“ Brand: Organic Seed & Bean Company / Type: Beans / Food quality: Organic food „
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On my birthday this year I received a beautiful present from my son who lives in Arizona. All wrapped in a beautiful parcel with a lovely chocolate bow blanketing a bar of the most delicious confectionery I have ever tasted.
A beautiful deep lilac case housing a fair-trade, organic, dark chocolate bar infused with organic lavender, made by the Organic Seed and Bean Company!
He had ordered it especially from a favourite store of mine, the online Ethical Superstore who specialise in fair-trade and ethical products.
The Seed and Bean Company was founded in 1995 by a man called Stephen Rudkin. Stephen had his roots in sustainable development, and ran a home delivery whole food service for some years in rural Derbyshire. He then went on to further his career working for Holland and Barrett, and then Green and Blacks, and Whole Earth Foods, before finally being Sales and Marketing manager for Clearspring Whole Foods.
The packaging on my lavender chocolate has a lovely galleon on the front, trade mark of the company, and reflecting Stephen's love of sailing boats, and mirroring the ethics of the company to discover new and exciting foods from far away shores. An adventurous company they are!
So my chocolate won the great taste awards in 1997 and my goodness I can tell you why! This chocolate has a rich dark chocolate flavour, is quite a thin bar, but when you break off a piece and pop it into your mouth you are treated to a few moments of intense pleasure! After a few seconds the wonderful lavender flowers release their flavour and the bar is simply divine.
Don't worry if you have never heard of anyone eating lavender -it actually belongs to the same group of plants as most of our common herbs and has been used in cooking for hundreds of years! In France lambs are actually grazed on lavender fields to produce meat which is fragrant and tender. Being veggie I couldn't tell you what it's like, but I can tell you that the lavender flavour in this chocolate is out of this world.
There are hardly any ingredients in this, just fair-trade cocoa, soya lecithin, and lavender essential oil. As the cocoa is 72% this is a really intense dark chocolate. They obtain it from suppliers in Belgium so it is guaranteed to be high quality. Totally vegan this is a treat for anyone who follows that way of life! Being fair-trade you know that the growers are being guaranteed a fair price for their crop, which helps to ensure poverty is prevented. Also being organic it has never seen a chemical in its life.
They also make chocolate bars scented with rose, lime, mandarin and ginger, and mint so I don't think it will be long before I purchase these myself!
Retailing at £1.79 for 60g from Ethical Superstore, or in bulk bars of 12 saving 5% of the price. Also for sale in many farm shops and specialist shops up and down the country.
It's a moment of pure pleasure. If you get some hide it and savour it piece by piece, it's therapy-I promise!