Organic, guilt-free brands
However, chocolate also raised the specter of cocoa sourced from farms in developing countries that use child slave labor, one of the many manifestations of modern-day human trafficking. There are also concerns about deforestation.
Fortunately, you don’t have to contribute to social injustice and environmental misuse. Here are 5 organic, guilt-free brands you can enjoy and feel good about.
Divine Chocolate(1) | #Divine Chocolate | has long distinguished itself as an ethical chocolatier. The company is co-owned by 85,000 farmer-members in Kuapa Kokoo, the Ghanaian cooperative that supplies all of their cocoa. In addition to profit-sharing with its farmer-members, Divine Chocolate has a special mission to help expand women’s opportunities in the cocoa industry.
Divine Chocolate’s organic line includes 85% Dark Chocolate with Refreshing Lemon, 85% Dark Chocolate with Turmeric and Ginger, 85% Dark Chocolate with Blueberry and Popped Quinoa, and 85% Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs.
Loving Earth(2) | #Loving Earth | is a pioneer of regenerative chocolate, working to regenerate the soil to make better food and to help ameliorate climate change. This means not tilling the soil, planting cover crops, and generally working to increase plant biodiversity.
Loving Earth chocolates include Salted, Cheesecake, Raspberry, Creamy, Dark, and Mint.
The Alter Eco(3) | #Alter Eco | story is one of activism through food – to use the company’s own description. Co-founders Mathieu Senard and Edouard Rollet describe themselves as trained in business but activists at heart.
Alter Eco organic chocolate products include Double Chocolate Coconut Clusters, Dark Salted Burned Caramel, Sea Salt Truffles, Deepest Dark Super Blackout, and Super dark Crisp Mint, among others.
Theo Chocolate(4) | #Theo Chocolate | founder Joe Whinney is a pioneer importer of organic cocoa beans into the United States, since 1994. His travels in the chocolate-growing regions in the tropics of Central America and Africa led him to fall in love with both the lands and the peoples he experienced.
Recognizing that the people who were growing cocoa were being exploited, Joe decided to do something about it. He championed not only organic but also Fair Trade practices, finally founding the company with co-founder Debra Music.
Theo Chocolate chocolates include bars like Sea Salt, Orange, Salted Almond, Raspberry, and candies such as Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and Salted Almond Butter Cups.
Equal Exchange(5) | #Equal Exchange | is one of the largest and most successful worker co-ops in the United States, and one of the largest Alternative Trade Organizations (ATOs) in the world. They bill themselves as a democratic brand, one which is designed to connect small farmers in the global South to citizen-consumers in the global North.
Equal Exchange organic chocolate products include Organic Total Eclipse Dark Chocolate, Organic Dark Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt, Organic Chocolate with Coconut Milk, Organic Dark Chocolate Minis, and many more.
Divine Chocolate website | http://www.divinechocolate.com/us/about-us |
Loving Earth website | https://lovingearth.com/regenerative-chocolate-2/ |
Alter Eco website | https://www.alterecofoods.com/pages/our-story |
Theo Chocolate website | https://www.theochocolate.com/blog/our-story/ |
Equal Exchange website | https://equalexchange.coop/getinvolved |