|Castronovo Chocolate trays, Stuart, Fla.|
Copyright 2013 by Helen A Lockey
Oliver Kita Fine Confections, Rhinebeck, New York
Oliver Kita sources ingredients local and regional to New York State, from farms, dairies, and other businesses (smaller carbon footprint). He practices Fair Trade and Direct Trade with cocoa growers (providing living wages). And supports five non-profits. He sells full dairy, vegan and organic chocolates.
Castronovo Chocolates, Stuart, Fla.
Chocolatier Denise Castronovo and husband Jim source cacao beans directly from farmers and gathers in Central and South America. They pay Fair and Direct Trade prices for their beans. They use Florida sourced ingredients in their single-origin chocolates that are hand-crafted at their bean-to-bar factory in Stuart, Florida. They have won several gold, silver and bronze awards here in the United States and internationally in London, England.
Raaka Virgin Chocolates, Brooklyn, New York
Their packaging is 100 percent recycled and printed with soy ink. They practice Direct Trade with their cacao growers (providing living wage). They sell stone-ground vegan, virgin (unroasted beans) single origin chocolates, that are nut and gluten-free. They source from Bolivia, Dominican Republic and ESCO Kiva, Eastern Congo, D.R.C.
Pacari Ecuadorian Organic Chocolates, Quito, Ecuador
All their chocolates are vegan. They source ingredients local and regional to Ecuador. They practice Direct Trade with Ecuadorian cacao plantations, and financially support 2500 families. They sell single origin, refined and raw (unroasted cocoa beans), chocolate bars and covered fruits, that is certified organic and Kosher Parve.
Taza Chocolates, Somerville, Massachusetts
They practice Direct Trade for cacao beans co-ops in Bolivia and Dominican Republic, that support small growers. The sell stone-ground organic chocolates.
So, next time you go to buy a chocolate bar, look at the label. See if the company embraces the sustainable practices of environment, economic, and social.
If it is, tell all your friends to support the company. And if you get a chance, type the chocolate company's name into the comments section of this blog, so we can all support the companies.
Updated Jan 2018