To say I’m a chocolate fiend is an understatement. Chocolate is my friend. No really she is – she’s been there for me throughout all the key moments in my life. Comforted me in sadness, celebrated with me in happiness, calmed me down in anger and prepped me up with energy when I’ve needed it. Like for millions of others, chocolate is a warm comforting blanket.
When my health issues cropped up I actually had to abandon chocolate for a while as she became a toxic friend for me. So I did go chocolate-free for quite a while. And when I decided to let her back in my life our relationship had changed.
Now she had to be a high quality friend. She couldn’t just satisfy a primary urge of a sugar fix but had to offer my body and health something more. She also had to cater to my dietary requirements of being dairy free but she couldn’t compromise on taste. As I started my journey for new friends, I was surprised to see how much the chocolate market had changed. In fact there was so much choice that I was like a kid in a sweet shop! The need for a ‘healthy’ chocolate friend didn’t appear to be just a unique thing for me but was in demand by a growing population who wanted what I did. Furthermore, it doesn’t appear that this market will slow down anytime soon as there’s a whole host of new healthy chocolate desperate to be our friends. And I’m all too willing to make new friends….
Rating: 8 out of 10
Appeals to: free-from lovers, healthy-conscious eaters and lovers of high quality chocolate
Now I’m not too sure that I was first attracted by the packaging. It didn’t scream out to me from all the different varieties on the shelves. A slightly muted brown paper packaging with a pop of colour is how it differentiates itself. However upon a second and tertiary glance, it actually looks quite classy with a high quality wrapping and upon opening a golden inlay. It feels smooth to hold and starts to cry out high quality. What I particularly liked was the rather clean/clear writing and not too much information on the front – just key words that I needed for my requirements e.g. % of raw cacao, dairy free. Looking on the back provides me with the full information that I do need and in an easy to read manner.
£1.99 – I have purchased this from a few health shops including Planet Organic and Holland & Barret. When I first purchased it I thought the price was pretty steep for what looks like a small bar (35g). However having tasted it against other brands it is quite reasonable and there are often discounts available on it in the health stores I mentioned. It also helps me manage my consumption as because it is quite a price tag I don’t gobble it all in one go but actually have started to have it over two or three days which then makes me think it’s worthwhile as well as making sure I don’t over indulge and spreading the cost!
This chocolate delivers. There are other varieties of the brand that I haven’t tried because I enjoy this version so much. For me, dark chocolate is now my preference over milk and white. This bar provides that small chocolate fix without being overly rich. It’s slightly bitter but there’s creaminess to it which takes the edge of it. I find that if you take one slab of it and let it melt slowly in your mouth, it gives you that feeling of eating a full chocolate bar. To me that screams quality and ticks off all my boxes. The product states it contains natural antioxidants and live cultures and I don’t know whether that adds to the flavour or not; but either way this is a tasty chocolate and one that is becoming a firm friend.
Verdict – in a word, creamy! Whilst the price can initially cause you to pause to purchase, after tasting it you can see that it’s actually a fairly reasonable price. The 6 bar chocolate is enough to keep you satisfied for a couple of days providing you with that chocolate fix in an allergy free manner. Plus if it states it’s good for your gut, I’m not one to say no to chocolate!
I would love to hear your thoughts if you have tried this product – feel free to leave comments below.
Guest Blogger: Mrs M.
As a person with a recently diagnosed sensitive digestive system, I’m now on a path to make sure I eat well whilst still enjoying myself. Having been fearful of food, I now love finding new products, going to new restaurants to try new twists on dishes and am constantly looking for quirky items to consume. I’m a huge supporter of simple food that is made tasty with the right combination of ingredients and more importantly enjoying your food and diet in a balanced way. That means I always have room for my favourite item – chocolate!