“ Brand: Seeds of Change / Type: Dark „
I have only recently come to like figs, despite growing up with several fig trees in my back garden. So I was intrigued to see a dark chocolate bar from Seeds Of Change that is flavoured with fig and orange. It isn't a newly launched product, just one I hadn't noticed before. I bought a bar when it was on a special offer in Sainsburys for £1.05 for a 100g block, the usual price being £2.05. Like all products from Seeds Of Change, this chocolate is organic. The company donate 1% of their the sales for the purpose of research into sustainable organic growing, so I feel that they are a company I am happy to support even though their proucts are not the cheapest. I think they compare favorably price wise with other specialist chocolate producers though. The chocolate wrapper certainly makes the chocolate sound delightful, with mentions of sun ripened fragrant figs from the Aegan, rich dark chocolate, and zesty oranges. On tearing open the wrapper, I was immediately greeted with a lovely smell combining all of the ingredients. It reminded me of Christmas, and immediately made me think it would be a good seasonal chocolate to have at that time. It looks smooth, with small pieces of fig just visible when you break it into squares. The orange flavour seems to come from orange oil, mixed in with the chocolate, rather than any actual pieces of the fruit. I do not usually like dark chocolate as much as mint, but this bar could really change my mind!. It isn't as bitter as some of the darker chocolates can be, but it isn't too sweet either. It combines beautifully with the fig pieces, which while small, are bursting with fllavour. They are slightly chewy, which gives the bar a more interesting texture than it would otherwise have. Their flavour is so strong, that the orange comes a far second. I would have liked a bit more orange flavouring myself, to balance out the fig. What is there tastes fresh and natural though. I found that the taste of chocolate and fig lingered in my mouth for some time after I had finished eating, which was pleasant rather than otherwise. I think this is a bar to savour on it's own. Being made of chocolate, I do not expect this to be a health food, so it is no surprise to read that 3 squares contain 28% of your RDA of saturated fat, and 14.4& of your recommended maximum sugar intake. Given that the flavour is intense, I could easily be happy to treat myself to just one piece though. Wrapped up well, the rest of the chocolate is still in good condition the next day. I would recommend this bar if you like the taste of fig, as it is good quality. If the fruit is one you are not especially keen on, then I wouldn't recommend you give it a try, as there is no escaping the flavour. I would prefer it to have more of the citrus element myself, but I enjoy it as it is too.
My mate gave me this bar of chocolate after she had it sent to her in the post, she doesn't like chocolate (mad, I know!!!) so she always hands any she gets her hands on to me because she knows I love the stuff! This is dark chocolate and is yummy, the chocolate has been flavoured with orange oil and I think the orange flavour is delish because it tastes like fresh oranges and not fake. The dark chocolate is brill, it's got a bitter taste but is also mega sweet and a lot of that sweetness is thanks to the orange flavour I reckon. There are pieces of fig inside the bar and I wasn't that keen on that because I thought they were a bit hard and tough to chew. They have got a nice fruity flavour though and I think people who like the taste and texture of figs would deffo enjoy them in this bar. I'm not sure if the orange and fig flavours go well together because the orange is so deep into the chocolate that I couldn't seperate it enough in my head to be able to compare it to the fig. I love how chewy the figs made the bar feel but I have got to say I got a bit bored of this chocolate after 3 or 4 squares and that's unusual for me because I'll normally eat a bar of chocolate this size with no worries! I think the chocolate is brill quality, it's smooth and creamier than I thought it would be for dark chocolate. It doesn't melt very quick in my mouth but when it does I noticed how creamy and sweet the chocolate is underneath the orange flavour. I'll deffo buy a bar of Seeds Of Change again, I don't think it will be this particular flavour because I wasn't mad keen on the figs but there are loads of others to choose from this company so I'll have to have a look on the shelf next time I'm in Sainsburys.
