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Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cardamom & a Pacari Chocolate Giveaway

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate has been an abiding passion ever since I can remember. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to try bars produced by some truly excellent brands. Pacari premium organic chocolate is one such. To celebrate World Chocolate Day on 9 July, I’m delighted to offer my readers the chance to try this excellent chocolate too. Read on for details of the giveaway. The chocolate is so good, it’s really best enjoyed on its own, but I have to say it also works wonderfully well in these chewy  and delicious coffee chocolate chip cookies with cardamom – I just couldn’t help myself. 

Pacari Chocolate

Pacari Chocolate is one of the most ethical chocolate brands I’ve come across. Their chocolate bars are not only organic, but also fair trade, tree to bar and made in Ecuador, the country where the cacao beans are actually grown. Good quality is key; they are all dark chocolate with at least 60% cacao, contain no refined sugars or other nasties and are suitable for vegans, chocolate connoisseurs and the health conscious. They have won several International Chocolate Awards since they began business in 2012.

Pacari Chocolate Mini Bars

Reasons to Love Pacari Chocolate Bars

Pacari reckon there are seven good reasons why you will love their chocolate. Here are a few of them:

  1. All chocolate is made with 100% certified organic and natural ingredients. They are also certified kosher.
  2. The best Ecuadorian cacao beans are used; Arriba Nacional are known for their richness, full taste and fruity floral notes.
  3. Environmental concerns are key. Pacari are working to protect priceless Ecuadorian genetic stock and work exclusively with traditional cacao growers, not plantations. They are also partnered with WWF Ecuador to protect the jaguar, dolphin and tapir.
  4. The company is owned by an Ecuadorian family who believe business has a duty to support local people, their livelihoods and the environment. They support 3,500 families by working directly with small scale farmers rather than middle men. They also pay a significant premium over market prices.
  5. Unlike most chocolate bars consumed in the UK (less than 1%), Pacari chocolate is both produced and packaged in its country of origin. This helps create a range of work opportunities in a developing nation and builds wealth where it’s needed most.

Follow Pacari

If you want to follow Pacari chocolate on social media, here’s how:

  • Twitter – @PacariUK
  • Facebook – Pacarichocolates.uk
  • Instagram – PacariUK

The Chocolate Bars

I have tried Pacari chocolate before, I find it to be smooth, flavoursome and with a nice balance of sweet and bitter. It melts beautifully on the tongue, when I can bring myself to exercise some restraint. I was sent three 50g bars and several super cute 10g mini bars to try. Do head over to the Pacari website to find out what other flavours are on offer. There are lots of them.

Pacari Chocolate 50g Bars

Goldenberry

Smooth dark chocolate with chewy flakes of tart and flavoursome golden berries, otherwise known as cape gooseberries. CT reckoned it had a hint of rum and raisin about it.

Cardamom

I adore cardamom as a flavour, but it I can be difficult to get the balance right. Too little and you can’t really identify it, too much and it can taste a bit soapy. This was the bar I was most looking forward to trying, but it was the one I found most disappointing. The cardamom was rather overwhelming. Sometimes less is definitely more. However, it works beautifully chunked up into these coffee cardamom chocolate chip cookies.

Coffee

This was real wake up; the bar contains actual coffee beans. It has a powerful coffee flavour and chewing on the crunchy beans is a real pleasure. One for coffee lovers. It was almost a shame to use some in my coffee chocolate chip cookies, but I’m glad I did.

Lemon Verbena

We used to grow lemon verbena and hope to do so again one day. It smells wonderful and makes the most fabulous tea. I was really keen to try this bar, but although I liked it, it was a bit too subtle for me.

Andean Rose

Rose is a firm favourite with me and it pairs beautifully with chocolate. Andean rose is probably my favourite bar. It has beautiful floral notes which combine well with the rich dark chocolate. As with the coffee and cardamom combination, as used in my recipe for coffee chocolate chip cookies, it makes me think of the Middle East. I was slightly concerned that it would have bits of dried rose petal in the chocolate. I’ve had this experience before and find it quite off-putting. Luckily this bar was smooth and sumptuous. Step aside Turkish Delight.

