Chocolate Gifts That Do Good
Spreading some chocolatey cheer during the holidays seems like a no-brainer. But cacao production has traditionally been rife with supply-chain issues that make gifting and enjoying certain confections bittersweet. That’s where we’ve got you covered. Thanks to our strict food standards, all the treats in this gift guide will satisfy even the most conscious chocolate connoisseurs. And to make things even easier, we have a few suggestions to help you pair our abundance of bars, bites, and truffles with all the different types of people in your life.
For that Special Someone: Feve Artisan Chocolates
When you need an especially elegant confection to say, “I love you,” give the gift of Feve artisan treats, which incorporate flavors like the tang of candied citrus and the toasted goodness of roasted almonds and hazelnuts. A local company based in San Francisco, Feve lends 5 percent of their profits to cacao farmers in the form of micro loans via Kiva—an ode to their early days when they were aided with just such a loan themselves.
For the Kids: Lake Champlain Organic Chocolate Snowpeople
These certified organic bundles of chocolatey joy exist to be stuffed into stockings. But they’re also ideal for secretly stashing into lunch boxes. Reward kids with a large snowperson if they’ve been extra nice, or send them to school with a whole family of milk or dark chocolate snowpeople and encourage them to spread some holiday cheer amongst their friends, or leave a present on their teacher’s desk.
For Vegans & Locavores: Coracao Confections
Conventional chocolates contain, on average, more than twenty ingredients. Coracao Confections average about six. And every single one of those ingredients—like Criollo cacao and coconut sugar—is an organic, real food. Proudly crafted in Oakland, Coracao’s chocolate and truffle bars are made with an obsession for pure, quality ingredients, resulting in a treat that anyone can happily devour, dietary restrictions or not.
For Nature Lovers: Alter Eco
With 10 flavors to choose from, including some that incorporate unexpected ingredients like quinoa and burnt caramel, there’s an Alter Eco organic chocolate bar for everyone on your list. But your outdoorsy friends will be especially excited to find a couple stashed in their stockings. By employing regenerative organic practices like dynamic agroforestry, Alter Eco strives to give back more to the earth than they take—literally. For example, they’re helping to restore the Peruvian Amazon by planting enough trees to account for more than 100 percent of their carbon footprint.
For the Grinch: Theo Chocolate
We all have friends who are reluctant to get on board with the holidays. Give those grumpy folks one of Theo Chocolate’s festive bars, which feature holiday-themed flavors like peppermint stick, nutcracker brittle, and gingerbread spice. If that doesn’t help their heart grow three sizes, tell them that Theo was the first organic and fair-trade certified chocolatier in North America, and every bite supports a bean-to-bar OG dedicated to improving the cacao supply chain.
For Social Activists: Tony’s Chocolonely
Most chocolate bars break into even pieces to facilitate sharing (which, to be clear, is totally optional—even during the holidays). Tony’s Chocolonely takes a more provocative approach, dividing their bars into uneven chunks to highlight inequality in the chocolate industry. The company’s mission to help build a 100 percent slave-free chocolate industry is incredibly inspiring, but they also deliver on flavor, with the perfect balance of ingredients and a slightly salty finish.
For Bakers: Guittard Fair Trade Baking Bars
Do you have friends who prefer crafting their own confections? They’ll appreciate Guittard’s Fair Trade Bittersweet Baking Bars. As the oldest, continuously family-owned and operated chocolate-making business in the U.S., Guittard folds five generations of chocolate know-how into their small-batch bars. Tell your friends to look for complex flavors—like notes of cherry and tart fruit—when baking with these premium chunks of chocolate.
For the Workout Junkie: Siren Protein Bites
Help your active, clean-eating friends get their New Year off to an energetic start without forgoing chocolate. Loaded with ingredients like flaxseed and dates, Siren Snacks Protein Bites are packed with 12g of plant protein per serving (derived from peas). They make a great workout recovery snack, post-hike bite, or topping for smoothies and acai bowls.
You’re all stocked up on ethical chocolate gifts, but we’re guessing that you still have some shopping to do. Our Guide to Holiday Gifting is a great resource for discovering everything from hard-to-find spirits to spreads and cheeses to bring to parties. And no matter what you’re putting in your cart (and eventually under the tree), our sourcing standards mean you can feel great about whatever Good Eggs gifts you decide to give.