Monday, 20 September 2010

Vietnamese Milk Chocolate from the Ben Tre Estate

As with the dark chocolate previously reviewed on this blog the milk chocolate has also been extremely well received and won a three-star gold medal at the 2010 Great Taste Awards.

There has been considerable work conducted in Vietnam over the past few decades to help get cocoa production off the ground and it seems to have paid dividends especially in terms of quality. Several companies including Cargill have helped with the expansion of the fledgling cocoa industry in this country. 

The Packaging: The milk chocolate bar has been packaged in exactly the same way as the dark but with a slightly different color. The packaging is minimal and the eye is drawn to the important information written on the paper wrapper. When you purchase this bar you are donating £1 to Action Against Hunger

According to the Action Against Hunger website there are 6,000 aid workers in 60 countries around the world providing food, security and sanitation to 4 million people. 

This is a great idea and it will be interesting to find out how much money is raised from the sale of these bars.

The Chocolate: The presentation of the bar is simple but effective. The chocolate melts quickly and has a smooth texture from the cocoa but it's not too strong and its not too sweet which is good. Overall a very well balanced milk chocolate.

Ben Tre Milk Chocolate 40%
Ingredients: Vietnamese cocoa solids, cocoa butter, dehydrated milk, sugar, natural vanilla, soya lecithin.

Overall a good bar of chocolate and I give it 8/10 mainly because the dark chocolate from my perspective was the better of the two. 

The bar can be purchased on line from at £3.40 + VAT + postage and packing. Stock up and buy several bars!


  1. Would love to win the hamper as, quite simply, I'm a real choccie-lover! On a healthy eating regime (Don't mention the D word!) right now, so trying to stick to the quality rather than quantity ethos!

  2. I deserve to win because if I don't win I'll be sad and console myself with tons of cheap chocolate and get fat! :(

    Emma x

  3. Quality chocolate from the Ben Tre estate is the perfect way to consume calories. Not only is it delicious, but it supports Action Against Hunger. Knowing my luxury indulgence is helping 4 million in 60 countries would make it a totally guilt free treat!

  4. It looks beautiful, sounds gorgeous, is ethically produced.... can a bar of chocolate get any better?!

  5. I deserve to win because I've spent 2 hours in the dentist chair this week; root canal work - ugh!
    In theory, I probably should hold off chocolate for a while but in practice that's not going to happen. My sore mouth needs a reason to smile again :) x

  6. I deserve to win as i am a chocoholic,have tried lots of different chocolate but haven't tried Ben Tre yet ! Also it's my 5oth birthday on the 6th oct so need chocolate to console myself !

    Twitter name @CHOCOAJ

  7. I should win this bar because I love great chocolate. Simples.

  8. I should win this because chocolate likes being in my tummy!

  9. My son, age 14, has a GCSE EBS project to compare branded/ organic/ non organic chocolate! I used your blog to help him with his research then spent a small fortune purchasing said chocolate for Class last week. The boys, all 20, loved the 'new' chocolate taste and preferred them to the more popular brands- 1 problem, they DIDN'T leave me any! I now have to help my son type up his report!!!
    So please send me the chocolate before I start eating Tom's notes from class!

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  11. I would like to win as a nice treat for myself and other members of our local schools pta, we usually have to do with cheap biscuits..this would make a delicious treat for our next meeting! cheryl hadfield, @cheryl7003on twitter

  12. I so deserve to win, as I've a house of 4 females, I may buy choccy for myself, but I rarely get to see it! Yep, you guessed it, the munchkins get in there first, where ever I hide it, they still manage to hunt it down, and eat it!.xx