Vivani 100% Organic Dark Chocolate with Green Tea, 3.5-Ounce, 10-Count

Vivani, Chocolate Bar Dark With Green Tea O, 3.5-Ounce (). (Note: This Product Description Is Informational Only. Always Check The Actual Product Label In Your Possession For The Most Accurate Ingredient Information Before Use. For Any Health Or Dietary Related Matter Always Consult Your Doctor Before Use.)UPC: 076384000981 U

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Austere as is; save for baking

My experience with Vivani organic dark chocolates so far — regular, espresso, now green tea — is that they are purist to the point of austere. If just snapping off a square of two to savor, a little goes a long way. While the espresso bar had plenty of espresso flavor, however, I can barely detect a green tea taste in this green tea bar, at most a very faint herbal bitterness, although the ingredients list (not on Amazon’s product page) does cite “green tea (2%).” I do trust this 2%, since Germany, where this is made, is very strict with food inspections and labeling. But 2% doesn’t sound like much. As someone who loves green tea and its sundry flavoring applications like mochi and soymilk, I was disappointed.

Loath to waste, I began baking with it, grating between half and a full bar’s worth into my usual chocolate cake recipe. Wow. For some reason it adds such dimension to the cake’s sweetness. Still not quite “green tea” but subtler and more intriguing than straight-up dark chocolate. Have already made (and been complimented on) three of those cakes. So I’m now quite grateful to have it on hand, and might even repurchase, but strictly for baking.

HerschelMoonachie, NJ