Chocolate, not on my top 10 list of fave foods BUT I’ve grown to appreciate it a bit more.
Correction: I’ve grown to appreciate certain brands that make good chocolate. I see some brands of chocolate with ingredients that I can’t spell and I wonder why it’s in there. I mean, shouldn’t chocolate just be cacao of some sort, a sugar of some sort, and a few other simple ingredients?
Given that I’m not a big fan of chocolate, I’ve decided that if I’m going to eat chocolate, it should be good tasty chocolate that isn’t full of weird unidentifiable ingredients.
Enter Camino Ginger Dark Chocolate. Made with decent, fair trade ingredients that also happen to be organic, I mean, how many brands other than Camino can actually make that claim?
Product Review: What ingredients are in Camino’s Ginger Dark Chocolate?
Take a look at the organic ingredients that went into making the Camino Ginger Dark Chocolate: organic cacao mass*, organic golden cane sugar*, organic ginger (12%) (ginger, cane sugar), organic cacao butter*, organic ginger powder*, organic vanilla extract*. *fair trade certified. Minimum 65% cacao.
Wow, that’s quite an impressive list. That’s about as basic as basic can get. I mean, the Camino Ginger Dark Chocolate is dark chocolate with ginger so it makes perfect sense that there cacao mass, something sweet, and ginger. The best part about this ingredient list is that you actually get a minimum of 65% cacao and there’s real ginger and ginger powder. There aren’t any long unidentifiable ingredients that I see in some other brands.
Product Review: How does Camino Ginger Dark Chocolate taste?
I’ll be honest, I’m nervous about trying this Camino Ginger Dark Chocolate. I don’t take spicy well. A sprinkling of black pepper is about as high as my tolerance goes. I used to enjoy hot and sour soup but that was ages ago. Just looking at it now makes my eyes water. While our family does cook with ginger, the hubby is the only one that will eat the chunks of ginger. What if I find the Camino Ginger Dark Chocolate too spicy?
Here’s what it looks like. So far so good.
Time to take a bite.
Hm…actually, it’s not bad. The Camino Ginger Dark Chocolate has that rich dark chocolate taste with a gentle hit of ginger that I don’t mind at all. Maybe what I like about the Camino Ginger Dark Chocolate is that it tastes like real ginger because it’s made with real ginger. There’s nothing artificial about it.
This will sound funny but it tastes exactly as it should: like rich dark chocolate with real ginger. The ginger has a slight candied feel to it, with a slight chew to it but there’s no denying that it’s real ginger. As you can see by the pic, you get real chunks of ginger that you can savor with the dark chocolate.
I’m shocked. I’m not a big fan of chocolate and I still liked the Camino Ginger Dark Chocolate. A quick look at the nutrition label and you’ll see that 40 grams gives you 22% of your daily intake of fat. Now, given that the whole bar is 100g, 40 g is a bit more than 1/3 of the chocolate bar. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t need to eat 1/3 of it to be satisfied. Since the flavours are so rich, a little bit goes a long way.
There’s a certain taste that comes from eating chocolate made with good clean ingredients. You taste the flavour of the cacao. There’s nothing masking its flavour and the ginger also blends really well. I also like that the combination wasn’t too sweet for my palette. It wasn’t dripping with sweetness which would make it difficult to appreciate the chocolate and the ginger.
Camino, you make good chocolate!
For more information about this product, visit their website by clicking here.
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!).
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