This is one of those upmarket chocolate brands and clearly Seeds of Change are aiming to compete in the same market segment as Green and Black as a 100g bar will set you back around the £2 mark which is almost double the prive of a standard Cadbury bar of the same size. I must say that I liked this chocolate, there is nothing wrong with the quality or the taste it is just the fact that I do not think it really justifies the extra cost that you have to pay. This is a dark chocolate and combining this with an orange flavour certainly makees for an enjoyable treat, however I could not detect the flavour of the figs and I do wonder if these are not just added into the product to make it distinctive and justify the extra price that they charge. This is an organic product and certainly the dark chocolate itself was very nice with a strong rich cocoa flavour The orange flavouring comes from small crystalised bits and the figs do give it a slightly chewy texture even if they do not add much in the way of flavour. I did not find it very moorish and unlike a bar of milk chocolate it was not hard to resist the temptation of wolfing it down in one go, I would only buy this again if I came across it on special offer.
As my wife is an agent for BZZZ, recently we were sent two Seeds Of Change chocolate bars to taste and report back on along with several money-off vouchers. The first variety, Milk chocolate with cashew and apricot, I have already discussed but now I have decided to take time out and share with you my thoughts on the other bar, Dark chocolate with orange and fig. My first impression is that this company are attempting to offer something substantially different from anything else available on the market by producing what some might consider slightly strange flavour combinations. Obviously their nearest competitor in this field are Green And Blacks and, since their chocolate has been around for some time now, that is obviously tough opposition to try and beat. But by supplying the public with alternative taste sensations, Seeds Of Change certainly deserve points for trying! The fact that they are an ethical company also ways heavy in their favour as does the fact that they use all natural and organic ingredients to make not just their chocolate but also their wide range of pasta, sauces and cereal bars. But there is really something about putting fig in a chocolate bar that didn't immediately appeal to me ~ my previous experiences of fig are limited to fig rolls which I haven't enjoyed since I was a kid! That being said, tasting this bar for the first time I will admit I was pleasantly surprised and it actually works better than it sounds ~ no doubt because the sharp, citrusy orange present here, combined with the rich bitterness of the dark chocolate, all but overpowers any taste of the fig. And this is some of the best quality dark chocolate you are ever going to get ~ much nicer than my previous favourite which has always been Bournville; as dark chocolate goes, this has always been a winner in my house but Seeds Of Change here supply a bar that excels even that! If you are not a fan of dark chocolate then you are so not going to like this; my wife had a couple of mouthfuls and declared it far too bitter for her liking, but then that is what makes dark chocolate so much my favourite ~ there is nothing for me quite like the bitterness of the cocoa mixed with the heady sweetness of the choclate. As far as this bar is concerned, my wife compared it very much to what she would expect a dark chocolate orange would taste ike though the quality of the chocolate is beyond compare in my mind with Terry's inferior offering. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with Terry's Chocolate Orange (the heresy of even suggesting such a thing!!!!), but this is the difference between a BK whopper and a prime fillet steak. This chocolate really is in a different league and though I am still not sure about the fig, it is pleasant enough that I would purchase this chocolate in the future, though the price tag does put me of a little- more on that in a mo, and it is certainly a much nicer bar than the milk with apricot and cashew that I previously reviewed. This then, is the better of the two bars... But at around £1.94 for a 100g bar, the price of an ethical conscience does not come cheap! The chocolate bar felt very thin to me and whilst there is no debating the quality, this is not an everyday bar but something bought as a treat and in these hard times, just how often can you afford to treat yourself at the minute? I find myself asking what else I could buy with the money and honestly, just short of £2 makes something of a difference to my weekly shop! For nutritional information, please refer to my review on the milk chocolate with apricot and cashew review; suppliers of these bars include Sainsburys, Waitrose and all good health stores. Though they claim to be stocked in Tesco and Morrisons on the Seeds Of Change website, I have not seen them and our local Tesco is a much bigger than normal Extra store as well. Doing my research yesterday however, I did see that Tesco stock the Seeds Of Change range of pasta sauces. Expensive but then how much are you actually willing to pay for your beliefs in natural and organic produce that is ethically and morally sound? If the answer is to pay through the nose, then you probably won't snub this price-tag....
