10 Fair Trade Chocolate Companies For Your Conscious Cravings

10 Fair Trade Chocolate Brands
Buying fair trade takes a stand for a system that treats everyone with respect.

Chocolate should be oh-so-much more than candy. It's a superfood packed with antioxidants and cardiovascular benefits, and studies show chocolate boosts energy, reduces stress, increases concentration and even improves maternal health. This playful, nutrient-dense treat is the perfect pick-me-up and superfood recharge.

When we buy fair trade products, we are casting a vote for the ethical treatment of the laborers around the world who are responsible for the food we eat.

So we know chocolate is good for us. But what about the farmers who grow it? The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 250 million child slaves working to produce many of our everyday purchases such as coffee and cocoa. As you might imagine, forced laborers are exploited for their work, forced to work long hours with little or no pay and have little rights.

When we buy Fair Trade products, we are casting a vote for the ethical treatment of the laborers around the world who are responsible for the food we eat. Fair Trade certification means not only that workers are paid fairly but also those farmers have safe and environmentally-friendly working conditions.

These Fair Trade chocolate brands have made it an integral part of their mission to develop lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships by employing Fair Trade and Direct Trade practices with the farmers who cultivate their cocoa crops. Oh—and they make delicious good-for-you chocolate.

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Best For | Truffle lovers, eco-friendly practices
Found In Stores | Whole Foods, Lassens
Price Per Bar | $7–$9

Alter Eco is a certified B Corporation. They are certified Fair Trade, Non-GMO and Organic, and they also use Compostable Packaging and offset carbon emissions by planting thousands of trees within their supply chains. At Alter Eco they believe the happiness and future of the families who grow our food are just as vital as our own. Their Fair Trade truffles and chocolates are crafted with pure, good-fat-rich superfood, coconut oil. And with no preservatives, no soy and no palm kernel oil. These little bundles of yummy decadent joy have everything you love—and are also good for you and the planet.

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Best For | Social impact, variety of flavors
Found In Stores | Whole Foods, Gelson’s
Price Per Bar | $3–$10

Theo Chocolate is dedicated to making our world a better place, and they’re finding ways to do it through their passion for bringing out the best of the cocoa bean. Their commitment and passion for social and environmental responsibility has led them to partner with organizations like Eastern Congo Initiative, the Jane Goodall Institute, and the World Bicycle Relief. As the first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the country, Theo Chocolate’s founding principle is that the finest artisan chocolate in the world can (and should) be produced in an entirely ethical, sustainable fashion.

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Best For | True Dark Chocolate lovers (72%-100% Cocoa), handcrafted
Found In Stores | Whole Foods, Lassens
Price Per Bar | $5

All eatingEVOLVED chocolate is free of gluten, dairy, or soy. In fact, they use the fewest ingredients physically possible to create chocolate. No junk, no fillers, just the highest quality, Fair-Trade cacao lightly sweetened with organic maple sugar directly sourced from Maple producers in Vermont and Canada. eatingEVOLVED's guiding principle is "Chocolate: It’s Food, Not Candy." When chocolate is done right, it’s a delicious, antioxidant-rich, superfood—a far cry from the commoditized, sugar-filled milk chocolate candies that line supermarket shelves. 

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Best For | Monthly membership program
Found In Stores | Whole Foods, SAFEWAY, Wegmans, Bristol Farms, Lassens, Sprouts
Price Per Bar | $4

Sweetriot's mission is to create a more just and celebrated multicultural world for our next generation. They are a woman-owned B Corp that supports Fair Trade and sources cocoa exclusively in Latin America, which directly supports a better life for farming families through fair prices and direct trade. Sweetriot also partners with various non-profit organizations that celebrate culture, diversity and empower young people.

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Best For | Gluten-, corn- & soy-free candy
Found In Stores | Kroger, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and more
Price Per Bag | $5–$10

UnReal is on a mission to unjunk the world by reinventing America's favorite foods. They started with M&Ms® and Reese’s®, making them without junk, with less sugar, and with better taste. Every ingredient they use is non-GMO, always real, and never artificial. No gluten, corn, or soy. UnReal uses sustainably sourced and fair trade ingredients. Each chocolate and candy is made with real ingredients that make every bite taste unreal. Watch The Founder’s TED Talk to learn more!

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Best For | Hot cocoa lovers
Found In Stores | Whole Foods
Price Per Bar | $3–$9

Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers through fair trade practices. Their chocolates and cocoas are crafted using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops. They source from small farmer organizations that are the heart and soul of the Fair Trade movement.

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Best For | Nature & animal lovers
Found In Stores | Whole Foods, Kroger, Vitamin Shoppe
Price Per Bar | $2.50–$7

With each chocolate bar, Endangered Species Chocolate is protecting diversity of life on our planet and promoting true global change. Endangered Species Chocolate donates 10% of net profits to partner organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts. Their milk and dark chocolate bars and bites are made with fairly traded, shade grown cacao and natural ingredients. Choosing their chocolate is one way you can honor farmers and support sustainable farming practices.

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Best For | Chocolate made entirely in Africa
Found In Stores | Whole Foods
Price Per Bar | $5–$9

Africa grows 70% of the world's cocoa, yet produces less than 1% of the world’s chocolate. Beyond Good exists to change this by making chocolate entirely in Africa. Beyond Good empowers Madagascar’s cocoa farmers with skills training and higher wages. They source other ingredients locally in Madagascar as well, then actually make their chocolate on the island. So far, they’ve created meaningful income for over 200 people in Madagascar—from chocolate making, to packaging production, to the farming of the cocoa, spices, and fruits.

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Best For | Raw chocolate lovers
Found In Stores | Find a stockist
Price Per Bar | $5–$8

Loving Earth is dedicated to sourcing and manufacturing the highest quality organic, fairly traded raw chocolate. Their mission is to create chocolate in its purest, richest, most essential form. A wickedly decadent healthy treat, this chocolate contains no cane sugar or dairy and remains uncooked and unprocessed. Because the Cacao Beans are not roasted, their natural wealth of phytonutrients remain fully intact. Loving Earth’s raw chocolate contains up to twice the amount of antioxidants of conventionally processed chocolate.

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Best For | Milk chocolate lovers, baking bars & powders
Found In Stores | Many retailers worldwide
Price Per Bar | $4

Divine Chocolate is "Owned By Cocoa Farmers & Made For Chocolate Lovers"—they are the only 100% fair trade chocolate company that is co-owned by cocoa farmers, which allows them to share in profits and have a larger voice in the cocoa industry. Divine has been crafting fair trade chocolate for over 20 years, and they were selected as one of the "Best For The World" B Corps in 2017. We love them for their wide selection, availability, and straightforward pricing!

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