💯 Why Do One Better
Whether it be for a gift or a personal treat, chocolate is one of the most popular foods you'll run into around the globe. However, with the amount of low quality (and fake?) ingredients found in chocolate, we're often not getting what we're paying for, and at the same time supporting businesses that have unethical labor practices.
We have a deep dive on the true cost of chocolate linked below, where we share some of the big issues with chocolate today and the exciting innovative future brands are working on.
Some big things to call out:
- Deforestation has accelerated dramatically in the past decade, with places like the Ivory Coast losing an estimated 80% of its forests over the last 50 years.
- Most of the people sourcing your chocolate bar ingredients are 5-16 year old migrants, vulernable to trafficking, slavery, and other violent labor practices.
- Improvements are needed in providing financial and educational support, while also modernizing outdated equipment and processes.
We highly encourage you read our newsletter edition for more in-depth information.
The Dark Side of Chocolate
This Valentine's day, you're probably getting, and receiving, the most popular sweet in the world - chocolate. Whether it's for your partner, or for yourself (self love is 💯), chocolate is a wonder that plays an important role in our world and culture, universally used in baked goods, milkshakes, pastries, even pasta.
🗒️ Ingredients to Watch Out For
We recommend you look into more depth about these ingredients and how they could affect your body. Generally, these descriptions should apply to most people.
- High fructose corn syrup (HFCS): GMO sweetener that’s cheaper than sugar.
- Soy lecithin: Emulsifier (additive that helps 2 liquids mix) from GMO soy that makes manufacturing easier and the chocolate less pure.
- Artificial flavors: A generic ingredient with little to no information. From a manufacturer perspective, the less we know, the better.
- Vanillin: Imitation vanilla, which can be made from petrochemical precursor guaiacol. Can you pronounce that?
- PGPR: Another emulsifier that increases shelf life. It's made from castor beans, decreasing the need to use pricier cocoa butter. Chocolate without cocoa, what a concept.
- Vanilla: Disguises the potentially inferior flavor profiles from bad fermentation or poor harvest of cacao beans. You can tell if the vanilla is an intentional enhancer if the label highlights vanilla as a component of the bar.
Check out some of these brands for a more sustainable, ethical and affordable option. We know that some prices are higher than average (around $0.88-$200), so we are always on the hunt for more affordable alternatives.
We recommend the following chocolate brands because of their committment to sourcing cocoa beans sustainably and ethically. These brands treat their workers fairly, and use premium ingredients (no additives).
Don't see a brand you believe we should recommend, let us know here!
Note: We are not sponsored for any of these links today.