Organic Fair Chocolate

20170403_192158Last time that I had this brand was several years ago. I picked up a couple bars thinking they were very unique and interesting flavors.. they weren’t bad, but nothing really stood out.

The flavors that I picked up in the past were mixed nuts and fruit bars. This time I went with simpler chocolates. I picked up coconut + 60% dark, and a plain dark bar 83%.

 

COCO-MILK – 60%

20170403_191805The first bar is the coconut and dark chocolate. This blend is pretty common especially for vegan chocolates that want to simulate the creaminess of a milk chocolate. The coconut milk in my opinion is much better than milk chocolate, this of course depends on the bar.

Tasting ~

The chocolate begins to melt quickly. The texture is soft. The chocolate flavor is there with a hint of coconut. 

 

FORTE

20170403_191753This bar is a 83% dark chocolate. Nothing too special here. This the label reads “serious dark chocolate”. 

 

Tasting ~

A mild cocoa flavor with slight bitterness. The chocolate is dense and melts slowly. The chocolate ends with a lasting cocoa flavor on the palate. 

 

Review

These bars were okay, nothing special. The coconut bar was good but not as good as the other coconut bars I’ve had, the chocolate overpowered the coconut so you could barely tell it was there. 

The dark chocolate bar was like any other generic dark chocolate bar you would find. The chocolate flavor was pretty one dimensional. 

Rating: 65/100

Recommended? No

Edible but not recommended. It’s not the worst chocolate I’ve had, buts its nothing special.

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Fine Chocolate – Whole Foods

So I decided to a pay a visit to Whole Foods to check their chocolate offering. It’s been awhile since I’ve visited here in search of fine chocolate.

I was a bit upset with what they had. I went expecting to pick up something from my favorite chocolatiers: TCHO, Taza and several others but none were found. Appears that Whole Foods has stopped importing these probably due to the low Canadian dollar :(.

I had to settle, I decided on three bars. The first brand, Organic Fair, which is not new to me. I’ve had their chocolate before and was disappointed in the quality. I decided to give them another chance by trying some of their other chocolates. This time I went with  their ‘COCO-MILK’ and ‘FORTE’. Both new to me. Let’s see if they have improved.

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The other bar I came across is from Galerie Au Chocolat. From Montreal! 🍁 I’ve always seen these but never tried them due to their packaging. I know.. “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, but if you saw these you might assume I got them from the dollar store. Today I’ll give them a shot, lets see how they fare.

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I’ll be reviewing the cinnamon bar now. The other two bars will be covered in the next blog post.

 

Cinnamon – 72% dark

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cinnamon dark – 72%

I picked this one up because I love cinnamon. Cinnamon rolled churros, cinnamon tea, etc. Cant get enough of the stuff. This bar is also dark, 72%. I expect the flavor here to be subtle with a hint of cinnamon.

 

Tasting ~

Rich dark chocolate fills the palate. As the chocolate melts you begin to taste hints of cinnamon. As it dissolves further the cinnamon powder becomes noticeable adding a significant texture to the chocolate. The chocolate ends leaving you with a robust cinnamon taste  and smooth dark chocolate.

 

Review

20170402_121853Yeah.. I regret not trying this bar before. It was great, they should definitely improve on their packaging though.

I’ve had chocolate with cinnamon before, but this was the first dark blend. I don’t usually expect much from dark blends since the dark usually overpowers the flavor and does not usually bring out the flavors as well as a milk(~40-55%). This bar at 72% is well composed. The dark chocolate was strong but still allowed for the cinnamon to come through beautifully.

Rating: 78/100

Recommended? Yes

Definitely a bar worth trying. This bar actually reminded of my favorite Taza cinnamon chocolate which helps fill the void Whole Foods now has.

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