Like most people who have reviewed this product recently I am a Bzz agent and have been sent two bars of chocolate for me to try and tell the world about. The two chocolate bars I received were Seeds of Change Dark chocolate Orange and Fig and a second bar of Milk chocolate Apricot and Cashew. I had never heard of the Seeds of Change company and after checking them out on the internet, it turns out they are an Organic food company who make organic soups, sauces and pasta and have recently gone into the chocolate field, trying to be competition to Green and Blacks. I admit I am not a lover of plain chocolate, I find it far too bitter but I do quite like Green and Blacks Plain Chocolate, and I would never turn down a free bar or two of chocolate. So the first bar I am going to review is the Dark Chocolate Orange and Fig. The 100g chocolate bar is encased in foil and wrapped in a dark pink and dark brown (the colour of the chocolate bar) paper wrapper with a drawing of a palm tree, orange tree, grass, a stork and various frogs, dragon flies and butterflies, all the wrappings are of course recyclable. On the front of the wrapper it states "Grown for pleasure" and "Fragrant figs ripened in the Aegean sun, paired with zesty oranges, enveloped in our rich dark chocolate heaven". On the back it gives you directions of how to open and eat the chocolate, "Open this wrapper and summoning all the willpower you can, hold back for just a moment. First, breath in this chocolates aroma: Trinitario cocoa giving the chocolate its rich complexity. The delicate orange zest with tangerine overtones. All imbued with fragrant figs, ripened under the hot sun of the Aegean. Now Taste. By the way, we only use figs from female fig trees (the males being inferior, are discarded) Sexist? Fruitist? Unashamedly yes". So now I know how to open a bar of chocolate, as if I didn't know! What a waste to discard the male fig, surely they could be used in something, not very fig friendly in my opinion. Its a good job I am writing this review otherwise I would have just ripped open the wrapper and rammed a chunk in my gob and not held back to enjoy the moment of the chocolates aroma! So I've opened the wrapper and have the bar in front of me. The dark chocolate bar is moulded into 10 cubes of around an inch square, 5 cubes are stamped with 'Seeds of change organic' and the other 5 are stamped with something that looks a bit like an orange. The smell of cocoa is strong and at 59% it should be, but the smell of orange is undetectable. I snap off a piece of chocolate and place gently in my gob and chew and chew and chew. The taste of the plain chocolate overpowers the delicate flavour of orange so overpowering that I can't actually taste the delicate orange, the tiny figs are crunchy with the seeds, 5 minutes later I've still got the seeds hanging around in my mouth. The chocolate is quite firm and certainly not melt in the mouth and the figs taste of nothing really. Three pieces later and I have had enough, even just smelling the chocolate is making me feel sick and that is totally not like me, I am a rather overweight chocoholic and can easily clear a full bar but not this. This is certainly not a bar of chocolate that I would want to pig out on, in fact I could put it down and never pick it up again. The bar contains 17% of fig pieces and 0.01% of orange oil (that will be why I can't taste the orange then!). Oh those 3 pieces I've just eaten contain 149 calories and 9.4 grams of fat which on checking out a bar of Green and Blacks Cherry chocolate is reasonable. The chocolate contains traces of hazelnut, almond and other nuts, so is not suitable for people with nut allergies, also I can't find anywhere on the wrapper if this chocolate where it states it is suitable for vegetarians. The chocolate meets the soil association's standard for organic food and farming and has organic certification IT-QCI. 1% of all their sales goes back into research and promotion of biodiversity and sustainable organic practices, so that's 2p accounted for, it probably costs around 92p to make and pay the workers, so could the other £1.00 be profit! This chocolate is available in Sainsbury's for £1.94 or Waitrose for £1.99 and has four different flavours, Plain Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Orange and Fig, Dark Chocolate Hazelnut and Walnut and Milk Chocolate Apricot and Cashew, or from health food shops. I would love to say how long the best before date is but the bar I was sent was actually out of date! Seeds of Change Freeby Lane, Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire, LE14 4RS, www.seedsofchange.co.uk, telephone 0800 9520000 Summary. This is not something I will ever buy again, the chocolate was just to sickly for me and the figs were far too seedy, lets hope the milk chocolate fairs better. For me I will be sticking with Green and Blacks, there is a lot more selection and it's cheaper. I gave the rest of my bar to my mum who likes dark chocolate, when I rung her to ask what she thought, she said she had a couple of chunks and it made her fill sick as well! Many thanks for reading. Anna
