The Chocolate: Divine has never really tugged at my chocolate cravings and I have to admit that I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to cocoa products. I've never really been attracted to chocolate made with Forastero beans which is very narrow minded of me. How can I review chocolate and not taste Divine, I hear you say. Oh, Brian O'Driscoll nearly scored! Concentrate please......back to the chocolate, c'mon.
I've taken the following information from the back of the bar, "Divine chocolate is made only with the finest quality Fairtrade cocoa beans from Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of smallholder farmers in Ghana. The cocoa is grown in the shade of the tropical rainforest, and slowly fermented and dried in the sun by the farmers, who take great pride in the chocolate company they co-own". The story of Divine starts in 1879 and more information can be found at Divine. There is a great graphic on their website which provides some very interesting details about how the company started.
This is a particularly bright looking bar which has a fantastic rich and fruity (blackcurrant) aroma as you open up the packaging. There is a very loud snap as I break off the first chunk. A slight bitterness the chunk slowly melts on my tongue. The whole mouth feel is dry and almost chalky and as you'd expect there is not a lot of sweetness. A hint of tobacco is there in the background.
Overall this is a very well made piece of chocolate even though for me it is a bit too bitter for my tastes. Rather than everyday eating I would use it for cooking up some delicious desserts. It almost goes without saying that this company has the highest ethical qualities and commitment to Fairtrade.
Their chocolate has gone up several notches in my opinion and Forastero beans are not as bad as you might think. I'm happy to give this bar 8/10 for presentation and flavour.
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