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Organic and Fair Trade Chocolate - YUM!!!!

Valentine's Day is all about flowers and chocolate, it seems. Why not give the delicious and environmentally conscious taste of organic and Fair Trade chocolate?

Certified organic chocolate must be made with organic cacao and processed under organic standards during each step. Certified Organic cacao farmers don’t use any chemical pesticides or fertilizers - the beans aren’t fumigated with methyl bromide (a carcinogen and ozone-depleter) and beans are not mixed with non-organic ones.

Fair Trade means that the cocoa farmers who make the chocolate receive a fair price for their products, so they can pay their workers a salary they deserve. When you buy Fair Trade products, you know that no child or forced labor was used.

Want to know what brands to look for? Then

There are so many different brands to choose from like Dagoba (they sell Fair Trade organic products) - they make a chai chocolate bar and one flavored with lavender.

There's also Equal Exchange (they sell Fair Trade organic products), Divine Chocolate (fair trade), and Shaman Chocolates (organic chocolate that supports the Huichol Indians) - you can get dark chocolate bars with ruby raspberries.

I love Rapunzel (organic), and Ithaca Fine Chocolates (they sell fair trade organic products) - they have Art Bars which are certified organic, Fair Trade Certified, exquisite Swiss chocolate bars that feature an art reproduction on a collectible card inside the wrapper. 10% of profits support art education.

Or you could get Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates (they sell Fair Trade organic products) - buy a bag of their chocolate hearts filled with peanut butter and rice crispies for only $7.

Organic chocolate not only tastes better, but it's better for you and the environment. Look for it at your local health food store or you can order online and have it mailed to your favorite people.

Join The Conversation
Kelly-O Kelly-O 10 years
I'm a fan of Equal Exchange dark chocolate with almonds. It's very very good.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Dagoba has great and interesting flavors.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
If I could find a fair-trade chocolate that I liked, I would use it. But as of now, I buy what tastes good to me, and try to be as socially-conscious as possible in other areas of my life. Dagoba makes a spicy one that's OK. I can't stand the lavendar one, though (and I do like some lavendar chocolates, so it's not an issue of flavor.)
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
this is so cool!! we dont get these brands here tho, but its nice to know abt it.
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
It really does sound like it would be good.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Thanks for the tip Yum. It's easy to flock to fair trade chocolate to be socially conscious. But it's also important to find ones that taste as good as the feeling you get in helping out the farmers.
Food Food 10 years
Just one bit of advice on the fair trade chocolate. Not all of it tastes great, some of them are relying on the fair trade to sell their product. However, there have been so many more fair trade products entering the chocolate market and they have really been raising the (chocolate) bar.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Nice kscincotta - I love to support companies who care.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Yay for Ithaca Fine Chocolates! I went to college in Ithaca, and you would be hard pressed to find a more organically- and globally concious town. I loved it there.
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