Seattle Chocolates: Decadent flavors from ethically-sourced ingredients, now feeding the hungry

This woman-owned business is making some of the best chocolates on the planet, using Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa to craft a line of luxurious truffles and bars.

Seattle Chocolates combines ethically-sourced ingredients into decadent flavors, all of which will melt in your mouth while helping to support the planet's lungs, and from now through December, each bar sold will also help feed the hungry, thanks to the company's giveback program, Every Chocolate Gives.

When it comes to sweet treats, chocolate is my preference, and because of the social justice and environmental issues attendant in the production of the cocoa powder that goes into making chocolate, I am a big proponent of choosing products from brands that put their money where their mouth is, so to speak.

One of the ways that chocolate brands can do so is to choose Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa as an ingredient, as the farms that get certified through the Rainforest Alliance are actively working to protect shade trees, plant native species, conserve natural resources, and maintain healthy wildlife corridors in their regions. These smallholders also work to reduce their reliance on pesticides, instead choosing natural and biological alternatives and eschewing any applications of banned pesticides, which helps to reduce the environmental impact of growing cacao beans for their buyers.

Seattle Chocolates only uses Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa in its products, and avoids palm oil (coconut oil is used instead) and GMO ingredients, which makes the company's chocolate bars and truffles a guilt-free indulgence that melts in your mouth without melting the planet.

I recently got some sample bars from Seattle Chocolates, and I was quite simply blown away by the quality and taste of these chocolates (which is saying a lot, considering how many brands of organic/Fair Trade/Rainforest Alliance certified chocolate bars I've tried). The favorite flavors at our house (we're all dark chocolate aficionados here) were the Perfect Peanut Butter Truffle Bar, the Salted Almond Truffle Bar, and the Coconut Macaroon Truffle Bar, but all of the varieties we sampled were winners, with no exceptions.

This woman-owned chocolate company is also serious about giving back, as its current campaign, Every Chocolate Gives, will generate a donation worth a serving of food for each chocolate bar purchased from now through December 2015, which will go to local food banks.

"Seattle Chocolates is making the fight against hunger the centerpiece and beneficiary of our 2015 every chocolate gives campaign to raise awareness and generate donations to local food banks. To date, Seattle Chocolates has donated more than 500,000 servings of fresh healthy food to families in need. Our goal is to donate 1,000,000 servings by December 31."

Purchases that qualify for donations can be made on the company's website, but if you want to help out the campaign, even without buying some of the best tasting chocolate on the planet, the company is also donating for every social media mention of #chocolategives, such as by sharing this article with that hashtag (hint, hint).

Tags: Chocolate | Rainforest Alliance

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