Easter is almost upon us, and that means chocolate. However, this time of year can sometimes feel a bit wasteful – with all of the plastic packaging and unfinished treats. Here are some suggestions of places you can shop to buy sustainable and ethically produced chocolate, so you can breathe easy that you’re ‘doing your bit’, while enjoying the celebrations.
Rainbow Organic Chocolates
‘Rainbow Organic Chocolates’ are an artisan chocolatier business, who use locally sourced organic ingredients for their tasty products. Their chocolate factory is powered by 100% renewable electricity, and they aim to use entirely recyclable or compostable packaging. Their novelty ‘moulded chocs’ are perfect for Easter – try their adorable Henry Hedgehogs, Organic fondant Owls or their Luxury chocolate boxes.
Cocoa Loco produce handmade, organic and Fairtrade chocolate ‘made with love’ in Sussex. They have a wonderful online range of chocolate goodies, including a selection of Easter eggs. If you’re searching for something a bit different, this is the perfect place to find some new flavours. You might want to try their ‘lemon drizzle’ Easter egg, or their ‘hot cross bun’ truffles. This ethical company source their cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic from a community of small-scale growers who are supported by the Fairtrade Foundation and Soil Association
Montezuma’s produce Fairtrade, delicious chocolate – inspired by their founders’ trip to South America, where they discovered exciting new flavours and textures. They have a wonderful selection of Easter chocolate gifts, all presented in 100% biodegradable or recyclable packaging. Try their ‘Absolute Black Hen with peanut butter mini-eggs’ as an exciting treat. Go and visit their quirky shop in Duke street, Brighton
‘Be Chocolat’ make fresh chocolate in front of their customers from their workshop and shop on Duke St, Brighton. So, go along for the full chocolate experience and watch your Easter treats being made. Their cocoa is specially selected to be of the best quality and from ethical sources. Try their delicious vegan chocolate too if you’re trying to reduce your consumption of dairy.
Sussex-based multi award winning chocolate maker J. Cocoa, sell ethically sourced chocolate and pride themselves on being ‘zero waste’. Their beautifully crafted chocolate bars come in a variety of flavours such as ‘caramelised milk chocolate’, ‘vegan coconut white chocolate’ and ‘coffee milk chocolate’. All ingredients are organic and no emulsifiers are used. James, the founder of J. Cocoa believes that ‘less is more.’
Divine chocolate is the only Fairtrade company co-owned by cocoa farmers. Their chocolate is made from the finest cocoa, and they have a great range of bars and Easter products. Try their dark chocolate and raspberry Easter egg, which is deliciously rich and suitable for vegans. The best way to purchase your items is through their online website.