You know I’m not a big chocolate fan. It’s just not something I’d put on my top 10 list of goodies to consume which is an odd thing to say since I do like the occasional brownie, chocolate cake, or cup of mocha. Then again, a brownie isn’t exactly the same thing as a chunk of chocolate. I’m just not a big fan.
I received a goodie pack from the dear folks at Camino a while back and it’s finally taken my family this long to crack into one of the chocolate bars. On this particular day, we chose to test out the Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins. My big kid was quick to point out, “Hey mom, see it’s ORGANIC.” Those of you who regularly read ThingsThatWeDo.com know that I had goofed up a while back. No need to dwell on the past here but I’ll be sure to include a link to it at the bottom of today’s post.
Wait until you see this chocolate bar.
Product Review: What ingredients are in Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins?
Here’s a list of ingredients that went into the Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins: certified organic milk chocolate* (certified organic cane sugar*, certified organic cocoa butter*, certified organic whole milk powder, certified organic cocoa mass*), certified organic raisins, certified organic roasted almonds. * = fair-trade certified.
That might just be one of the toughest ingredient lists I’ve ever typed out but for all the right reasons. Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins is made with nothing but goodness. Take a look at how many times I typed out certified organic and then look at how many times that * appears to let you know it’s also fair-trade certified and you’ll be more than happy to pick it up and eat it.
Analyze that ingredient list a little closer and you’ll see that it’s made with only a few choice ingredients. It has milk chocolate made with ingredients I recognize, raisins, and almonds. I mean, that’s about as simple as chocolate can get. Notice what’s missing – all those long chemical sounding words that show up in big brand chocolate bars. Odd how I don’t see modified vegetable oil or some other creepy ingredient. Wait a minute, I don’t even see glucose anywhere.
Truthfully, this is an amazing ingredient list.
Taste Test: how does Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins taste?
Take a good look at the Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins. Guess what? It looks just like a regular chocolate bar doesn’t it? Kind of makes me wonder why other companies do what they do when Camino can make a chocolate bar look this good using basic simple ingredients.
The best part is, the Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins tastes really good. I can taste the milk chocolate, the raisin tastes just like a raisin, and I love the crunch from the toasted almonds. What I like is that the Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins isn’t too sweet. Have a good read of the ingredient list and you’ll see that the word sugar only appears as a subset ingredient used to make the milk chocolate and it’s just the right amount. This way, I can enjoy the taste of the chocolate, the raisins, and the almonds without feeling as though I’m choking on excess sugar.
Now, truth be told, this Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins does melt and taste differently than your big brand chocolate bar that’s been pumped full of odd unrecognizable ingredients. I can’t quite describe it but I’m more than happy with the Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins just as it is.
Perhaps the ‘chocolate’ flavour isn’t as strong as you might be used to but then again, how much of what we eat in those other chocolate bars is actually ‘chocolate’? It’s like butter and margarine. They both look and taste similar but both have very distinguishable characteristics. Give me butter any day is what I say. With 16 g of sugar per 32 g serving, it’s not as sweet as some of the other chocolate bars that are out there and that’s just the way I like it.
To the folks at Camino: thank you for making a really really good chocolate bar that I won’t regret eating. Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins is simple and tastes great. If I had any wish, I’d wish for more toasted almonds in it. Otherwise, it’s perfect as it is!
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May 6, 2015 – Note: latest update from the wonderful folks at Camino
“*** We regret to inform that Camino is unable to continue producing the 32 gram snack bars and the 100gram dark chocolate with ginger bar. Despite the popularity, the minimum order required to produce those products was too high to ensure we always have the right quantity and freshest quality on store shelves. Camino offers a wide selection of decadent flavours in their fair trade and organic certified 100gram chocolate bars – sure to satisfy any craving. Thanks for your support.”
My thoughts: I won’t lie, I was bummed when I learned about this but I quickly recuperated because I love Camino. They have so many different yummy products to choose from, I’m sure I’ll find something else I’ll like (and I don’t even like chocolate much!).
In case you want to read my earlier posts on other Camino products, here they are:
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