Tuesday, May 3, 2011

ChocolateBet: May 3, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:
1/6 bar
Equal Exchange Chocolates
Organic and fairly traded
Dark Chocolate with Almonds bar
Good + - Very Good
Weight: .583 oz. (16.6 g.) /  3.5 oz. (100 g.) total bar
Calories: 92 calories
Cost: $4.50 total bar
Purchased from: Calafia Market a Go-Go, in Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #3 of Organic Chocolate Theme Week. Several companies are producing or making chocolate using at least some organic ingredients -- some offerings are certified organic and others may not be. A look into the chocolate "supply chain" generally goes back to cacao growers in other parts of the world. Equal Exchange's Dark Chocolate with Almonds bar (55% cacao content) was USDA Certified Organic; also on the bar's label: "Fair Trade and Social Certified by IMO."

Equal Exchange (based in West Bridgewater, MA) is a somewhat unique company. It is a "worker owned Fair Trade company founded in 1986," and is focused on "building equitable trade relationships with co-ops of small-scale farmers."

Today's Organic and fairly traded Dark Chocolate with Almonds bar was made with organic chocolate, organic sugar, organic vanilla and organic chopped almonds, and was produced in Switzerland for Equal Exchange.

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