Monday, 25 October 2010

Green & Black's Organic 24 Miniature Bar Collection Box 360g

Just when I thought I had sufficient chocolate in stock to keep me going for the next couple of weeks Green and Black's asked me if I'd like to review their Miniature Bar Collection containing 24 iddy biddy organic chocolates! Well it would have been rude of me to refuse such a fantastic selection package.

The Packaging: To be honest I wasn't particularly wowed by the packaging but the clear plastic viewing panel allows you to see these delectable little chocolates. I hope I wasn't being a bit dumb but I thought the chocolates might slide out on the tray. I was wrong after much tugging I decided to gently tip them out on to the table. Well it's what's inside that's important which probably applies to lots of things in life.

The Chocolates: There are 24 bars weighing 15g each and there are 8 different chocolates including: Dark Chocolate with Cherries; Dark Chocolate with Ginger; Dark Chocolate 70%; White Chocolate with 30% Cocoa Solids; Milk Chocolate with 34% Cocoa Solids; Creamy Milk Chocolate with 32% Cocoa Solids; Milk Chocolate with Butterscotch; Milk Chocolate with Almonds.

I don't think I've ever tasted eight chocolates in a row before but somebody has to do it. I'm trying to be very careful and even have a glass of water to cleanse my mouth after each little chunk has been tasted. At this rate I'll never sleep tonight.

Dark with Cherry: Smooth dark chocolate 60% cocoa solids with delicious organic sour cherries give it that extra edge and zing which flows through to the end. I like this and so it seems does everybody else as we're down to the last little slab.

Dark with Ginger: Sweet dark chocolate 60% cocoa solids with crystallized ginger which is  a bit lack lustre for me but it's still agreeable and is well balanced. I just like my ginger to have a bit of power.

Dark: Intense dark chocolate with a slightly smoky, woody aroma. This 70% dark chocolate has a good fruity flavour with an excellent finish. Just how I like it!

White: As you're probably aware white chocolate does not contain any cocoa. However it has cocoa butter (30%) and sufficient to make this a very creamy sweet but not unpleasant chocolate. A sprinkling of Vanilla seeds adds to the flavour. I still haven't found a white chocolate that competes with ICOA from El Rey. I think this bar could have been improved with the addition of some freeze dried fruit such as raspberries to take the edge off the sweetness.

Milk Chocolate 34%: Good cocoa flavour with a rich smooth texture that is not overly sweet and lasts. Honey and caramel flavours coming through on this one.

Milk Chocolate 32%: You wouldn't believe it but 2% less cocoa makes a lot of difference. For me there is a giant chasm in terms of flavour between the 34% and 32%. Not only is it lighter in colour but it also lacks the depth of flavour found in the other milk bar. It is also a bit overly sweet and it catches the back of your throat. 

Milk Chocolate with Butterscotch: Rich creamy milk chocolate 34% cocoa with little chunks of butterscotch scattered amongst the bar provides that extra crunch. Being a fan of Toblerone I instantly like this. I did share this with others and they found it a bit too sweet. Oh well more for me.

Milk Chocolate with Almonds: Lovely cocoa aroma, 37% cocoa solids help match the organic almonds which have been finely diced to produce a fantastic nutty bar of chocolate. Again very much like Toblerone and strangely this is the one I've eaten more of.

Overall I give this selection pack 8/10 for dishing up a good range of chocolates that has something for everybody. None of the flavours are over the top and this is a great starter pack if you're into chocolate tasting. Ideal for sharing especially at the end of a meal or and even more so now that Christmas is only just round the corner. 

You can purchase this selection pack of premium bars from most supermarkets and independent retailers from September 2010 and it is priced at a £8.99.

If you liked this review you might like these other bars:

Dark Chocolate with Sour Cherries

Dark Chocolate with Mint Fondant


  1. I actually like the packaging. I think it looks pretty and I love the fact that it has the content on display. Being the curious creature that I am, I find it really frustrating when I cannot know what's in an assortment box before opening it. I like to know what I'll be trying (I'm also really picky so there's a big chance there might be something I won't like in there) - whether it is through (partially) transparent packaging, suggestive illustration and individual descriptions for each chocolate printed on the box or a guide on a leaflet attached to the box (that's usually in the case of boxes with a bow as the leaflet gets attached to the bow).

    I love how all the chocolates look side by side. I like to do a lot of comparing - compare individual chocolates from an assortment box, compare different bars from the same range, compare similar bars from different manufacturers. It's always very interesting to see chocolates side by side, note differences in colour, smell and taste.

    I find it really interesting how those bars are each 15g and they are divided into 12. Each of those blocks must be really small, 1.25g. I think I can imagine just how small... actually, I think they're just the perfect size for someone like me, who likes to just let small bits melt on the tongue. It's like... these past two weeks I've tried three of those really thin 100g bars divided into 10 squares and with those, I find it best to divide each of those thin 10g squares into 8 piece... so that would be on average 1.25g per piece. And I've also tried two big 300g bars which were each divided into 40 blocks... and I usually divided each one of those 7.5g blocks further into 6 or just 4 (it was a little more difficult with those as they were thicker).

    The bars all sound really nice, even though I'm so picky usually. The visible difference in colour between the 34% and the 32% milk chocolates struck me as well as I was looking at that picture. The cherry one is the one that sounds most interesting - I've tried a few nice fruit chocolates lately, so now I'm keen to try more.

    I guess it could be also interesting if I tried some Toblerone again. My mother used to get me a lot of Toblerone, so when I moved, it wasn't among the interesting chocolates anymore. And I kind of ignored it since. Of course I never refused when I was at somebody else's place and I got served Toblerone, but when it came to buying it myself, I only went for holiday specials, never for the classic anymore.

  2. Ana, Many thanks for your comment. They are indeed an ideal size and have gone down really very well with everybody who has tried them.