Godiva Dark Chocolate Raspberry

 The Godiva Dark Chocolate Raspberry bar is a dark chocolate bar. I know - what a surprise! 

It has four sections, each of which is separately filled with very yummy raspberry jam.  I say separately because you can in fact break this bar into its four pieces without the raspberry jam leaking out and creating a mess.  Something that's not true of every filled chocolate bar.

(It won't get messy unless you try to eat an individual piece in more than one bite!)

I do like this bar.  For full disclosure, I will admit that dark chocolate and raspberry is one of my favorite flavor combinations.  So if you don't share that taste, your answer may be different.

Godiva Chocolatier makes premium chocolates and related products.  Its history goes back to 1926, when Pierre Draps began making chocolates in Brussels, Belgium. 

And his son Joseph gave the business the name Godiva after WWII.

Godiva had been owned since 1967 by Campbell Soup Company, but -

In 2007, Campbell sold it for $850 million to a Turkish company, Yildiz Holding.

Welcome to the global economy.  ;-)

The wrapper says the company is located in New York City.  But being a global operation, that isn't necessarily where the one you buy was made.


Ingredients and Nutrition

This bar has a good ingredients list.  Still, not quite up to what you would find in super-premium gourmet chocolate. 

Two ingredients that might cause some to have second thoughts about this product are sodium benzoate and high fructose corn syrup.  Some folks have doubts about one or both of these. 

But in the big picture of candy making - and especially compared to low priced popular chocolate - neither of these is high risk.  Even more so since both are in the bottom half of the list. 

Overall I'd say the nutritional profile of this bar is not bad.

INGREDIENTS:

BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE(

  • CHOCOLATE LIQUOR (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI),
  • SUGAR,
  • COCOA BUTTER,
  • BUTTEROIL,
  • SOY LECITHIN (EMULSIFIER),
  • NATURAL FLAVOR,
  • MILK),

RASPBERRIES,
SUGAR,
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP,
NATURAL FLAVORING,
RASPBERRY JUICE,
CITRIC ACID,
SODIUM BENZOATE (TO PROTECT FLAVOR),
INVERTASE,
PECTINASE.

MAY CONTAIN TREE NUTS.  MANUFACTURED ON EQUIPMENT THAT ALSO PROCESSES PEANUTS AND WHEAT.

Ingredients quantity = 14

There are 200 calories, with 100 of them (50%) from fat.


I paid $2.97 for this 1.5 ounce bar (August 2013).  For comparison purposes, that's $31.68 per pound.  Just above average pricing for gourmet chocolate candy.

I'm giving this my personal score of 4.3 out of 5 stars for Overall Enjoyment, 3.8 for Nutrition, and 4.0 for Value. Keep in mind this is just my personal opinion.  Your mileage may vary, and there's no accounting for taste.


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Lady Godiva was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who lived during the 11th century.  She gained fame by riding naked through the streets of Coventry, England, to protest high taxes.  She never  ate any Godiva chocolate.  Because it was not invented until about nine centuries later.