A ridiculously delicious & ethical giveaway: Kallari Chocolate!

Image courtesy of Kallari Chocolate.

Three reasons to purchase and seriously enjoy Kallari Chocolate:

  1. Its intensely rich, dark, layered taste (the darkest bar contains earthy hints and fruity notes; the lighter ones are clove- and vanilla-y)
  2. Its short ingredient list: cacao beans, cane sugar (less than half the amount used in commercial chocolate), cocoa butter, whole vanilla bean. All of the above are organic and, as you can see, vegan—so congratulations, you’re also not harming animals when you support this company
  3. Its fantastically ethical, sustainable backstory, detailed below:

Kallari is a farmer-based coop in Ecuador made up of 850 indigenous Kichwa families who harvest and market their own line of organic chocolate. While many other cacao growers and harvesters endure deplorable conditions just to make a living (hello, slavery in the chocolate industry all throughout West Africa), Kallari farmers own their crops and pay theirselves an income higher than Ecuador’s minimum wage. 100% of the profits from these bars is shared amongst the coop’s 21 rainforest communities to maintain their way of life and their environment.

 

Image courtesy of Kallari Chocolate.

Win, win, win or what? Kallari also just raised enough money through Kickstarter to begin selling their 70%, 75% and 85% cacao bars in chocolate chip form—ethically responsible chocolate chip cookies, here I motherfucking come.

Wanna see how amazing Kallari’s chocolate is for yourself? Get in on the giveaway action on Eat Well. Party Hard. before 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013. Kallari will send you sample bars (they’re HUGE) of the aforementioned 70%, 75% and 85% dark varieties. And you will be so, so happy.

Even if you choose not to enter the giveaway, this company is extremely deserving of your support. Are their products more expensive than a $1.25 bar you can pick up at the checkout line? Yes. But that’s because the money goes straight back to the well-being, sustainable development, and health and education programs of an indigenous community. I’d say it’s worth the extra few bucks—wouldn’t you?

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