FAIRTRADE FRIDAY: CHOCOLATE

When I first learned of Fairtrade -well before I became truly committed to it– I started looking for easy ways to incorporate buying more Fairtrade items into my lifestyle and improve the impact of my purchases. Chocolate was the first Fairtrade item I found and purchased (in my local Coles). Before long, I started to only buy chocolate that was Fairtrade, because there are so many different brands that are widely available (and delicious).


Ethical credentials: Fairtrade


1. Green & Black’s

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 I apologise about the grubby fingerprint. I may or may not have sampled a square of the chocolate prior to the taking of this photo. It’s good. Green & Black’s was the first brand of Fairtrade chocolate I bought and I keep coming back to it. The 85% is quite bitter, but as advertised, it’s also very smooth.

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Availability in Perth: All Coles stores. Also available in the Fair Go Trading Store.

Price: $4.30AUD for 100grams (and I’ve bought it on special once for $2.00AUD).

Range: I’ve seen Dark (70%) and Milk available in Coles.

I’ve also seen White, Butterscotch, Raisin & Hazelnut, and Maya Gold in the Fair Go Trading Store.

There are a wide variety of other flavours available online: Almond, Burnt Toffee, Creamy Milk, Crispy Milk, Espresso, Ginger, Hazelnut & Current, Mint, Seat Salt, and Spiced Chilli.

Satisfaction: 3 – 4 squares

2. Divine

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Divine is probably my favourite brand of Fairtrade Chocolate. It’s creamier and sweeter than Green & Black’s and the flavours and texture is that little bit more interesting.

They are a little harder to find (in Perth, at least) but when you do, the range is phenomenal and the taste is… well… divine.

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Availability in Perth: I’ve bought Divine Chocolate from the Fair Go Trading Store, and come across it in the Oxfam Store and a few other speciality stores. I haven’t seen it yet in a mainstream supermarket.

Price: $6.00 – $7.00AUD for 100grams.

Range: At the Fair Go Trading Store, I’ve spied Dark with Raspberries, Dark (70%), Milk, White, and White with Strawberries. At the Oxfam Store, I’ve also seen Milk with Butterscotch, and Milk with Orange. Online, you can find Milk with Coffee, Milk with Hazelnut, Milk with Toffee & Sea Salt, Dark (85%), Dark with Chilli & Orange, Dark with Fruit & Nut,  Dark with Ginger & Orange, and Dark Mint.

Satisfaction: 4 squares (Dark with Raspberries flavour).

3. Cadbury Dairy Milk

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It’s the most well known brand of chocolate in the world, so I’m sure you recognise the name and the packaging (and probably also the taste, so I won’t describe it). But, perhaps you didn’t know that Cadbury is Fairtrade certified? Cadbury went Fairtrade in 2009, but only for their Dairy Milk line.

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Availability in Perth: Everywhere that sells chocolate! Mainstream stores, your local deli, petrol stations, hotels…

Price: $4.95AUD for 200grams (and cheaper on special).

Range: Currently only the Dairy Milk line is Fairtrade. If you want to see the Fairtrade symbol on more Cadbury flavours, let them know here (if you’re from Australia. Otherwise, Google ‘Cadbury feedback‘ to find the website relevant to your country). Feel free to use this template letter and personalise it as you want.

Satisfaction: Insatiable… I don’t know if it’s the higher sugar content, but I find it hard to stop after a few squares of Cadbury Chocolate.

4. Alter Eco

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I was so excited to stumble upon the Alter Eco range in one of my local supermarkets; it was so interesting, from the packaging to the flavours. I’m yet to try them all, but the descriptions of each flavour found here is highly accurate of the flavours I have tried so far.

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Availability in Perth: I’ve seen the Alter Eco range in store at IGA Maylands, as well as in speciality stores including the Fair Go trading Store and Oxfam.

Price: $5.00 – $7.00AUD for 80grams.

Range: There are eight flavours in 80gram bars, all of which I’ve seen in IGA:  Dark Almond, Dark Blackout, Dark Cacao, Dark Coconut Toffee, Dark Mint, Dark Quinoa, Dark Twist, and Dark Velvet. There is an extra flavour in the mini range: Dark Noir.

Satisfaction: 2 – 3 squares (Blackout flavour).

5. Honourable mentions: Oxfam Fair Chocolate, Seed & Bean

I haven’t tried these brands yet, but they’re on the list… (research, of course). In case you can’t tell, I have a massive sweet-tooth that I try to keep a handle on by buying rich, good quality, dark chocolate. So far, buying Fairtrade has helped – it ticks all these boxes!

What do you look for in chocolate? Have you tried any of these brands?

Yours Fairly,

Ashlee

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2 Comments

  1. March 21, 2016 / 10:10 AM

    Fantastic! Don’t you love a good excuse to eat chocolate!? My favourite of your list is the Alter Eco. I’ve also written a review of it here. I’ll always opt for the deliciously thin chocolate bars over the chunky thick ones (further explained in my review).

    That said, I have also had the pleasure of tasting some Bright Chocolate in the past, which was part-way chunky but absolute bliss. It’s made from bean to bar right here in Australia (Bright, VIC) and rather than having a Fairtrade label, they have a direct relationship with their supplying cocoa farms, which allows them still to have an ethically sourced product.

    • Ashlee
      March 22, 2016 / 7:00 PM

      Interesting, I’ve never tried Bright chocolate but I will keep an eye out for it.. direct supply is an good model – transparency is key!

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