Chocolate + caramel + conscience = a winning combination.
I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a chocolate fiend.
Usually I do pure cacao, as it has tons of health benefits.
Raw, pure, unadulterated cacao also acts as a stimulant (as it has Caffeine and Theobromine), so it should be looked at as a health supplement, which is how I choose to use it.
Although pure cacao is great, it’s not really sweet at all, and won’t satisfy a sweet tooth.
Enter Equal Exchange Chocolates Caramel Crunch Dark.
According to the inside of the wrapper:
- The cacao in this chocolate is from the Dominican Republic, Panama, Ecuador, and Peru.
- The sugar is from Paraguay.
- The vanilla is from Madagascar.
I don’t believe it though. I’m sure this bar was actually made in the heavens and then dropped down by the Chocolate Gods themselves.
Okay, maybe I’m embellishing a bit, but this bar is damn good.
The first thing that caught my eye was the design of the wrapper.
With plenty of earth tones and outlined illustrations of the cacao tree, it has a very natural tone to it. The designer should get an A+.
After tearing off the wrapper, the look of the bar itself is plain jane, but this is not indicative of the flavor.
After the first nibble I was hooked.
The smooth, sweet chocolate contrasted (and also complimented) the crunchy bits of caramel, which created a truly decadent taste experience.
Chocolate With a Conscience
Equal Exchange Chocolates is a worker-owned co-op.
This means that all the workers have an equal stake and say in the company.
Equal Exchange then partners with and sources it’s ingredients from farmer co-ops around the world. The ingredients grown by these farmers follow Fair Trade practices.
Fair Trade practices are important, as they help farmers in developing countries attain livable wages, and Fair Trade also promotes sustainable farming methods.
Great food, helping people make a living, and saving the environment? #Winning
Two thumbs way up!
This stuff is pretty damn good, and it should satisfy any chocolate and caramel lover with (or without!) a conscience.
It might also be great paired with a nice cup of French Roast.
Where You Can Get It
I picked up this chocolate bar at my local Target, surprisingly enough.
You can also get it through Equal Exchange’s website.
It will set you back about $2.99 – $3.50 per bar, but this is pretty much in line with other options in the gourmet and craft chocolate category.
And…. BOOM! That’ll do it for this edition.
Any questions, comments, concerns?
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