Food | Chocolate

Love Bites Chocolate

Lovely little handmade chocolates handmade from organic Ecuadorian cacao paste, coconut sugar, vanilla beans, and other miscellaneous flavorful ingredients. Raw, vegan, organic, gluten-free.

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Chocolita

Hand-crafted raw, white and darkchocolate in a variety of exotic flavors, made with wild superfoods and herbs. They “leave your body feeling nurtured with nutrition and your taste buds stimulated with culinary bliss. We strive to reconnect you with cacao as a health food….We use only wild-crafted and organic ingredients.” Beans are heirloom Arriba Nacional Cacao from Ecuado, a unique and wild species. Whole beans are stone-ground at a low temperature throughout the entire process.

 

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Ulimana

“Let thy dessert be thy medicine” is the motto of these chocolatiers. A proprietary blend of raw, fair trade, organic cacao, low-glycemic organic coconut nectar, organic cacao butter, and organic food flavorings. “Creating exceptional tasting chocolate with healing, nutritional properties was the passion behind UliMana Chocolate Truffles when we began in 2005 in Asheville, NC and this is the mission which continues to drive us forward today. As the first raw chocolate company, we remember the light that went off when we discovered raw chocolate to be one of the most, if not the most, nutrient rich and complex foods known to man, and how our bodies have the ability to thrive as long as we eat real, unadulterated food. And this is the light we see in others as we continually educate people on the benefits of raw chocolate and how they too can thrive.Our creative and joyful chocolatiers are devoted to making our truffles using the purest and finest, certified organic ingredients. UliMana Chocolate Truffles are hand rolled with care, often to the sound of stories, laughter and singing of the women gathered around the truffle table. This is truly a chocolate made with joy in every bite.” Can’t wait to try these!

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Rawclates

Chocolate bars made from raw, artisan stoneground cacao, coconut sugar and superfoods. “All of Rawlates’ handcrafted gluten free, kosher artisan chocolates are made locally in Brooklyn, NY, created with a passion for pleasing the most enthusiastic chocolate lover…Hadara blends her 25 years of expertise in culinary arts and healing practices to create each unique Rawclate.” I tried these and they are delicious. Very low glycemic. Soy-free, dairy-free, non GMO, organic.

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Pure 7 Chocolate

Raw, organic, unprocessed chocolate bars and bites, sweetened with organic honey. 72 or 80 percent cocoa. “We craft raw artisan chocolate using the world’s purest and best organic ingredients, and use innovative low heat techniques to keep the chocolate in its most pure and potent form. After lots of experimenting (and lots of tasting), we came up with a groundbreaking method of making mouth-watering chocolate, sweetened naturally using only raw honey. What’s not to love? There’s no dairy, soy, gluten, refined sugars, preservatives, or chemicals in our chocolate – only organic, pure ingredients.” I’ve tasted this chocolate and it’s delicious! Even though it’s raw and pure, it’s like a regular chocolate bar…only better.

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Spicely Organics

More than one hundred organic spices and seasonings, many that you won’t find in your natural food store. “All of our organic spices and seasonings are shipped, steam-sterilized and packaged under our very strict guidelines, ensuring that each and every one of our customers are able to trust and enjoy any and all of our products. By respecting the earth and its environment and the natural organism that is the human body, each and every one of our spices and seasonings are ethically sourced and are free of added chemicals or hazardous materials. We set our production standards extremely high as we understand that you expect the same. Browse and enjoy Spicely Organics spices and seasonings with the peace of mind that comes from knowing we support wholesome nourishment in all of its delicious forms..” Also a small selection of organic teas and organic chocolate flavored with their teas and spices (sweetened with organic cane sugar).

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Zenbunni Chocolate

A very different and pretty amazing chocolate! One of the best if you want to eat chocolate in it’s purest form as a superfood. First they start off with artisinal stone ground biodynamic cacao and then handcraft bars using “a wide open range of certified biodynamic, organic, and wild foraged heirloom spices, herbs, leaves, flowers, nuts, oils, salts and minerals to soothe, inspire, amaze, delight, health and nurture you, all graciously provided by Mother Nature.” They have many astounding flavors, sold individually and in sets. Sweetened with a “proprietary mineral-rich sugar blend of biodynamic cane jaggery (whole cane sugar), and organic coconut flower nectar.”

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Gnosis Chocolate

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This is my personal #1 choice for chocolate. Not only is it delicious, but it is made with “ethically sourced RAW Cacao from Bali, Ecuador, Peru, Grenada, & Madagascar – and add low-glycemic sweeteners (including coconut sugar), nutrient-dense superfoods & medicinal herbs sourced fastidiously from the Amazon to the Himalayas.”  Their products are certified Organic, Vegan, and Kosher, and are free of soy, gluten, and dairy. “The result is a functional, decadent chocolate that will delight your taste buds, awaken your senses & provide profound nourishment.” I can vouch for that! Choose from chocolate bars, truffles, trail mixes, cocoa elixers, and supplements. Use promo code “toxicfree10” for 10 percent off your purchase ($30 minimum).

