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Chocolate is a go-to craving for many of us, but have you ever investigated the ingredients of your favorite bar? Just like other food categories (especially packaged snacks), it’s a good idea to take a look at the back of the label. In the U.S. chocolate market, many consumers can’t tell the difference between premium chocolate and lesser-quality chocolate, and many companies don’t include the cocoa content on their wrappers. Chocolove has decided to do things differently. Every bar is made in small batches with all-natural ingredients like fully ripened cocoa beans that are expertly roasted to bring out the perfect chocolate flavor.
The History of Chocolove
The offices of Chocolove are tucked away in Boulder, Colorado, where master makers have been creating crave-worthy chocolate bars using classic European techniques for two decades. Today, the company offers 24 unique flavors ranging from classic milk chocolate to hazelnut. The brand’s focus on love is apparent in its name and its packaging. Each bar is designed to look like a romantic letter, with a poem tucked inside the wrapping. In the early days, Chocolove was a modest operation sold out of founder Timothy Moley’s garage. His passion started in Indonesia, when he was volunteering with the government agency USAID and began chewing on cocoa beans while he worked. After returning home from abroad, Moley decided to start his own chocolate business. The operation remained small until 2005, when his bars were picked up by food stores like Whole Foods, Wild Oats, and Gelson’s.
Chocolove Company Mission
Chocolove offers premium bars at affordable prices with an eye towards sustainability. The supply chain includes eight entities (farmer, co-op, exporter, roaster, Chocolove headquarters, distributor, store, and consumer), and the brand looks out for everyone, like offering employees fully paid health care benefits and higher salaries. In the field, Chocolove sources its ingredients through ethical means, pays farmers fairly, and upholds International Labor Organization standards when it comes to child labor laws in cocoa bean harvesting.
Benefits of Chocolove
There’s a lot to love about Chocolove—check out some of the brand’s key features:
- Made in small batches
- Higher cocoa content and less sugar than conventional chocolates
- Fruit flavors come from freeze dried or infused fruits
- Select bars made with fair trade chocolate
- All products are Rainforest Alliance certified
- Funds projects through the USDA Cocoa Research Station
Top Chocolove Products
When it comes to choosing a Chocolove bar, you really can’t go wrong.
This crunchy bar is made with semi-sweet Belgian dark chocolate and whole roasted almonds. Sea salt flakes add the perfect finish.
This bar might be strong, but the bittersweet Belgian dark chocolate will melt in your mouth. Made from responsibly grown beans, pair this bite with red wine for an irresistible late-night nibble.
Each decadent cup is made with dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, and sea salt. It’s the perfect ending, and even delivers fifteen percent of your daily recommended value of iron.
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