Recently I was invited to an event to celebrate the launch of two new chocolate bars from Green & Blacks - Sea Salt and Spiced Chilli..
Sadly the event clashed with my holiday and I couldn't attend so I asked lovely Levanah (catch her on twitter here) to dash along to the dinner and get all the latest news from Green & Blacks.
Take it away Levanah!
When Really Ree asked me to go in her place to a Green and Blacks event, the first thing I said was YES! I mean nobody can say no to chocolate can they, and Green and Black’s isn’t just any chocolate, 21 years ago they launched the world’s first organic chocolate bar.
This high quality, dark, bittersweet chocolate bar, packed with 70% cocoa solids is not Green and Blacks only achievement, in 1994 their Maya Gold chocolate earned the brand the UK’s first Fairtrade mark for a chocolate product and was the first product in the UK to receive ANY Fairtrade mark! Quite an achievement I think you’ll agree. But enough of the technical aspects of chocolate, Green and Black’s are bringing out two new chocolate bars that are truly delicious!
|Green & Blacks Supper|
The exclusive supper used ingredients inspired by the two new flavours, unfortunately there wasn’t chocolate at every course but the food was truly spectacular! Green and Black’s Taste Specialist William Leigh was there to guide us through each course. William was found by G&B’s from over three thousand who applied to be Head of Taste Micah’s assistant; and in my opinion he has the best job ever! And boy the man can cook.
|William Leigh, Taste Specialist for Green & Blacks|
Starters consisted of Smoked Haddock Carppacio with chilli, crème fraiche, caviar and lemon or Sumac Roast Cauliflower and Summer Courgettes with Goat’s Cheese, Sourdough Croutons, Chilli and Lemon. The main course was 7 Hour Salt Roasted Lamb (it literally fell off the bone!) and Merguez Sausages or Seared Halloumi with a DIY selection of salads, pickles, hummus and flatbreads. It was all so so good!
Then just before dessert William introduced to us to the two brand new innovative flavoured chocolate bars to follow on from their other 17 classic flavour combinations.
|Green & Blacks Sea Salt with Milk Chocolate|
Get ready for Sea Salt with Milk Chocolate and Spiced Chilli with Dark Chocolate. They sound amazing and I can confirm they taste awesome! Available from today (1st September 2012) for RRP £2.09 from supermarkets, you need these in your life.
|Green & Blacks Spiced Chilli with Dark Chocolate|
Both the new bars are made using only the finest organic and ethically sourced ingredients that create the distinctive G&B’s taste. William explained that the Spiced Chilli bar has been in development for just over 4 years. Unlike other chocolate bars that combine chilli and chocolate to give a sweet and heat, G&B’s Spiced Chilli is unlike anything I’ve tasted, due to the 7 different spices also included to give a complex yet well balanced flavour. It’s a warm lively burst of heat combined with a fruity notes.
The Sea Salt with Milk Chocolate is also unusual as most salted chocolate bars are with Dark Chocolate. The bar is made using the finest flakes of hand picked Sea Salt sourced from the British island of Anglesey and brings out the lovely caramel notes in the 37% milk chocolate for the perfect creamy, crunchy texture.
To finish off the evening, William delighted the entire table with dessert – chocolate of course! A to-die-for Chocolate Caramel Tart with a peanut crumb crust and peanut gelato ice cream to accompany – omg! For this dessert alone I can’t thank Ree enough for letting me go in her place. I’m going to attempt to replicate this amazing tart on my upcoming blog Levanahloves.com when it launches soon. Follow me on Twitter @levanahloves for news of when that is.
Let me know whether you will be picking up the new G&B’s flavours and what you think of them?