I may have reviewed the Green & Blacks Maya Gold Organic Easter Egg last year, but what the heck, the nice guys at Green & Blacks have sent me another this year and as I loved it last year, I thought I’d see if I liked it as much this year.
I really think this is a great Easter egg for those that require their chocolate to be organic but are also open minded enough to try something a little bit different. This Easter egg most certainly isn’t as unique as a Paul A. Young marmite or Port & Stilton truffle or as spicy as the En Fuego Collection, but it is still fairly unique enough for most pallets.
The packaging is their usual premium range designed for gifting with the orange box giving it a warm appearance. There’s also the gift label on it so its ready to give as it is. The important factor is that the chocolate is pretty damn interesting too.
The strange thing is that even though its only 55% cocoa, its still fairly bitter. Also this chocolate is from the Trinitario bean which normally has a spicy character, but when you add orange, spice extracts (I’m sure there’s nutmeg in there) then the chocolate becomes even more full of edgy character. Then add that to the big chance that the beans come from the Dominican Republic which often produces acidic and earthy cocoa then it all combines to produce some chocolate with punch.
One thing that did startle me was that the chocolate had a pronounced gin and tonic flavour. Now, I don’t expect everyone to get this, but it was certainly there for me – I expect this comes from the acidity of the orange. If you manage to push it through your teeth to bring out more of the flavour, you may be hit with a very strong tobacco, nicotine flavour. Not that it wasn’t off-putting, just unexpected!
This is a very interesting Easter egg, it won’t appeal to everyone, but yet if you are open-minded then give it a try.