I picked up this bar from my local metro store for $3.99 CAD. It weighs 100 g, which is pretty standard for dark chocolate bars, but its price is a bit expensive. In contrast, President’s Choice offers a dark chocolate bar that’s also 85%, made in France, 100 g, but only costs $1.99 CAD.
The packaging on this chocolate is standard. There are 2 layers, a label and an aluminum foil wrap. The outside of the chocolate bar is made from paper and is glued closed. So once you open it you cannot close it. On the inside there’s the standard aluminum wrapper.
Overall, the package is average and isn’t unique in any way. It’s non-resealable.
The design is very much standard with all the squares having the same logo. But, each piece is smaller than what is commonly found in other chocolate bars. Furthermore, the pieces are too thick and were not indented sufficiently. As a result, it was hard to break or separate the bar into equal pieces. I ended up having an extra square from the next row on one of my pieces. Other pieces got fragmented and were either too small or too big.
I’m quite familiar with how dark chocolate tastes. I’ve had several different 85% dark chocolate bars now and I can safely say that a bitter bar is a low quality bar. This no different to low quality coffee having a bitter taste. High quality coffee should taste good even without sugar and cream. Likewise, high quality dark chocolate should taste good.
This bar is definitely made with high quality ingredients. The flavor of the cocoa is overwhelmingly rich and deep. There’s a pleasant chocolate aftertaste that rests on the back of the tongue.
There is no noticeable flavoring. The only thing you can taste is the chocolate itself. Just an overall smooth and rich taste.
One of the reasons I like to eat dark chocolate is for the stimulation it causes. Cocoa is known to have compounds that give a high as well as ones that cause stimulation. It contains anandamide, a chemical that’s similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is found in Cannabis. Both anandamide and THC bind to the same receptor in the brain and can cause mood elevation, happiness, relaxation, and other pleasant effects, hence a high.
But, chocolate also contains xanthine derivatives, like caffeine and theobromine. These are responsible for the stimulant effects of chocolate and they’re found in cocoa. And since this bar is 85% cocoa, it should contain more of these compounds.
Indeed, after eating a few pieces I started to get some noticeable effects:
- My mood improved
- I got a bit of a tingling sensation on my head
- Focus improved
- Energy increased
- Mind feels sharper
- Memory improved
- Thinking is clearer
These are the typical effects that dark chocolate has on me, but this time it felt a bit better. I don’t know what it is, but this bar feels cleaner I guess. It’s not as jittery as the other bars I’ve tried. It’s more inclined to relaxation, which I guess means the anandamide to stimulant ratio is greater in this bar than the other bars I’ve tried.
Ingredients and Nutrition
The ingredients listed on the back of the bar include:
- Organic Chocolate
- Organic Cocoa Butter
- Organic Cocoa
- Organic Raw Cane Sugar
- Organic Vanilla Extract
All of these are natural and are expected to be found in a chocolate bar. The fact that they are organic is a huge plus. Moreover, the sugar comes from organic raw cane which gives a nice aroma and taste itself.
As far as nutrition goes, it’s pretty standard and what is expected from an 85% cocoa bar. So the fiber is high and the iron content is high as well. These are 2 things that should always be high in dark chocolate bars. If they’re not then chances are the chocolate bar is fake and its cocoa content is low.
This is a great dark chocolate bar that’s made with high quality ingredients and offers a unique effect profile. But, it’s a bit pricier than other bars on the market and that’s probably because it only uses organic ingredients.
Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate 85%
- Organic ingredients
- Smooth, rich taste
- Decent price for a high quality chocolate bar
- Nice, simple design
- Squares are curved slightly making them less sharp
- Poor packaging, can't be resealed
- Squares are too small to individually break up