Treat yourself: 7 absolutely delicious ethical chocolate brands

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This National Chocolate Week we're turning our attention (and our tummies) to our favourite ethical chocolate brands from the UK. 

Alice Pritchard 15 October 2018

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Mainstream chocolate might be cheap but it's full of ingredients we're best off avoiding - from refined sugar to palm oil. Farming the latter has been responsible for deforestation and destroying some of the most biodiverse places on earth like Papa New Guinea.

Thankfully the last few years has seen an explosion in 'ethical chocolate' makers. From single origin cacao that supports small scale farmers, to Fairtrade growers owning their own chocolate brand, to Rainforest Alliance or Soil Association certified all organic ingredients, superfood sprinklings and more and more vegan friendly brands, the market for artisan chocolate is in pretty healthy shape.

Read on for seven of our favourite ethical chocolate brands - it's by no means an ultimate list - but these are the pebble team's favourites. Let us know which ones you turn to. 

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Divine ethical chocolate

Divine chocolate

Always a favourite with the pebble team, Kenyan grower and farmer owned Divine has launched an organic, vegan friendly, dark chocolate range, just perfect for snuggling up on the sofa with. It’s made using beans from smallholder farmers in São Tomé in West Africa known as ‘The Chocolate Island’. It’s rich, smooth and well, divine. Try the Turmeric and Ginger bar for a earthy, spicy chocolate hit.


Erthical Chocolate from Booja Booja

Booja Booja

Booja Booja make organic, vegan, dairy free, dark chocolate truffles to die for. They have just introduced two new flavours (hello Honeycomb Caramel and Toffee Strudel) in their stand out pretty boxes but we challenge you to give these away to friends and family without cracking them open. A real end of the month treat. 


Ethical Chocolate Seed & Bean

Seed & Bean

We love chocolate that does good as well as tastes good and Seed & Bean ticks both those boxes. These guys scored 100% ethical accreditation in the Ethical Company Index, thanks to being handmade, using British botanicals along with Fairtrade and organic certified beans, plus each bar has fully recyclable and compostable packaging. We’re loving the unusual flavours like Milk Chocolate Cornish Sea Salt & Lime.


Original Beans Ethical Chocolate

Original Beans

The area of Selva Zoque has been growing cacao for 4,000 years, it’s also Mexico’s largest rainforest. Climate positive chocolatiers Original Beans has launched a vegan friendly bar that uses these heritage beans to create Zoque 88% Spirited Dark Chocolate. Each bar purchased sees new trees planted and the indigenous Zoque and Tzotzil tribes supported. Plus it’s delicious.


Eat Your hat ethical chocolate

Eat Your Hat

We can't have an ethical chocolate list without including Eat Your Hat, from Traidcraft. Apart from anything else, the Milk Chocolate with Sri Lankan Cardamom is a must-eat, whether you've got a hat or not. The seven strong thin milk and dark chocolate (the latter is vegan) range comes from small farmers in  São Tomé, Peru, Dominican Republic and Bolivia is all Fairtrade, organic and delicious. 


Raw Halo raw chocolate ethical gifts

Raw Halo

Raw, dairy free and vegan friendly, Raw Halo, certainly shines bright for those who want purely plant based chocolate. And with flavours like Dark + Ginger + Pecan and Dark + Mint, you're certainly not missing out on a feeling of bliss when you crack open a bar. Made from organic raw Peruvian cacao, organic coconut sugar and other natural, plant-based ingredients, dare we say this is a healthier option?


Doisy And Dam Ethical Chocolate

Doisy & Dam

Sometimes a little ethical chocolate hit is all you need. We love Doisy & Dam's mini bars (the dark chocolate range is organic, the milk chocolate is not) which come loaded with superfood ingredients like goji berries and maca. The chocolate is single origin Dominican cacao that gets magicked into a base for flavours like Maca, vanilla and cacao nibs. 


Divine ethical chocolate

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Divine chocolate

Always a favourite with the pebble team, Kenyan grower and farmer owned Divine has launched an organic, vegan friendly, dark chocolate range, just perfect for snuggling up on the sofa with. It’s made using beans from smallholder farmers in São Tomé in West Africa known as ‘The Chocolate Island’. It’s rich, smooth and well, divine. Try the Turmeric and Ginger bar for a earthy, spicy chocolate hit.


Erthical Chocolate from Booja Booja

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Booja Booja

Booja Booja make organic, vegan, dairy free, dark chocolate truffles to die for. They have just introduced two new flavours (hello Honeycomb Caramel and Toffee Strudel) in their stand out pretty boxes but we challenge you to give these away to friends and family without cracking them open. A real end of the month treat. 


Ethical Chocolate Seed & Bean

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Seed & Bean

We love chocolate that does good as well as tastes good and Seed & Bean ticks both those boxes. These guys scored 100% ethical accreditation in the Ethical Company Index, thanks to being handmade, using British botanicals along with Fairtrade and organic certified beans, plus each bar has fully recyclable and compostable packaging. We’re loving the unusual flavours like Milk Chocolate Cornish Sea Salt & Lime.


Original Beans Ethical Chocolate

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Original Beans

The area of Selva Zoque has been growing cacao for 4,000 years, it’s also Mexico’s largest rainforest. Climate positive chocolatiers Original Beans has launched a vegan friendly bar that uses these heritage beans to create Zoque 88% Spirited Dark Chocolate. Each bar purchased sees new trees planted and the indigenous Zoque and Tzotzil tribes supported. Plus it’s delicious.


Eat Your hat ethical chocolate

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Eat Your Hat

We can't have an ethical chocolate list without including Eat Your Hat, from Traidcraft. Apart from anything else, the Milk Chocolate with Sri Lankan Cardamom is a must-eat, whether you've got a hat or not. The seven strong thin milk and dark chocolate (the latter is vegan) range comes from small farmers in  São Tomé, Peru, Dominican Republic and Bolivia is all Fairtrade, organic and delicious. 


Raw Halo raw chocolate ethical gifts

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Raw Halo

Raw, dairy free and vegan friendly, Raw Halo, certainly shines bright for those who want purely plant based chocolate. And with flavours like Dark + Ginger + Pecan and Dark + Mint, you're certainly not missing out on a feeling of bliss when you crack open a bar. Made from organic raw Peruvian cacao, organic coconut sugar and other natural, plant-based ingredients, dare we say this is a healthier option?


Doisy And Dam Ethical Chocolate

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Doisy & Dam

Sometimes a little ethical chocolate hit is all you need. We love Doisy & Dam's mini bars (the dark chocolate range is organic, the milk chocolate is not) which come loaded with superfood ingredients like goji berries and maca. The chocolate is single origin Dominican cacao that gets magicked into a base for flavours like Maca, vanilla and cacao nibs. 


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