Chocolates we have loved

“Chocolate Coins” by William Warby via Wikipedia

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.

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