Archive for February, 2012

Ethical Chocolate Bar of the Week: February 26th

February 26, 2012

The Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Quinoa Midnight Crunch bar

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Quinoa, the protein of Incan armies and cacao, the “food of the gods,” all in one rich crunchy bar. To make things even more excellent, Alter Eco ensures that the Bolivian-sourced quinoa and cocoa is fairly traded from farmer cooperatives to pay living wages, support community development and invest in sustainable farming practices. Buying this chocolate bar might just be the best decision you make all week.

It’s never a bad thing to remind ourselves why we should commit to buying only ethical (and much more delicious) chocolate. Check out these interesting statistics on Alter Eco’s web site.

Here’s where to buy an Alter Eco bar.


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Ethical Chocolate Bar of the Week: February 19th

February 19, 2012

The Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Raspberries bar

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Animals. Let’s face it, those guys need someone to look out for them. And Endangered Species is pairing their obvious affinity for chocolatiering with a love for the environment and animal species that aren’t so adaptive to human-caused degradation. 10% of all Endangered Species’ net profit goes to their ESC Foundation (which also takes donations), focused on wildlife conservation efforts, environmental protection and human community development. This excellent raspberry-speckled dark chocolate bar is just one way to support a truly ethical business. Plus, Endangered Species claimed the URL, which is pretty cool. Who else gets to say their web site is Well, obviously no one.


By working with farmer cooperatives to source the cocoa in their chocolate, Endangered Species ensures fair and humane labor practices as well as ecologically responsible farming practices. Check out their forest and human-supporting cocoa trade policy.


Here’s where to find Endangered Species chocolate.



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Ethical Chocolate Bar of the Week: February 12th

February 12, 2012

The RAPUNZEL Organic Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts bar

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Another nutty chocolate bar on the dark side (55% cocoa). German-based and Swiss-produced, RAPUNZEL brings that special European chocolate vibe everyone seems to like, a delicious flavor and adds another very good factor: supporting the people producing what goes into it. Plus, its homepage features hippies and a colorful Volkswagen bus in a field of flowers.

Here’s where you can find RAPUNZEL chocolate in the United States (I found it at Wholefoods). If you live anywhere else in the world, check out RAPUNZEL’s international partners page to see who’s distributing it in your country.

RAPUNZEL’s unique because they created their own fair trade label, HAND IN HAND, which works with 14 farmer group partners in 11 different countries to produce certified organic materials traded ethically for their products. What’s more, RAPUNZEL’s HAND IN HAND Fund allocates 1% of HAND IN HAND raw material revenue every year to supporting non-profits and charitable projects focused on fighting hunger and poverty. All around, purchasing a RAPUNZEL bar is helping a lot more than just one or two people.


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Valentine’s Day Gift Giveaway (24 hours to enter)

February 7, 2012

In the spirit of love we at Bake it Forward want to show a little love to a couple lucky tweeters out there who care about ethical chocolate and need a sweet Valentine’s Day gift to give to their honey. We’re offering one of each of these Valentine’s card and ethical chocolate bar packages . . .


. . . to folks who:

1. Begin following Bake it Forward on Twitter if you aren’t already following


2. By Wednesday February 8th (tomorrow) at 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, Tweet something along the lines of:  follow @bakeitforward for a chance to win a romantic ethical chocolate Valentine’s gift

3. Check your Twitter messages this Wednesday (tomorrow) night around 5 PM Pacific Standard Time in case you won

It’s that easy. Here’s how it’ll work: If you retweet Bake it Forward with something along these lines your (Twitter) name will be put into a hat (quite possibly literally), and it’ll be swirled around with other names, and then this Wednesday February 8th at around 4:30 PM PST two lucky names will be drawn, they’ll receive a Twitter message asking for a place to send the Valentine’s gift packages to, and you’ll receive the package in the mail just before/on Valentine’s Day.

*In order for that last part (“you’ll receive the package in the mail just before/on Valentine’s Day”) to work, we’ll need to have pretty quick responses on Wednesday night from the winners.

Ethical Chocolate Bar of the Week: February 5th

February 5, 2012

The Theo Salted Almond Milk Chocolate bar

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Sweet. Salty. Crunchy. Large. Who doesn’t like that in their chocolate? Theo’s done it again. As a self-proclaimed  chocolate connoisseur I don’t normally go for milk chocolate selections as much, but I could get this bar every week from now on and be satisfied. The 45% cocoa doesn’t lose its richness and almonds add a satisfying heartiness.


Here’s where to buy Theo Chocolate bars.


Here’s why to buy Theo chocolate bars. Providing fair living wages to farmers, using quality pure ingredients and operating an environmentally conscious factory are just a few. Theo’s catchy tagline is another: “Theo Chocolate – because chocolate grows on trees!” If that doesn’t have your consumer support just buy a bar and you’ll be won over forever.


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