Reviewed by Emma Rogers
“I’m a milk intolerant chocoholic. So what?”
The tagline of So Free Chocolate might leave you scratching your head, especially if you’re milk intolerant too, but that’s the claim of the company that brings you a wealth of chocolate and other products which are all part of the ‘Free From’ range found in supermarkets today. They have sugar free chocolate, organic chocolate spread, milk free organic chocolate and seasonal chocolate, all in different flavours.
We tried three chocolates from throughout the range; Organic Dark Chocolate sweetened with Coconut Blossom Sugar, Espresso Dark Chocolate with no added sugar, and the No Milk Dairy Free Milk Chocolate Alternative. Each bar was chosen because they were each from a slightly different range.
Let’s start with the Organic Dark Chocolate sweetened with Coconut Blossom Sugar. At 67% cocoa, it’s not as bitter as some of the other bars on the market, and has a deep cocoa taste. It isn’t overly coconut either, it just has a hint of the coconut sweetness. There is a dark chocolate after taste which I felt was lighter than conventional dark chocolate, which might be due to the different sweetener. If you don’t like dark chocolate because of the aftertaste, then it’s worth trying this one!
The Espresso Dark Chocolate with No Added Sugar doesn’t miss the sugar at all, it has the dark taste to it and a slight after taste again, then it has more of the coffee taste. I’m not a lover of coffee but this espresso bar gives the coffee taste which is delicate and not overpowering. However, if you were a coffee and a chocolate lover, this isn’t one to have on the table after a posh dinner, but to eat with friends in front of the TV on a Friday night. There’s a pleasant, everyday feel to this flavour of chocolate and the substitute for sugar doesn’t detract from the taste.
The final chocolate is the Organic Dairy Free Milk Chocolate Alternative bar at 45% cocoa. The milk is replaced with rice milk, so it’s vegan too, but it does still have sugar in it. The texture is slightly grittier than other milk chocolate bars, and lighter too with the rice milk rather than cow’s milk. I wouldn’t say it was as luxurious as some other chocolate brands, with less of a sweet taste and the texture is not as smooth but for anyone who can’t have milk, you don’t taste the rice milk as anything different. This is another good one to share with the girls over a box set, and I’d also say that children would be able to eat this one and possibly cook with it too.
The rest of the range along with these chocolates and Christmas products can be found at Holland & Barratt and other health food stores as well as the sofreechocolate.co.uk website. Each of the bars tested here are approximately £2.75 each.