Fairtrade fortnight is about to kick off, so it's time to highlight and review another great Fairtrade, ethical chocolate company - Seed & Bean. All of their chocolates are 100% organic, ethical and handmade in England, producing in small batches, saving food miles and helping provide local employment in Northamptonshire, where their production facility is located; they also ensure that all of their Cocoa suppliers are paid a fair wage and help them to fine tune their skills to try and produce the best quality cocoa beans possible for use in their chocolate bars. Even the "foil" packaging that is wrapped about the chocolate are made from natureflex and are fully home compostable and are made from trees!!
So what kind of chocolates do they produce? Well they like to call it "Kaleidoscopic - moments of pleasure" a range of various coloured bars, all with different flavours/chocolate bases. Today I have a review of the 30% cocoa Creamy White Chocolate with Lemon Poppy Seed and also the 37% Rich Milk Chocolate with Sicilian Hazelnut and Almond. All bars are 85g.
Creamy White Chocolate with Lemon & Poppy Seed - 8.5/10
The bar has a lovely light refreshing aroma and flavour and you can see the little poppy seeds flecked evenly throughout the bar.
The melt is gorgeous, smooth and luxurious and thankfully the poppy seeds don't turn it into one of those bars that you need to "crunch" to enjoy, they don't hinder the melt at all - although I did find a few getting stuck in my teeth!
You can definitely tell that the white chocolate used is good quality and high cocoa percentage, there's no cloying sweet flavour here but a light creamy eat with lovely light acidic citrus notes from the lemon. Beautiful.
Rich Milk Chocolate with Sicilian Hazelnut & Almond - 9.0/10
I knew just from reading the description of the bar that I was going to absolutely love this bar- it pretty much sounded like eating a pure praline filling. 37% cocoa solids milk chocolate is blended with ground Sicilian hazelnuts and almond to create a gorgeously smooth bar that just melts in the mouth.
The texture is gorgeous; a bit firmer than what you would find of a gianduja/praline filling and you're met with gorgeous rich nutty flavours with both the hazelnut and almond flavours coming through. The rich milk chocolate provides a lovely background flavour with its creamy cocoa notes. I could have quite easily have eaten this whole bar in one go.
I thoroughly enjoyed both bars and priced at £2.49 each I think they're great value for money; they provide a range of flavours that aren't too "out there", with something for everyone and best of all you can feel great about supporting a company that not only produces great chocolate but also does so in a fair and eco-friendly way.
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Taste - 8.8/10 - Delicious. Great quality chocolate bars.
Texture - 9.3/10 - Melt of both bars was beautiful - the milk chocolate bar however was the real star of the show for me.
Appearance - 9.0/10 - Love the way they were packaged.
Price - 9.1/10 - £2.49 is definitely affordable, very reasonably priced.
Overall - 9.0/10 - Great flavour, great melt, great ethics. Overall thoroughly impressed.
There's a flavour for pretty much everyone in Seed & Bean's range.
WHERE TO BUY?
Online at Seed & Bean's shop here and at other independent stores which you can find here