Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy … I think you’re probably getting the drift. It’s my birthday and what would make a better gift than chocolate? Only this time I’m keen to offer you some too. Or at least I want to give one lucky reader the chance to win some Pacari premium organic chocolate. But don’t despair, I also have a bonus offer of a 10% discount to all EU readers. Oh, and did I mention, yesterday was World Chocolate Day.
World Chocolate Day is my kind of day. It’s basically a massive celebration of this delectable food of the gods and an excuse to devour, but preferably savour, chocolate. I may have celebrated a little, but I’ve been trying hard to hang out until today. No birthday is complete without chocolate.
Pacari Premium Organic Chocolate
Pacari specialise in premium organic tree to bar chocolate which is grown, harvested and produced in Ecuador. The chocolate is super smooth, melts on the tongue and tastes fantastic. Pacari have so far won over 250 international chocolate awards. But more than that, Pacari premium organic chocolate is highly ethical. Or as they like to say:
“Begin a journey for your senses with our chocolate that is characterised by personality and soul.”
Fine Arriba Nacional cacao beans are known for their full bodied flavour and their aromatic floral and fruity notes. They’re sourced directly from local farmers. This results in 50% of the profits being returned to local communities, compared to a mere 7% from the big brands. The beans and other ingredients are all grown to organic standards and no harmful pesticides are used. Surely the cacao growers and environment deserve better health and well being along with us, the fortunate consumers?
The cacao content ranges from 60% to 100% which makes Pacari’s chocolate much healthier than most. It contains either unrefined or coconut sugar. Palm oil is a definite no no and the chocolate is vegan, kosher, gluten-free and soya-free. The cacao is cool processed, less refined and therefore more nutritious. It’s choc-full (geddit?) of flavonoids, iron and antioxidants.
I’ve posted about Pacari chocolate a couple of times before, so I won’t repeat just how brilliant they are. Suffice it to say I’m a fan. You can find out more in January’s Pacari post and I’ve written even more extensively on the subject in this coffee chocolate chip cookies post. I made the cookies with Pacari’s cardamom chocolate as well as their coffee version.
You can order any of Pacari’s premium organic chocolate through their online shop. To get your 10% discount, use the code TinThymePacari19 when ordering. The code is only valid during the time of this giveaway and only on orders for delivery within the EU.
If you want to follow Pacari chocolate on social media, here’s how:
- Twitter – @PacariUK
- Facebook – Pacarichocolates.uk
- Instagram – PacariUK
So What’s On Offer?
I’ve been enchanted with everything I’ve tried so far from the Pacari range of chocolate bars, chocolate covered fruits and drinking chocolate. But they’re continually adding to their range and I haven’t tried everything yet! This time I opted for some Andean chocolate bars and a couple of packs of cooking chocolate. Pacari also included some of their famous mini bars.
Andean Flavours Gift Box
This gift box contains a sensual trip to the Andes, all wrapped up in four bars of chocolate. CT is desperate to go on a plant hunting trip to the Andes. Maybe he’ll make it one day, but until then he’ll have to make do with sharing these Andean chocolate bars with me. The bars are Pacari’s standard 50g bars of premium organic chocolate, but chosen with a variety of flavours to suit your mood.
This Andean gift box would make a splendid present for any adventurous chocolate lover. It’s certainly an inspired one for me.
Cuzco Pink Salt & Nibs
You’ll find an award winning bar of Cuzco Pink Salt & Nibs. This is a real delight for those, like me, that have a penchant for sweet and salt. The cacao nibs provide a bit of crunch and additional antioxidants. I’ve waxed lyrical on this one in a bit more details in my coffee chocolate chip cookies post.
Chilli is always a flavour that gets me excited and it pairs so wonderfully well with chocolate. One of the bars is flavoured with chilli peppers, merkén to be precise. Merkén is a traditional smoky Mapuche spice from Chile and the bar is delicious. It has a slow heat that builds, but not enough to blow your head off.
But there’s far more to it than just heat. It has a nice fruity flavour with smoky notes and the heat doesn’t detract from this wonderfully rich flavoured bar one jot. This is, without a doubt, my favourite Pacari chocolate bar.
This chocolate has chew and crunch. It contains wild Andean blueberries and it’s utterly splendid. It’s sweet without being overly so and the blueberry flavour is rich and fruity. Because of the wild blueberries, this bar is packed with even more antioxidants than most of the others. Blueberries are particularly good for the eyes and research has shown that they may help to reduce the risk of both cataracts and glaucoma.
The final bar is one I associate more with the flavours of Asia than South America. …. As soon as you taste it, it conjures up the image of a cleaver wielding chef chopping bunches of fragrant shoots. It really tastes of fresh lemongrass, but isn’t in the least overpowering. I’d go so far as to say it has a very soothing quality about it. This bar was so good, in 2012 it won a gold at the Chocolate Awards.
Pacari’s couverture chocolate drops are made from raw biodynamically certified chocolate. You’d never know if you tasted it. Processing is minimal and the chocolate regularly wins awards for its distinctive flavour. I’ve tested a lot of raw chocolate in my time and this is one of the best.
I had to try a few, just for taste testing purposes you understand. The drops melt beautifully in the mouth but also have a nice snap to them. I haven’t yet made anything with them, but I’m looking forward to the day I do.
70% Raw Chocolate Drops
I have to say I haven’t yet tried the 70% drops. I know if I open the packet, I’ll be in danger of demolishing the contents before ever I get around to making something with it. It’s pretty certain however, that I won’t be disappointed with either the flavour or consistency.
100% Raw Chocolate Drops
Pure chocolate is such an exciting concept. These chocolate drops are extremely rich, but they’re also pleasantly palatable if taken in small doses. There are some bitter notes for sure, but not nearly as many as you’d expect and the delicious flavour of Pacari chocolate is left lingering on the tongue for quite some time after the chocolate has disappeared.
Pacari’s 10g mini bars are so very cute. They’re just brilliant for enjoying some of Pacari’s premium organic chocolate, without feeling you’ve over indulged. They’re also a great way of taste testing the chocolate before going ahead and buying larger bars.
I’ve been known to tuck one away in my lunchbox occasionally too. It does infuse a humdrum workday with a bit of tropical sparkle. This Pacari premium organic chocolate giveaway includes four mini bars: Andean Mint, Coffee, Andean Rose and Passionfruit.
You can find a bit more about the first three in my coffee chocolate chip cookies post. As for the passionfruit bar, it’s really scrumptious. The flavour is not overplayed as it is in some passionfruit chocolate I’ve tried. I’ve written more about this one in my last Pacari review post.
Let Us Know
Thanks for visiting Tin and Thyme. If you try any Pacari premium organic chocolate, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below or via social media. Or you might even be the lucky winner. Do share photos on your preferred social media site and use the hashtag #tinandthyme, so I can spot them.
Pacari Premium Organic Chocolate Giveaway
To celebrate my birthday and World Chocolate Day, Pacari Premium Organic Chocolate is offering one Tin and Thyme reader a chocolate bundle worth over £30. It consists of the following: 1 Andean Flavours gift pack containing 4 x 50g bars, two 200g packs raw couverture chocolate and 4 x 10g mini bars.
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.