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

  • November 28, 2018

    By: Dana Drugmand, Equal Exchange Barista 

    Frankie Pondolph
  • November 8, 2018

    Have you ever seen a cacao pod? In the wild or on the farm, it awkwardly hangs from the trunk and branches of the Theobroma cacao tree. An alien fruit of seemingly endless variety —shaped like a papaya, hard like an acorn squash and often ridged like one, too. It comes in reds, browns, golds, purples, sometimes different varieties growing right alongside one another. Cutting one open reveals a world no less strange than the exterior—filmy, gooey white membrane enrobes brown and purple beans that are about the size of large grapes. The aroma from the interior is alluring, though: citric and bold, floral and sweet, even woodsy and minerally, depending on the variety of pod you’re sniffing

    Frankie Pondolph