Seeds of Change are clearly aiming to compete in the same market segment as Green and Black in the upmarket niche market of those people prepared to spend a little extra for a better quality and more unique chocolate experience. This is a dark chocolate and combining this with an orange flavour is a definate winner, the contribution of the figs is a little harder to detect and I reckon its inclusion is to make the product sound different rather than actually taste any different. This is an organic product and certainly the dark chocolate itself was very nice with a strong rich cocoa flavour which was not at all harsh. Within the chocolate there aretiny bits of cystalised orange bts and these give it the orange flavour which is just about right as it does not dominate the chocolate however it does give it a citrusy sweet flavour. The bits of fg give it a chewy texture in places but no real impact on the taste front. A 100g bar will set you back £1.90 so it is a bit pricey however it will also last as I find a couple of bits with a coffee is more than enough for me as it is not a bar of chocolate I would eat all in one go. Overall as an occasional treat it is a nice option but not something I would buy on a regular basis.
As a Bzz Agent I was sent two large bars of Seeds of Change chocolate last week, I have already enjoyed (and reviewed!) their sumptuous Apricot and Cashew Milk Chocolate and now am enjoying (and reviewing!) the Orange and Fig Organic Dark Chocolate. Dark chocolate is really my preference, from the humble Bournville to the delicious Green & Blacks Maya Gold and beyond - I just prefer it to milk chocolate as it's so much more flavoursome and luxurious. I also adore orange chocolate so couldn't wait to tuck into this wonderful sounding bar from Seeds of Change, although I must admit the addition of fig filled me with some trepidation as it seemed an odd choice and I've never really been over enamoured with this particular fruit in any of its guises. I needn't have worried though as the flavours in this bar are absolutely delightful. I had been expecting pieces of orange in the bar but the flavouring actually comes from orange oil instead which gives it a delicious natural orange flavour, compared to the synthetic taste of Terry's Chocolate Orange (which I also love incidentally) it's absolutely excellent quality and lends the dark chocolate an intense and heady citrus flavour. The dark chocolate is very smooth, I love how easily and creamily it melts in my mouth although for once this is not my preferred way of eating it. Because the fig pieces are quite large I didn't like the chocolate to melt all the way to nothing as I really didn't want to be left with lots of figs on my tongue, however plump and flavoursome they might be. To be fair to the figs (!) they are very tasty indeed, a little too chewy and tough for my personal tastes but when I passed a few squares of chocolate around when I had visitors the other day everyone else commented on how perfect they are - so yes, it's my aversion to figs coming through I think! The chocolate clings well to the fruit so that when I am chewing I find the chocolate so moreish that I physically had to put the bar away after a couple of pieces as I would have otherwise no doubt carried on eating it until it was all gone. The figs make this a nice chewy bar of chocolate and because they are so sweet they do compliment the rich chocolate beautifully, a piece of this chocolate will last much longer than less adorned bars as they do take much more munching than usual! Although I greatly preferred the Apricot and Cashew bar, I must say this was a delicious change from the usual bars I buy. To be honest I wouldn't have tried it if I hadn't had this sample, but I will buy it again despite my general dislike of figs. I think the richness of the chocolate masks the flavour of the fruit just enough to make it palatable (for me anyway, if you like figs then this may not be such a good thing) but the delightful texture they add to the otherwise smooth chocolate is interesting and more fun than if Seeds of Change had added your run of the mill raisins or currants. Seeds of Change, incidentally, are a very ethical company. They donate 1% of their sales to projects worldwide which promote sustainable organic agriculture and biodiversity. Their ingredients are 100% organically grown and certified by the Soil Association, plus the company has recently made a large donation to the Kew Millennium Seed Bank which is attempting to safeguard over 24,000 worldwide species of plants. Their cocoa is ethically sourced from the Dominican Republic where Seeds of Change work with Conacado (National Confederation of Dominican Cocoa Growers) which help farmers to protect against pets and generally train them the make the very best income possible. Environmentally friendly, ethical AND delicious - what more can you ask for?
