I used to be a Cadbury’s Whole Nut kind of girl. In my younger, thinner days, I’d think nothing of eating a massive bar of it over an evening because health and weight didn’t really feature in my life back then, with my diet being based on cigarettes, alcohol and delivery pizza. Now that I’m a *cough* glowing beacon of health and vitality *cough* and can’t remember the last time I had any kind of Cadbury’s – Whole Nut or otherwise – eschewing those purple-packaged products and their ilk for something more refined (i.e. not full of shit). These days I much prefer a satisfying couple of squares of good quality vegan dark chocolate as opposed to a massive bar of sugary milky stuff. Which is just as well, as I am no longer in my younger, thinner days and can no longer eat an unholy amount of crap without any repercussions.
But, it’s all very well and good trying to avoid chocolate containing crap but, there is only so long you want to stand in the supermarket with your glasses halfway down your nose while you squint at labels trying to find a bar of chocolate that contains mostly, um, chocolate and not a load of other stuff you most certainly do not want.
Pacari Premium Organic Chocolate
Pacari knows this and they’ve made chocolate suitable for just about everyone (I can’t actually think who it’s not suitable for but there’s bound to be someone. People allergic to vegans, perhaps.) Pacari’s chocolate is:
- fair trade
- palm oil-free
- artificial ingredients-free
- certified organic
- certified Kosher
- B-Corporation certified
- Biodynamic certified
If you’re looking at this list thinking, ‘Hmm, what about sugar-free and/or raw?’, don’t worry, you’ll also find those on their website. And if you’re looking for more reasons to buy Pacari chocolate, take a look at this:
- They’ve won over 250 international chocolate awards.
- Their chocolate is made from ‘tree to bar’ in Ecuador, meaning 50% of the wealth stays in the country of origin and contributes to its development. With ‘bean to bar’ chocolate (where cacao beans are imported from developing countries with the rest of the production taking place in the UK or other non-cacao growing countries) only around 7% stays in the country.
- They support local communities by:
- working directly with local farmers, not via middle men, and pay them above market prices; and
- creating job opportunities such as technicians, designers, chocolatiers, and sales and shop staff.
- They’re environmentally-friendly, using only 100% organic ingredients and their packaging is 100% recyclable with their chocolate bars wrapped in recyclable aluminium foil and cardboard.
- Their chocolate is healthy, containing important vitamins and minerals including magnesium, flavanoids with antioxidant properties, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E, essential fats, protein and fibre.
Phew. That’s quite a list of reasons why Pacari are a brand you should be buying. What about the taste though? It’s no good being this worthy if their chocolate tastes like cack, is it? Well, I can confirm their chocolate doesn’t taste like cack – it is divine. It’s not thin and crispy a la Lindt or Green and Blacks but, despite it being a thicker bar (although if it’s thin you want, check out their minibars), it doesn’t have that thick, cloying texture that some vegan chocolate bars suffer from. I kept mine in the fridge and, although that made it hard to bite into, it had a satisfying crunch to it.
Win 5 bars of Pacari chocolate
You can see the whole range of Pacari chocolate, chocolate covered fruit, and drinking chocolate on their website along with a list of stockists. You can also be in with a chance of winning
- 3 x 50g bars
- 2 x 10g minibars
(flavours may vary)
by entering my giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below – good luck!
Thanks to Pacari for sending me a selection of their chocolate to review and also for providing a selection to give away.