We’re a food company. We’re a team of food lovers, cooks, designers, and chocolatiers. And we’re changing chocolate.
Chocolate! Almost everyone loves it. It's magical stuff.
We love it because it’s delicious. We eat it to cheer ourselves up. We share it with our loved ones.
But much of the world’s chocolate has a dark side.
A really dark side, and one that Big Chocolate (yep, it’s a thing, look it up, just like Big Oil and Big Pharma) have been working hard for decades to gloss over.
Here are 3 things you should know:
1. Most chocolate comes from just two countries
Around 75% of all chocolate consumed worldwide comes from cacao produced in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, which border each other in West Africa.
2. Cacao production involves child and slave labour
There’s more than 1 million child labourers working in cacao production in Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire. 1 million!
95% of these are exposed to the worst forms of child labour, such as working with dangerous tools or harmful pesticides.
3. Cacao production causes deforestation
In the last 60 years, Ghana has lost 80% of its forest cover, Cote d'Ivoire 94%.
A third of this is directly attributable to cocoa production.
Deforestation reduces biodiversity and contributes to climate change, which promotes more deforestation as people are forced to farm in new areas of land. It's a vicious circle.
This shouldn’t be happening.
We believe that your favourite sweet treats should be harm-free and guilt-free.
To provide consumers with ethical and sustainable choices we’ve made cacao-free choc.
It tastes like chocolate, it melts, snaps and even bakes like chocolate.
But we use absolutely no cacao.
We do this by taking plant-based ingredients and marrying them with chocolate-making know-how, age-old fermentation techniques, and some clever science.
Our hero ingredients are British barley—used for hundreds of years to make beer and whisky—and carob—rich in polyphenol antioxidants, just like cacao—that we source from Italy.
Sustainably-Grown British Barley
Organic Italian Carob