Cuzco Salt & Nibs

Salted chocolate is another favourite, though I’m not so keen on cacao nibs. I find they don’t really taste of very much, though they are said to have several health benefits. As it happened, I was pleasantly surprised. The nibs are crushed quite finely, which seems to make quite a difference and their crunch creates a nice contrast to the smooth chocolate. The salty notes were just right too.

Andean Mint

You can smell the heady scent of mint as soon as you open the packet of this Andean mint bar. Mint is a classic flavour pairing with chocolate and I was pretty sure I was going to like it. I did. I was particularly impressed with the depth and complexity of flavour; it tastes of fresh mint rather than just mint essence. 

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cardamom

Middle Easter Flavours

Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that I have developed a relatively recent penchant for the combined flavours of chocolate coffee and cardamom. It’s a sophisticated flavour profile with spicy citrusy accents and rich bitter notes. I reckoned the combination would work well in these coffee chocolate chip cookies – and they did.

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

The combination of coffee and cardamom is redolent of warm evening soirees in my ancestral home of Alexandria. Middle Eastern cuisine is one of my favourites. If you’re a fellow fan, here’s the link to my Flavours of the Middle East recipes. For those of you who are not so familiar with Tin and Thyme, you might like to take a look at my decadent coffee cardamom chocolate mousse cake and these wholemeal spelt pancakes with coffee cardamom chocolate sauce.

Creaming

Baking in a heatwave probably isn’t the most sensible thing to do, but it has the advantage of butter softening almost instantly. This made creaming the butter and sugar together an absolute breeze.

Grinding

I didn’t have any coffee powder for these biscuits, but I did have coffee granules. It was a quick and easy task to grind them with a pestle & mortar. I killed two birds with one stone and ground the cardamom seeds this way as well.

Flour

Instead of my usual wholemeal spelt flour, I decided to mix it up with some rye flour along with some oats for extra texture. Rye works surprisingly well in cakes and biscuits when mixed with other flours and gives a bit of added body.

Chopping

The beauty of using chocolate bars in these coffee chocolate chip cookies, rather than dedicated chocolate chips, is that you get all sorts of sizes when you chop it yourself. A mix of chunks, chips and tiny fragments all go to make the biscuits more interesting.

Pacari Chocolate Chunks

Baking

These coffee chocolate chip cookies would have been beautifully round biscuits if it wasn’t for two things. Firstly, we’re in the middle of a heat wave and the kitchen was way too hot. I should have cooled the cookie dough in the fridge before rolling it into balls and placing on the rack. This would have meant the cookies wouldn’t have spread so much. My fridge, however, was chock a block and I couldn’t find room.

Secondly, I should have spaced the cookies well apart from each other. In my desperation to turn the oven off as soon as possible, I had to fit the cookies onto my only two trays that will fit into this new-to-me old oven. The result were two trays of cookies that had virtually merged into each other. Not particularly pretty, but luckily, the taste and texture are not affected at all. These coffee chocolate chip cookies with cardamom are delicious and just what I was hoping for.

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies – The Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
33 mins
 
Chewy coffee and cardamom flavoured cookies with chunks of coffee and cardamom chocolate for additional burst of flavour and delight.
Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keywords: biscuits, cardamom, coffee, cookies
Servings: 24 large cookies
Ingredients
  • 120 g unsalted butter - softened
  • 175 g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp coffee powder or ground granules
  • 4 cardamom pods - seeds extracted and ground
  • 1 large egg I used a duck egg
  • 80 g light rye flour
  • 60 g wholemeal flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 85 g rolled oats
  • 40 g Pacari cardamom chocolate 60% dark chocolate - chopped
  • 30 g Pacari coffee chocolate 60% dark chocolate - chopped
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter, sugar, coffee and ground cardamom seeds together until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the egg.
  3. Sift in the flours, soda and baking powder, then add the oats. Stir until just combined.
  4. Finally add the chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
  5. Take heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture and place well apart on lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C (Gas 4, 358F) for about 13 minutes until golden. Bake for an extra couple of minutes if you want a crispier biscuit.

