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  • October 26, 2014, 5:25 pm
  • We are having some positive challenges - big orders from Meijer for hot cocoa and now they are adding our brownie mix. Chocolate bars are just hitting shelves and we need to prioritize locations based on interest - due to the hand crafted nature of production. What would be a store that you would purchase from in Northern Michigan? How about the Leland Mercantile as our next retailer for bars? Where else? Thanks!

  • October 23, 2014, 2:02 pm
  • You can now pick up any one of our single origin 70% bean to bar craft chocolate bars at Oryana Natural Foods Market or Brew Traverse City (or get crazy and try all 3!) - more locations coming very soon.



  • October 22, 2014, 2:43 pm
  • Couldn't be any more excited to announce that our Madagascar 70% bar is a finalist for the 2015 Good Food Awards!
    http://www.goodfoodawards.org/2015-finalists/



  • October 17, 2014, 9:14 am
  • We just backed this awesome project by our friends at Maya Mountain Cacao. Check it out and give if you can1


    Indigenous Innovation: Revolutionizing Cacao in Belize

    Maya Mountain Cacao is planting an organic agroforestry cocoa farm with the indigenous Maya. Local solutions, global change.

  • October 14, 2014, 4:50 pm
  • One left at Meijer in Traverse City :)



  • October 10, 2014, 10:23 am
  • A great read about where we get our cacao for our Belize 70% Bar!


    The Chocolate Revolution: Central American Start-Up Seeks To Grow Sustainable Cocoa Production
    www.forbes.com
    We have a chocolate problem. And it’s not just about the impact it will have on our waists this Halloween. It’s even bigger than that. Here are the top three most important things chocolate lovers need to know: Smallholder cocoa farmers are underpaid and impoverished: Ninety percent of the world’s c…

  • October 7, 2014, 1:58 pm
  • I could not temper this batch of Peru 70% to save my life and had written it off as a bad batch, then all of a sudden... #dontaskquestions #justbegrateful #maybeitsthemoon



  • October 6, 2014, 12:45 pm
  • Taste testing a recipe for organic peppermint hot cocoa. I say YUM but the true test will be tonight when the kids get their vote.



  • September 25, 2014, 10:09 am
  • #847 on the list of jobs that are WAY harder than I thought they would be - wrapping pallets #dang #sohard #worthit #hotcocoa #Meijer



  • September 15, 2014, 10:48 am
  • Hey guys, look what's up on the website!


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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, 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!