Alter Eco Chocolate
2325 Third Street, Suite 324
Organically grown and fairly traded dark chocolate including Twist (Dark organic chocolate with crystallized orange peel, vibrant and tangy) and Quinoa (Dark organic chocolate, with nutty toasted quinoa, light crispy crunch. Works “directly with small-scale farmers who grow our quinoa, rice, sugar and chocolate helping them institute fair trade and organic practices.”
740 Valencia Street (Mission District)
Bean-to-bar chocolate factory using single source beans, crafting chocolate bars made with cocoa from a female-run co-op in Mantuano, Venezuela, small farmers in southern Belize and the Akesson farm in Madagascar. Small chocolate cafe in the front of factory with hot chocolates, mochas, and other chocolate treats (Mon-Thurs & Sun 10:00AM-9:00PM, Fri-Sat 10:00AM-10:00PM).
Directly sources chocolate from Latin America, Madagascar & Papua New Guinea, with 20+ micro batch chocolates, truffles, cookies, drinking chocolate (click on link for more info)
Soma Chocolate’s two shops in Toronto: 443 King Street W (shop hours: Mon-Thur 9:00AM-8:00PM, Fri 9:00AM-9:00PM, Sat 12:00PM-9:00PM, Sun 12:00PM-6:00PM) and 332 Tank House Lane (shop hours: Mon-Sat 10:00AM-8:00PM, Sun 12:00PM-6:00PM)
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District of Columbia (Washington, DC)
418 7th Street, SE
Fair trade chocolate from Ghana produced by a farmers’ co-operative called Kuapa Kokoo consisting of small family farmers who own 45% of this chocolate company. Ghanaian cocoa has developed a global reputation for its quality and taste. One of the country’s main exports, Ghanaian cocoa is mostly grown on small family owned farms, rather than on large plantations, and prospers in the humid, shady conditions provided by the Ghanaian rain forest canopy. Divine offers dark, milk or white chocolate and gives farmers “a fairer deal and a brighter future.”
3160 Bladensburg Road NE
With its mission “to turn chocolate into a force for tropical reforestation,” directly sources cacao beans from Brazil’s Atlantic and Amazon rain forests. Its Brazilian cacao farms, Cooperative Agricola Mixta de Tomé Açu (CAMTA), Pará and Fazendas Reunidas Vale do Juliana, Bahia, are “pioneers in sustainable agroforestry.”
Factory hours: Saturdays 12:00PM-6:00PM, with tours ($10.00 per person) on the hour starting at 1:00PM (last about one hour and include a chocolate tasting).
Grenada (The Caribbean)
The Grenada Chocolate Company
Hermitage, St. Patrick
A cocoa-growing and chocolate-making cooperative, producing single-origin chocolate from tree to bar by a small batch process. Its organic cocoa farms on Grenada produce Trinitario cocoa beans, famous for rich complex flavor. Sprinkled with nibs, pieces of the cocoa bean, the bar has a crispy texture and extra rich flavor. Solar energy powers its factory, and wrappers are printed on 50% recycled/25% post consumer waste stock with vegetable based inks. Founder Mott Green profiled in movie Nothing Like Chocolate.
Locations of Madre Chocolate’s two shops
1150 Nuuanu Avenue (Chinatown neighborhood) & 20A Kaneohe Street
Shop hours: Mon-Sat 11:00AM-6:00PM (confirm operating hours by clicking on link below)
Working directly with cacao famers in Hawaii, Latin America & the Pacific (Vanuatu & Solomon Islands), organic & fair trade chocolate bars include Hawaii’i Origin Bars like Liliko’i Passionfruit, Kona 70%, coconut milk & caramel, Locavore Hawaiian Earl Grey Tea dark chocolate
Endangered Species Chocolate
5846 W. 73rd Street
Ethically traded chocolate including the newest addition to its “conscious confections line”: crunchy caramel pecan dark chocolate patties. Ensuring ethical wages and working conditions for cacao farmers in Ecuador. Donates 10% of net profits to charitable organizations that support species and habitat conservation efforts in harmony with humanity. Its employees encouraged to commit portion of their paid time to volunteerism.
50 United Drive
West Bridgewater (Plymouth County)
Rich chocolate bars crafted using the best quality organic cocoa from the Dominican Republic and Peru. Works with small farmer cooperatives who cultivate their cocoa using environmentally sustainable methods.
Not Your Sugar Mamas
79 Beach Road, Unit #15
Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard
Certified organic and fair trade chocolate purchased “direct from an association of cacao farmers in Satipo, Peru.”
561 Windsor Street
Somerville (Middlesex County)
A small bean to bar chocolate maker and the only producer in the U.S. of 100% stone-ground, organic chocolate. Uses exclusively organic and sustainable cacao from a small cooperative in the Dominican Republic, with a hearty and diverse tree stock called La Red Guacanejo. Sugar sourced from the Green Cane Project in Brazil. True cinnamon and whole vanilla pods, both organic and biodynamically grown from Villa Vanilla in Costa Rica. Maintains direct relationships with growers to ensure fair wages and work practices.
2010 E Hennepin Avenue
First true artisan chocolate maker (Colin Gasko) to arrive in the Upper Midwest. Single source chocolate bars including (i) Piura, sourced from Juan Tirado’s 7.5 acre organic cacao farm in Morropon Province in Piura, Peru, (ii) Rio Caribe, select grade fully fermented Trinitario cacao from Paria Peninsula in eastern Venezuela, (iii) Sambirano, single origin chocolate from Sambirano Valley in Madigascar, and (iv) Hispaniola, fermented and sun dried by a small cooperative in the Dominican Republic.
