Hello! The first week of Fairtrade Fortnight is well underway and today I’m featuring a review for Seed and Bean chocolate. I’m gifted four different flavoured bars from Seed and Bean in exchange for an honest review. I’ve not tried these before, but am eager to because the flavours sound delicious! The chocolate is fairtrade and organic, and the wrapping is 100% recyclable; which fits perfectly with the brand ethos at rosegold reports. I’ll tell you a bit about the different flavours, where to buy and a bit about the brand. I’ll share more about Seed and Bean themselves in a company spotlight.
Seed and Bean chocolate comes in over 20 flavour combinations from classic to wild! As well as bars, there are also truffles. You can buy single bars, sets or even subscribe to get bars sent to you every month (I mention the subscription service here). They’re available in selected Sainsbury’s stores (and online), on Amazon and directly from Seed and Bean. And I have an amazing discount code to share with you – scroll down for the details!
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I received four dark chocolate, vegan bars, in the following flavours: Extra Dark, Mandarin and Ginger, Lavender, and Orange and Thyme.
This dark chocolate contains 72% cocoa and is made from Trinitarian cocoa from the Dominican Republic. The mouth feel is smooth and velvety, with a rich flavour. I can imagine this being a bar I always have on the go; whether a piece or two with my mid-morning coffee or for dessert – either on it’s own or in a recipe. As you can see from the picture, it went down well with some espressos.
This is one of the more ‘wild’ combinations and I’m excited to try it! It’s 58% cocoa and again made with Dominican Trinitarian cocoa. It’s a delicious orange chocolate, both aromatic and well flavoured. The delicate balance with thyme really elevates this compared with more ‘ordinary’ orange chocolate. I love it! As it slowly dissolves in my mouth I’m imagining all the different recipes I could use it in. The first one I try is from Seed and Bean’s own (extensive!) recipe page, for orange and thyme hot chocolate. It’s the most decadent, perfect balance of flavours and moreish hot chocolate I’ve ever had! You can find the recipe here.
I’m very intrigued by this one as my experience of flowers in chocolate is limited only to Turkish delight and floral creams. This lavender bar is 72% cocoa and infused with French lavender oil. The flavour was subtle but strong enough to be detectable without being overpowering. It balances well with the dark chocolate; I don’t think it would work as well with a ‘milder’ milk chocolate. I like this one because it’s that little bit different and reminds me of childhood holidays to France. This is really nice on a breakfast bowl with porridge, fruit and nuts or seeds.
Mandarin and Ginger
Citrus and ginger is a combination which stands the test of time. This bar contains Italian mandarin oil, Sri Lankan ginger and 72% Dominican cocoa. It’s a lovely warm blend, very smooth (there are no ‘bits’) and with a gorgeous, velvet mouth feel. The mandarin flavour is subtle but tasty and the gentle fire of the ginger has a nice longevity. Another very moreish flavour which I can see keeping me company on chilly evenings. Keen to try this with red wine and see how it works!
I’ve tried four different flavours here and enjoyed all of them. So, in answer to this post’s question of whether Seed and Bean chocolate is good, it’s definitely yes from me! Actually it’s very good chocolate because of it’s rich, smooth and velvet mouth feel, well balanced flavours and wide range of varieties. It’s also kind to the environment and communities which produce it, as attested to be the Fairtrade certification. Once you’ve finished eating it, it’s also kind to the environment. This is due to the recyclable paper outer wrapper and home compostable inner foil.
20% Discount on Seed and Bean Chocolate
Tempted to try Seed and Bean chocolates? I don’t blame you! I can’t wait to try the other flavours available. Do you think you’re more a fan of classic flavours or will you try the wild ones? Let me know in the comments below. Seed and Bean have kindly given me a 20% discount code which you can use on all of the full-priced items on their website. Just pop ROSEGOLDREPORTS into the box at checkout. The code is valid until the end of May so you have plenty of time to stock up on treats for Mother’s Day and Easter! Plus if you spend over £15 you get free delivery too.
About Seed and Bean the Brand
Seed & Bean was founded in June 2005 with the idea to create an ethical range of confectionery. The focus was on always using organic ingredients, small-scale suppliers and bravely developing wild with flavours. Seed and Bean is accredited as one of the most ethical chocolate producer in Britain. To find out more about Seed and Bean, check out my Fairtrade Fortnight Company Spotlight.