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Equal Exchange Organic Chocolate Bars

While shopping the other day, I had the hankering for chocolate and I came across Equal Exchange Organic Chocolate bars. Equal Exchange guarantees small farmers a fair price and a long-term relationship so they can stay in business, unlike many conventional cocoa bean manufacturers where small farmers and laborers receive only a small fraction of the profit. I call it chocolate with a conscience and I like to put my money where my mouth is - ya know.

Equal Exchange works with small farming cooperatives in the Dominican Republic and Peru, who cultivate the cocoa using environmentally sustainable methods. By choosing Equal Exchange fairly traded products, you help provide small farmers the resources and opportunities they need to produce excellent quality cocoa, as well as a better quality life for their families and communities.

So you like the companies business practices, but how does the chocolate rate? If you are curious then

Serving Size 1/3 of the bar, 8 squares
Calories 183
Total Fat 13.3g
Saturated Fat 6.7g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 0mg
Carbs 16.7g
Fiber 2.5g
Sugar 13.3g
Protein 1.6g

This dark chocolate was rich, creamy and delicious. It wasn't at all bitter - just the right amount of sweetness. I eat dark chocolate since I know it lowers my blood pressure. Every bite was filled with crunchy organic almonds, not just a few here and there, but everywhere (as you can see in the picture).

Equal Exchange also makes Very Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate with Pure Cocoa Nibs, Chocolate Espresso Bean, and Mint Chocolate. Look for them at your local health food store for around $3.00 a bar.

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