Archive for December, 2009

Twelfth day of Chocolate: Divine Chocolate

December 24, 2009

On the twelfth day of chocolate, check out scrumptious looking treats like the white chocolate bar with strawberries from Divine.

Divine Chocolate

Why Divine is great:

We’ll just let them tell you.

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Eleventh day of Chocolate: Theo Chocolate

December 23, 2009

On the eleventh day of chocolate… make a recommendation. Do you know anyone that is getting married soon? Check out great chocolate wedding and celebration confections from Theo chocolate:

Theo

Why Theo Chocolate is great? Check out their business principles:

Using only pure ingredients that are grown sustainably. We source our ingredients locally whenever possible.

Partnering with our growers by ensuring they earn a living wage and have access to education for their families.

Honoring and respecting our employees and suppliers. This is possible due to the unique fact that we control every step of our own manufacturing process.

Using green energy sources to power our factory.

Using sustainable packaging and printing methods.

Educating about social and environmental accountability 7 days a week through public tours of our artisan factory.

Tenth day of chocolate: El Rey

December 22, 2009

On the tenth day of chocolate, share the gift of chocolate with someone special with a chocolate gift from El Rey.

El Rey

Why El Rey is great:

El Rey knows chocolate WELL. Their delicious chocolate is made from 100% Venezuelan cacao, 100% fairly traded.

Ninth day of chocolate: Cocoa Camino

December 21, 2009

On the ninth day of chocolate, try a caramel crunch chocolate bar from Cocoa Camino, or check out lots of other great flavors like mint, orange, coconut or my personal favorite: chili and spice.

Cocoa Camino

Why Cocoa Camino is great:

It’s fair trade and organic, and works with small co-ops of farmers in panama, the dominican republic, peru, and paraguay.

Eighth day of chocolate: Frontier Co-op

December 20, 2009

On the eighth day of chocolate, bake something delicious with fair trade cocoa powder from Frontier Co-op.

frontier cocoa powder Frontier Co-op

Why Frontier is great:

In addition to offering this high quality cocoa powder, Frontier also offers hundreds of fair trade foods, teas, spices and other baking ingredients. Their products are also certified organic.

Seventh day of Chocolate: Dagoba

December 19, 2009

On the seventh day of chocolate, check out the baking cocoa, syrup, drinking chocolate, and Conocado bar from Dagoba.

Why Dagoba is great:

Somewhere down the line, Dagoba is owned by Hershey’s, one of the largest purchasers of non-fair trade chocolate in the world. By supporting their fair trade products (drinking cocoa, syrup, baking cocoa and Conocado bar), we as consumers can send a message to Hershey’s that fair trade is the way to go! As fair trade becomes more profitable for them, they will have an incentive to grow their fair trade line.

Sixth day of chocolate:

December 18, 2009

On the sixth day of chocolate, make yourself a mug of delicious hot cocoa from Providence Coffee:

Providence Coffee

Why Providence Coffee is great:

Not only is Providence Coffee a great place to find any hot beverage (coffee, tea, or hot chocolate), they are fair trade and organic, donate money to relief organizations that help workers and their families in places where their products are sourced, and work to promote fair trade and ethical business practices.

Fifth day of Chocolate: Art Bars

December 17, 2009

On the fifth day of chocolate, check out Art Bars, by Ithaca Fine Chocolates.

Art Bars

Why Art Bars are great:

According to its website, Ithaca Fine Chocolates was the first company to offer fair trade certified chocolate in the U.S. Founded by an art historian, Art Bars also feature a small reproduction of a piece of art on cards inside the wrappers, and a minimum of 10% of profits are donated to art education programs both locally and globally.

Fourth day of chocolate:

December 16, 2009

On this fourth “day of chocolate,” try some mint dark chocolate from Alter-Eco:

Why Alter-Eco is great:

Alter-Eco has a vision of growing the fair trade business model to close the gap between the rich and the poor. In addition to fair trade chocolate, Alter-Eco also has a great selection of teas, rice, sugar, quinoa and coffee.

Third day of chocolate: Taza

December 15, 2009

On this third “day of chocolate,” check out the delicious chocolate-covered almonds from Taza:

Taza

Why Taza is great:

After a trip to Oaxaca to learn about the deep tradition of chocolate, Taza’s co-founder decided to begin producing artisan quality Mexican-style chocolate, rather than familiar European-style chocolate candy. Taza also maintains a commitment to fairly compensate the growers.