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Organic, Fair Trade Chocolate -- Buy it Online

Updated on June 13, 2010
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The Social Benefits of Fair Trade

A fair price
The Fair Trade Certified label guarantees that farmers and workers received a fair price for their product. The Fair Trade price means that farmers can feed their families and that their children can go to school instead of working in the fields.
Quality products

By receiving a fair price, Fair Trade producers can avoid cost-cutting practices that sacrifice quality. The Fair Trade producers' traditional artesanal farming methods result in exceptional products.
Care for the environment

Most Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea and chocolate in the US is certified organic and shade grown. This means that the products you buy maintain biodiversity, provide shelter for migratory birds and help reduce global warming.

Source: www.transfairusa.org

Why Buy Organic, Fair Trade Chocolate?

Chocolate--it's smooth, sweet, and sinful, a delectable indulgence that also happens to be good for you. As long as you partake responsibly, you don't have to feel guilty about your love for chocolate, and if you want chocolate that makes you feel good about buying it, then consider organic, fair trade chocolate. Fair trade means that middlemen are eliminated and farmers receive a guaranteed fair price so they can be competitive in the global economy.

Buy Organic, FairTrade Chocolate Online

Fortunately, several online chocolate makers offer organic, fair trade chocolate for the consumer who wants to enjoy their chocolate treats guilt-free.  Here are a few that are guaranteed to please your taste buds as well as your conscience:

Divine Chocolate

Divine Chocolate is an organic, fair trade chocolate company whose chocolate is produced by members of the Kuapa Kokoo, a co-op of about 20,000 small-scale farmers in Ghana who also have partial ownership of the company. They offer a wide varity of chocolate bars, from the more common milk and dark chocolates to more fruity flavors like Dark Chocolate with Raspberries, as well as special-occasion candy for Easter and Christmas.

Theo Chocolate

If you're looking for something truly different, check out Theo Chocolate which lauds itself as "proud to be the only organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the United States." Located in Seattle, Washington, Theo Chocolates offers something for everyone. Their unique gift sets include such pairings as chocolate and beer, chocolate and wine, and chocolate and books. Their section entitled "Fantasy Flavors" includes unique inventions such as Bread & Chocolate, Coconut Curry, and Fig, Fennel & Almond.

Green & Black's Organic Chocolate

Green & Black's Organic Chocolate was started in 1994 after the founders discovered a local drink called Kukuh, made with cocoa beans and spices, while vacationing in Belize. They decided to create their own version of the taste in their chocolate, and called it Maya Gold. Green & Black's offers organic, fair trade chocolate bars in many wonderful flavors including their original Maya Gold and the more traditional peanut and toffee flavors, as well as baking bars and hot chocolate.

Sweet Earth Chocolates

Sweet Earth Chocolates are 100% made in the USA. Their organic, fair trade confections include a delectable assortment of hand made chocolates from caramels, cremes, nuts & chews to creamy, rich truffles. They also do custom orders for weddings.

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    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Cool - only wish I could EAT it. I have to live vicariously through others and bake it and buy it for them. Looks so good I can almost smell it!

      Thanks for visiting my hub and welcome to Hubpages!

    • Pcunix profile image

      Tony Lawrence 

      8 years ago from SE MA

      Moderation can be tough with chocolate. Many a day I cheat and have two - don't tell my wife!

    • PrettyPanther profile imageAUTHOR

      PrettyPanther 

      8 years ago from Oregon

      PC, we have two teenage boys, so if we have chocolate around we have to guard it or it will be gone before I've even had a chance to sniff it much less eat it! lol We're still working on the concept of moderation...

    • PrettyPanther profile imageAUTHOR

      PrettyPanther 

      8 years ago from Oregon

      Winsome, we don't have a Trader Joe's in my town so I don't get to go there often, but I would be surprised if they didn't carry it. I don't know about Whole Foods. Thank you for stopping by, and doesn't everybody love chocolate? :-)

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      Winsome 

      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hey Pretty, as all things chocolate draw me in like a moth to a flame, I had to read your well written hub. Do you happen to know if Trader Joe's or Whole Foods have fair trade chocolate?

    • Pcunix profile image

      Tony Lawrence 

      8 years ago from SE MA

      My wife and I each eat one three-quarter inch square of dark chocolate every day. We are able to buy fair trade chocolate at our supermarket and although it is pricey, we eat so little it doesn't come to much overall.

    • PrettyPanther profile imageAUTHOR

      PrettyPanther 

      8 years ago from Oregon

      Yes, I saw your outstanding hub on chocolate. As a silly aside, when I wrote this hub I was pressed for time and settled on a photo of chocolate that I really don't like, and when I saw the photo on your hub it reminded me that I need to fix that! Yours is so much more scrumptious! lol

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      A great resource and really timely after I wrote on the benefits of chocolate flavanols - any excuse to be healthy and organic :)

    • PrettyPanther profile imageAUTHOR

      PrettyPanther 

      8 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks, carolina. I appreciate you reading and commenting!

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Sounds like a great idea!

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