tasty, but I really wanted more essence of ginger and less graininess and of course more of the creaminess and flavors of the chocolate. I do like how generous they are with the ginger, much better than the ratios in the Dagoba chocolate bars I’ve had (their Chai bar has scant ginger content). I still favor the panned ginger chocolate pieces that I’ve been getting at Trader Joe’s, but if you don’t have access to those, this would be a good fallback treat.

I have a few more bars that they sent me to try, so I’ll be adding those to the site within the next couple of weeks. On my list is their Caramel, 70% Dark, Hazelnut & Currant and Espresso.

Name: Dark Chocolate with Crystallized Ginger Pieces
    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 Organic
Place Purchased: samples from Green & Black's
Price: sample but usually about $3.00-$3.50 a bar
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 145
Categories: Chocolate, Ginger, Italy, Green & Black's, Organic

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Comments
  1. If you find it, also try their Butterscotch bar (if you haven’t already). I liked it almost as much as the white chocolate one.

    Comment by Barbara on 5/24/06 at 9:58 am #
  2. Does Green & Black make the Ginger/Chocolate/Wasabi or is that someone else?  At any rate, I am finally starting to see their chocolate here in Austin. I need to buy a bar.

    Comment by Anna on 5/24/06 at 4:08 pm #
  3. Oh man, I want that. I love ginger.

    Comment by Grace on 5/24/06 at 5:49 pm #
  4. Wow, from the picture you can really tell how much ginger they put in there!  I can see how it’d be like… “am I eating chocolate-covered ginger, or is this a ginger-FLAVORED bar?”.  I think I would prefer the distinction between the two confection types as well- this would annoy me.  LOL

    Good review notes, btw.  I always love your blog!

    =)

    P.S. Lucky girl with the company samples!!!

    Comment by kirsti on 5/24/06 at 5:54 pm #
  5. *envious*  i’d love to be sent free chocolate!  haha

    i think the only green and black bars i have had so far are the maya gold bar (orange and spices) and carmel.  i’ve been pleased with both, but i think some of the other bars might be better.  i’ll be looking forward to reading a review of the hazelnut currant one!

    ps- on a different note, a couple days ago i saw a milka strawbery yoghurt bar and bought it… if you have never had one of those, i think it’s worth getting just for the smell!  yum.

    Comment by erin on 5/25/06 at 3:37 am #
  6. I have yet to sample their Maya Gold, this sounds wonderful!

    Comment by Kat on 5/25/06 at 12:56 pm #
  7. I have been into ginger lately.  I tried the choclate dipped ginger Altoids and love, love, love them!!! 

    I found these gorgeous ginger balls at the Asian market that I love for their citrusy, gingery goodness.

    And I just tried the Green & Black Ginger bar and love it.  Two of my favorite flavors together in one bar.  And I love the texture of the ginger once the chocolate melts away.  I’m not much of a chocolate chewer, I like to let it melt.

    At over $3 a bar, this isn’t something I’ll buy all the time, but I do plan on trying the White bar and the raspberry bar.

    Comment by Kristie B on 9/27/07 at 3:35 pm #

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