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The Best Organic Chocolates

Flavored, plain, milk, dark: We tasted them all and came up with this list of the best organic chocolates!

By Leah Zerbe

tags: HOLIDAY TIPS, ORGANIC FOOD



The Best Organic Chocolates

You can never go wrong with a gift of organic chocolate.

It's hard to go wrong with a gift of chocolate for Valentine's Day. Make it organic, and you'll not only show the planet a little love, but you'll also give your sweetie a gift without chemical pesticides and genetically engineered thickeners and preservatives, and that wasn't made with abusive child labor. But there are so many companies selling organic chocolate now, it's hard to know which to pick. Never fear! We sacrificed an afternoon to taste as many as we could so you know which ones to buy.

How We Chose Them: We selected organic chocolate bars we could find at local natural food stores and larger grocery chains, like Whole Foods, and tested three varieties of each brand: milk chocolate, flavored, and dark. We wound up testing Theo Chocolate, Green & Black's, Equal Exchange, Endangered Species Chocolate, and Newman's Own Organics.

About three-dozen willing Rodale employees tasted all five varieties in each category and ranked them according to taste, texture, and aroma. We added up their scores and came up with the following rankings.

The Results:
All the brands tested very well—after all, it's chocolate! But here were the top scorers:

Milk Chocolate: Green & Black's Organic Milk Chocolate

Flavored Chocolate: Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate Mint

Dark Chocolate: Theo Jane Goodall Organic Dark Chocolate

Published on: February 8, 2011
Updated on: February 9, 2012



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Rather depressing that the folks at Rodale are unaware that soya lecithin is made from soy beans, and well over 90% of soy beans are GMO. I was hoping to rely on you guys for good information about slow farming and slow food...
Just because a label on a product has the words "organic" doesn't mean that the product is free of GMO and toxic chemical ingredients. Do you know that a new artificial sweetener Neotame, has been approved by the Feds for use in food products including "organic" food products, and manufacturers are not required to list it in the label?

Organic chocolate and soya lecithin

I think that the Green and Black and the Endangered species chocolates use soya lecithin in their chocolates. That to my mind should disqualify them from any taste test comparison of non-gmo, non-industrial ingredient chocolates.

Soya lecithin is an industrially produced chemical used to replace the cocoa butter that was removed from the cocoa and sold to cosmetics companies. Equal Exchange chocolate and Theo chocolate do not have any soya lecithin added to their chocolates.

Organic Milk Chocolate

have you tried MOO? new brand, amazingly smooth, creamy milk chocolate. doesn't taste organic--just tastes rich!

Fair Trade

I know Theo Chocolate uses Fair Trade cocoa, but I am wondering if the other brands do the same?

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