514 Commercial Street
Small batch, bean to bar chocolate. Sourcing 100% of beans directly from the farmers in Ecuador, Honduras, Tanzania and Phillipines. Specialty bars include (i) Dark Chocolate + Malted Milk CollaBARation Bar, (ii) Dark Chocolate + Crunchy Sugar Crystal + Vanilla Bean CollaBARation Bar, & (iii) Dark Milk Chocolate + Black Licorice CollaBARation Bar.
630 Flushing Avenue
Started by former Peace Corps volunteers, committed to making chocolate entirely in Africa by empowering Madagascar’s cocoa farmers with skills training and higher wages. Created meaningful income for over 200 people in Madagascar from chocolate making and packaging production to farming of the cocoa, spices and fruits. Current offerings include salted almond, sea salt and nibs, toasted coconut, 70% cocoa & espresso bean bar
Mast Brothers Chocolate
111 North 3rd Street
“Craft chocolate bars” made from cacao primarily sourced from La Red de Guaconejo, a small organic co-operative in the Dominican Republic.
Oliver Kita Hudson Valley Chocolates
18 W Market Street
Rhinebeck (Dutchess County)
Artisan and fair trade fine chocolates, using French organic and Swiss sources complemented by traditional French methods and the finest ingredients. Heavy satin cream, award-winning sweet butter, the finest fruits, low sugar, and carefully selected and roasted nuts are all in artfully hand-crafted designs.
64 Seabring Street (Red Hook)
Unroasted (ergo, “virgin”), stone ground, small batch chocolate that’s certified organic, fair trade, soy free, nut free, gluten free & vegan. “Virgin Chocolate” includes maple & nibs (75% cacao); vanilla rooibos (67% cacao); lapsang chai (66% cacao); and coconut milk (60% cacao)
Escazu Artisan Chocolates
936 N. Blount Street
Raleigh (store hours: Tues-Thurs 11:00AM-9:00PM, Fri & Sat 11:00AM-10:00PM & Sun 11:00AM-6:00PM)
Fine cacao directly sourced from small farms, then roasted and grinded on antique equipment. Artisan chocolate bars include dark chocolate bars in various flavors: with sea salt, chipotle chile, pumpkin seed & Guajillo chile, cocoa nibs and an award winning (2012 Good Food Awards [San Francisco]) goats milk 60% Carenero bar.
Videri Chocolate Factory
327 West Davie Street
Chocolates include classic dark chocolate, with fruity and nutty notes, and pink peppercorn chocolate with an effervescence similar to fresh ginger, made from fair trade and organic cacao beans.
1105 Benson Way
Ashland (Jackson County)
“Full circle sustainability” commitment seeks “to better our business, our products and ourselves in the areas of quality, ecology, equity and community.” Maintains relationships with cacao growers in Latin America, South America and Madagascar so as to source sustainably grown cacao to benefit the land and the farmers who harvest it, including a partnership with Upala cacao cooperative in Costa Rica where it is helping reforest land for greater economic opportunities for growers and environmental restoration. “Fair Trade” designation on line of drinking chocolate, syrup and cacao powder. Conocado bar sourced from fair trade certified Conocado cooperative in the Dominican Republic.
Coddle & Cosset, a handmade truffles company
4121 Main, a concept shop has limited quantities exclusively
4121 Main Street (below Penn Avenue between Woolslayer Way & Milgate Street)
Handcrafted truffles using fair trade, organic chocolate, local dairy for local flavors
Shop Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-6:00PM, Sat & Sun 9:00AM-5:00PM
John & Kira’s
163 W. Wyoming Avenue
Chocolate made from organic and fair-traded cacao nibs imported by upstate New York’s Tierra Farm and flavored with ingredients grown by family farmers and urban gardeners including Common Good City Farm in Washington, DC and Urban Nutrition Initiative school gardens. “Urban Garden Chocolate Bars” include (i) mighty mint, (ii) tangy orange & garden rosemary, and (iii) chili pepper & almond.
Nathan Miller Chocolate
140 North 3rd Street
Chambersburg (Franklin County)
Factory Coffeehouse: Daily 7:00AM-9:00PM
Committed to sustainability and responsible business practices; Hand-crafted, single origin dark chocolates & specialties including buttermilk chocolate with house made spiced gingerbread folded in & chocolate dipped pretzel.
Olive & Sinclair Chocolates
1628 Fatherland Street
Chocolate Shop Hours: Tues-Sat 10:00AM-5:00PM
Organic& fair trade cacao beans are slow raster and stone ground in small batches; flavors include sea salt & vinegar caramel, Mexican style cinnamon chili, classic Southern flavors of Bourbon nib brittle & smoked nib brittle
74 Cotton Mill Hill (Unit 124A)
Brattleboro (Windham County)
Classic bonbons, seasonal collections, tablets and bars made with single origin chocolate from Venezuela, as well as American and French couverture sourced from South America that are produced following fair trade precepts, either as cooperatives or ethically estate-run farms
The first North American organic and fair trade bean-to-bar chocolate maker. Opens its factory every day to visitors to “smell and taste all of our incredible creations, watch us roast cocoa beans and hand craft our beautiful confections, and learn more about our movement to save the planet and its capacity to nurture and sustain all living things.”