'Seeds of Change' are a company that ought to be better known and respected in the UK. Why? Well, the company promote and produce foods with organic farming methods, striving to protect nature and the future generations of farmers from the problems caused by industrial agriculture. They are a company who build bridges with the people who are growing the seeds and plants used to manufacture their food products. They invest in education programmes for the farmers - a win/win situation. In addition to this the brand also contribute, financially, to various conservation projects and even donate 1% of all revenue to research into organic farming and the protection of biodiversity. Much of this information and more is printed in the inside of wrapper of the brand's chocolate bars as a sort of badge of honour. Now, when was the last time I opened up a Cadburys bar and felt as much respect? The brand's chocolate range includes four flavours of chocolate. Unfortunately their availability is a stumbling block - the chocolate can only be found in 'larger' Waitrose and Sainsbury supermarkets as well as selected health food stores. I've actually only been able to find it in one shop near me and I have never seen the brand advertised anywhere. At the minute they seem hard to find but hopefully they will soon become as well-known as their closest rival 'Green and Blacks'. The 'orange and fig' organic dark chocolate sounds very exotic and is not a flavour I could ever have dreamt up. The chocolate is foil wrapped for freshness and has a paper wrapper too. Ingredients and nutritional information can be found on this. Each 100g bar contains 149 calories and 9.4 grams of fat. The chocolate contains a minimum of 59% cocoa solids. There is also contact information and lots of details about where the company get their ingredients from: they travel worldwide for the very best figs, cocoa and vanilla pods. The chocolate comes as a thin flat bar moulded into large inch by inch sqaures. The chocolate is mixed with an orange oil and fig pieces so there is a faint orange flavour over the intensely rich cocoa. The cocoa flavour is very bitter and powerful, it almost reminds me of coffee as it's so musky and rich. The aroma is also very strong - a smokey, earthy smell that is very mouth-watering. The orange flavour is almost overpowered but not entirely - although the hint of fruitiness is definately more noticable in the aftertaste. It is also more noticable in the fig segments - as though they have been soaked in the orange oil. The fig pieces are abundant and one square inch of chocolate contains several pieces. They are a corn-yellow colour and are comprised of moist flesh and tiny little round seeds. They are quite chewy and tough, almost like a toffee substance, and the minute seeds will crack and crunch in your teeth - it makes the texture very interesting and challenging. They don't have a fig-like taste but tend to have that orange oil kick. I think their major benefit is not their flavour but what they contribute to the texture of the chocolate. The flavour combination definately works and it is a novelty. I certainly haven't tasted anything like this before - it's very different to other chocolate flavours on he market. The actual chocolate is similar to 'Green and Blacks'. This is possibly due to the fact that both companies blend a vanilla extract with their chocolate recipies for that underlying dreamy nectar flavour. I would definately champion this chocolate bar and tell you all to go out and try and find a bar as it's worth tasting! See the website for more information about the brand: www.seedsofchange.co.uk
As a BzzAgent, I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to test products for free in return for spreading the word about them to others. (It's not a paid job, unfortunately, but a nice way to try stuff for free. Anybody interested can sign up online at http://bzzagent.co.uk/) My latest products to try are premium quality organic chocolate bars. So, here I am, doing my bit for you all by stuffing myself silly with free chocolate! Aren't I kind?! The chocolate in question is no ordinary bar but 100% organic dark chocolate containing at least 59% cocoa solids and (according to the packaging) 'fragrant figs' and 'zesty oranges.' The chocolate is made by Seeds of Change, a brand that I more readily associate with savoury organic produce. I've previously tried some of their organic pasta and pasta sauces but didn't realise that they also produce a range of organic chocolate. Anybody who has read my recent review on another brand of dark chocolate (Willie's Delectable) may well remember that I am more of a milk chocolate Cadbury's girl and something of a philistine when it comes to premium quality dark chocolate. Nonetheless, I