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CHOCOLATE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Feb 25, 2021

LAWSUIT FILED TO PROTECT CHILDREN IN THE CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY

On February 12, 2021, as we in the U.S were preparing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate in hand, the first-ever class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of some former child slaves against some of the world's largest cocoa companies. These companies are different than Tangle and other craft chocolate companies. Tangle wants consumers to know more so that they factor that human cost into the price of chocolate they buy.

Jan 14, 2021

Chocolate at the Supreme Court

Even today in the US, there are a few things that we generally agree on. One of them is that most of us have a soft spot for chocolate, and another is that we don't support enslaving children or enforced laborers of any kind. The Supreme Court recently heard a case against Nestle SA and Cargill that it's important to know about.

Nov 25, 2020

Hershey Avoids Paying New Living Wage Premiums For Cacao

The Hershey Company, as one of the biggest chocolate companies in the world, impacts the chocolate market with everything they do. The company has for years said that it supports its mostly-impoverished cacao growers in making a living wage, yet a recent action contradicts that stance. 

Oct 29, 2020

Vegan Chocolate, a Small Step Towards a Healthier Diet

The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired lots of people to make changes in their lives, both big and small. One common area of change: what we eat. It's tough to adapt to a diet that feels punitive, now more so than ever. Tangle Chocolate suggests starting small by eating vegan chocolate.

Sep 17, 2020

WOMEN IN CHOCOLATE PROFILE: Gail Ambrosius, Chocolatier

Continuing our series of profiles of women in chocolate, this week Tangle Chocolate meets Gail Ambrosius of Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier in Madison, Wisconsin and learns about how she got into chocolate, how she has made the most of the 2020 pandemic, and how she advises women just starting out.

Aug 20, 2020

SAVING CACAO TREES THAT MAKE GREAT CHOCOLATE: THE HEIRLOOM CACAO PRESERVATION FUND

If the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund sold T-shirts, one might read, “Get your hands off my fine-flavored cacao!” The HCPF is dedicated to preserving endangered cacao trees, specifically ones that produce unique and flavorful cacao beans that make fine-flavored chocolate. Simply put, they are the good guys.

Aug 13, 2020

WOMEN IN CHOCOLATE PROFILE: Jinji Fraser of Pure Chocolate by Jinji

Jinji Fraser of Pure Chocolate by Jinji operates as both a chocolate maker and storyteller from her Baltimore-based chocolate shop. She opened the store in 2012 with her father, selling a variety of delectable premium chocolates, fudges, pralines and more. Read more of her story below!

Jul 30, 2020

WOMEN IN CHOCOLATE PROFILE: Victoria Kichuk of Cocoa Beantown

This is the first profile in a series of “Women in Chocolate,” where we’ll highlight other women who own chocolate businesses. First up is Victoria Kichuk of Cocoa Beantown in Boston, a chocolate tour and tasting experiences company.

Jun 11, 2020

MOVING TOWARDS JUSTICE IN THE CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY

In the fall of 2019, cacao-producing countries of West Africa with long-suffering cacao growers, instituted a radical policy that addresses centuries-old injustice. This article places this development in a historical context, explains what the policy is, and touches on the impact that one of the major chocolate industry players anticipates it might have.

Jun 4, 2020

FOUR WAYS THAT YOUR CHOCOLATE MAY BE COMPROMISING YOUR VALUES

You are someone who loves delighting everyone from your child’s violin teacher to your sweetheart with some special chocolate when they least expect it. And you want to choose chocolate that makes the world better as well as brightens the recipient’s day. How can you know that the chocolate you buy is in alignment with your values? Start with these four questions.

May 28, 2020

WHY IS OUR CHOCOLATE SO EXPENSIVE?

I love when people ask me that question because it gives me the chance to get them excited about the value of - and values behind - Tangle Chocolate. This world of craft chocolate (also known as bean-to-bar, artisan, or gourmet chocolate) could not be more different from the world of the $.99 cent chocolate you buy at the gas station, yet it’s all called chocolate. By the end of this article, you will have a completely new understanding of the differences in the products and the pricing.

Apr 23, 2020

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLY-GROWN CACAO?

In honor of the 50th Earth Day (wow!), we take a look at how sustainably-grown cacao makes Mother Earth happy.
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