Fair Trade Isn’t a Game: COCOA

“Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.

Fair Trade organisations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission. They, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.” They can be recognised by the WFTO logo. –World Fair Trade Organization

In my English class on Human Rights in literature, we recently had a lecture about fair trade and what it means.

Until this class, I had been ignorant of, but I cannot say oblivious to, much of the horror that exists in our world today.

So that we can eat chocolate.

So that we can drink coffee.

In class, we watched a video that depicted the current process by which over half of the world’s cocoa was touched first by the hands of young children in Africa who were “sold” to traffickers and forced to farm the cocoa in hazardous conditions.

  • And, if “they didn’t hurry,” they were beaten.
  • Once they are forced to these farms, most children never see their families again.
  • These children are given machetes and knives to work with, and most have scrapes and cuts on their bodies from the completely unsafe conditions.

Of cocoa alone, many chocolate products on the market today use this cocoa farmed by child slaves on the Ivory Coast.

Nestle chocolate has paid big bucks for Google to deeply hide information about where they get their cocoa from, while Hershey’s chocolate has paid big bucks for Google to highlight the fact that they are “working toward fair trade chocolate.”

We hear these facts, and eat chocolate.

Because in our Western society, it is so normalized.

In yet another English class, on the same day I had this lecture, we were discussing a poem in its context of the 18th Century, in which “possessing” a black slave was a “fashion statement.”

My prof asked us: “If you lived in this time period, do you think you would have a black slave?”

I profusely shook my head. There is no way simply a cultural norm could make me okay with that, I thought.

But then I went to my work shift at Starbucks. And as I was pumping syrups full of cocoa, I felt taint, privilege, and ignorance. And then entitlement for feeling such things.

I cannot be ok with, or support, as often as possible, products that aren’t fair trade. Will you educate yourself with me?

As my activism project for this English class, I am starting a series on this blog that will run every Tuesday, educating myself and readers on the disgusting treatment of slaves that we endorse when we purchase many products daily.

Starting with cocoa– chocolate bars, hot chocolate, cocoa powder.

Here is a list of cocoa products that are 100% fair trade:


Aloha Feels Chocolate

Alma Chocolate

Alter Eco Chocolate

Amano Chocolate

Askinoise Chocolate

The Beach Chocolate Factory


Black Mountain Chocolate

Caribeans Chocolate

Castronovo Chocolate

Charm School Chocolates

Chocolate Cartel

Chocolat Celeste

Chocolate Tree

Chocolate Troubadour


Coco Chocolate

Compartes Chocolates

Dandelion Chocolate

Dark Forest Chocolate

Denman Island Chocolate

Divine Chocolate Co.

Eating Evolved

El Ceibo

The Endangered Species

Equal Exchange


Forever Cocoa

Fresco Chocolate

Fruition Chocolate

Gayleen’s Decadence

Giddy Yo Yo

Grenada Chocolate Company

Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate

Habitual Chocolate

Hagensborg Chocolates

Health by Chocolate

Hilo Shark Chocolate

HNINA Gourmet

Honest Artisan Chocolate

Hooray  Tuffles

Ithaca Fine Chocolates

L.A. Burdick Chocolates

La Iguana Chocolate

Lake Champlain Chocolates

La Siembra Cooperative

Lillie Belle Farms



Maverick Chocolate Company

Max Havelaar

Mayan Monkey


Mia Chocolate

Montezuma’s Chocolates

Nayah Amazon Chocolates

Newman’s Own Organics

Purdy’s Chocolate

Omanahene Cocoa Bean Company


OpuLux Fair Trade Chocolate

Original Hawaiian Chocolate

Parliament Chocolate


Patric Chocolate

Plamil Organic Chocolate

Pure Lovin’ Chocolate

Rain Republic

Rapunzel Pure Organics

Ritual Chocolate

Samaritan Xocolata

Sappho Chocolates

Seed & Bean Chocolate

Shaman Chocolates

Sibú Chocolate

Solkiki Chocolate

Sweet Earth Chocolates

Sweet Impact Fudge

Sweet Riot

Sun Eaters Organics

Taza Chocolate

Terra Nostra Organic

Terroir Chocolate


Theo Chocolate

The Original Chocolate Bar (Houston, TX)

Tobago Estate Chocolate


Vivani Chocolate


Wei of Chocolate


This series of posts is leading up to a breakfast I will host at the end of the month featuring only fair trade foods and products, as well as with educational info for all guests on how and why to purchase these products over mass-produced ones.

I encourage you to share this post, and consider new chocolate today.


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Welcome! Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to own a blog, and I created this one to inspire others and help myself. I am a passionate twenty something-year old woman with a love of cooking, tap dancing, and meeting new people-- and of course, primarily an intention to die to my human self and seek God with my whole being. I will eat anything with peanut butter and love spontaneity. I aim to live life in submission to what Christ has for me. I'm currently studying Christian Theology and English at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada.

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