Original Beans – Esmeraldas Milk

By Original Beans

(18 customer reviews)


A firm favourite with notes of caramel, hazelnut, and a touch of sea salt, this creamy milk bar is impossible to put down.

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Consistently one of our most popular bars, you can’t go wrong with this creamy milk chocolate from celebrated chocolate maker Original Beans. Esmeraldas is made in Switzerland from the finest Ecuadorian Arriba beans and is difficult to put down, with notes of caramel and hazelnut. A touch of sea salt has been added to complement the silky sweetness.

Esmeraldas Milk is also a great choice whenever you’re baking anything chocolatey – chocolate brownies, tarts, mousses, cookies, etc. The depth of flavour in this fantastic Swiss chocolate makes a big difference to the final taste. Your guests will certainly be able to tell the difference! For bigger baking projects, Esmeraldas Milk is also available in 2kg couverture packs, which you can find here.


Original Beans was founded in 2008 by Philipp Kauffmann, a former conservationist at the World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations, to be a regenerative chocolate making company that focuses on protecting farmers, the rainforest, and thousands of endangered species. Their One Bar : One Tree programme promises that a tree is planted every time an Original Beans bar is sold, which can be tracked on their website with a special code on the back of the packet.


The cacao for this bar is grown by the villagers of Mono Bravo in the cloud forest reserve of Mache Chindul. With its fair prices and tree-planting initiative, Original Beans has helped the community designate 800 hectares of this special rainforest as a village forest reserve, to protect one of the most threatened rainforest ecosystems on earth.

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Weight 70 g
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Single Bar £3.95, Carton of 13 £51.35

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18 reviews for Original Beans – Esmeraldas Milk

  1. E Lam

    Excellent taste. Perfect ingredients

  2. Marianne

    Beautiful creamy everyday treat

  3. Eugene O.

    Silky, moreish, aromatic. Milk took the flavour level up a notch without drowning the cocoa out

  4. Kerry A.

    Deliciously smooth, creamy chocolate with a hint of caramel. Very moreish!!!

  5. Dov S.

    Our children’s favourite. Wonderfully smooth. The sweetness is just right. Melts in the mouth wonderfully.

  6. jessica C.

    The best milk chocolate out there! If you’ve never had it, you must!

  7. Ben S.

    Used at the CR tasting event to demonstrate the difference between milk and dark chocolate. Very tasty for a milk bar, but can feel insubstantial when tasted after dark chocolates…

  8. Heather P.

    A really delicious milk chocolate bar.

  9. Heather P.

    A really delicious milk chocolate bar.

  10. jen A.

    I think this is the nicest milk chocolate I’ve tasted, beautifully smooth and silky delicious

  11. Amit P.

    Deliciously smooth

  12. Peter Jones

    As a dark chocolate eater this was brilliant.

  13. Tzvi S.

    So good. Be careful when eating though, you can go right through it!

  14. Bonnie P.

    This is yummy. Love the hint of salt. Delicious. Will order again. Everything you want from a milk chocolate bar.

  15. Joshua D.

    While these days I fear I am becoming somewhat of a dark chocolate snob (perhaps aided by cocoa runners!), this overcame any prejudice I might have. The salt worked beautifully with the milk to provide that perfect texture, solid snap in the hand, followed by true melt in the mouth delicateness. The flavours melded together wonderfully and left me with a lingering after taste of sweet salt. A delightful treat.

  16. Mark B.

    excellent, very milky and caramely, melts easily. delicious

  17. JIll N.

    Excellent chocolate with a rich flavour, smooth and not too strong. Delicious rich lingering chocolate taste which is very satisfying. Didn’t really want to share it and would definitely get again.

  18. Dina A.

    Seriously brilliant milk chocolate. It has lovely caramel tones which aren’t too strong or overpowering and hints of berries, I only tasted a sample of this which is good because I’d probably eat a whole bar in one go!

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Maker description

As fanatical about conservation as they are about chocolate, Original Beans plant a tree in the rainforest for every single bar you buy. Read more about Original Beans

Energy2460kJ / 588kcal
of which
- saturates25g
of which
- sugars45g
Peanuts (traces), milk, nuts (traces)
Cacao mass, raw cane sugar, cacao butter, whole milk powder, sea salt