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CocoVia

CocoVia wholefood supplements give you all the benefits of eating chocolate, without the calories, fat, or sugar (of course, without the pleasure of eating chocolate too!). They use their own patented Cocapro process to guarantee the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols in a dietary supplement. “Cocoa flavanols are the beneficial phytonutrients (also known as plant-based nutrients) found naturally in cocoa, and no other food on Earth can match cocoa’s unique blend of flavanols. That’s why experts refer to the cocoa bean as nature’s most surprising ‘superfruit.’ When consumed daily, cocoa flavanols are scientifically proven to help support healthy circulation†, which is important for overall health as well as cardiovascular health, cognitive health, skin health, blood flow and exercise performance” You can also use this unsweetened powder in recipes that are provided on the site.

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Taza Chocolate

Stone ground, organic, fair trade chocolate. “We stone grind organic cacao beans into perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture, unlike anything you have ever tasted.” High percentage cacao 95%, 87%, 80%…this is seriously bittersweet. Chocolate discs, chocolate covered treats and a lot more.

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Theo Chocolate

“The first Organic and Fair Trade fair for Life Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Factory in North America…Since 2006, we’ve been making the highest quality chocolate from the world’s best cocoa beans, grown in the most sustainable ways possible.” All organic ingredients, including organic sugar. Chocolate bars with unusual flavors, caramels, confections, gift boxes.

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Chocolate Bar Database

1374 chocolate bars, representing 334 chocolate makers, and counting, all indexed by name, maker, ingredients, origin, and organic, milk, no soy, and more. Most contain sugar, some contain soy, and other things you might want to watch out for, but this is such a good resource to help you find the chocolate that is right for you, or to find the ingredients of a brand of chocolate you are wondering about. Debbie and Vic have tasted all these chocolates, with a pile of wrappers for proof.

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Videri Chocolate Factory

I was walking down the street in Raleigh, North Carolina and happened to find this chocolate factory that makes wonderful, simple chocolate bars with all organic ingredients. Though these chocolate bars contain sugar, I’m including them because they are otherwise free from any artificial ingredients. Organic fair trade cocoa, real vanilla beans…”No soy lecithin, no xanthan gum, no emulsifiers or artificial flavorings. Just whole, organic and fair-trade ingredients.” The handful of flavors are delicious: a good dark chocolate, a milk chocolate that’s 50% cacao, and then dark chocolate with sea salt and another with pink peppercorns. That’s it. Simple. Organic. Chocolate.

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Sunspire Chocolate Chips and Candies

A variety of chocolate chips for baking and chocolate confections. Some are "grain-sweetened" with barley malt, others are organic–unfortunately the grain-sweetened chocolates are not organic and the organic chocoaltes are sweetened with organic sugar (not evaporated cane juice). The grain-sweetened chocolate chips taste very good–very chocolately, rather than too sweet. "Our cocoa is grown in Central America and South America by growers who use fair labor practices and provide us with the finest cocoa beans. These are blended, roasted, and stone ground, and cured in REAL vanilla… We use malted barley as a sweetener for a number of reasons. Master chocolatiers prefer the fact malted barley allows the true chocolate taste to dominate, as opposed to sweeteners that become the predominant taste, masking the chocolate. In addition, barley malt is a complex carbohydrate derived from natural grains…Our candies are created in the handmade tradition using old-time candy making techniques. After all, the founder of Sunspire is a fourth generation candy maker." As of this writing, these products are not sold on their website, but the site has a store finder. You can find their products in most natural food stores, and on-line at amazon.com.

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seventypercent.com

Though I try to keep the listings to companies based in the USA, I couldn't resist this website from London. It is full of natural and organic chocolates we don't have here and they will ship them all to you. Plus great background articles about chocolate. Many fair trade, organic, and single origin chocolates. "We want you to enjoy the best quality connoisseur chocolate, and to us that means chocolate made with all natural ingredients. We believe the best flavours come from pure ingredients, and you won't find any additives or artificial flavouring in any of our carefully selected products. What's more, we believe chocolate is in essence a healthy food – it is the over use of sugar and fat in 'candy' products that is detrimental. Strong chocolate from good beans has a superior taste that need not hide behind too much sugar, and though the price may be higher, you will not need to eat so much to satisfy your need for chocolate!"

