Saturday, 20 November 2010

Montezuma's Orange and Geranium on Dark Chocolate

All these early mornings and late nights are causing havoc with my blogging! There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day at the moment. Anyway enough of my moaning let's taste some chocolate!

Orange and Geranium certainly sounds like a weird combination and I'm sure it presented a real challenge for the guys and gals at Montezuma when some bright spark came up with this idea!

I wondered why anybody in their right mind would want to include Geranium oil in their chocolate. So, a quick search on the internet turned up a number of health benefits that can be derived from using this oil. You'll be amazed to know that it acts as an astringent to induce contractions of muscles, blood vessels and  prevents skin from hanging loose which is always good to know. It will also stop bacteria multiplying on wounds and it also acts as a deodorant. The list goes on and on but I think you get the picture that it's doing you some good, allegedly. 

The Packaging: As with all their packaging their colorful concepts have been continued through in this range of bars. Montezuma packaging is always very good and I like the bright and bold statements them make. They also like to think about the effect their packaging has on our little planet which is very Eco-friendly of them. To find out more about their Trading Fairly policy click here.

Orange & Geranium on Dark
The Chocolate: To counteract the strong floral geranium and citrus orange a 73% dark organic chocolate has been used. When you open the packaging you are hit by a strong orange aroma which hides the geranium and to some extent the cocoa. The chocolate is well tempered and passes the snap test with flying colours. This bar of chocolate reminds me of a fine wine from the French region of Alsace where the famous Gewürztraminer is produced. Those of you who have tasted this wine will know that it is highly perfumed and spicy. This is exactly what you'll experience when you taste this chocolate. The perfume of the geranium works well with the dark chocolate which just about holds up.

Overall I really enjoyed this bar of chocolate even though it was a bit unusual. I'm therefore going to score this bar 8/10 for balancing of flavours and 9/10 for price. I could not see this bar on their website but similar bars are priced at £2.39 when you buy a pack of three. 

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