Fair Trade Chocolate

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What is Fair Trade Chocolate?

Chocolate is a huge commodity — in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day alone, Americans eat up to 58 million pounds! It’s not all sweet though, most of the chocolate available in today’s grocery stores has very little cocoa in it, try to find the percentage on the label of your next chocolate bar. Instead, companies add things like hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, and high fructose corn syrup. What’s more, the cocoa they do put in their bars can sometimes be farmed by children. According to a recent Tulane University study, up to 2 million children work harvesting cocoa in West Africa, where more than 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from.

Fair trade chocolate, on the other hand, is sweet in every way! The farmers receive a fair wage for their work, plus a fair trade premium for community development projects. They harvest the cocoa beans using sustainable practices that protect the earth and make sure the beans are the highest quality.

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This means that while the farmers get paid fairly for their cocoa, there isn’t enough demand for fair trade so the chocolate goes unsold or gets sold as conventional chocolate. Global consumers need to demand fair trade from chocolate companies on a larger scale.

fair trade chocolate sales

Fair Trade cocoa co-ops earned $17.7 million from the fair trade premiums paid to farmers. Unfortunately, this is only 0.1% of the global chocolate market. So, while the demand for fair trade chocolate is growing at a great pace, the market is still dominated by conventional cocoa, which is not good quality and does not support fair wages or safe working conditions.

Fun Chocolate Facts

It takes 5 years for a cocoa tree to reach harvest maturity.

It takes 5 years for a cocoa tree to reach harvest maturity.

The average American eats 9lbs of chocolate a year.

Not-So-Fun Chocolate Facts

2.1 million children work in hazardous conditions harvesting cocoa in Ghana & Ivory Coast

The average cocoa farmer from the Ivory Coast earns just 37% of a living wage.

Climate change threatens cocoa harvests world-wide as rising temperatures decrease the area where cocoa trees can thrive.

How Does Chocolate Grow?

cocoa pod on tree

Cocoa beans grow in pods on trees. They grow best in regularly warm or hot weather with a lot of humidity and rainfall. Cocoa can only be grown around the equator where this kind of climate is prevalent.

cocoa pod

Cocoa trees can product up to 20 pods a year. Each pod holds about 30 or 40 seeds, encased in a sticky white pulp that is crucial to the fermentation process.

Learn More About Fair Trade Chocolate

Our Chocolate Brand Comparison gives you all the facts on which chocolate companies use bad stuff like artificial flavors, GMOs, child labor and high fructose corn syrup and which companies use the best ingredients without all the bad stuff. Hint hint, the fair trade brands come out on top!

See how you favorite chocolate stacks up

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5 Reason to Eat Fair Trade Chocolate, including lack of child labour, higher amount of cocoa, prebiotics, environmental stewardship and, of course, it makes you happy!

Read more on our blog

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    Goji Berry Dark Chocolate Bites

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    Irresistible, tiny 72% dark chocolate cubes with 100% organic goji berries packaged in a resealable bag. Our chocolate is proudly:
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    Divine 70% Dark Chocolate Mint

    Smooth, rich, 70% dark chocolate with crispy mint pieces and natural peppermint oil made from fair trade vanilla, cocoa, and sugar. 3.5oz bar. Ingredients: Cocoa mass, Sugar, cocoa butter, peppermint crisp 5% (sugar, peppermint oil), sunflower lecithin (emulsifier), peppermint oil, vanilla. *May Contain: Milk, wheat, almonds, hazelnuts, coconut. Manufactured in an environment where nuts, milk, gluten and wheat are present*
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    Divine 70% Dark Chocolate Mango Coconut

    Rich and smooth 70% dark chocolate blended with sweet coconut and tangy mango. Made from fair trade cocoa, coconut, vanilla, and sugar. 3.5oz bar. Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, mango pieces, coconut flakes, sunflower lecithin (emulsifier) , natural flavor: mango, vanilla. *May Contain: Milk, wheat, almonds, hazelnuts, coconut. Manufactured in an environment where nuts, milk, gluten and wheat are present*
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    Divine 70% Dark Chocolate

    Smooth, rich, 70% dark chocolate made from fair trade vanilla, cocoa, and sugar. 3.5oz bar. Ingredients: Cocoa mass, cocoa butter, sugar, cocoa powder, sunflower lecithin (emulsifier), vanilla. *May Contain: Milk, wheat, almonds, hazelnuts, coconut. Manufactured in an environment where nuts, milk, gluten and wheat are present*
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    Divine 85% Dark Chocolate

    Exquisitely rich and exceptionally bold 85% dark chocolate made from fair trade vanilla, cocoa, and sugar. 3.5oz bar. Ingredients: Cocoa mass, cocoa butter, sugar, cocoa powder, sunflower lecithin (emulsifier), vanilla. *May Contain: Milk, wheat, almonds, hazelnuts, coconut. Manufactured in an environment where nuts, milk, gluten and wheat are present*
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    Divine 60% Dark Chocolate Toffee Sea Salt

    60% dark chocolate with a dash of sea salt, perfectly balancing the sweet crunch of toffee. Made from fair trade cocoa, and sugar. 3.5oz bar. Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, toffee 10% (sugar, glucose syrup, butterfat (milk), salt), cocoa butter, sea salt, sunflower lecithin (emulsifier). *May Contain: Milk, wheat, almonds, hazelnuts, coconut. Manufactured in an environment where nuts, milk, gluten and wheat are present*
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    Divine 38% Milk Chocolate Toffee Sea Salt

    Milk chocolate with a dash of sea salt, perfectly balancing the sweet crunch of toffee. Made from fair trade vanilla, cocoa, and sugar. 3.5oz bar. Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa butter, skimmed milk powder, cocoa mass, toffee 10% (sugar, glucose syrup, butterfat (milk), salt), butterfat (milk), sea salt, sunflower lecithin (emulsifier), vanilla. *May Contain: Milk, wheat, almonds, hazelnuts, coconut. Manufactured in an environment where nuts, milk, gluten and wheat are present*
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    Divine 60% Dark Chocolate Pink Himalayan Salt

    Smooth, rich, 60% dark chocolate crafted with the satisfying flavor of pink Himalayan salt. Made from fair trade cocoa, and sugar. 3.5oz bar. Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, rock salt, sunflower lecithin (emulsifier). *May Contain: Milk, wheat, almonds, hazelnuts, coconut. Manufactured in an environment where nuts, milk, gluten and wheat are present*
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    Divine 70% Dark Chocolate Orange Ginger

    Rich and smooth 70% dark chocolate bursting with pieces of zesty orange and spicy notes of ginger. Made from fair trade cocoa, vanilla, and sugar. 3.5oz bar. Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, orange granules 10% (orange 27%, apple, sugar, rice flour, glucose syrup, fructose syrup, gelling agent: pectin; citric acid, natural orange flavor), sunflower lecithin (emulsifier), natural ginger flavour, vanilla. *May Contain: Milk, wheat, almonds, hazelnuts, coconut. Manufactured in an environment where nuts, milk, gluten and wheat are present*
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    Divine Chocolate Snack Bars (1.2 oz)

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Fair trade chocolate is as delicious as it is empowering!

Fair trade farmers earn a living wage by growing cocoa that is natural and sustainable.

Use fair trade chocolate in your favorite baked good recipes, pair a bar with a fine wine, take to a dinner party, or eat anytime for a quick pick me up!

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