I like Andes Mints and mint chocolate chip ice cream. There's something about that chocolate and mint combination that excites my taste buds. So, when I saw this mint dark chocolate Green & Black's bar at Wal-Mart, I knew I had to try it. Green & Black's was purchased in 2005 by Cadbury, which is now owned by Kraft. The company was originally started by eco-entrepreneur Craig Sams and his wife Josephine Fairley. It is a Fair Trade company so you know they are taking care of the farmers that grow, cultivate and harvest their chocolate. For some people this might not be a big deal, but for others, it gives them one more reason to like this company's chocolate.
I talked with a Green & Black's representative at the 2010 Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago, Illinois and she told me that the top three bars for Green & Black's are the Dark 70%, Dark 85% and then the Milk Chocolate Almond. She said their new peanut bar is selling, well but I'm not sure where the Mint falls into that list. If it were up to me, I'd put it at the top of the list. As I mentioned above, I like Andes Mints, well, this is like an Andes Mint on steroids. The smell of this bar is powerful minty with a nice robust dark chocolate smell. The package describes this bar as:
Dark Chocolate infused with peppermint oil to ensure the perfect balance of intense cocoa taste with a refreshing finish.
I really liked the dark chocolate but I wouldn't say it was "intense" in fact, I thought it was somewhat muted by the very pleasant mint taste. The dark chocolate wasn't bitter, probably because it was a lower 60% cocoa content and probably because I thought the mint smoothed the bitter out. The mint also provided a very nice and cool flavor that went perfectly with a dark chocolate bar. My only complaint is that the foil wrap is way too thin to rewrap this bar when you've eaten a bit of it...you could never it in in one sitting alone. I do like how many squares this bar is divided into though. Like an Andes Mint, I can eat one and be happy with a mint/chocolate taste. The tiny squares on this bar are just the right size (like an Andes) to give you the same mint/chocolate fix.
This is a nice middle of the road chocolate that is way better than a Hershey bar, but not as exquisite as a Patric Chocolate Bar. This is much easier to purchase since almost every drug store and grocery store carries this brand. I think the extra price is worth it and the Fair Trade mark is a bonus making me feel better purchasing this bar over others in the store.
Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 3.5oz bar, 2.5 pieces = 1 serving = 220 calories, 15g fat
Price: $2.97 purchased at Wal-Mart
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