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  • 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.

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

  • January 26, 2015, 12:42 pm
  • Happy 178th Birthday to our favorite state! We are particularly fond of your pinky finger :)

  • January 24, 2015, 9:12 am
  • One week from today, we will be traveling with fellow chocolate makers Dandelion Chocolate to Belize to learn more about the place we source our cacao for our Belize 70% bar! We will check out cacao farms, learn about sustainable cacao production and see first hand how Maya Mountain Cacao works with smallholder farmers and the impact they are having. So beyond excited!

    Maya Mountain Cacao Ltd.
    Maya Mountain Cacao is a cacao export company connecting small family farmers in Belize to the burgeoning specialty chocolate market in the United States and elsewhere. We are currently the only provider of Belizean cacao to U.S. chocolate makers. We seek to establish direct relationships between ch…

  • January 11, 2015, 9:32 am
  • This is why we don't add milk powder to our hot cocoa and let YOU decide what kind of milk to mix with. So glad we could be of help, Jackie:

    "I am celiac with lactose issues and have had a lot of trouble finding a hot chocolate mix that doesn't upset my system in some way. I just tried your MUG O'LOVE hot cocoa a few days ago and was really surprised that there were no tummy issues at all. I can now enjoy hot chocolate like "normal" people and go about my day feeling great. Thank-you so much."

  • January 8, 2015, 2:43 pm
  • We know you're under there somewhere, fellow Michiganders - hopefully snuggled up next to a cozy fire with some Mug O'Love Hot Cocoa! Stay warm and safe everyone!

  • December 30, 2014, 3:02 pm
  • Our bars are now available at two of our favorite Leland, MI establishments - Sisson's Main Street Specialties and Leland Mercantile. We ♥ our hometown!

  • December 13, 2014, 10:26 am
  • Sampling our chocolate at Burritt's Fresh Market in Traverse City until 3pm today. Come in and say hi!

  • December 10, 2014, 12:08 pm
  • Deck the halls with organic chocolate, fa la la la la la la la la....

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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!