Fair Trade Chocolates


A co-worker has been geeking out on chocolate recently, ordering bars and hot chocolate from places like Dagoba Chocolates. Thankfully, he’s a sharing individual, so I’ve gotten to sample many of the dark chocolate bars and hot chocolates he’s bought. He got me hooked and I placed an order with him this week and got my own Mon Cherri bar, Mint and Rosemary bar, and Xocolatl Hot Chocolate. It should be noted that he went in on a tea order with me last week. This entry could have been titled “The Tea Geek Meets the Chocolate Geek.”


Not only are Dagoba’s chocolates “the fancy stuff” (ie. “damn good”), they’re also Fair Trade Certified (seriously, is there anything more depressing than thinking about something as pleasurable as chocolate coming from slave labor?). Not all of their chocolates are vegan, but most of them are. Look for “dark chocolate” rather than “milk chocolate.” Besides, milk chocolate is considered inferior to dark chocolate by chocolate snobs. Who am I to argue?

I’ve also been enjoying the locally-purchased Endangered Species Bars which also follow fair trade practices (though they don’t seem to be officially “Fair Trade Certified”) and donate 10% of profits to environmental and wildlife charities. Each of their bars features a different endangered animal and purchases of that particular bar go directly to support that animal’s preservation. Again, not all their bars are vegan, but the following are non-dairy:

  • Tiger Bar (Dark Chocolate with Espresso Beans)
  • Rainforest Bar (Dark Chocolate with Deep Forest Mint)
  • Grizzly Bar (Dark Chocolate with Raspberries)
  • Chimp Bar (Supreme Dark Chocolate)
  • Wolf Bar (Dark Chocolate with Cranberries and Almonds)
  • Sea Turtle Bar (Dark Chocolate with Blueberries aka The “Oh Hell Yeah!” Bar, by me)
  • Bat Bar (Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs)
  • Black Panther Bar (Extreme Dark Chocolate)
  • Dark Chocolate Bug Bites
  • Chimp Mints

Feel free to share stories of your favorite Fair Trade vegan chocolates. And you should also check out my aforementioned co-worker’s Hot Chocolate Blog. Seriously… hot chocolate… blog… that’s some good reading.

15 Responses to “Fair Trade Chocolates”

  1. jon

    You should try Green and Black’s Organic chocolate. I believe they are fair trade, but I don’t know where you get them in the US.

  2. Jenny

    I heard recently about frozen hot chocolate which seems to be an ice cream float made out of chilled hot chocolate. It sounds like it should be fairly easy to veganize, though still really bad for you. I would love it if your co-worker could explore this on their blog.

  3. Viren

    You can buy Green & Black’s thru chocosphere.com, along with a whole host of other interesting ones.

    I’ll investigate the frozen hot chocolate bit. It should be easy enough to make — and I’ll get Mr. Vegblog to do a vegan version, once I have a good recipe.

  4. lady marmite

    rapunzel make a really good, 70% cocoa, fair trade bittersweet chocolate bar. you can buy them at wholefoods and indy health food stores, and at veganessentials.com. the best dark chocolate this fan has ever had.

    green and black’s maya gold bar was the first ever official fairtrade chocolate.

  5. Hejira

    those endangered species bars ARE amazing, and i’m not even a big chocolate fan.

    (my boyfriend has been on a fair-trade chocolate kick lately as well and just handed me a piece of a rainforest bar… mmmm)

  6. Rodney North

    As a newcomer to the Fair Trade chocolate scene (my worker co-op, Equal Exchange, just brought out 3 such chocolate bars – including 2 dairy-free choices) I’m glad to see folks looking for, and enjoying, Fair Trade chocolate.

    I just wanted to add a few bits of information:

    – Some other Fair Trade chocolates you can find out there include: Art Bar (from Ithace Fine Chocolates), and Divine (1/3 owned by a co-op of Ghanian cocoa farmers).

    – there are also some organic Fair Trade cocoa powders, and hot cocoa mixes available: From Equal Exchange, Dagoba, and Lake Champlain chocolates.

    – Be sure to look twice at product labels. If an item doesn’t have the black & white Fair Trade seal, than it wasn’t made with Fair Trade cocoa (even if other products from that company do carry the seal). This is because the seal applies to the product, not the company.

    – I highly recommend the new book on chocolate called, of course “Chocolate” by Mort Rosenblum. I disagree with his take on the child labor issue, but besides that its a great look inside the industry, from farm to store shelf.

    ~ Rodney North, Cambridge, MA

  7. Anth

    Hi there i am a GCSE Drama student in the UK and i am currently devising a peice revloving around Fair Trade Chocolate and how many of our favoraite names eg Mars, Nestle etc. sometimes use slave labor in their chocolate production and i just wanted to say that i personally thing that people need to know about whats happening in the world today and i just want to say that FAIR TRADE ROCKS!! and everyone who participates in ANYTHING to do with it is one of the BEST people in the world!!! i love you ALL!!!!!!!! please e-mail me if you have ANY information on where i could get some samples of fair trade chocolate to aid our message to the world! thanks again!!!!!

  8. Michael

    Anth… we at Ithaca Fine Chocolates love the idea of assisting in your work around FT Chocolate. Obviously the makers of Art Bars are always committed to supporting the arts… what an interesting marriage.

    email me at [email protected].


  9. Suebob

    Good on you for spreading the news about Fair Trade. And vegetarianism too! It’s all good.

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    i love galaxy

  11. MilesHarri

    I am learning about Fairtrade chocolate at school an wish to learn if any main chocolate groups such as Caburys etc are trying to get involved in Fairtrade. Thank You.XxX

  12. Marleigh

    I don’t know if this is true all over the country, but I know you can buy Green & Black’s chocolate at nearly all the Whole Foods stores in Los Angeles, and I’ve seen them at at least two Gelson’s. I’m afraid I’m not much of a chocolate person, otherwise I’d probably have more sightings.

  13. Liz

    Check out great Fair Trade, 100% natural “Jungle Chocolate” from Ecuador (www.oneworldprojects.com – search “chocolate”). It’s not like normal chocolate in a bar, it’s more like little chips of chocoloate but NOT bitter! There are four flavors from espresso/macadamia to raisin/coconut. One of the best parts is that it won’t melt, making it perfect in trail mix or chcolate chip cookies for a crunchy, sweet taste. And proceeds go to preserving the rainforest in Ecuador – no chocolate guilt :)

  14. AS

    The Equal Exchange mint chocolate bar is AMAZING!!

  15. Maura

    Theo’s single origin bars are all vegan, though only some are Fair Trade. They also offer some very esoteric flavors; chai tea, bread and butter, and coconut curry, (The curry one pretty much changed my whole life) which are all Fair Trade, though only one or two flavors appear to be vegan. http://www.theochocolate.com

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