What is organic chocolate?
One of the main differences is that certified organic chocolate is created using cocoa beans which have not been treated with synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. True organic chocolate should not stop at the cocoa bean—any other ingredients included in the blend (sugar, milk, nuts, fruit, spices, etc.) should be organic as well.
Why you should choose organic chocolate
For a family that does enjoy a fair amount of chocolate (almost every day), one of the most shocking discoveries was to find out that conventionally grown cocoa is one of the highest pesticide-using crops out there - This did not sit well with my mind or stomach.
Here are some additional nasties found in common chocolate:
- High fructose corn syrup: Also referred to as corn sugar, it is commonly found in sodas and other processed drinks and foods. Having too much HFCS has been linked to weight gain, stomach upsets (particularly if you have IBS or follow a low FODMAP diet), cavities, and poor nutrition.
- Artificial flavouring and artificial colouring: While studies are ongoing on the effects of using chemical combinations to create "natural" tastes and colours ( it is linked to allergies and exacerbates those with ADD or ADHD and much much more).
Does organic chocolate taste better?
With most things organic, that's a definite 'YES' from us, however we think you should really test it for yourself with our mouth watering range of certified organic chocolates.