Post author: Mollie Letheren-Smith
Choose ethical chocolate for World Chocolate Day
World Chocolate Day on 7 July is the annual celebration of chocolate, and the perfect chance to switch up your usual chocolate of choice.
Fairtrade certifies a wide variety of chocolates in different styles, flavours, shapes, and price points, making it easy to pick delicious chocolate that’s full of fairness.
It’s a sad fact that most cocoa farmers do not earn enough to cover basic needs – women cocoa farmers can earn as little as 23p per day. But farmers deserve more. They deserve a living income.
When you choose Fairtrade chocolate, you know that farmers are getting a fairer price for their cocoa, supporting a brighter future for them, their families, and their communities.
Below is a list of some of the best new Fairtrade chocolate bars around. From sharing bars to ice-cream and personalised gifts, there’s something for every occasion.
What’s more, choosing Fairtrade has never been easier, meaning you can make the ethical and fair choice every time you shop.
FAIRTRADE CHOCOLATE picks
Beech’s Dark Chocolate Lime & Chilli Thins
For a bit of luxury, why not try Beech’s Dark Chocolate Thins with a subtle taste of lime and a kick of chilli. These are made using only the finest, natural ingredients.
Available from Beech’s online shop
Co-op 4 S’mores Ice Cream Cones
As the weather heats up, why not indulge in this white marshmallow and light brown biscuit flavour ice cream with a chocolate flavour sauce, topped with a chocolate flavour disc and biscuit pieces in a wafer cone with chocolate flavour coating. Yum!
Divine Dark Chocolate with Mint Crisp
Enjoy this rich velvety 70% dark chocolate studded with the crunch of cool natural peppermint crisp.
Divine Chocolate, the only Fairtrade chocolate company to be co-owned by cocoa farmers and they’re also better for the planet because:
they are palm oil free and made with natural ingredients.
They are plastic free and use recyclable foil and paper.
Available from Divine’s online shop , Oxfam , Ocado and Amazon
Guylian Seashells Boxed Chocolates
For gifting or sharing, the Guylian seashell box is a must. Each Seashell a small masterpiece with a marbled shell made of dark, white and milk chocolate and a creamy hazelnut praliné filling.
Guylian’s original chocolates are made with carefully selected ingredients of the highest quality, such as Fairtrade West-African cocoa beans and hand-selected Mediterranean hazelnuts. In Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, they turn these ingredients into their famous hazelnut praliné filling in copper kettles, following the original recipe of founder Guy Foubert.
Widely available including from most leading retailers.
Lidl J. D. Gross 56% cocoa Mint Dark chocolate bar
Indulgent, rich dark chocolate with mint. This is perfect for an after dinner sweet treat.
Also, some of the most reasonably priced Fairtrade on the highstreet, so a fair price for you and the farmers – win, win!
Available from Lidl
Mr Bean Chocolate Berries & Beans Dark Chocolate with Blueberry
Looking for some chocolate with an unusual flavour? Mr Bean has travelled the world in search of the most decadent and ethically sourced ingredients to create this premium chocolate range.
Mr Bean uses the finest blend of Fairtrade, organic cocoa beans from Papua New Guinea to give depth and rich flavour and makes his creations in the chocolate capital of the world, Belgium.
Mr Bean packaging is plant based and certified home compostable.
Available from Mr Bean Chocolate online shop and independent retailers
Quirky Chocolate Gin O’Clock Chocolate Gift
Celebrate happy hour with this fab chocolate gift that will delight any gin-lover. Choose a of their favourite flavours of delicious Quirky Artisan Chocolate and add a personalised message to make your gift even more special!
Available in a wide variety of flavours including milk salted caramel crunch, white key lime pie, and dark raspberry.
Available from Quirky Chocolate’s online shop
Tony’s Chocolonely indie bars
New chocolate alert! Get munching and bring some sweeeet smiles with Tony’s new milk chocolate chip cookie and new milk pecan caramel crunch bars.
These are so indie you’ll only find them on Tony’s webshop and at independent retailers.
Available only at independent stores and Tony’s online shop
Waitrose Duchy Organic Chocolate & Cornish Sea Salt Ice Cream
Rich, smooth ice cream made with British organic milk and cream, Fairtrade dark chocolate, Fairtrade Madagascan vanilla extract and a sprinkle of Cornish sea salt.
This ice cream is made with organic milk and cream from British cows, Fairtrade dark chocolate and sugar, and a dash of Fairtrade Madagascan vanilla extract. A pinch of Cornish sea salt brings out all the delicious flavours. A perfect after dinner treat!
Available from Waitrose & Partners
Whitakers Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Fondant Creams
Chocolate and caramel are a match made in heaven and these salted caramel fondant cream chocolates are made to a traditional recipe using only the finest natural ingredients and flavours.
Whitakers use their signature rich dark chocolate and infuse the soft creamy centre with natural sea salt and caramel. All presented in a stunning 100% recyclable gift box.