Saturday, January 21, 2012

Divine 70% Dark Chocolate

1.5oz (45g) bar
Ingredients: Fair trade cocoa mass, ft. sugar, ft. cocoa butter, soy lecithin, ft. vanilla
12 sugar/45g serving (26.7% by wt.)

Corporate Info: (Copied from 4/5/11) I've written about Divine before, and while I didn't love the chocolate, the company is pretty amazing. It grew out of a Ghanaian co-op run by and for small-scale family farmers with a mission to buy the farmers' cocoa at fair prices, increase women's involvement, and work toward environmentally sound growing methods. The co-op eventually decided to produce its own chocolate, and in 1997 formed Divine Chocolate with investment capital from an assortment of socially conscious groups including for-profit corporations, nonprofits, and faith-based charities. The beans are grown in Ghana, the chocolate is produced in the UK, and subsidiaries distribute the finished product in North America and Europe. The investing organizations and the farmers' co-op all receive dividends from their shares in Divine—and the farmers' corporate presence means they're also part of decision-making processes. Everyone benefits in a fascinating globalized web of grass-roots organizing, international business, and social responsibility—it can be done! Divine is listed highly in both my sources of socially-focused chocolate producers, though while nearly all ingredients are fair trade, they are not organic.

Appearance: Divine's basic 70% dark chocolate comes in a standard 3.5oz size and in this blocky, solid little bar. Chocolate is orangey-brown and shiny.

Smell: A friendly sweet and sour, like a tangerine, which is to say not acrid or pungent or especially dark.

Taste: Texture is creamy—probably that extra cocoa butter—and after you chew and swallow, there's a little chalky residue. Flavor is nutty and sweet, with a little sour balance so it's not sickly. Not bitter or tannic. Again Divine doesn't blow me away, but this chocolate is just fine and, as I've said many times, it's a great company.

Conclusion: Divine 70% Dark Chocolate is a mild sweet-sour, nothing special but easy to eat.

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