I was fortunate enough to be invited to join Divine for a live twitter taste test of their new bar this week. For those of you who aren't aware, Divine is a Fairtrade chocolate company 44% owned by Cocoa farmers in Ghana, which means that the farmers don't just receive a fair price for their Cocoa but also receive a share of Divine's profits too. Their new bar is dark chocolate, augmented with raisins and almonds.
I feel the need to comment on the packaging because it looked so beautiful; the purple, black and gold was striking and gave the bar a luxurious appearance, which also extended to the premium gold coloured foil that wrapped the chocolate within.
The chocolate looked very dark in colour, and as I've mentioned countless times before, I'm not a huge fan of very dark chocolate. This bar contains 60% cocoa solids, which places it towards the milder end of the spectrum, but I was still a bit dubious as to whether I could enjoy it.
The chocolate tasted rich and deep, with a velvet smoothness that should be enjoyable. Except, I just can't enjoy it (sorry Divine) because it's just too bitter for me. It's a shame because I know that it's not the fault of the chocolate, it's my taste-buds that have let me down.
The raisins were a lovely addition however, as they were plump juicy numbers that added sweetness to the bar. The almonds were finely chopped which meant they added little in the way of flavour to the bar, but they added a welcome crunchiness which I enjoyed.
I think that Divine's new chocolate is one best reserved for dark chocolate lovers. I've not had their chocolate before, and I'd be keen to try their milk chocolate as I imagine it would be much more enjoyable for me and my meek tastebuds!
I feel awful for giving it a low score, and I'd like to point out that it's just a reflection of my personal preferences, and not Divine and/or it's chocolate.
If Divine's newest chocolate bar sounds more up your alley, they are currently available for purchase from their online shop, and will be sold in Oxfam stores nationwide from April.