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Green & Black's Almond 
Posted: 18 October 2010    7.5 
Green & Black's Almond 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.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.034   Cocoa %: 37  Size: 100g  British chocolate 
       


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 sampled Whittaker's 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. 

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