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Review: Green & Black's Almond
Green & Black's Almond
Posted: 18 October 2010
The whole almonds in skins, roasted, turn this bar into a relative winner, despite the fact that the organic milk chocolate itself, even at 37% over the standard 34%, isn't some of the best I've had.
price/gram: USD 0.034
Cocoa %: 37
Time for a bit of chocolate
time travel for yours truly.
I make it no secret that I
once loved Green & Black's as a dear friend back
between 2003-05. The two bars which were my favorites
were the Almond and the Espresso. When Aussie Dave
recently mailed me this Almond bar, it was a way to settle
the question of whether my taste buds had changed or G & B's
had declined in quality since Cadbury bought them out.
What I recalled most vividly about this bar was the almonds
themselves. The skins were still on them, and they
were included whole, not in bits.
According to the wrapper, this had not changed.
I made it a point to sample
this almond bar, in a milk base, alongside other milk
chocolate brands. As I munched on it, I compared it with the
San Churro Milk
and Haigh's Premium Milk
just as a gauge of who executed the best. The
blend used in this bar is not identical to that used in G &
B's actual milk chocolate
bar. The whole almonds in this bar are enrobed in a 37% base. G & B's standard
milk is 34%.
This bar once again proves
how combinations can elevate a final product. The whole
almonds in skins, roasted, turn this bar into a relative winner,
despite the fact that the organic milk chocolate itself,
even at 37% over the standard 34%, isn't some of the best
I've had. Both San Churro and Haigh's, with less cocoa
solid content, trumped it. It also answered another
question for me. I don't think G & B's has slid in
quality. I now think other brands have just played the
catch-up-and-surpass game a lot more effectively.
Back in 2005, this bar was
the bar to be seen with. I couldn't believe how many
almonds were packed into it. Five years later, having
Dark Almond containing a minimum of 25% almonds, G & B's
Almond is yesterday's news. In '05, this amount of almond
content in a bar was considered revolutionary. Not
anymore. Other manufacturers are upping the ante,
and G & B is left coasting on its Cadbury-outfitted laurels.
I wouldn't avoid this bar.
Were I walking down the checkout aisle and I saw this bar at
a considerable discount, I think I'd still pick one up once
in awhile. Otherwise, I think I can safely pronounce
that I've moved on, that my love affair with G & B's lies in
the past. It's time for newer nuttier relationships.
Green & Black make organic chocolate in the UK, and this review is all about the organic milk chocolate almond
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