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Review: Equal Exchange Mint
Equal Exchange Mint
Posted: 29 January 2015
Equal Exchange pulls an original. They use 67% chocolate and fill it with peppermint crisps. It's a reinvention of the same old mint bar of chocolate infused with mint oil.
price/gram: USD 0.041
Cocoa %: 67
After eating two ultra cheap
German Bellarom bars,
it was nice to raise the quality level up many notches with
an Equal Exchange.
I reviewed my first Equal
Exchange bar, their milk
chocolate, four months ago when OptoJay showed up in
Bangkok with is wife and over a dozen chocolate bars.
This Equal Exchange Mint bar is the last of OptoJay's
treasure chest for me to review.
To resummarize, Equal
Exchange is a cooperative. Everyone working for the
company owns an equal share. The name of the cooperative
used and the country is mentioned on the back label -- in
this case, the Conacado Co-op in the Dominican Republic.
Equal Exchange sources all the ingredients, all of which are
organic and Fairtrade, and has an unnamed company in
Switzerland turn the ingredients into organic bars which
Equal Exchange sells mainly in the American market.
Call them a virtual chocolate company, if you will.
I'm not normally a big fan of
mint bars. Few companies do them well. The mint
flavoring can have a cheap taste or be too overpowering or
not well balanced with the chocolate itself. The
better mint bars have been higher cocoa solid bars.
Green & Black's Mint is
one of the better mints I've reviewed, but it was not your
typical mint bar. It was a mint fondant filling inside
dark 70% chocolate.
Equal Exchange pulls their
own original stunt, too. They use 67% chocolate and fill it
with peppermint crisps. It's a reinvention of the same old
mint bar of chocolate infused with mint oil.
Equal Exchange and companies
like it are on a mission you want to chew on. They pay
and treat the farmers well, use organic ingredients, and
sell the final product at a price you can actually afford.
Open up your mouth and your wallet if you get the chance.