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  • 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....



  • December 6, 2014, 10:37 am
  • Sampling and selling our chocolate at the Merry Marketplace in our sweet little hometown ❤️



  • December 5, 2014, 5:46 pm
  • Who wants a coconut macaroon dipped in our Madagascar 70% dark chocolate? These will be free at the door while they last tomorrow morning at the Merry Marketplace in Leland from 10am - 4pm, where we will be slinging some artisan chocolate for your Holiday gift giving. Come on down - the early bird gets the worm (or the macaroon).



  • December 3, 2014, 1:20 pm
  • All three single origin chocolate bars, Mug O Love Hot Cocoa, Better World Brownies and Just Cocoa baking cocoa are all now available at Burritt's Fresh Market in Traverse City, Michigan. Stop in next time you're around - one of my favorite places for that Friday night fine food fix after a productive work week.

  • November 27, 2014, 8:03 am
  • May your hearts be full of gratitude today and every day. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!



  • November 20, 2014, 11:44 am
  • For all of our Leelanau peeps, stop into At Home in Suttons Bay for some Just Good Chocolate! But beware, they are packed to gills with so many beautiful things you will want to buy the whole store. Seriously.

  • 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/



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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!