  7. Leave on the trays to cool for a couple of minutes, then remove to a wire rack  to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Makes 24 large cookies or 30 slightly more restrained ones.

 

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies. PIN IT.

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cardamom.

I’m sharing these coffee chocolate chip cookies with my link-up #WeShouldCocoa. They also go to #BakingCrumbs at Only Crumbs Remain, #BakeOfTheWeek, hosted by Casa Costello and #CookBlogShare, hosted this week by Easy Peasy Foodie.

Pacari Chocolate Giveaway

To celebrate Word Chocolate Day on 9 July, Pacari is offering one Tin and Thyme reader three 50g bars (coffee, cardamom and golden berry) ten 10g bars (mix of flavours) of their premium organic chocolate. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 5 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked. 
 
Prizes are offered and provided by Pacari Chocolate and Tin and Thyme accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party. Tin and Thyme reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway and these terms and conditions without notice.
 
Closing date is Saturday 4 August 2018 
 
Do take a look at the Tin and Thyme giveaways page to see if there’s anything else you’d like to enter.
 

Pacari Chocolate Bars

I was sent some Pacari Chocolate bars to try. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.

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146 Comments

  1. Anne Perry

    4th July 2018 at 9:00 pm

    I look for integrity/ fair trade certification, organic, non gmo in chocolate brands.
    CADMIUM should be avoided.

    Reply
  2. Angela Boucher

    4th July 2018 at 9:22 pm

    I look for a creamy chocolate which has lots of different varieties that I can try.

    Reply
  3. Mary

    4th July 2018 at 9:31 pm

    I really love anything with coffee in it and as an added bonus incorporating chocolate as well. I nearly always buy bean-to-bar chocolate and cacao nibs because the flavour is so good and one can choose the level of cacao that is preferred.
    I shall be making these and also I have fallen in love with cardamom spice – a nice change from cinnamon.
    I think you offered this recipe just for me!!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      5th July 2018 at 10:01 pm

      But of course I did Mary 🙂 I fell in love with cardamom a few years ago and now wonder how I managed without it for so long – although I have always added it to curries.

      Reply
  4. Rebecca Brown

    4th July 2018 at 9:37 pm

    High quality ingredients and high ethical standards when sourcing them

    Reply
  5. Iris Tilley

    4th July 2018 at 10:32 pm

    How sweet it is and that it’s got a high quantity of Cocoa.

    Reply
  6. pete c

    4th July 2018 at 11:11 pm

    most important is flavour followed by texture and it`s ingredients

    Reply
  7. Catherine Bullas

    4th July 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Flavour and texture and how creamy i tis.

    Reply
  8. A S,Edinburgh

    4th July 2018 at 11:43 pm

    What I think is important in a chocolate brand is sustainability, a fair deal for everyone in the production chain, and good-quality ingredients.

    Reply
  9. Margaret GALLAGHER

    5th July 2018 at 12:00 am

    Has to be the taste – you know excactly what you are getting – no hidden nasties

    Reply
  10. Solange

    5th July 2018 at 12:16 am

    I look for high quality products as well as being certified as Fairtrade.

    Reply
  11. Angela Treadway

    5th July 2018 at 1:06 am

    its got to be delicious! x

    Reply
  12. Teakside

    5th July 2018 at 2:07 am

    It’s great to support small ethical growers and manufacturers. Love roasted cocoa nibs in anything.

    Reply
  13. angiesrecipes

    5th July 2018 at 5:54 am

    Can never get enough of chocolate cookies 🙂 They look so inviting and that cookie stand looks pretty cute too.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      5th July 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Angie. The cookie stand is our toast rack, but I thought I’d give it a chance with cookies for a change 😀

      Reply
  14. Tracy Nixon

    5th July 2018 at 6:14 am

    I look for Fairtrade and the ingredients (eg the amount of cocoa).

