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  • April 9, 2015, 4:36 pm
  • So excited for our friends at Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate! They will be on Mike Rowe's Somebody's Gotta Do It tonight at 9pm Eastern on CNN!! See how chocolate is made by some true masters of the craft.


    Mike Rowe: Somebody's Gotta Do It - CNN.com
    www.cnn.com
    Mike Rowe introduces us to people who perform unique jobs in his CNN Original Series, "Somebody's Gotta Do It."

  • March 24, 2015, 11:15 am
  • What do we do when we spill a whole batch of chocolate? Celebrate Bell's Brewery, Inc. (Official) Oberon day a day late. Cheers!



  • March 24, 2015, 6:59 am
  • If you don't laugh, you'll cry. An entire batch of Madagascar down the drain. At least I will never again make the mistake of leaving the locking pin out. #expensivelessons



  • March 20, 2015, 12:29 pm
  • Sweet Sarah rockin' some chocolate samples at Good Food Festival & Conference - Chicago



  • March 16, 2015, 11:57 am
  • We're part of the Good Food movement! Celebrate with us at the Good Food Festival & Conference - Chicago March 19-21 at the UIC Forum, Chicago. Inspiring speakers, DIY workshops, chef demos, trade show floor, Kids' Corner, and great food and craft drink. http://bit.ly/GFFChi2015


    Home - Good Food Festival
    www.goodfoodfestivals.com
    Bringing the Good Food Movement Together A fast-rising number of people, in the Chicago area and across the country, participate...

  • March 13, 2015, 5:31 pm
  • Even our Better World Brownies enjoy the beautiful Leland, MI sunsets.



  • March 6, 2015, 3:27 pm
  • Great article about craft chocolate and how it is "drawing fans the same way craft beer and artisanal coffee already have."


    Artisanal, hand-crafted chocolate is a growing niche
    www.latimes.com
    Ryan Berk makes his chocolate from scratch. That means flying to Central America four times a year, hiking over Maya ruins to remote jungle villages and meeting face-to-face with the farmers who supply his cocoa beans.

  • February 9, 2015, 7:40 am
  • We are back from an amazing week in the rainforests of southern Belize and filled with inspiration. We learned an incredible amount about sustainable cacao growing and feel truly blessed to be a part of the craft chocolate making industry, working together to make a difference. Thank you Dandelion Chocolate and Maya Mountain Cacao for leading such an information-packed trip - you guys rock!



  • February 9, 2015, 7:27 am


  • February 5, 2015, 7:23 am
  • Thanks to the Traverse City Record-Eagle for a nice article on craft chocolate making. Happy to share the Leelanau choc-o-sphere with Grocer's Daughter Chocolate and lots of great supporters.
    http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/better-bars/article_e2d55778-f1b0-5d81-89d5-c2880f20016a.html


    Better bars
    www.record-eagle.com
    LELAND — Cacao, sugar and a lot of love, that's what goes into really good chocolate.

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SUPER FOOD OF THE GODS...

Cacao Pods - Fruit on the Cacao Tree Before it's Picked

Health Benefits of Cacao! Why is Cacao Good For You?

Did you know? Did you know that cacao is a super food? Yep. The history of chocolate started in the hot, equatorial South and Central American and Amazon regions. It was considered a divine gift, a source of power, a form of currency, and a health food by the poeples of ancient Mesoamerica. Chocolate, of course is the most famous - and arguably the most pleasing to the taste buds. Cacao beans though (the cacao nibs in our Nibblers are just crushed up beans) are extra-healthy when minimally processed. Combine them with the fruits and nuts that we've paired them with, and now they taste great too! Cacao has been named as one of the top 5 brain health foods, and has in recent years been shown to be a magnificent powerhouse of cognitive enhancement, mood enhancement (thanks in part to the Theobromine in cacao), antioxidants, flavonoids, catechins and many other brain & body-enhancing elements.

 Cacao beans in the hands of an Ecuadorian farmer.

Child labor is a major problem in cocoa producing countries. According to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), in 2002, more than 109,000 children were working on cocoa farms in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), some of them in "the worst forms of child labour". The ILO later reported that 200,000 children were working in the cocoa industry in Cote d'Ivoire in 2005. The first allegations that child slavery is used in cocoa production appeared in 1998. The 2005 ILO report failed to fully characterize this problem, but estimated that up to 6% of the 200,000 children involved in cocoa production could be victims of human trafficking or slavery(Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacao_bean). 

Child Slavery on Cocoa Farms

Fair Trade. That's why buying fair trade cacao products and fair trade chocolate is important. That's why we use only 100% certified fair trade cacao nibs in our Just Good Chocolate "Nibblers" and are vowing to use fair trade cacao in all of our products on our way to becoming a full-scale fair trade and organic, wind & solar powered bean-bar chocolate factory! Fair Trade insures a livable wage for the families growing food commodities by banning them together to sell through fair trade cooperatives and gain market share while sustaining a fair price for their crops. We need to turn sad into happy. We need to buy fair trade and vote with our dollars. Help support the cause! Need More? Good! For more information on fair trade, visit our sister site Unity-Fair Trade Marketplace to learn How To Make A Change To Fair Trade Products!