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  • May 20, 2015, 2:31 pm
  • A freshly opened bag of Peruvian Oro Verde full of possibility.

  • May 7, 2015, 2:44 pm
  • Our friends at GlobeIn have a special offer for our Just Good friends - 25% off your first box with a 3 or 6 month subscription! Just enter JUSTGOOD at checkout. This just might be the perfect Mother's Day gift, folks!

  • April 30, 2015, 1:37 pm
  • We are so excited to announce that our Better World Brownie Mix is going to be in the May Artisan Box from GlobeIn! Think Mother's Day, folks. What Mama wouldn't love a box of artisan-made goods delivered to her doorstep every month?

  • April 29, 2015, 1:10 pm
  • Welcome to the family, new tempering machine...let's hope you are a little better behaved than our last one.

  • April 26, 2015, 10:33 am
  • All set up at TC Traverse City Chocolate Festival, happening today from 1-3:30 pm at the City Opera House. Come say hi!

  • April 23, 2015, 12:27 pm
  • TC Folks - join us this evening at Ella's for the Leelanau Collective Trunk Show! We'll be sampling and selling our chocolate alongside our friends at Aurora Borealis Designs, The Redheads, Leelanau Lavender Breezes, and many more from 5-9pm. E Minor will be the entertainment - don't miss it!!

  • 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 -
    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

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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, 

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!