    Reply
  15. Katie

    5th July 2018 at 6:56 am

    Great taste but fair trade is also important. This looks good due to its uniqueness

    Reply
  16. William Gould

    5th July 2018 at 8:04 am

    I just want what I consider to be the nicest tasting chocolate. I don’t like it “messed around with” though, like the addition of too many flavours or too strong a flavour…

    Reply
  17. Tracey Peach

    5th July 2018 at 9:04 am

    For me it has to be dairy free but apart from that anything goes

    Reply
  18. joanne beale

    5th July 2018 at 9:21 am

    A fair price is paid to the producer and that it is sustainable – must taste great as well

    Reply
  19. Corina Blum

    5th July 2018 at 9:47 am

    I’d love to try the goldenberry flavour but they all sound delicious!

    Reply
  20. Ruth Harwood

    5th July 2018 at 9:52 am

    Love chocolate cake, and golden syrup is important to give it a special something!

    Reply
  21. iain maciver

    5th July 2018 at 10:05 am

    high quality products as well as being certified as Fairtrade

    Reply
  22. Lindsey stuart

    5th July 2018 at 10:14 am

    I like a creamy chocolate, full of flavour but not bitter.

    Reply
  23. Suelle

    5th July 2018 at 11:22 am

    I prefer dark chocolate, but the most important factor is that any added flavourings come through strongly. In too many bars the add-ins are barely discernible.

    Reply
  24. Joo Dee

    5th July 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Flavour for sure, have tried some expensive bars in the past, and have had no taste whatsoever

    Reply
  25. Annabel Greaves

    5th July 2018 at 2:36 pm

    I love a brand that has a lot of choice of different types, like milk and dark chocolate

    Reply
  26. Margaret Clarkson

    5th July 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Ethically sourced and made with the right intensity of flavour

    Reply
  27. Gill Bland

    5th July 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I think that the taste and the price being fair compared to the work gone into it and those working for them. Ideally it should have good cocoa content too and be good enough that it hits the spot and is not just a “shove it down” thing.

    Reply
  28. melanie stirling

    5th July 2018 at 5:13 pm

    I look for a creamy but a definite chocolate taste that melts luxuriously in my mouth.

    Reply
  29. Lucy

    5th July 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I think quality. I like dark chocolate so a nice quality and percentage,

    Reply
  30. Richard Eldred Hawes

    5th July 2018 at 5:41 pm

    A high quality sustainable product with excellent taste and aroma

    Reply
  31. Sheena Batey

    5th July 2018 at 5:55 pm

    The quality of the chocolate has to be superb and the taste and flavour really good.

    Reply
  32. Ian

    5th July 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Taste has to be the most important aspect but cost and fair trade are close seconds.

    Reply
  33. Laura Jones

    6th July 2018 at 5:41 am

    def fairtrade but a well known reliable brand like this is good

    Reply
  34. christine goody

    6th July 2018 at 10:08 am

    This is the way forward. Fairtrade chocolate is something to be savioured, wonderful

    Reply
  35. nicola rupawala

    6th July 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I think it’s important for chocolate to have a good texture to it

    Reply
  36. Sarah Roberts

    7th July 2018 at 1:33 am

    Heritage, when its got a long good history you know its a tried and tested paroduct that most people love.

    Reply
  37. jacqui rushton

    7th July 2018 at 3:25 am

    Good flavour, good texture, good branding and a good price!

    Reply
  38. Alice Gilkes

    7th July 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I think it’s important that a chocolate brand uses all natural ingredients in its products

    Reply
  39. Carolyn E

    7th July 2018 at 11:35 pm

    I look for taste and quality ingredients. Made by people that care is always good, but very har$ to check! I came across this brand in South America a few years ago and am so very pleased to hear they have expanded so much since then. I can definitely vouch for their taste and credibility. I hope I get to taste this delicious choc again. They are worth every penny!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th July 2018 at 9:47 am

      Good to hear you know the brand from whence it came.

