Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Bella Italia Organic Chocolate

The idea of organic chocolate appealed to me, no artificial flavours or preservatives, good ingredients, but would its taste compare to other quality chocolate bars? This offering by the Italian company Icam S.p.a., I found for sale at Christmas, and only recently had a chance to sample it. The ingredient listing looked good, organic raw cane sugar, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic dry whole milk, soy lecithin and organic vanilla. The chocolate within comes in two varieties, a milk chocolate wafer, made with 37% cocoa solids, and a dark chocolate wafer, made with 60% cocoa solids. And how did they taste? Fairly good, though the cane sugar taste came out fairly strong, a little too strong perhaps, it was an underlying flavour that threw me off initially, until I got used to it. The dark chocolate was more to my taste. The lesson here is, is that organic is not necessarily better, it takes more than quality ingredients, organic or not, to make a good chocolate bar - if the organic cacao beans are bad, if the process is flawed, bad chocolate results. Check these out regardless, you might like them.

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