5 October, 2017

7 sensational Fairtrade chocolates for Chocolate Week

by Emily McCoy

An annual week dedicated to the most delicious and most extravagant chocolates is music to many ears - but buying Fairtrade means your luxury doesn't come at the expense of cocoa farmers around the world. 

Fairtrade offers innovation and luxury in a range of new and unique chocolate products. As the seasons change and autumn brings with it the wonderful Chocolate Week (9th to 15th October) it’s only fair that we allow ourselves a bit of decadence, whether it’s as a gift for someone else or a sneaky treat as the nights draw in.

Buying Fairtrade chocolate makes a big difference to the lives of farmers and small business owners in places like Ghana and the Ivory Coast who work hard to produce cocoa. Through the Fairtrade minimum price and additional premiums, money is invested in families and communities which in turn, improving the wellbeing of those living in poverty.

Here's a few of the latest...

Chocolate  Love Tins  Sea Salt  Rich DarkChocolate and Love new Tins & Gift Boxes

Introducing Chocolate and Love’s popular Sea Salt and Rich Dark designs, in a new duo of tins containing 30 perfect pieces of the lovingly crafted organic, Fairtrade chocolate. Ideal as a gift, after the delicious chocolates are gone, these gorgeously decorated tins can be used to store all sorts of goodies.

Chocolate and Love’s passion for quality and purpose means they choose ingredients for their multiple award-winning chocolate bars with extreme care. The sophisticated design showcase Fairtrade chocolate in their elegance and make a perfect gift.

Where to buy: Waitrose, Ocado

Cost: £3.00

Divine Chocolate Cherries and NutsDivine Chocolate Black Cherries, Brazil Nuts & Almonds

These chocolate-filled gift bags are a luxurious little treat for any occasion. Made using the finest Fairtrade ingredients, there is a delightful variety for all tastes but we love the nutty treats. Try Dark Chocolate with Caramelised Almonds, Dark Chocolate with Black Cherries or Milk and Dark Chocolate Brazil Nuts. Divine are one of the first Fairtrade companies, and continue to innovate with new delicious chocolates!

The Fairtrade almonds and cherries are grown on trees irrigated by meltwater from the Himalayas and harvested by Mountain Fruits co-operatives. The Brazil nuts are sourced from Fairtrade farmers around the South American Amazon River.

Where to buy: Oxfam & Divine's Online Shop

Cost: £4.99

The Raw Chocolate Co - raw chocolate mulberriesRaw Fairtrade Chocolate Mulberries

These Raw Chocolate Mulberries wowed the judges in the Great Taste Awards 2017. The Raw Chocolate Company shows it can successfully deliver both on quality and ethical consciousness, offering these naughty but nice mouthfuls of sweet goodness that are made with the best ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients.

The sourness of the fruit perfectly balanced by the dark cocoa flavour, makes for a wholesome delectable treat that’s easy on people and the environment.

Using Fairtrade cocoa and sugar, the Raw Chocolate Company makes chocolate to appeal to both the taste buds and the heart.

Where to buy: www.therawchocolatecompany.com

Cost: £1.49

Co-op Milk Chocolate Satsumas

These foil wrapped hollow mile chocolate spheres, flavoured with orange oil, are a fun and funky treat for all the family! Something a little different, they deliver on appearance and appetite with zesty orange chocolate a scrummy tea time treat or sneaky snack.

Co-op offers a 100% Fairtrade chocolate bar range and has recently announced a ground-breaking move to source all of its cocoa for own brand products on Fairtrade terms. Now that’s something to celebrate!

Where to buy: The Co-op 

Cost: £1.50

Seed and Bean 100% Ecuador dark chocolate

This sensationally dark chocolate is made from 100% premium organic cacao beans. Its smooth simplicity makes for a mouth-wateringly satisfying chocolate bar, mixing natural flavours to make a kaleidoscopic moment of pleasure.

The cacao in Seed and Bean’s 100% bar is grown by many farmer families in the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, the most bio-diverse country on earth. From this exquisite paradise, the highly regarded cacao variety brings you a discernible and unrivalled depth in aroma and flavour.

Seed and Bean work closely with local farmer families, paying them above market price for their highest quality cacao bean. They are proud to say you can trace their chocolate from field to store.

Where to buy: Waitrose, Selfridges, all Wholefoods, Planet Organic, WH Smith and Abel & Cole

Cost: £2.40

Waitrose - Dark Chocolate with CoconutWaitrose Indian Ocean Dark Chocolate and Coconut

Awarded the much-coveted gold award from the Academy of Chocolate, this new chocolate release from Waitrose is made with fully traceable cocoa beans from the Fairtrade co-operatives in India.

This single origin 54% dark chocolate has strong cocoa notes with a complexity of coconut flavours, and added ground coconut, to give a scrumptious, creamy, nutty taste.

Where to buy: Waitrose

Cost: £2.19

Traidcraft Mint Cream Dark ChocolateTraidcraft’s Mint Cream Dark Chocolate

A firm favourite, Traidcraft combine traditional minty cream chocolate with their deep rooted ethical ethos, focused on improving the lives of farmers and workers through Fairtrade across the world.

This classic mint dark chocolate is perfect for after dinner or with an intense cup of coffee – Fairtrade too, of course. The cocoa from Fairtrade farms that goes into this smooth dark chocolate bar is blended together in a process called ‘conching’, to create the smoothest melt in the mouth experience.

As well as being Fairtrade this is all organic, which means it’s good to the environment and people.

Where to buy: www.traidcraftshop.co.uk

Cost: £2.50

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