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Top Ten Organic Chocolate Bars Welcome To The Virtuous Slow Chocolate Revolution

October 17, 2014 in Eat Local & Organic
Top Ten Organic Chocolate Bars Welcome To The Virtuous Slow Chocolate Revolution
When I gaze in wonder at the cornucopia of artisan, raw, organic and vegan chocolate delights on sale in that modern cathedral to slow food – Wholefoods, on Piccadilly – I smile and muse that the Food of the Gods has finally come a long way from my sugar rush youth. Oh I had a terribly sweet tooth! I still do. Back then I adored Crunchie bars, Bounties and Twix whilst dancing around my bedroom to Everything She Does is Magic by The Police…. 
Now, my palate has been re-educated to adore the dark stuff, seventy per cent at the very least, and cacao is an altogether more serious, sophisticated quest for pleasure with health benefits. Now it is all about provenance, rarity, ethical decadence and the opportunity to live like our Aztec ancestors and revere chocolate as a health-giving, ecstasy inducing elixir of life. As the ingredients become ever more curious and exotic, consuming chocolate is like stepping into The Tales of the Arabian Nights – along with antioxidants, superfoods, exquisite essential oils and spices… and a bar for every desired state of mind.
Welcome to the slow, conscious chocolate revolution. Of course, it won’t do you any good if you gorge on too much chocolate, no matter how healthful and low in sugar, especially before bed! Not unless you want to stay up all night.
 Now, to more pressing matters; do I desire sea salt and cacao nibs, a tart citrusy hit of goji berries and sea buckthorn, which I am told will make me more beautiful, a pre yoga bar or the best vegan truffles in town? The taste buds are dancing at the thought. How did chocolate become so deliriously complicated? You need a guide.  So here it is. I’ve opened my store cupboard to reveal and share my my top ten, much-adored, conscious chocolate stars from luscious bars to raw energy brownies.  In praise of slow luxury – I give you my top-secret stash of dark, silken treasures fit for an Emerald Princess….
Alison Jane  – The Emerald Princess


Pulsin Raw Brownie Bar

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This sumptuously moist, devilishly sticky chocolate brownie is like nothing we’ve ever tasted – certainly worlds apart from your bog standard, sickly, sugar-fest. Made with raw protein powder, wholesome chunks of almond and cashew, juicy raisons and a heavenly hint of vanilla, this dense and satisfying organic chocolate masterpiece is ideal for a fabulous hit of energy whilst on-the-go – our Emerald Princess AJ won’t leave home without one nestled safely in her favourite Miu Miu – purchased from Liberty seven years ago and ageing rather splendidly!

Coming a very close second is the Raspberry and Goji berry version – the combination of fruity goji berries, zingy raspberries and dark velvety chocolate is to die for.

Vegan Vegetarian and Raw – Click here to buy now!


Green and Blacks Maya Gold Dark Chocolate Bar

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Behind this deliciously opulent creation is the company that started it all; Green and Blacks chocolatiers headed up the chocolate revolution.
With Aztec influences, the rich, dark Maya Gold bar is made with 55% cacao resulting in delectable velvety chocolate, and the perfect blend of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, making for a distinctive, gourmet slab of pure heaven. The Aztecs, first humans to make chocolate into a drink and utter chocolate enthusiasts, thought of chocolate as the ultimate opulent luxury – this is reflected in the Maya Bar’s decadent flavours – smooth dark chocolate fit for an Aztec king.

AJ declares her adoration for the bar and loves to use it in her dinner party creations, creating a silken mousse or dark, silken La Reine de Sable chocolate cake.

Also a hit with our Emerald Princess are the miniature Green and Blacks bars – cute and dinky treats ideal for giving out to friends or for a sweet intervention at a delectable dinner party.

Vegetarian – Click here to buy now!


Seed and Bean organic coconut and raspberry

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The combination of organic, zingy raspberries, dark chocolate and tropical coconut induces a taste explosion with each bite of this mouthwatering bar. The sweet and tart juxtaposition is one that AJ can’t get enough of! Oh, and the vibrant, colourful packaging means it looks (almost) as gorgeous as it tastes.

Vegan and Vegetarian – Click here to buy now!


Ombar Strawberries and Cream

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There is nothing sweet and sickly about the strawberries and cream creation from Ombar Organic Chocolate. Simultaneously creamy, coconutty and zingy, each chunk radiates a perfect hit of the English summer. The taste and the texture is indescribably wonderful and it puts sickly conventional chocolate firmly in the shade- try it now!

