Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Divine Chocolate Bars (Review)


Even though Valentine's Day is over, doesn't mean you can't still enjoy luxurious and delicious tasting chocolate.  Thanks to the kind folks at Divine Chocolate, I have been following doctor's orders -- a piece of chocolate a day, to stay in good health :-).  Well, the doctor didn't say this, but who doesn't love looking forward to a rich and creamy piece of chocolate, which has been made from 100% Fair Trade cocoa from Ghana.  While searching for Valentine's Day gift giving ideas, I stumbled across Divine Chocolate.  I loved the fact they this company is owned in part by the farmers of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana.  The farmers of Kuapa Kokoo , which is made up of 45,000 members,, supply the cocoa that goes into making each and every bar of Divine.  Being part of the Fair Trade agreement, they are paid a Fair Trade price for their beans and receive a social premium that the cooperative invests in schools, clean drinking water, medical clinics and women's entrepreneurship projects (such as batik and soap making).  Plus, as owners, they get a share of the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace.  If this doesn't prompt you to want to try and support the Fair Trade farmers, then I don't know what will?  Oh, did I tell you that this chocolate is out of this world?  Well, it is!  I was sent the Divine Mint Dark Chocolate bar, the Orange Milk Chocolate bar, and the White Chocolate with Strawberry bar to sample.  The wrappers alone, which are made up of West African Adinkra symbols, usually used on hand-made crafts (and having their own special meaning), will catch your eye.  I love it when a candy company puts time and effort in their presentation of their products, in addition to their chocolate making skills.  At first, I didn't want to unwrap these chocolate bars, but I knew I had to share my thoughts on them, and who could resist chocolate bars with mint, orange or strawberries in them.  I know I couldn't?  
The first Divine chocolate bar that I sampled was the white chocolate with strawberries bar.  I had never tried a chocolate bar, which contained strawberry crisps in it, so I was eager to see how this tasted.  I am not a huge white chocolate fan, but the strawberries worked well in complimenting this creamy white chocolate.  I ended up eating this chocolate bar in one sitting, forgetting to save some for my husband to try.  Once my husband arrived home and saw that I was sampling chocolates, he wanted in on the fun.  So, I let him sample the Mint Dark Chocolate bar, as I am not a fan of mint and chocolate, like he is. 

Compared to other mint chocolate bars he has eaten, he said this was one of the best he has tried.  The dark chocolate was so rich in taste, and peppermint oil used to give this bar its mint flavor was really pronounced and left your mouth feeling refreshed and cool.  Like me with the white chocolate with strawberries bar, my husband couldn't put down this Divine chocolate.  Within minutes, the only thing that was left was the beautiful wrapper.  We were good, and saved the third bar for another day -- well, the next day!

The third bar we sampled together from Divine was their Orange Milk Chocolate bar.  I could not get over how creamy this chocolate was.  Even though it melted in your mouth, the flavor lingered on your tongue.  Who knew pairing orange with milk chocolate would taste so good.  This pairing worked well together, making for a sweet treat.  My husband and I found ourselves fighting over the last piece, which in the end, I won through a coin toss.

Overall, I was impressed with the taste and consistency of Divine's milk and dark chocolate bars.  The addition of flavors like, mint, orange and strawberry only added to the appeal and tasting experience.  I am so glad that I stumbled across their Fair Trade Certified Chocolate, and will definitely be trying their other flavor combinations, including  Fruit and Nut Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut Milk Chocolate and 70% Dark Chocolate with Ginger & Orange -- Yum!!!

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You can order Divine chocolate bars, mini pieces, baking chocolate and more directly from their website.  I am loving their chocolate bunnies and medallions for Easter.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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