      Reply
  40. glenn hutton

    8th July 2018 at 12:08 am

    I like a chocolate brand to have a wide variety of flavours/types… My favourite type of chocolate is milk like truffles

    Reply
  41. Gwen Maynard

    8th July 2018 at 1:22 am

    I just love chocolate.

    Reply
  42. Jenny Paulin

    9th July 2018 at 8:22 am

    what an amazing selection of flavours offered by this brand of chocolate.
    Your cookies look so tempting and I love the star you have used to present them in:)
    Thank you for linking up with #Bakeoftheweek x

    Reply
  43. charlotte

    9th July 2018 at 3:23 pm

    i think the most important part of chocolate is the taste, everyone knows what their favourite chocolate bar is so you remember it most

    Reply
  44. Natalie Crossan

    9th July 2018 at 11:05 pm

    I like different flavoured chocolate, the taste is absolutely everything to me xxx

    Reply
  45. Clare Hubbard

    10th July 2018 at 7:26 pm

    I think today it is important for a chocolate company to have ethically sourced cocoa beans and fair payment for the farmers

    Reply
  46. Laura Pritchard

    10th July 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Incredible taste, a variety of products, and not too melty!

    Reply
  47. Kim Carberry

    11th July 2018 at 9:07 am

    I look for a chocolate company to have ethically sourced cocoa beans and it has to taste good too x

    Reply
  48. All That I'm Eating

    11th July 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I really like the sound of all the different flavours and using them to make your cookies seems like a great idea!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th July 2018 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks Caroline. I really like those flavours together and the cookies were particularly scrumptious.

      Reply
  49. Nicola McC

    13th July 2018 at 5:29 pm

    High Cocoa content and ethics in the business.

    Reply
  50. Sam Stallwood

    15th July 2018 at 12:26 am

    Got to be taste first, and fair trade if possible. If high cocoa percentage then I can also convince myself its good for me.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th July 2018 at 11:06 am

      Haha, good point Sam. I try to convince myself of that one too.

      Reply
  51. Helen at Casa Costello

    15th July 2018 at 11:38 am

    Oh I love the sound of the Lemon Verbena in the bars. Subtle flavours in chocolate are just my bag. These cookies sound wonderful – I love pairing chocolate and coffee flavours too. Thanks so much once again for joining in with #BakeoftheWeek

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th July 2018 at 11:05 am

      Always a pleasure Helen. The lemon verbena bar is delicious, although my favourite has to be the rather less subtle rose.

      Reply
  52. jo liddement

    15th July 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I think that it is important that the farmers who produce the chocolate get a fair deal and that the chocolate does not contain palm oil that causes deforestation. It has to taste good too!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th July 2018 at 11:09 am

      Good point on palm oil. No decent chocolate should contain any sort of oil other than cocoa butter, but definitely not palm oil.

      Reply
  53. cheryl hadfield

    15th July 2018 at 4:11 pm

    I think its important that brands offer variety, and also lots of information regarding dietary ingrediants

    Reply
  54. Rachel Frances

    16th July 2018 at 1:23 am

    it hasto be the taste with the use of high quality products

    Reply
  55. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    16th July 2018 at 2:17 pm

    What gorgeous biscuits Chocolatte. I must admit that I’ve not tried cardamom and coffee together in a bake but I can imagine that it’s pretty darn good (and clearly must be given that you’re revisiting it). Thankyou so much for sharing withb #BakingCrumbs,
    Angela x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th July 2018 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Angela. The flavours are quite distinctive, so the key is not to make them too prominent, but they work marvellously well together.

      Reply
  56. webstermad

    16th July 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Brilliant giveaway! Everyone loves cookies and chocolate 😀 Fingers crossed!

    Reply
  57. Hayley Lynch

    18th July 2018 at 9:18 pm

    The highest quality of ingredients and superior taste are most important to me !

    Reply
  58. Danielle Spencer

    20th July 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I look for fairtrade symbol and high quality of ingredients.

    Reply
  59. Angela Kelly

    22nd July 2018 at 11:38 am

    I like a chocolate brand to be fairtrade and ethical.

