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Green Frog Carob Deluxe 
Posted: 19 January 2011    2.5 
Green Frog Carob Deluxe If this bar had actually tasted anything near to a chocolate bar, it would've gotten a high rating on that alone. Unwrapped, the bar certainly looked like smooth chocolate, more so than the second Darren on the TV show  Bewitched looked like the first one. That's as chocolatey as it got. Like the carob bar of my youth, it tasted nothing like chocolate but had more of a hickory, nutty flavor.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.038   Cocoa %: 7  Size: 50g  Australia chocolate 
       


When I was a kid, my mom bought me my first carob bar and said it was a delicious substitute for chocolate. 'Delicious' and 'substitute', I suppose, are all a matter of interpretation. The carob bar looked like a chocolate bar.  That was it.  It tasted nothing like a chocolate bar, not even a low-end one, and it was far from delicious.  And yet all these years later, carob still circulates in the marketplace as a chocolate substitute. As they say, there are new gullible suckers born every minute.

Aussie Dave, as a Christmas gift, sent me an Australian-made carob bar and called it "homosexual chocolate."  You guessed it.  Aussie Dave is a homophobe.  We think he sent the bar to both foment homophobia outside his native Australia and to possibly kill me for good with this bar and silence the Republic. 

You might be wondering why I'm writing about a carob bar at all.  This isn't Doug's Carob Republic.  (Such a place, even in cyberspace, would be nuked out of existence quite quickly).  But then I considered that at the Chocolate Republic, chocolate and things identified with or as chocolate should be mentioned if I come across them.  Carob has an undeserved association with chocolate in the minds of consumers.  I was given a carob bar to taste.  I owed it to my readers to deliver those taste results on the site in order to save lives. 

If this bar had actually tasted anything near to a chocolate bar, it would've gotten a high rating on that alone.  Unwrapped, the bar certainly looked like smooth chocolate, more so than the second Darren on the TV show Bewitched looked like the first one.  That's as chocolatey as it got.  Like the carob bar of my youth, it tasted nothing like chocolate but had more of a hickory, nutty flavor.    I don't know (or care) how bars work in the carob world.  What's an acceptable carob solid content?  This one only had 7% carob.  I believe that's probably a good thing.  More carob content would make the bar taste that much worse. 

This Green Frog carob creation didn't come especially cheap.  Pricewise is about the only area you could call it a substitute for chocolate -- and higher end chocolate at that.  If you're allergic to chocolate and there's no other way you can try it, I still wouldn't buy this or any other carob bar.  You wouldn't be any closer to satisfying a cacao fix.       

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