tried to put my prejudice aside and set about enjoying my free bar. The first thing that struck me about the chocolate was the lovely smooth texture. This was quickly followed by a pleasant orange flavour. I do feel that dark chocolate can be a little too bitter for my palate but the orange oil helped to soften some of the bitterness. The taste of orange was far more prominent than the figs that the chocolate contains. If I was tasting this without looking at the packaging first, I would have just assumed that the pieces of figs were actually orange pieces as the taste is predominantly orange. Mixed in with the figs are crispier bits which taste like crystallised orange pieces (almost as though a boiled sweet has been crushed up inside the chocolate.) These add an interesting depth to the chocolate and again detract my attention from the bitterness. Thankfully, the chocolate doesn't leave any unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth after eating, although there are a few bits of fig left in my teeth! The reality for me is that I would prefer this chocolate if it was made from milk rather than dark chocolate. I'm sure that the orange and fig flavours would work just as well with milk chocolate and it would be more palatable for me! The positive is that I couldn't possibly wolf the whole of this bar down in one single sitting so I do get to savour the chocolate over a longer period of time. At £1.99 per 100g bar, from stockists such as Waitrose, it doesn't seem particularly expensive in comparison to similar premium brands of dark chocolate. I probably wouldn't purchase this particular variety for myself but would recommend it to any dark chocolate and orange fans out there.
I received this chocolate as part of a trial kit from Bzzz, a market research company. Basically, being a Bzzz Agent means I have to test products and then spread the word about them. When I saw they were having a Seeds of Change campaign I signed up - and was then sent two bars of organic chocolate and some money off coupons. I have already reviewed the first bar I tested, which was milk chocolate with apricot and cashew nuts. The second bar was dark chocolate - and I am not invariably a fan of dark chocolate - with orange and fig. I must admit this one languished in the fridge for longer as to be honest I didn't really fancy it! Well, needs must and the bar came out to be sampled. Seeds of Change are clearly trying to aim for the more discerning chocolate buyer and these 100 gram bars are packaged to look classier than your bog standard Cadbury's, using foil and thick paper wrappers, similar in style to Green & Black's. I must admit I was also unsure about the combination of orange and figs in this bar, but much to my amazement, this is a far more successful combination than the apricot and cashew. The dark chocolate is made from trinitario cocoa and this gives a it a very rich flavour. This isn't the sort of chocolate you should eat in a hurry - it is worth taking your time over to enable you to experience the rich cocoa taste on offer. The orange flavour comes from orange oil and tiny fragments of crystellised orange pieces. I am sure this is what made me enjoy this dark chocolate - had there been no orange I think I would have found the cocoa flavour too strong but the orange offsets it perfectly. The figs are rather bland but add a nice blend of textures to the chocolate - the orange fragments give the bar a crispy texture whilst the figs are chewy. When these two textures are combined with the chocolate in your mouth you get a very good match indeed. Unlike the milk chocolate Seeds of Change bar I sampled, this isn't as moreish either - the rich taste of the dark chocolate means you can eat a few squares and put this away for later. I am ashamed to say I never feel able to do this after having milk chocolate! I have to say, however, that much as I enjoyed this, I doubt I would actually buy it. It comes in around £2 per bar, which is frankly more than I am willing to pay for chocolate really, except for the occasional very indulgent purchase of a bar of Lindt. Seeds of Change Dark Chocolate with Orange and Fig comes in at 498 calories per 100 gram bar, so this is also expensive if you are dieting, even although it's quite easy to stop eating this after just a couple of squares. I am also unsure about the benefits of organic chocolate - I cannot detect a noticeable difference in taste or quality, unlike when I purchase organic meat or vegetables. Perhaps something gets lost in the production process. Overall this is a very pleasant treat which I must stress was more than I had been expecting, but the price is just a bit too high for me and the chocolate not good enough to convert me to organic dark chocolate on a permanent basis.
