Chocolate & Cocoa

Equal Exchange chocolates and cocoas are crafted using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops. We source from these small farmer organizations because we believe they are the heart and soul of the Fair Trade movement.

Our Products

  • Our 80g organic dark chocolate and milk chocolate bars combine famous Swiss standards in chocolate making with fairly traded ingredients from small farmer co-ops.
  • These bite-sized organic chocolates are our solution to those anytime chocolate cravings.
  • Our organic cocoas are made with high quality, Dutch-processed, organic cocoa powder and make a rich, comforting treat.
  • Our cocoas are crafted using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops.
  • Use these delicious Organic Chocolate Chips to add even more chocolatey goodness to your favorite chocolate recipe.

Farmer Partners

  • Oro Verde

    In the 1980s, the co-op and surrounding communities in the remote Apurimac Valley were severely impacted by the social and political conflict occurring in Peru’s Ayacucho Province caused by drug trafficking and violence.

  • Manduvira

    Cooperativa de Producción Agro-Industrial Manduvira Ltda (Manduvira Co-op) is located in the village of Arroyos y Esteros (Streams and Swamps), in the southwestern region of Paraguay.

  • Fortaleza del Valle

    Fortaleza del Valle was founded in 2005 to improve living conditions for small-scale cacao producers in the Manabí Province of Ecuador. The co-operative is made up of five regional groups, with over 630 farmers as members.

Taste, Learn, Explore

  • What is different about fairly traded, organic sugar?

     

  • Why Fair Trade Matters

    Why Fair Trade Chocolate Matters

    Americans consume millions of pounds of chocolate per year, but where does it all come from?

  • How is Cocoa Made?

    How is Cocoa Made?

    Meet the producers at CONACADO in the Dominican Republic and see how cacao becomes cocoa. Equal Exchange is proud to have purchased cocoa powder directly from CONACADO since 2011.

From the Blog

  • May 7, 2018

    I came away from a recent visit to our cacao partner CONACADO with a feeling of tremendous appreciation for the way that co-operative has promoted women in roles that traditionally are assigned to men. I have even more appreciation for the strong women who have taken opportunities for leadership and have excelled, despite the challenges. According to the organization Farming First, “female farmers receive only 5% of all agricultural extension services from 97 countries, [and] only 15% of the world’s extension agents are women.”

    Frankie Pondolph
  • December 11, 2017

    As rain drizzled down from slate grey skies, thousands of visitors took refuge inside Smith Cove at Pier 91 to attend the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle. The festival has been a staple of the city’s events scene since 2008. This year, the chocolate team at Equal Exchange participated in the festival workshops and unconference from Nov. 9-12.

    Laura Bechard