This Valentine’s Day give chocolate that is made with love. Unfortunately the cocoa industry is known for slavery and unethical treatment of workers. But thankfully with fair trade chocolate we can give treats that are made with love and kindness. And don’t worry I’ve tried chocolate from all of them and chocoholics everywhere will be thrilled with these six slave free chocolate brands that are using fair trade practices. Also, I swear fair trade chocolate tastes WAY better than those popular brands you find in the candy isle due to the care and considerations for high quality ingredients, people, and the planet.
Tony's Chocolonely is on a mission to make, not only their chocolate, but all chocolate slave free. However, this requires the help of chocoholics everywhere! By choosing to purchase Tony's chocolate you are using your consumer vote for good by demanding fair chocolate. Tony’s Chocolonely can easily be ordered online and found in select grocery stores such as Whole Foods.
Theo Chocolate is based in Seattle WA and I’ve had the joy of touring their factory a few times. Theo Chocolate is an organic, fair trade bean to bar company which means they are able to fully monitor the ethics of the their supply chain because their process starts with the cocoa bean whereas other company start with chocolate liquor. This fair trade, organic chocolate brand is definitely worth trying out! I’m personally a huge fan of the Raspberry Chocolate bar! Theo chocolate can easily be found at popular grocery stores across the U.S. including Kroger, QFC, & Whole Foods.
This family owned company has been producing exquisite fair trade chocolate since the 80s. Frans Chocolate is fair trade certified and they have certain product lines that give back to charitable causes. I’m personally a huge fan of their salted caramel truffles! Frans Chocolate can easily be ordered online or found in select stores such as Whole Foods.
Equal Exchange works closely with farmer owned co-ops to creates high quality fair trade, organic chocolate. Equal Exchange’s Organic Dark Chocolate Carmel Crunch with Sea Salt was one of the first fair trade chocolate bars I ever tried and I fell in love! I also use their cocoa powder and chocolate chips for baking.
Divine is a cocoa brand that is “owned by cocoa farmers & made for chocolate lovers. Divine Chocolate is “co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, the cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine.” As owners, the farmers get a share in the profits, are able to voice opinions, and the opportunity to be part of a global marketplace. This forward thinking chocolate company is also a certified B Corp. Divine Chocolate can easily be purchased at stores such as Walgreens, Whole Foods, & more.
This B-Corp certified chocolate brand prides themselves on high quality ingredients and ethical relationships through out their supply chain. Alter Eco’s organic cacao is turned into unbelievably smooth chocolate through transparent processes. Alter Eco can easily be found in stores across the U.S. such as Sprouts, Kroger, QFC, Whole Foods, & more.