    Reply
  60. Dale Dow

    23rd July 2018 at 12:56 pm

    For me it has to be creamy and good quality more than anything

    Reply
  61. Amanda Baggott

    23rd July 2018 at 1:02 pm

    High quality ingredients which bring out the flavor of the cocoa beans

    Reply
  62. amanda w

    23rd July 2018 at 1:30 pm

    it has to be high end chocolate with lots of sweet flavour and i love a bit of fruiit or nut in mine!¬

    Reply
  63. Lisa Hall

    23rd July 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Creamy chocolate for dipping in my coffee mmm

    Reply
  64. Jessica Powell

    23rd July 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Taste – obviously! – but I also like to support ethical and fairtrade brands, especially if they do nice sets and stuff to give as gifts.

    Reply
  65. Michelle Smith

    23rd July 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Fairtrade is always good I also like a good flavour with a high cocoa percentage

    Reply
  66. Victoria Prince

    24th July 2018 at 9:57 am

    Primarily – that it tastes good! I also think it’s important that they source ethically, use a good percentage of cocoa and not use a load of additives

    Reply
  67. Lorraine Stone

    27th July 2018 at 10:21 am

    As a treat I look for a chocolate bar that as lots of different flavours.

    Reply
  68. ADEINNE TONNER

    27th July 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Myself personally i think one thing that is good in a chocolate bar that it tastes good with different flavours like dark chocolate,milk chocolate ect and i think it is also good to have it being fairtrade too

    Reply
  69. Jay

    27th July 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Fairtrade, quality products are all important. Must taste great as well.

    Reply
  70. Claire Barker

    29th July 2018 at 4:32 pm

    It should be ethically and sustainably produced with natural flavours, not overly processed and of course absolutely delicious.

    Reply
  71. Carole Nott

    29th July 2018 at 8:08 pm

    The most important part of buying chocolate products is to check the cocoa content and try to choose those with the highest number reading – always the best and most tasty!

    Reply
  72. Claire Woods

    30th July 2018 at 8:09 am

    That is is vegetarian, not too much sugar, organic, pays fairly to staff.

    Reply
  73. Janet Birkin

    31st July 2018 at 4:23 am

    The creamy texture, delightful taste and leaving you wanting more

    Reply
  74. Tea and Cake for the Soul

    31st July 2018 at 9:36 am

    I’d love to try baking with these, all the pictures look delicious.

    Reply
  75. Mark Mccaffery

    31st July 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I look for a company that has a good fair trade policy in place.

    Reply
  76. James Travis

    31st July 2018 at 7:52 pm

    The quality and the taste, and that it is ethically sourced

    Reply
  77. Sarah Fielding

    31st July 2018 at 9:16 pm

    How good the quality of the chocolate is!

    Reply
  78. Margaret Mccaffery

    31st July 2018 at 9:52 pm

    I like a quality chocolate with many varieties of flavours.

    Reply
  79. Sarah Mccaffery

    31st July 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I look for a high cocoa content and a fair trade logo.

    Reply
  80. paula cheadle

    1st August 2018 at 12:44 am

    certified as Fairtrade. and is of a high quality of chocolate, and tastes yummy

    Reply
  81. lauren carrett

    1st August 2018 at 12:19 pm

    would love to try these, not the sort of thing i usually eat but look really good

    Reply
  82. Alice Colling

    1st August 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Taste is obviously the most important thing, high cocoa content and fair trade.

    Reply
  83. Hazel Rea

    1st August 2018 at 10:21 pm

    I like chocolate to be Fairtrade, to have as few ingredients as possible, to be a high cocoa content and have clear wording on the wrapper which indicates any allergens used in the factory.

    Reply
  84. A.E. ADKINS

    2nd August 2018 at 9:35 am

    I look for great taste and high quality ingredients

    Reply
  85. Tina H

    2nd August 2018 at 7:18 pm

    First of all I look for an ethical company. Then quality and of course taste. These sound perfect.

