15 Fairtrade Chocolate Choices You Can Find on the High Street

15 Fairtrade Chocolate Choices You Can Find on the High Street

It’s been a long day, we’ve been at work all week, we deserve a treat. But a treat shouldn’t be at the expense of others. We do not want exploitation to be the cost of our chocolate bar.

Due to unreliable market prices and inequality in the supply chain, most cocoa farmers do not earn enough to cover basic needs. When you choose Fairtrade chocolate, you know that farmers are getting a fairer price for their cocoa, supporting a brighter future for them, their families and their communities.

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 (you deserve it!) you can make the ethical and fair choice because cocoa farmers deserve a living income.

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Aldi

Moser Roth bars

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

Asda

Asda Indulgent drinking chocolate

Warm a chilly evening with ASDA Extra Special Indulgent Drinking Chocolate. Also look out for their Extra Special Madagascan dark chocolate bar.

Maltesers – Delicious milk chocolate coated balls of light honeycomb. Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark.

Boots the Chemist

Maltesers – Perfect for a film night, delicious milk chocolate coated balls of light honeycomb. Look for the Fairtrade Mark.

Co-op

Co-op chocolate bars and Forest of Hope chocolate surprise egg

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

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

  • Divine – look out for their dark chocolate 70%, dark chocolate with raspberry, and milk chocolate with salted caramel. All 100% Fairtrade and delicious.
  • Forest of Hope – a kids brand that is forest friendly and fair to farmers. Look out for their milk chocolate surprise eggs.
  • Green & Blacks – look for the Fairtrade Mark
  • Maltesers – look for the Fairtrade Mark
  • Tony’s Chocolonely – this deliciously chunky and ethical bar is already a big hit. Its amazing flavour combinations and interesting presentation make it a great conversation starter. Try the milk caramel sea salt (in the orange wrapper) – we are addicted! Also available in Waitrose, Wholefoods, Oxfam, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

Greggs

Greggs coffee - three cups

Greggs Hot Chocolate has been Fairtrade for a number of years. In August 2020, Greggs furthered its commitment by now only using chocolate from Fairtrade accredited suppliers for 100% of the products which it manufactures itself. 

Look out for Fairtrade Milk Chocolate Cookies, Caramel Shortbread and Chocolate Brownies, to name but a few.

Holland & Barrett

Vego bar
  • Forest of Hope – Look out for their milk chocolate surprise eggs.
  • Vego – If you’re after a vegan option, pick up a bar of Vego from Holland & Barrett. Various flavours available including white chocolate. 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! 

Lidl

Lidl has launched its first own-brand super-Fairtrade chocolate bar, Way To Go. Available in three delicious flavours, a Premium from every bar sold will support a living wage for cocoa farmers in Ghana.

Lidl also 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. 

Three flavours of Way to Go bars

Local Newsagent

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 milk chocolate bar

M&S has a selection of Fairtrade chocolate including their Single Origin range. Cocoa content of these bars vary – up to 100% cocoa – so you can choose one to your taste. Try the Gianduja chocolate with Italian hazelnuts or the white chocolate with pistachios.

Morrison’s

salted butter toffee chocolate Morrisons

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

  • Try Morrisons ‘The Best’ Rum & Raisins Dark Chocolate or Salted Butterscotch for a tasty Fairtrade treat
  • Maltesers – look for the Fairtrade Mark

Oxfam

Ten bars of Divine chocolate

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

  • Cocoa Loco – we love the dark chocolate buttons but the chocolate melting spoons are our favourite! 
  • Divine – a great range of flavoured bars from the UK’s first farmer owned confectionary brand. All of Divine’s chocolate is Fairtrade.
  • Tony’s Chocolonely – a selection of tasty flavours to choose from.

Sainsbury’s Local

Pico Hazelnut m*lk chocolate and Sainsbury's Belgian milk drinking chocolate

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:

  • Sainsbury’s – Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Belgian milk drinking chocolate is smooth and creamy, and it’s sure to hit your sweet spot
  • Ben & Jerry’s – chill! All Ben & Jerry’s delicious ice creams are Fairtrade – and there are vegan and dairy-free options too.
  • Green & Blacks – look for the Fairtrade Mark
  • Maltesers – look for the Fairtrade Mark
  • Tony’s Chocolonely – all Tony’s Chocolonely bars are 100% Fairtrade and completely delicious.

Starbucks

Starbucks logo

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

Tesco Metro

Green & Blacks classic minatures carton

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:

  • 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 – a great gift box available (pictured above), the perfect present from you, to you, to celebrate the weekend!
  • Maltesers – look for the Fairtrade Mark

Waitrose

Waitrose Champagne truffles

Waitrose is committed to sourcing Fairtrade cocoa, with all the cocoa in its own brand confectionery now 100% Fairtrade. This will significantly increase its Fairtrade cocoa volumes so that farmers can sell more and, with the recently increased Minimum Price, farmers will benefit from a 20% increase in value.

In Waitrose stores you’ll find:

  • Waitrose own brand – try the Silky, smooth Belgian Milk Chocolate or the Dark Chocolate with raspberry and blackberry (65% cocoa). For a gift, choose their selection of milk, white and dark Swiss chocolates or a box of their dark and milk chocolate Champagne truffles.
  • Divine – a wide range of Divine chocolate is sold at Waitrose, including dark chocolate with raspberries and dark chocolate with Himalayan salt.
  • Green & Blacks – look for the Fairtrade Mark
  • Maltesers – look for the Fairtrade Mark
  • Tony’s Chocolonely – give this super chunky and super ethical chocolate a try.

Whole Foods Market

Chocolate and Love

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 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.
  • Divine Chocolate  full range of delicious Divine chocolate available. Look out for their feel good flavours that are 100% organic, vegan and delicious.
  • 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.
  • Seed and Bean – another pretty choice, these are sustainable and ethical, with lots of flavour combinations to choose from and vegan-friendly options too.
  • Tony’s Chocolonely – give this super chunky and super ethical chocolate bar a try.

WHSmith

  • Divine – look out for Divine’s range in the WHSmith stores at train stations and airports
  • Maltesers – look for the Fairtrade Mark
  • Seed & Bean – the prettiest chocolate bar option on the high street!

what now?

Thank you for taking time to read this article. You can enjoy your chocolate treat guilt-free.

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