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Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker

Scharffen Berger is at the top of the gourmet market for fine chocolate. They make only dark chocolate and truffles, in small batches, with high-quality beans, in an artisinal plant, using refurbished equipment from Europe. Though their beans are not certified organic, "consumers wanting organic chocolate can safely buy Scharffen Berger despite its lack of official certification. Consumers rarely realize that approximately 80% of cacao would probably meet organic standards were certification sought…chemicals are usually unaffordable, difficult to transport to small, remote, and scattered locations, and hard to apply to cacao trees…When samples of the shell and bean fragments used by Scharffen Berger underwent chemical analysis, no synthetic residues were found…" And while they have no fair trade certification, they practice fair trade principles. "At the moment we have an understanding with two growers (among eight or nine origins we use) to purchase of a specific quality at a pre-determined price. In every other case we pay significantly more than the stated world price to obtain cacao that meets our standards. We hope over time to work with receptive cooperatives to elevate both the quality of the cacao they produce and the payment they receive." The only drawback for me is that they sweeten their chocolate with refined white sugar "because it brings virtually no inherent flavor to compete with the flavor of the cacao." You can get around this by purchasing their unsweetened cocoa powder and sweetening with whatever sweetener you want. They sell 62% Semisweet, 70% Bittersweet, and 99% Unsweetened chocolate bars of various sizes, sweetened and unsweetened cocoa powder, cacao nibs, and truffles flavored with fresh ingredients such as fresh lemon juice and crushed fresh mint leaves.

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Rapunzel Chocolates

High quality Swiss chocolate bars and cocoa powder made from 100% organic ingredients. Most are sweetened with Rapunzel’s Rapadura whole organic evaporated sugar cane juice. Chocolate is purchased through their ‘Hand-in-Hand’ fair trade program. They have 70% bittersweet bars and semisweet bars with simple flavors.

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Newman’s Own Organic Chocolate Bars

Nell, daughter of Paul Newman, says, ”Besides my love for chocolate, I was drawn to this project as a way to support sustainable agriculture. Growing the cacao in the ancient way meant that no rainforests would need to be destroyed. We can encourage this method by supporting the farmers economically.” The organic cacao comes from small farmers in the Talamanca region on the Atlantic coast of Costa Rica. Some of these farms provide important buffer zones for the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, a habitat for endangered mammal and bird species. The organic sugar is from Mexico and Paraguay, the organic milk powder is from Horizon Organics® in Colorado, and the organic vanilla is from Madagascar…We source our organic chocolate from producers in Central and South America. Issues surrounding forced labor are primarily centered on cocoa farms in West Africa, principally on the Ivory Coast. Our producers take measures to certify that all of the cocoa they purchase is produced without the use of forced labor. Our group of cooperatives are inspected to verify compliance with organic standards. They require written verification from the inspector that each farm is ‘slavery-free’… Paul Newman donates all of the royalty he receives, after taxes, to educational and charitable purposes.”

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Equal Exchange CHocolate

Organic fairtrade chocolate bars, cocoa powder and hot chocolate mix. “The bars combine famous Swiss standards in chocolate making with cocoa from three farmer cooperatives in the Dominican Republic and Peru; sugar from four cooperatives in Paraguay and Costa Rica; and milk (in the Milk Chocolate) from a cooperative in the U.S. These high quality bars come in three varieties: Milk Chocolate (38% cocoa); Dark Chocolate with Almonds (55% cocoa) and Very Dark Chocolate (71% cocoa). ”

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Dagoba Organic Chocolate

Love is actually listed on the ingredients list for these exceptional chocolates. Named "best organic chocolate" by Food & Wine magazine and other connoisseurs, Dagoba makes "Premium Hand Crafted Organic Chocolate in uncharted flavor landscapes for the palate." Their mission is "to create the purest, most exquisite chocolate products available by melding ancient principles and modern methods, offer new and exotic products to the chocolate market and most importantly, help create a better world through organic/sustainable agriculture, ethical trading and eco-friendly manufacturing practices." Check their website for some intriguing and hard-to-find organic chocolate products: 73% Chocodrops (chocolate chips), Chocolate-coated Coffee Beans, Cacao Nibs, Chocolate Syrup, Cacao Powder. They offer 59% SemiSweet, 74% Bittersweet, and 87% "eclipse" chocolate bars, plus 59% SemiSweet with such flavors as Raspberries-Rosehips, Lavender-Blueberries, and Mint with a Hint of Rosemary. They also have "single origin" bars that are made with beans from unique ecosystems that are fully described on the website. If you like hot chocolate, try their Xocolatl Hot Chocolate–"We've resurrected the legendary cacao drink of the Aztecs by adding chilies and a hint of cinnamon to our award-winning Hot Chocolate." Labels are printed on recycled paper with vegetable-based ink. "Our facility is 100% powered by renewable energy sources and is dedicated organic – no conventional chocolate ever passes through our machinery." Sweetened with organic evaporated cane juice.

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Chocolate Alchemy

Complete instructions on how to roast and process cacao beans into chocolate. "We have a simple but lofty goal. To unearth the esoteric knowledge needed to make great, real, home made chocolate from scratch, and pass that information on to you in a straight forward and approachable way." They sells raw beans, but they are not organic and their recipes call for white sugar. Still, this is the place if you want to try making your own chocolate from raw beans.

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