    Reply
  86. Emma Howard

    2nd August 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Ethics are important, but I also look for unusual flavours, something a little bit different

    Reply
  87. Beverley Cousins

    3rd August 2018 at 8:21 am

    It’s definitely got to be the Quality and taste, plus i love high cocoa contents

    Reply
  88. Erica Hughes

    3rd August 2018 at 9:00 am

    A commitment to quality by sourcing and using the best quality ingredients available.

    Reply
  89. Rai

    3rd August 2018 at 10:28 am

    Taste and texture. I like to let chocolate slowly melt in my mouth, and while I love flavoured chocolate I hate it if I end up with added “gritty” bits in my mouth once the chocolate has melted away.

    Reply
  90. Mandy Betts

    3rd August 2018 at 10:43 am

    Firstly it would have to be the quality and taste of the product, then if it was ethically sourced of course

    Reply
  91. Marie Rungapadiachy

    3rd August 2018 at 11:27 am

    I think that it is important to have good quality chocolate from an equitable/fair source.

    Reply
  92. Christine Hobbs

    3rd August 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Such an interesting blog. Fairly new to choosing quality fair trade and ethical ingredients so read this closely and enjoyed the content. Will be sourcing this chocolate recipe and first thing I will be trying is the cardamon cookies. Sure going to buy a mortar and pestle when I am out shopping again to make use of my lemon verbena

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd August 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you. Buying ethically is so very important. Lemmon verbena is such a beautifully fragrant herb. We’ve not had much luck with it in the past, but we’ve recently moved and now have a conservatory, so we’ll try again.

      Reply
  93. Kim M

    3rd August 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Taste, different flavours and price – wish I could afford some of the pricier chocolates – very tempted by unusual flavours x

    Reply
  94. Anthea Holloway

    3rd August 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I think that a chocolate brand should produce fine quality chocolate and treat its workers fairly – both home and abroad.

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  95. Irene Murdoch

    3rd August 2018 at 5:17 pm

    A good chocolate brand should have a range of interesting flavours and have a creamy, rich taste.

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  96. Sandra Fortune

    3rd August 2018 at 8:06 pm

    High quality and ingredients I love coffee in chocolate

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  97. Maria P

    3rd August 2018 at 9:10 pm

    the consistent quality and products with high % of cocoa

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  98. Helen Rosbotham

    3rd August 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Flavour

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  99. Deborah Preston

    3rd August 2018 at 10:10 pm

    quality & variety

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  100. AnnaSSS

    4th August 2018 at 5:19 am

    The most important is Quality and Cocoa percent.I love dark chocolate.xxx

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  101. Julie Edwards

    4th August 2018 at 6:31 am

    Most important for me is taste, quality of ingredients used, affordability and sustainability.

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  102. Simone Griffin

    4th August 2018 at 6:42 am

    Apart from being yummy tasting, I think less sugar is a good way forward for chocolate brands at the moment x

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    • Choclette

      4th August 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Oh how I wish they would start reducing sugar – in everything, not just chocolate. I find most ‘commercial’ sweet stuff just too sweet these days.

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  103. chloe brill

    4th August 2018 at 7:29 am

    taste of product and having plenty of different flavours to choose from

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  104. Louise Clarke

    4th August 2018 at 7:35 am

    I love chocolate from a company that is well established and who does not keep trying to ‘improve’ there quality. I believe if they were that good to start, they should not have to.

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  105. Catherine L

    4th August 2018 at 7:42 am

    good quality ingredients is really important to me!! aswel as being healthy/tasty

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  106. Jo Hutchings

    4th August 2018 at 8:10 am

    I love the idea of a really ethical chocolate brand. It’s not something I’ve really thought about before but having read this article I will do in the future.

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  107. Angela Macdonald

    4th August 2018 at 8:35 am

    I think it’s great when companies source the ingredients ethically, the ingredients are of great quality with amazing flavours – I have never tried Pacari chocolate before, but the selection of flavours sound fantastic

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  108. Gemma

    4th August 2018 at 9:59 am

    Great taste and sustainability

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  109. gaynor Vincent

    4th August 2018 at 10:00 am

    A good reputation for workers, consumers, suppliers alike – chocolate is a nice to have (Very nice) but peoples lives and our planet are more important.

