I’m afraid I’m one of those annoying people who can have a bar of chocolate on her desk for weeks – just eating one square at a time when the mood takes. This doesn’t mean I don’t like chocolate, I do, just that I’m no chocaholic. (Now crisps are a different matter…)
But in the interests of Molly and the Princess, I tried out two bars of Seeds of Change organic chocolate in one day! Of course I didn’t polish them both off, but shared with the family, and the reviews that follow are representative of the general consensus in the Molly household.
First up: Seeds of Change Organic Milk Chocolate Apricot & Cashew
I’m not a big fan of regular fruit and nut chocolate, it just seems too much in the mouth, if you know what I mean. But I liked the slimness of this bar and the fact that it was made with apricots and cashews (instead of the usual raisins and hazelnuts). The description on the wrapper was certainly enticing:
Malayta apricots dried naturally under the Turkish sun, married with crisp cashews and folded into our sublime, full-cream milk chocolate. Relax.
The milk chocolate was indeed sublime – rich, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate at its best. But once melted, one is left with the nuts and apricots. I liked the cashews, with their more subtle nuttiness than hazelnuts – I thought this worked perfectly with the chocolate. But the apricot pieces were a different matter. Their taste was also subtle, but a bit too subtle, the flavour was barely detectable. They were also very hard and required a lot of chewing, and for me this somewhat spoiled the experience.
But as I said, I am not a big fan of fruit and nut chocolate, so maybe not the best person to judge. I do LOVE dark chocolate however, so next up:
Seeds of Change Organic Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa
The wrapper warns: resistance, as the say, is futile
Our cocoa is grown on the tropical island of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. The volcanic soil gives a dark, complex and outrageously rich chocolate. Enjoy.
I did enjoy. This was a lovely dark chocolate, not in the least bitter, with a host of complex flavours. There were hints of fruit, tobacco, and spice, and of course the lovely richly-roasted cocoa. The taste really lingered on the tongue, and resistance was indeed futile. I was soon on to a second square, unusual for me!
Seeds of Change donate 1% of sales of their products to the research and promotion of biodiversity and sustainable organic practices, and their chocolate meets the Soil Association’s standard for organic food and farming. So I am happy to promote Seeds of Change and their chocolate here on Molly and the Princess, and will be keeping a bar of Organic Dark Chocolate on my desk for sure. I wonder how long it will last?