The question everyone’s been asking us: so which chocolate should I buy?
Food is Power has already done the hard work of compiling and maintaining an up-to-date list of ethical fair trade (or better) vegan chocolates. So we’ll leave that to them.
Here are the responsible chocolates we’ve latched onto over the years:
- Dandelion: I’ve only actually had one of these, but it was given to me by a friend (who lists me in IM as dandelion, which pleases me). Plus they’re bean-to-bar, so that’s something.
- Divine: The company is partially owned by a cacao growers’ collective in Ghana. The collective holds two seats on the board of directors and, as shareholders, collective members receive dividends from Divine’s profits.
- Diego’s chocolate: A lovely and uniquely made cigar-shaped chocolate that’s “Mayan-grown, Mayan-made from tree to chocolate in Guatemala”. We mention these folks in our book.
- El Castillo del Cacao – I’ve bee living in León, Nicaragua for a couple weeks now, and this locally-produced organic chocolate seems to be THE local option.
- Heavenly Organics: Not vegan! But so good, and they say they’re bee-friendly. They buy from Indian worker-owned cooperatives they helped make. Unsweetened dark chocolate with a honey + simple flavoring center. Great for folks like me who never wanted their peas touching their mashed potatoes (and shoved their chicken in the upholstery when I thought nobody was looking) at the dinner table growing up. Simple, yet interesting.
- Madecasse: Produced in Madagascar! I liked their pink pepper & citrus one. They recently seem to have grown?
- Taza: Direct trade, based in the east coast. Theirs is the round chocolate, usually kind of gritty like Mexican chocolate. So great.
- Theo: Based in Seattle, they’re into making fair trade, organic chocolate accessible. I enjoy their mission statement, and I stock up on these to use as minor presents to give to friends & strangers as thank yous.
- Tony’s Chocolonely: They’re also into making fair trade chocolate accessible, but they’re so single-minded about slave-free chocolate that they’re not focused on the organic aspect, and I can live with their logic. (They’re also aware of their environmental impact with dairy, which is a start.) I do like how they’re reframing and mainstreamifying the fair trade concept. Another chocolate that’s great for gift-giving.