The Acai and Blueberry bar is another of AJ’s favourites – intensely fruity, flavorsome and fresh; these cute treat-sized bars are perfect for the handbag – substitute dessert with this virtuous gourmet pudding – guilt free!

Vegan and Vegetarian – Click here to buy now!


Conscious Chocolate Love Potion Number 9

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Made with Macca, this silky sweet chocolate with hints of Pink Himalayan Salt and Essential Rose Oil supplies the lucky devourer with an incredible surge of energy – (without the post indulgence slump you get from regular chocolate bars).

Love Potion, living up to its name, contains romantic hints of pink from the salt, further heightening AJ’s enjoyment – she may be an Emerald Princess but like every girl, adoring pink is in her genes!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, this unique block of silky, salty, sweet and yummy goodness is a firm EH favourite.

Vegan and Vegetarian – Click here to buy now!


Montezuma Dominican Republic Dark Side

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This sophisticated, grown-up bar is so exceedingly rich and satisfying that one or two chunks is enough to satisfy even the most extreme chocolate aficionados – It’s a delight for your waistline as well as taste buds.

Far from the sickly-sweet, often nauseating milk chocolate abundant in shops, Dominican Republic Dark Side is made from 54 percent cacao, making it the perfect darker shade of milk chocolate for those who desire a more sophisticated and deeply satisfying chocolate experience.

Gourmet Organic – Click here to buy now!


Montezuma Chocolate Bar Library

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The Chocolate Bar Library is another Montezuma product EH can’t recommend highly enough! The perfect Christmas gift, this charmingly packaged library book model of chocolate bars, including the refreshing and zesty lime, dark chocolate and sea salt creation – Sea Dog – will create a taste sensation on your tongue and take the lucky indulgee on an exhilarating, chocolate odyssey.

Gourmet Organic – Click here to buy now!


Gorvett and Stone Hokey Pokey Cinder Toffee and Honeycomb

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Originally stumbled upon by AJ in The Gorvett and Stone chocolatier in Henley, near where she grew up, this extraordinary bar has become a firm favourite and instantly transports our Emerald Princess to chocolate orgasm territory!

The delicately hand-made bar of Cinder toffee, covered in either milk or dark chocolate, with a crunchy, crisp honeycomb core is really rather exceptional; with the first satisfying bite, delicious honey – courtesy of the Brightwell bees – oozes out in a welcome release of unsurpassed ecstasy.

The slight hint of citrus in the chocolate makes it extra special; the contrast between the zingy outershell, sweet crunch of honeycomb and smooth, local honey seeping lusciously out of the inner core is thoroughly, completely and utterly indulgent. Warning. Should not be consumed in public!

Organic – Click here to buy now!


IQ chocolate BeautiQ

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Chocoholics rejoice as we’ve uncovered a chocolate bar that makes you beautiful! Thick, healthy hair, strong bones and glowing skin are just a few of BeautiQ’s tasty benefits. The blissful marriage of raw cacao beans and coconut blossom nectar makes for a fruity, tart refreshing bar of silky sweet goodness. Packed with antioxidants, the BeautiQ bar is a super food blessing from the Chocolate Gods – so you can enjoy every beauty filled bite guilt free!

Raw, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free – Click here to buy now!


Booja Booja Champagne Truffles

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As the pioneers of gourmet vegan chocolate, Booja Booja know how to make utterly scrumptious dairy free chocolate with absolutely no loss of taste.

These indulgent drops of deliciousness contain real Champagne, resulting in a wonderful hint of crisp, sparkling Champagne liquor fizzing through every luscious morsel. The sinfully decadent truffle and sensation of sparkle from the champagne is a match made in chocolate heaven. Beautifully presented too, Booja Booja truffles are AJ’s first pick when she craves a chocolaty burst of decadent indulgence.

Vegan and Vegetarian – Click here to buy now!


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Alison Jane Reid

Alison Jane Reid - Journalist, Editor & Emerald Princess of Slow, Sustainable Luxury Living - 18 year track record interviewing real icons for: The Times, The Lady, You, The Mirror and Country Life. Now leading her alluring fairtrade, emerald revolution - Don’t Miss Out - Have you joined The Ethical Hedonist set?

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