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  110. Amy Moore

    4th August 2018 at 10:12 am

    Ethically sourced and no animal products in the ingredients

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  111. Paul Meulen

    4th August 2018 at 10:35 am

    Ethically sourced and all natural ingredients, zero palm oil and it has to be smooth.

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  112. Sheila Reeves @cakereev

    4th August 2018 at 10:58 am

    Fairly traded, high percentge of cacao – and great flavour!

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  113. gillian hay

    4th August 2018 at 11:07 am

    how creamy and tasty it is

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  114. Lucy Chester

    4th August 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I am trying to think more about what I eat and the importance of a company ethics and treating their workers and the environment well. I have recently become vegetarian since jan 1st and slowly making changes to my lifestyle as well. Would love to try these interesting flavours

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    • Choclette

      4th August 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Good luck Lucy. It’s always a bit of a challenge when changing the way we eat and live.

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  115. Gemma Massey

    4th August 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I think a good reputable company that provide good working ethics and fair trade products

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  116. Gina Gould

    4th August 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Well a few years ago I decided to change my eating habits and spend a lot of time looking at the ingredients in the products I was purchasing. With chocolate I did a u-turn and swapped milk for dark chocolate due to the high cocoa %. So, now I look for chocolate that has a great taste and is flavoursome without having to eat the whole bar in one go 😀

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  117. Geoffroy Thomas

    4th August 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Clearly taste is important, but I also look for far trade and ethics when I purchase chocolate.

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  118. Jeanette Leighton

    4th August 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I am a huge chocoholic…. Would love to win this fantastic prize count me in

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  119. sharon martin

    4th August 2018 at 2:52 pm

    i would have to say first and formost the taste is important, then the range of flavours available

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  120. Adrian Bold

    4th August 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I look for taste primarily, then cost and flavours. Personally I like anything with caramel or nuts.

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  121. Sue Watson

    4th August 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Taste, sustainability, ethics and flavour combinations are the main things for me

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  122. CAROL PATRICK

    4th August 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Obviously quality and delicious flavour, but organic & fair trade ethics are also very important.

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  123. Caroline

    4th August 2018 at 5:03 pm

    I think its important to use top quality ingredients and that it is fairtrade and ethically oroduced

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  124. john radburn

    4th August 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I now look for fair trade and dark only as its better for one.

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  125. Michelle Wild

    4th August 2018 at 5:26 pm

    The taste is the main thing but the packaging helps too.

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  126. Katrina Adams

    4th August 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I look for the fairtrade symbol but also things like high quality ingredients and flavour (obviously)

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  127. Chelsey Wood

    4th August 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Quality and heritage to me are the most important things a chocolate brand can focus on

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  128. Karl Borowy

    4th August 2018 at 6:41 pm

    healthy content

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  129. Hayley Elvin

    4th August 2018 at 8:13 pm

    I like smooth milky chocolate. Quality ingredients and great taste.

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  130. Christine Hall

    4th August 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I love dark chocolate

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  131. Leanne perrett

    4th August 2018 at 8:55 pm

    i love quality and taste and if its a good price thats even better

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  132. Dean T

    4th August 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Good sized chunks like Dairy Milk used to be , I hate the tiny chunks of new

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  133. Kirsteen Mackay

    4th August 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Large pieces, addictive taste, smooth texture, quality ingredients and a commitment to their loyal customers.

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  134. Sophie

    6th December 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I absolutely love the chocolate and coffee combination! I think coffee granules can definitely be used for baking in all sorts of fun and interesting ways – and I really like what you did with this recipe. Sounds like it had the perfect balance between sweet and bitterness. Coffee and sweet treats all the way!

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    • Choclette

      7th December 2018 at 9:11 am

      Thanks Sophie, I’ve become a bit fan of coffee, chocolate and cardamom as a flavour trio.

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