Vintage Plantations got their start in 1993, with the mission “to support the small chocolate industry in countries where the chocolate originates by re-designing the cocoa commodity chain, thereby aiding farmers to adopt better farm management practices, protect the environment, ensure crops are free of harmful chemicals, and maximize their income in order to encourage the farmers’ optimal re-investment in the development of high-quality chocolate”. The result: ”products are made only from fermented, native original Vintage cocoa beans and honor the local flavor of the plantations, each harvest, and the distinctiveness of beans from one farm to another”. They specialize in: Valentine’s Day Gifts, Chocolate Bars, Truffles and Baking Chocolates. For this review, we’ll take a look at 5 different chocolate bars in their premium line, and determine which bars are worth your money. To learn more about Vintage Plantation’s chocolate, be sure and head to their web-site for more information on their line of products, as well as how you can get your very own vintage chocolate by visiting their online store.
We wanted to start our review off with the lowest cocoa content, and for us that meant we were going to try out their 75% dark and 75% dark with peanuts. First, we started off with their creative and different, Whole Milk chocolate bar, and that may sound confusing, but the first ingredient is pure cocoa mass. Our first bite was filled with chocolatey goodness combined with the richness and sweetness from the whole milk. If you’re looking for a different take on white chocolate, be sure and check out this bar from Vintage Plantations. Secondly, we tried out their 75% Dark chocolate bar wasn’t sweet or bitter, rather it was lying somewhere in between the two; however, if we had to pick we would definitely say it’s made for the somewhat older crowd. The bars are massive, as you can tell from the pictures below, with each bar coming in at almost 7 inches long. Next, we tried their 75% Dark With Peanuts chocolate bar out, and our testers thought the addition of peanuts was quite nice. Historically, peanuts and chocolate have always been a perfect combination, so our testers didn’t complain when Vintage Plantations created their own version of it. After that, we tried out their 90% Dark chocolate bar, and our testers found this bar to be a bit too bitter for their liking; however, we’re sure that many of you reading this review right now would absolutely enjoy it if you’re looking for a bar such as this. Lastly, we tried out their 100% Dark chocolate bar, and this is obviously made for other purposes than simply eating it, because it just gets to be too bitter for snacking. Overall (4 out of 5).
The pros are that the bars are made with high quality chocolate, the companies mission statement is great, you can order their products online, the bars are HUGE, they’re made with simple ingredients, they’re rainforest alliance certified, and it’s just a great company overall.
The cons are that the much darker bars are quite bitter, and you do have to wait a couple of days for your chocolate to arrive.
- Calories 620
- Fat 40g
- Sodium 15mg
- Carbs 28g
- Fiber 3g
- Sugar 26g
- Protein 8g