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Are you going to Scarborough Fair for dark stuff like dark chocolate? Do you like your chocolate organic, mates? We love orange in our organic fairtrade chocolate from New Zealand. New Zealand chocolate has a great reputation all over the world, so says the chocolate republic. Ask Doug from Doug's Republic about dark chocolate

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Scarborough Fair Organic Rapture 
Posted: 7 October 2010    6.0 
Australian chocolate  As far as dark orange chocolates go, it ain't bad for its price range. At this price, it's downright cheap for fairtrade and organic. Other companies would fleece you for offering up both those adjectives.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.0275   Cocoa %: 70  Size: 100g  New Zealand chocolate 
       


"Are you going to Scarborough Fair?" sang Simon & Garfunkel more than forty years ago.  Contrary to hippie baby boomer beliefs, Scarborough wasn't a hippie love-in resort for 1960's beatniks who could get high smoking "parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme."   Scarborough is actually a seaside town in England, made famous by traders during the Middle Ages.  In 1253, King Henry III granted Scarborough to have annual fair of fun and frolicking which could've included the sale of chocolates if Europeans had then known they existed.  The fair had a good run of 130 years before proceeds dwindled.

In the song, a young man asks a jilted lover to perform a series of insurmountable tasks before he will consider taking her back.  In modern terms, this would be like saying to your former girlfriend, "After you jump off the Empire State Building (and survive), we'll get back together."  In New Zealand, Scarborough Fair refers to a brand of chocolate that suggests to deliver to the consumer the best chocolate he's ever tasted.  It's another impossible feat.  I'll concur that my verdict of Scarborough Fair's Organic Rapture is the best chocolate I've ever tasted --- on the day pigs begin to fly.

Scarborough Fair's Organic Rapture, a dark orange chocolate of 70% cocoa content, should appeal to wannabee vegetarians and other tree huggers.  The chocolate is organic and its fairtrade.  I've noticed that plenty of consumers will wolf down mediocre products as long as they can feel good that the mediocrity is pesticide free and that the African farmers earned enough to buy a six pack of beer that day.   

I'm being hard on Scarborough Fair's Organic Rapture because I can be.  It's a buyer's market for chocolates today.  The explosion of niche brands has put a lot more than mainstream trash on the shelves.  As far as dark orange chocolates go, it ain't bad for its price range.  At this price, it's downright cheap for fairtrade and organic.  Other companies would fleece you for offering up both those adjectives.  Next to it's compatriot Whittaker's Zestful Dark Orange of almost identical cocoa content, this bar is a work of art, a passable but gritty dark chocolate bar with orange flavorings.  Thankfully, the orange doesn't appear in chunks, just in flavor.  But next to Green & Black's Maya Bar, also featuring the taste of orange and also organic, Scarborough Fair can only compete on price. The Maya Bar is 25% more expensive per gram, yet 80% better in taste and texture.

The Organic Rapture, like all Scarborough Fair products, is sweetened with organic cane juice. In case you care, cane juice has slightly more nutrients than regular sugar, but come on, mates.  You shouldn't be eating a chocolate bar to get your daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals!


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