GEPA is an alternative fair trade organisation based in Wuppertal, Germany. Their chocolates are made without emulsifiers, conched for up to 48 hours, cocoa butter is the only added fat and their wrapping is aluminium free. For their milk chocolate they use organic milk provided by a milk cooperative.
The bar smells slightly like coffee with milk. It melts nicely and it is sweet, but not overpoweringly so. The salt grains are not evenly distributed, some pieces of chocolate have a burst of salt where you can feel the coarse salt grains, other pieces are just plain milk chocolate. The chocolate itself has a hint of vanilla and a bit of acidity at the end. Although it’s a decent chocolate, it might not make it quite to my top ten list, because it is not salty enough for me. This could be the right milk chocolate for someone who is trying a salted chocolate for the first time and doesn’t want to be overpowered.
Zutaten: Rohrohrzucker, Vollmilchpulver (25 %), Kakaobutter, Kakaomasse, Pyramidensalz 0,5 % (Fleur de Sel), Vanille-Extrakt, Kakao: 37% mind. [Fair-Handelsanteil der Zutaten insgesamt: 99,5%; aus kontrolliert ökologischem Anbau]
Ingredients: Raw cane sugar, whole milk powder (25%), cocoa butter, cocoa mass, fleur de sel 0,5%, vanilla extract, cocoa min. 37% [fair trade ingredients 99%, organic]
This bar is available in many grocery stores in Germany as well as online. I bought it in the grocery section of a department store in Berlin. Price approx. €2,30.
Images by Axel Lambrette