Thursday, March 22, 2018

Divine - 70% Dark Chocolate with Mint Crisp; Easter Egg - March 22, 2018

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

70% Dark Chocolate with Mint Crisp bar
Weight: 1.6 oz. (45 g.) / 3.2 oz. (22.5 g.) in total bar
Calories: 260 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $5.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Easter Egg Dark Chocolate 70% cocoa
Weight: .95 oz. (27.5 g.) / 1.99 oz. (55 g.) in total package
Calories: 160 calories in 1/2 package
Cost: $1.99 (guess) for 1 package
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #13 of Chocolate and Mint Theme Week. Today's two featured 70% dark chocolates were both produced in the UK and distributed by Divine Chocolate Inc. (Washington, D.C.). The first was a Dark Chocolate with Mint Crisp bar and the second was a Dark Chocolate Easter Egg.

These relatively new offerings included new packaging and design elements as well. 

Divine Chocolate is unique in that cocoa farmers own 44% of the company and share in the profits. (Fairtrade cocoa is grown by family farmers in Ghana.)

Divine 70% Mint Crisp Bar

The Divine 70% Dark Chocolate with Mint Crisp bar had a relatively strong, but balanced peppermint aroma. The flavorful, slightly earthy, chocolately base dark chocolate shone through.

A similar (but not identical) Divine mint chocolate bar was previously featured on this site. It was segmented into scored, rectangular pieces and the packaging, adorned with green and gold African-inspired symbols, covered the entire bar.
This new bar, decorated by a fine smattering of small mint crisp bits, was designed as uniform chocolate bar (longer segmented into rectangles), and was viewable through a clear window.
The company name "Divine" was printed in a repeating pattern on the back of the bar. 

Divine 70% Easter Egg

Because Easter is upon us, it seemed appropriate to include a 70% Dark Chocolate Easter Egg, also from Divine. The sunny yellow box design incorporated an attractive array of large gold pattern symbols. 

The hollow egg was carefully broken, and shards of egg were sampled and enjoyed.

The 70% cocoa dark chocolate for this second chocolate, however, tasted very different than the more bold 70% cocoa Mint bar above. The Easter Egg had hints of coconut, milk chocolate toffee. (It contained vanilla; but there was no milk, coconut or toffee in this chocolate.) 

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