28 February, 2019

15 Fairtrade Chocolate Choices You Can Find on the High Street

Fairtrade Chocolate Chunks
by Katy O'Brien

I need chocolate - now! We've all been there - it's Friday, we've been at work all week, we deserve a treat. But a treat for us shouldn't be at the expense of others. We don't want exploitation and poverty to be the cost of our chocolate bar.

Cocoa farmers typically work gruelling days, but don’t earn enough to provide the basics for their families or give opportunities to their children. When you choose Fairtrade chocolate, you know that you are making a difference to farmers’ lives and supporting a brighter future for their families.

Here is a list of some of the Fairtrade chocolate bars you can find on the high street, so when you're next craving a treat (that you definitely deserve!) you can make the ethical and fair choice because cocoa farmers deserve a living income.

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Local Newsagent

Fairtrade Maltesers Gift Box


Maltesers

 We all know and love these honeycomb-centred balls of yumminess. And they’re available almost everywhere! Look for the Fairtrade Mark.

  

Marks and Spencer

M&S Fairtrade Single Origin Milk Chocolate with Salted Butterscotch and Maple SyrupM&S has a selection of Fairtrade chocolate including their Single Origin range. Try the Gianduja chocolate with Italian hazelnuts or the white chocolate with pistachios.



Co-op

In May 2017 Co-op became the first UK retailer to source all its cocoa on Fairtrade terms, so all of Co-op's own-brand products which contain cocoa - from the chocolate sprinkles on their doughnuts to the chocolate chips in their cookies - are benefitting Fairtrade cocoa farmers. 


Co-opBesides their delicious own-brand chocolate bars and aforementioned donuts 😍, you’ll also find Fairtrade chocolate goodies from these brands:


  • Green & Blacks - look for the Fairtrade Mark
  • Maltesers - look for the Fairtrade Mark

If you fancy drinking your chocolate, the Co-op own brand drinking chocolate is also Fairtrade.

Oxfam

Cocoa Loco Dark Chocolate Buttons

Pop into your local Oxfam, where you’ll find a selection of Fairtrade snack brands including:

  • Cocoa Loco – a lovely selection of Fairtrade chocolate - the chocolate melting spoons and dark chocolate buttons (pictured above) are our favourites! 
  • Divine – a great range of flavoured bars from the UK’s first farmer owned confectionary brand. All of Divine's chocolate is Fairtrade.

Oxfam is offering 20% off Fairtrade food during Fairtrade Fortnight online and in-store. Cocoa Loco is also offering 20% off during Fairtrade Fortnight. 

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Visit Cocoa Loco's online shop

Waitrose

Waitrose has just committed to make all the cocoa in its own brand confectionery 100% Fairtrade by the end of the year. This will significantly increase its Fairtrade cocoa volumes so that farmers can sell more and, with the new Minimum Price, farmers will benefit from a 20% increase in value.

Waitrose Fairtrade Belgian Milk ChocolateTony's Chocolonely Fairtrade Chocolate

In Waitrose stores you’ll find:

  • Waitrose own brand – try the Silky, smooth Belgian Milk Chocolate (pictured above) or the Dark Chocolate with raspberry and blackberry (65% cocoa). 
  • Tony’s Chocolonely – a newcomer to the UK (pictured above), this deliciously chunky and ethical bar is already a big hit in the Netherlands. Also available in Wholefoods
  • Divine - all of Divine's chocolate is Fairtrade
  • Green & Blacks - look for the Fairtrade Mark
  • Maltesers - look for the Fairtrade Mark

Greggs

A selection of Greggs coffeesPick up your chocolate in liquid form next time you're passing Greggs. All their tea, coffee and hot chocolate is Fairtrade. 🙌



Starbucks

StarbucksA Starbucks near your office? Pop in for your afternoon treat. Snack-sized milk and dark chocolate bars available, look for the Fairtrade Mark.


Holland & Barrett

Vego Fairtrade Vegan Chocolate Bar (cropped)

If you're after a vegan option, pick up a bar of Vego from Holland & Barrett. While you're there, pick up a tub of vegan hazelnut chocolate spread. Both are organic as well as Fairtrade and delicious - so they really tick all the boxes!


Whole Foods Market

If you buy chocolate from a wholefoods store, that means it's healthy, right? Pick up one of your 'five a day' from the selection available at Whole Foods Market...

Chocolate & Love

  • Chocolate and Love - Chocolate and Love pride themselves on sourcing some of the world's finest organic, ethically sourced ingredients to produce their award-winning Fairtrade dark chocolate. The bars are beautifully packaged, making them good on the outside and inside. Vegan options available.
  • Seed and Bean - another pretty choice, these are sustainable and ethical, with lots of flavour combinations to choose from and vegan-friendly options too.
  • Navitas Organics - Cacao butter is a great addition to smoothies for a fat boost and lends a luscious, aromatic richness when used in baked goods, hot chocolate and other warm drinks.
  • Tony’s Chocolonely - as detailed above, give this super chunky and super ethical new kid on the block a try.

Tesco Metro

There are over 3,400 Tesco stores across the UK so next time you pop in for your chocolate treat, look out for the Fairtrade Mark. The following options are usually available:

  • Maltesers - look for the Fairtrade Mark
  • Green & Blacks - a great gift box available (pictured below), the perfect present from you, to you, to celebrate the weekend!
  • Ben & Jerry’s – fancy something a bit cooler? Chill out with one of Ben & Jerry’s Fairtrade ice creams. Dairy-free options also available.

Green Blacks Fairtrade Classsic Miniatures Carton

Sainsbury's Local

Larger Sainsbury's stores have a great selection of Fairtrade chocolate. And the smaller 'Local' stores will usually have at least the following Fairtrade options:

  • Sainbury's 'Taste the Difference' range - we tried the Milk Chocolate option and it was delicious!
  • Ben & Jerry’s - chill! All Ben & Jerry's delicious ice creams are Fairtrade - and there are vegan and dairy-free options too!
  • Maltesers - look for the Fairtrade Mark
  • Green & Blacks - look for the Fairtrade Mark

Morrison's

Morrison's offer a wide range of Fairtrade chocolate including some tasty own brand bars.

Morrisons The Best Salted Butterscotch Milk ChocolateMorrisons The Best Rum and Raisin 52 percent

  • Try Morrisons "The Best" Rum & Raisins Dark Chocolate or Salted Butterscotch, both pictured above, for a tasty Fairtrade treat
  • Maltesers - look for the Fairtrade Mark

Lidl

Lidl has a range of chocolate that, through the Fairtrade Cocoa Programme, enables small-scale farmers to benefit by selling more of their cocoa as Fairtrade. Choose from Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Fruit & Nut and Almond & Orange.

Lidl Fairtrade Chocolate Range 2019

Asda

Asda Extra Special Indulgent Drinking Chocolate

Warm a chilly evening with ASDA Extra Special Indulgent Drinking Chocolate. 😍

Boots the Chemist

Maltesers - look for the Fairtrade Mark

Aldi

Aldi Moser Roth Single Origin Range

Try one of Aldi's delicious 'Moser Roth' range of Fairtrade single origin chocolate bars. Choose from either Ghana, Dominican Republic or Peru.

WHSmith

  • Seed & Bean - the prettiest chocolate bar option on the high street!
  • Maltesers - look for the Fairtrade Mark


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