Well I’ve heard really good things in the past about Green and Black’s Butterscotch bar, so I thought that it was about time I went ahead and bought it. A few bloggers as well as a few friends have all said that it’s decent and worth a go…so I’m going to take a look at it today. From memory it was part of a 2 for £3 deal making the bar £1.50 in cost. At full price however, it tends to be around £2-2.50 a bar putting Green and Black’s chocolate in competition with the likes of Lindt, Montezuma’s and Divine.
I enjoyed the only previous Green and Black’s bar that I’ve reviewed to date, their Raisin and Hazelnut bar (the posher and far superior relative of Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut) and was keen to see if this matched up to the high standards I’d seen before. I actually had a hell of a lot to choose from when looking at their range- G&B’s have about 15 different flavoured products in the 100g chocolate category. However this got the nod because of the positive things I had heard about it as mentioned above.
It’s ‘milk chocolate with crunchy toffee pieces’, as was made pretty clear on the front of the wrapper. All of Green and Black’s chocolate, including the Butterscotch bar, is also fair-trade and organic as well. Now, whilst that doesn’t intrinsically make the chocolate taste better, I’ve always found in the past that companies who care enough to support farmers and give them an honest pay check for their work/produce also tend to care about their chocolate a lot more heightening the end quality. Bit of a generalisation I know, but in the main it carries through.
My only reservation whilst looking at this bar was that it might be too sweet- the chocolate was only 34% cocoa solids and there was a fairly high amount of sugar in the nutritional information. (To clarify- all chocolate is obviously high in sugar but this was high even relative to other bars.)
That was the only possible negative I could think of looking at the wrapper. On top of the pleasing fair-trade credentials and attractive sounding description, this also looked rather good. Green and Black’s have one universal design which all of their chocolate shares, with the colour changing depending on the flavour. The Butterscotch is a yellowy golden colour, which contrasts nicely against the black writing. All in all, it just looks fairly classy for the price bracket that it’s in- Lindt aside, I don’t think you can get a bar which looks this decent for a couple of quid.
Butterscotch is a flavour which I’ve always had a soft spot for. When growing up in Sheffield, our nanny would take us into the Peak District for the day and we’d go fishing with little nets that you drag through the water by hand. Didn’t really catch anything so I’m not going to be pursuing a career as a fisherman anytime soon, but we did get to go the local ice cream place every time we visited and I’d always get butterscotch sauce on my 99. My word that’s a nostalgia trip right there. Anyway, that’s my first memory of meeting butterscotch and I was a huge fan.
Which made it slightly disappointing and a bit of an anti-climax when I opened the wrapper and it didn’t smell of butterscotch at all. I had been expecting some toffee or caramel notes, but there was nowt going on. Not that it smelt unappetising; in fact the milk chocolate was seriously enticing- really ‘chocolatey’ in that there was plenty of rich cocoa going on. But then I looked at the ingredients list and everything made a bit more sense- this Butterscotch bar only has 10% butterscotch in it. What the hell man was my initial thought- this is just a milk chocolate bar which somebody has accidently dropped a couple of bits of toffee/butterscotch into. But, I’m a trooper, so I ate it anyway.
And, well… you can’t smell the butterscotch, you can barely see the butterscotch, but you can definitely taste it and for that I take my hat off to Green and Black’s. The majority of the bar is obviously milk chocolate as you can see from the photos, but the small nubbins of amber/golden coloured toffee goodness are immensely strong in flavour and more than flavoursome enough to ensure that this Butterscotch bar is suitably butterscotchy. It has a lovely burnt caramel taste to it, which it gets from the brown sugar with which it’s made I think…beautifully dark and sweet overall. I guess, regarding the ingredients, this is where the word professionals come into things- Green and Black’s are the professionals who actually know what they’re doing. I’m the guy who would have made the bar 70% butterscotch as opposed to their 10% and then made myself sick trying to eat it ro prove a point!
Of course, with the butterscotch only comprising 10% of the bar, that still leaves 90% to describe. And that is where the milk chocolate comes in- it’s good quality is this. Surprisingly rich for a 34% chocolate, it also had vanilla and caramel notes going on. The melt is also delightfully smooth- meaning that you can either crunch away at the bar as a whole, or savour it a little and melt the chocolate on your tongue first, leaving you with the toffee pieces which are super crispy to chew on. It is a really effective combination.
Often, teachers/parents/priests etc are wrong and it very much IS possible to judge something by its first impression. I mean, we’re told not to but essentially if somebody seemed to be a bit of a b**stard when you first meet them, they often are exactly that.
Green and Black’s Butterscotch bar is an exception to that though. Despite first impressions from the smell and look being that this would fail on the butterscotch taste, it turned out to be exactly the opposite as it passed with flying colours. My concerns were blasted out of the water by a cracking flavour combination of the toffee pieces and esxcellent milk chocolate.
This is a very enjoyable bar of chocolate from a company which appears to go about its business in an impressively ethical manner. For those reasons, this is definitely something that I’l buy again in the future.