Sorry for the chocolate overload recently.. but in my world there’s no such thing as too much chocolate, and I’m sure you all agree! 🙂
Living in the developed world, I feel so blessed to have such an amazing selection of products available, growing at such a ridiculous rate too. When I was younger I feel like chocolate was either dark, milk or white., though this was perhaps just my naivety or lack of interest in anything other than quantity when it came to food! Of course there were the standard chocolate bars like Mars, Bounty and Kit Kat and the almighty Boost (I think it existed when I was younger anyway, though I only discovered it as a teen!) but the range of chocolate available now is just incredible! Walking round Wholefoods is like heaven – chocolate with every percentage of cocoa solids you could ever imagine from the creamiest white chocolate to the terribly bitter (I’m not there yet!) 100% bars, packed full of fillings ranging from praline and caramel to the latest superfoods.. and of course raw chocolate, which is only something I discovered relatively recently, but I love it!
As I always say, balance is key and for me having so many healthy alternatives to the foods I love makes it so easy. I love “real” chocolate – I eat it every day! – but I also love finding other exciting options (provided they taste good of course!). I would never eat something I didn’t like just because it was ‘healthy’ and likewise I don’t try and kid myself that eating three ‘healthy’ chocolate bars is actually healthy, but what I crave varies so much depending on my mood – sometimes I’ll want nothing more than a multipack of Kit Kat chunkys.. dipped in Nutella.. and shoved on top of a pint of Ben & Jerrys, but sometimes I want something more refined to really savour and enjoy properly. One thing is for sure though – no matter which type of chocolate I’m in the mood for.. I get through it in seriously large quantities, so all these samples I’m getting through in the name of blogging is making me very happy at the moment! 😀
One day after work (quite a while ago now.. safe to say I’m pretty behind on some of my reviews!) I arrived home to a huge box of the best kind of delivery – chocolate samples!! When Loving Earth kindly offered to send me some of their products to try, I obviously jumped at the chance and was more than willing to feature them on my Instagram as a gesture of gratitude. When I was sent such an incredible selection of products though, I couldn’t help but want to blog about them. I genuinely love everything about them. For me, a good brand is a balance of so many things – people think about the product, which of course has to be great – but in my opinion the name, packaging, branding and customer service all plays a huge part. Loving Earth nail it on all accounts. The woman I’ve been in contact with – Jo – is absolutely lovely, their chocolate is incredible and their packaging is so damn cute. I literally couldn’t help but smile when I opened the box – each bar is flawlessly packaged and they have the most beautiful colour scheme. I’d seen the little 30g single serve bars in Planet Organic but I didn’t know that they did larger bars too (let’s be honest.. I know a lot of fellow chocolate lovers and the larger bars could easily be single serving too :P). Next, the flavours. God they’re good. If I had to pick one I honestly don’t think I could. Good job I didn’t have to 😉 They range from classics like 72% dark to some of my absolute favourites like salted caramel and banoffee. Then there are totally unique flavours which I’ve never tried before like buck’n’berry (hazelnut mylk chocolate with cranberries and crunchy buckwheat), lemon cheesecake and Turkish delight!
Their chocolate contains no cane sugar or dairy – it’s sweetened with organic coconut nectar and is suitable for vegans. It’s uncooked, unprocessed and they don’t roast their beans so according to an independent test their chocolate contains up to twice the antioxidants of conventional processed chocolate. Any excuse to eat extra right!? Got to get those antioxidants in.. 😀
I can honestly say I loved every single bar I was sent – surprisingly I even loved the chocolate mint flavour. Despite loving mint chocolate as a child (I have many fond memories of mint chocolate chip ice cream!) I grew to dislike it – maybe after eights with their awful fondant centre are to blame! This bar was amazing though – the mint wasn’t overpowering and it was lovely and light.. I’ve since gone on to buy mint ben & Jerry’s ice cream so maybe mint will make a comeback in my life after all!
Although the same brand, there is quite a difference between the small packets and the large bars – the bars aren’t just a bigger version. The large bars are harder and more solid, like you’d expect from a standard chocolate bar. I liked all of the different flavours (and I got pretty excited about trying them all!) but even the plain bars (in 72%, 85% and “creamy mylk”) had a lovely distinctive taste from the cacao butter.
When I opened the smaller packets I was surprised to see a beautiful heart shape (from feeling the packet I was expecting just a round “puddle”!). As if they could get any more enticing! The smaller packets have an entirely different texture – they are a lot softer and smoother. For some reason given their chocolate is raw these smaller bars tasted exactly how I was expecting all of their chocolate to taste.. isn’t expectation a weird thing 🙂 Anyway these certainly met (and exceeded!) my expectations – each one was smooth, creamy and the texture was just so good – they literally melt in the mouth! These were definitely my favourite 🙂 Whilst the larger bars were good, the use of cacao butter meant they weren’t as smooth or indulgent as traditional chocolate, but these were perfect. I used some of the larger bars for baking with and I’d say they yielded a pretty successful result.. (These lasted all of a few hours!)
I love that their range includes chocolates of different textures – sometimes I absolutely love the smooth, creamy indulgence of soft raw chocolate but sometimes I want the satisfying snap and bite from a harder chocolate bar.
Anyway best of all, and the part you’re probably all really here for – I’m giving YOU the opportunity to win some of their chocolate to try for yourself!! You don’t even need to pick a flavour as Loving Earth have been generous enough to offer one lucky winner one of each to try – that’s SIXTEEN bars of chocolate! Enough to last….. well.. maybe a week (trust me – you’ll want to try them all at once!) 😉 You’ll even get to try some of the flavours which I haven’t tried yet – including Coffee Ka-Pow (crunchy cacao nibs blended in a dark truffle chocolate with a burst of rich espresso) and Salted Caramel Swayzee, which they say is reminiscent of the famous Dairy Milk Top Deck!
What you’ll win:
- 1 x Salted Caramel 80g
- 1 x Caramel 30g
- 1 x Lemon Cheesecake 80g
- 1 x Raspberry 30g
- 1 x Hazelnut Mylk 80g
- 1 x Creamy Coconut 30g
- 1 x Coconut Mylk 80g
- 1 x Mandarin & Gubinge 30g
- 1 x Mint 80g
- 1 x Dark 30g
- 1 x 85% Dark 80g
- 1 x Banoffee
- 1 x Salted Caramel Swayzee
- 1 x Coffee Ka-pow
- 1 x Turkish Delight
- 1 x Very Buck’n’Berry
You can see the full list of products and their descriptions on their website: https://lovingearth.co/our-products/chocolate-5.html
All you need to do to enter is:
- Follow me on Instagram @nickichanlam
- Follow Loving Earth on Instagram @loving_earth
- Tag friends in the comments on my Instagram post
You can enter as many times as you like – this competition is open worldwide!!
Good luck! 🙂