Thursday, November 29, 2012

Divine Chocolate Bars Sponsor Spotlight Review

I recently was very lucky to get to review 4 of these awesome bars of chocolate candy from Divine Chocolates, just in time for Christmas! You can buy them individually or in the 4 pack or you can get the 10 pack which is cheaper than by the bar and saves you $6.90, so if you have a long list of people on your list, and they love chocolate, this would not be a bad present and less expensive present. I would divide them up into either 2's or 5's depending on how many people I had to give to.

The four flavors I got to review were:

**38% Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt and Toffee
**Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle
**Dark Chocolate Hazelnut with Cranberries
**Milk Chocolate with Spiced Cookies

I have to tell you that the Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt and Toffee was my absolute favorite! I am just crazy about Toffee and this bar was awesome! I also found out this interesting fact:

Suitable for vegetarians. Free from artificial flavorings, colorings and preservatives.

And then look at the ingrediants. They are all Fair Trade so that you know they are made from the finest ingrediants!
Fairtrade sugar, Fairtrade cocoa butter, skimmed milk powder, Fairtrade cocoa mass, toffee 10% (sugar, glucose syrup, butterfat, salt), butterfat, sea salt, emulsifier: soya lecithin (non GM), Fairtrade vanilla.
My next favorite was the Milk Chocolate with Spiced Cookies! Gosh this was sure was good! And I really thought it would be my least favorite. But, it turned out to be alot better than it sounded! And again, it was made with all Fair Trade ingrediants:
Fairtrade sugar, Fairtrade cocoa butter, Dried cream, Fairtrade cocoa mass, Spiced Cookies, Whole milk powder, Emulsifier: soya lecithin (non GM), Fairtrade vanilla.
I then had the Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Truffle and it was very good also and I just couldn't stop at one or two pieces of the little squares that they have the chocolate sectioned off once you unwrap the foil, you will see what I mean.

It is one big bar but it is possible to break it or cut it into small squares by following the pattern.  If you are a dark chocolate lover and of truffles, like me, this will be one of your top favorites!
Fairtrade sugar, Fairtrade cocoa mass, hazelnut paste, Fairtrade cocoa butter, Fairtrade vanilla.
Then lastly, I tried the Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts & Cranberries, but not because of the chocolate or hazelnut as I love them dearly, but cranberries in chocolate just doesn't sound too good. But, boy! Was I wrong. It tasted fantastic! They are not huge pieces of cranberries, so it blended right in and if they hadn't told me on the package, I would have never guessed what those were!
Fairtrade cocoa mass, Fairtrade sugar, dried and sweetened chopped cranberries (cranberries, sugar, sunflower oil), Fairtrade cocoa butter, chopped hazelnuts, butterfat, emulsifier: soya lecithin (non GM), Fairtrade vanilla.
Now, they do have other chocolates but I didn't get to review these but wanted you to see what else they had in case you want to try something else. I love Chocolate Mint Cookies or Candy so this would have been awesome for me.  Don't they look scrumptious? I could probably eat a whole box all my myself but hubby loves them, too, so we would be fighting over them!

These are Milk Chocolate Trees and there is nothing else in them, but still, Milk Chocolate looks good no matter what shape or form to me. You can also get these in the Dark Chocolate, too! I mostly showed you all Christmas chocolates but they do have chocolate for other occassions as well.

I grabbed this from the About Us but there was so much there to read, I couldn't copy it all because it would have taken up 2 whole pages, so go by and read this really fascinating story and how it really got started. Here is just a sampling:
Choosing Divine as your chocolate treat is a delicious way of playing your part in a more equitable trading partnership. Divine is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by the farmers.  
While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry. That’s good business!
You definitely will love the fact that all of this process is carefully carried out with loving hands from them to you and I can only say that the bars were AWESOME and if you haven't tried them yet, now would be a great time! Oh, and now they have baking chocolates!

Connect with Divine Chocolates several ways:

Mailing Address:
804 E St. SE
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-332-8913
Fax: 202-332-8916
The great folks at Divine Chocolates is letting the winner of my Crazy Christmas Giveaway have the same 4 bars that I just reviewed and a Divine Tote Bag valued at $20! Even I did not get the tote, so I don't have an image of it to show you. I did not see any on their site either, so they must not be for sale yet. Good Luck Everyone & Open to the U.S. only.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.