My girlfriend is a bzz- agent and has recently got a trail pack of two bars of Seeds of Change organic Chocolates. Now as usual I am the guinea-pig number one whenever it comes to trying one of her sample product, I had to take a piece. I am not a big fan of dark chocolates but again I can't refuse a piece of chocolate when offered either . I think I should have let my girl friend review this product as she would have done it more justice as she appreciates organic products and bitter chocolates too. The bar itself is quite girly and has this lovely pink and dark brown paper packaging (it doesn't have the usual foil wrapping of chocolates, more environmentally friendly I suppose ), with the picture of a palm tree of all things... hmmm the chocolate itself has orange peel and figs ... and why pink?... do women like dark chocolates more..I need to do a research or is it for the figs ..not really sure..never mind now I am rambling. The pack was of 100gms .Once opened the bar smells very strongly of cocoa. Now I nearly washed my mouth after the first bite... the chocolate does have 70% cocoa content but still I have had dark chocolate in the past but this was bitter ...and then the really bitter orange peel bits were overpowereing. I had to eat a slice of cake and wash it down with water to get out the after taste... the fig bit was mild and crunchy .My girlfriend kept sighing blissfully and saying 'isn't the taste absolutely divine ?' Our three year old and my nine years old neice behaved just like me and this really shows that its really ideal for people who love dark chocolate and not meant for everyone out there. Just wanted to warn the innocent folks out there and believe me I like jaffa cake and this is nothing in comparison. It has 498Kcal per 100g and 31.4g per 100g of fat ,which is what a chocolate should have in my opinion unless it has the label 'good for you/healthy eating ' and then it wouldn't be chocolate would it ? Its priced at £1.99 in shops like sainsbury's and sommerfield a wee bit pricey in my opinion but not that much for a speciality chocolate and then it is organic too. In future I am staying clear of anything that has orange peels and dark chocolate in it even if it is free.
***SEEDS OF CHANGE ORANGE AND FIG DARK CHOCOLATE*** I have recently subscribed to be a Bzzzz agent and today my first package arrived! Two bars of chocolate, one of which was Orange and Fig Dark Chocolate. So I sat down with a cup of tea and decided to give it a go.... ***What's it like?*** It comes in a pink and brown packet and I have to say that at the first glance, the packaging looks a bit old fashioned and dated. It does not look trendy and enticing I have to say. Inside wrapped in silver foil is a bar of chocolate divided up into squares. The fig park is not visible and is within the chocolate itself as you would expect. On the inside of the wrapper itself there is plenty of information detailing just what this company is about. I had not heard of them at all, nor seen the chocolate before being sent this product. They set aside 1% of their budget (doesn't seem like much!) to help sustain organic agriculture. They stress that they source only the best ingredients, for example vanilla pods from Madagascar, or apricots from Turkey. This does give the impression that the product is one of quality and that it comes from ethical origins. There is a small soil association logo on the bottom left hand side of the bar. A 3 piece serving contains 149 calories, 9.4g of fat (5.6g of which are saturates), but I have to say I found it very difficult to stop at 3! The bar is 100g in size. It contains cocoa solids at 59%, which is always something that I look out for when buying quality chocolate, as usually I like there to be at least 70%. ***Opinion*** I have to say that when I opened my package I wasn't overly impressed. I have never tasted figs in my life and had no inclination to do so. On opening the packet the smell of chocolate was strong but pleasant. I could definitely detect the orange smell straight away. I bit into the chocolate and the chocolate itself was quite chunky, it was not flimsy or delicate; it tasted substantial. Immediately I loved the taste, the fragrant orange oil was mixed in with a dark cocoa taste, and the bits of figs were both chewy and crispy at the same time. I could not detect the taste of figs, it seemed as if I was eating pieces of dried orange. This didn't matter to me, all I know is it tasted really nice, and really different to anything that I have tasted before. Today I