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Healthier Valentine’s Candy and Chocolate

SUSTAINABLE, FAIR TRADE CHOCOLATE ALTERNATIVES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY:

Note: Check out this fun article on one Analiese Paik’s experience hosting a sustainble chocolate tasting.

Image from www.theochocolate.com

1. Theo Chocolate: The only organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the US.

2. Sweet Riot: “Sweetriot sources their cacao directly in Latin America, uses recyclable, reusable packaging which features emerging artists, and only uses all-natural, healthy ingredients for sweetriot’s dark chocolate ‘peaces.’”

3. CocoaVino: Above and beyond just sustainable, organic and fair trade, they use 100% recycled packaging and purchase 100% wind-generated electricity for their kitchen and office facilities.

Image from www.dagobachocolate.com

4. Dagoba: Fair trade chocolates, syrup and cocoa powder, from a company participating in both local and worldwide humanitarian and environmental stewardship.

5. Endangered Species Chocolate: Fair trade, organic chocolates with a company policy to profit share 10% net by “providing grants to our 10% non-profit conservation partners and funding on-the-ground sustainable projects in areas where our cocoa is grown.”

6. Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates: Fair trade, certified organic chocolates made in the USA.

7. Coco Zen: Fair trade chocolates in steel tins (steel is the most recyclable metal) by a company participating in 1% for the planet.

8. Rescue Chocolate: “From each chocolate purchased, 100% of the net profits are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country.” The company also uses biodegradable packaging and hand delivery by public transportation when possible.

Image from www.cocoavino.com

In doing all of this luscious research, I began to consider that maybe I should surprise my husband with what we call a “brother” gift – something the recipient will enjoy just enough to make up for the fact that you really wanted to buy the thing for yourself. I have found my brother-Valentine’s-Day gift for sweet hubby: Dark chocolate covered figs infused with sustainably-produced-in-California port, by Cocoa Vino.

They come in a package of four. Should I give him one, or two?

-Jocelyn Broyles

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11:19AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

2:11PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

All chocolate should be slavery free.

To help make that happen, encourage Nestlé to keep their promises to end slavery in their production by signing my petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/431/525/548/sell-slavery-free-chocolate/

5:12AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Yum - especially the chocolates - thanks.

12:56PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

thanks!

7:40AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Thank you

4:35PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

it would be nice if this page could give you some ideas for those interesting ideas; but thats just a sugestion! so dont think im like hating this cuz it gave me some ideas but still. it was a good article!

12:12PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

cool

10:00AM PST on Feb 28, 2011

thanks

12:38AM PST on Feb 26, 2011

yum yum

4:12AM PST on Feb 25, 2011

mmm..yummy,thanks

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