Today I sampled a new chocolate product from Equal Exchange, which in addition to chocolate sells a variety of fairly traded products.
First off, I thought the packaging was very nice. It features a photo of a cacao farmer and some nice graphics. The inside of the packaging includes a description of the benefits of buying fairly traded chocolates.
The smell is light and refreshing when you open the package. Also, I loved the texture. The chocolate has organic â€œpeppermint crisps,â€ which are made from cane sugar and peppermint oil. It also has ground vanilla beans. This makes for a hard chocolate with a slightly crispy texture.
As for flavor, I was almost expecting a stronger mint taste after smelling the chocolate, but found the light bitterness of the dark chocolate was the first flavor to hit to tongue. The mint is softer and more delicate. There is almost an initial conflict of the two flavors, but as they combine, the effect is very pleasant.
This chocolate contains:
*Organic cocoa liquor, *Syramenaâ„¢ Organic Raw Cane Sugar, *Organic cocoa butter, *Sucanatâ„¢ Organic unrefined whole cane sugar, peppermint crisps (*Organic cane sugar, Organic peppermint oil), Organic ground vanilla beans. May contain traces of milk, peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios & pecans. Cocoa 67% min. (*Fair Trade Certifiedâ„¢)
The Bottom Line:
â€¢ Great texture and aroma
â€¢ Good flavor with delicious aftertaste
â€¢ Excellent packaging with lots of useful information
â€¢ A stronger mint flavor would be nice, but overall the flavor is excellent
â€¢ I appreciate the fact that Equal Exchange chocolates are tasty and provide well written educational material about the chocolate industry.
Overall Rating: 8.5 of 10.0