am embarrassed to say that I have eaten half the packet with no trouble at all. The chocolate is bitter and rich and to be honest, seems more like the 70% content that I usually buy. Although it is expensive, it would be nice as a treat once a month or so for something a bit different. When I look at the overall list of ingredients, there is nothing that would put me off and it is nice to read a list that contains no e numbers or nasty additives. Again the packaging states that they only use figs from female trees, whats that all about? Poor male trees!!! I feel a bit sorry for them! I must admit that even though it is full of fat, I felt just a little bit virtuous eating 'organic' chocolate, as if that fact alone cancelled out some of the bad bits. I would recommend giving this version a try to see what you think. Just think your earnings from your review could even pay for it!!! ***Availability*** I of course haven't bought it myself yet, but have found out that it retails at around the £1.99 mark, which I don't think is too bad considering it is organic. My usual bars I pay around £1.70-£1.80 and these are not organic. At the moment it is available from Sainsbury's, Waitrose and selected health food shops. It is a pity that it is not yet in Tesco, Asda, etc. Perhaps this is something for the future. ***Overall*** I will be buying this again and I will look out for the other flavours/versions. I would particularly like to sample the 70% dark chocolate and I think there is a walnut version. I think that the cashew and apricot milk chocolate version was poor in comparison, but that is a review for another day...
I have had the chance to try out this new chocolate bar as a bzz agent. Basically I signed up to bzz.co.uk and agreed that I would try out new products and discuss the good and bad with my friends and report back to them on how I found the new products and how my friends found the products too, I though you dooyooers would like to know about the new chocolate bar too...so here goes. The chocolate bar I am going to describe is the new Seeds of Change Organic Dark Chocolate, Orange and Fig bar. How does it look? The bar comes in a pink and brown paper wrapper, inside of this wrapper is lots of information about the company such as how they choose their ingredients. Inside of this paper wrapper is a silver foil wrapper that completely seals the chocolate inside. The paper wrapper has a picture in pink and brown of a palm tree and a stork/flamingo. It looks very sophisticated and grown up, certainly not the sort of chocolate bar that a child would choose. The bar is 100g and measures about 25cm by 7cm and the bar is marked out into 10 squares about 1cm thick. How does it taste? First off the smell really hits you, it's a mixture of dark cocoa and biter orange. There is no denying from the scent that this is a dark chocolate bar. The taste of the bar is very strong and bitter, both the chocolate and the orange are very bitter. I often find that orange chocolate is too sweet for me and usually avoid it, however this was not the case this time. The fig pieces are quite big and a mixture of chewy and crunchy, too crunchy in my opinion! The fig is buried within the bar so you can't actually see it until you bite into a square. There is plenty of fig though out the bar. The nutritional bit! 498Kcal per 100g and 31.4g per 100g of fat, I know that is quite high, but after all it is a chocolate bar! Eaten in moderation this high calorie/fat content would not be a problem. Price/availability Currently a 100g bar will cost around £1.99, which for an organic luxury chocolate is not too bad, however it is currently only available in Waitrose or Sainsburys. Having tried another bar in this range I can confirm that for some reason the chocolate does not melt very quickly, I was holding onto a square whilst doing other things (don't ask why, I was multi tasking), and it didn't melt in my hand very much at all, this one slightly less than the milk chocolate one I tried, maybe it's the high cocoa content? Would I recommend it? I would only recommend this particular flavour if you are a fan of fig, particularly the texture of fig. I would not personally buy this flavour again as I found the pieces of fig too much of a mixture of crunchy, almost gritty and chewy and wasn't that keen on it. However I would imagine my mother who is a fan of figs in general would really enjoy this. *Interesting fact - Seeds of Change donate 1% of sales to the research and promotion of biodiversity and sustainable organic practices.