U.S. Ethical Shopping Guide

Chocolate

 

Everyone's favorite indulgence.  But would it still taste quite so delicious, if you knew the cacoa beans used in your favorite chocolate bar were harvested using forced child labor? As a chocoholic myself, the documentaries I watched on this subject certainly turned my world upside down!  But, the good news is there are many ethical chocolate options. Click here for a shopping list from Slave-Free Chocolate. Or find links to some of my favorite direct trade and fair trade chocolate brands below.

Askinosie Direct Trade Chocolate.  Award winning chocolate which is making a difference for cocoa farmers! https://www.askinosie.com/
Askinosie Chocolate

They trade directly with cocoa farmers, building relationships and paying higher than fair trade prices for their quality beans. They offer delicious, award-winning chocolate bars, cocoa, peppermint bark and more.

Elisha C. authentic Haitian bean-to-bar chocolate.  Grown using organic and fair trade practices. https://elishac.com/collections/food
Elisha C.

Works with Haitians "to end poverty through job creation, education and empowerment."  They sell authentic bean-to-bar Haitian chocolate, grown using organic and fair trade practices.

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Direct Trade Chocolate

To understand what makes chocolate "direct trade", read

Askinosie Chocolate's explanation of direct trade practices.

Equal Exchange caramel dark chocolate bar. Fair Trade. https://equalexchange.coop/products/chocolate
Equal Exchange

Their fair trade chocolate is sourced "directly from small-scale farmers".  They offer organic, fair trade chocolate bars, cocoa and chocolate chips.  (Their products can also be found in many natural foods grocery aisles or stores) 

Rethreaded Chocolate chip cookie mix from the Women's Bean Project.
Rethreaded

"Each purchase directly gives freedom to women affected by the sex trade and provides employment for survivors of human trafficking."  They sell dark chocolate coffee toffee, chocolate chip cookie mix and chocolate brownie mix.

Child Trafficking in Cocoa. Learn more about chocolate slavery
Chocolate Slavery

To learn more about child trafficking and child labor in cocoa bean fields in West Africa go to our page:

Chocolate Slavery

Serrv Divine Chocolate Bars. Fair trade chocolate. https://www.serrv.org/category/chocolate
Serrv

"A nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They offer fair trade chocolate in a large variety of flavors (including my favorite: Divine Chocolate!)

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Fair Trade Chocolate

To learn more about fair trade chocolate, read this article from Equal Exchange:

"What Makes Fair Trade Cocoa and Chocolate Products Different?"

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Still Looking?

Still cannot find the chocolate products you are looking for? Scroll down for even more links and ethical chocolate shopping lists.

 

STILL LOOKING?

For shopping lists of ethical chocolate brands to look for (or ask your local grocery store to carry), see below:

Slave Free Chocolate: Ethical Chocolate Companies List

Food Empowerment Project's Chocolate List

Green America's Chocolate Scorecard

Here are some of my favorite ethical chocolate brands (I usually find them in the natural food/organic aisles):

Divine Chocolate

(Their fair trade dark chocolate caramel bar is the best.)

Endangered Species Chocolate

(My staple is their 88% dark chocolate bar.)

OCHO Candy

(Organic, fair trade chocolate bars which my whole family is hooked on.)

Justin's Peanut Butter Cups

(My kids love these!)

Theo Chocolate

(Made in Seattle, fair trade, gives back and comes in delicious flavors.)

Marich Pancrafted Chocolates

(Delectable fair trade chocolate creations. I especially love their chocolate covered espresso beans and cherries.)

Skinny Dipped Almonds

(Made using ethically-sourced cocoa and perfect for the guilt-free chocolate treat.)

Tony's Chocolony

(Addicting chocolate with a mission to end child slavery.)

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