Dark Chocolate by Seed & Bean
Organic Fair Trade Extra Dark Chocolate – £2.49
Seed and Bean is the only fairly-traded, organic chocolate company to be awarded 100% ethical accreditation from The Ethical Company Organisation, scoring top marks in every category of comparison. But it’s not just about the impeccable ethics: here at ABP, we’re agreed that it’s the best chocolate we’ve ever come across. (And we eat a lot of chocolate.)
The Extra Dark bar is perfect in every way: it’s organic, Fairtrade certified, suitable for vegans, and tastes heavenly. We also love the Coconut and Raspberry version, but if you’re more of a milk chocolate person then try the Cornish Sea Salt and Lime – you won’t be disappointed.
Unlike most other brands of organic and fair trade chocolate, which are manufactured in Europe and then transported thousands of miles back to the UK in temperature-controlled HGVs, Seed & Bean bars are made entirely in England and therefore travel far fewer food miles than their competitors. Their inner ‘foil’ wrappers are made from ‘Natureflex’, a cellulose film produced from renewable eucalyptus wood pulp, and are home-compostable. The outer wrappers, being made from paper, are also recyclable.
With a batch-size of just 45 litres (compared to the chocolate world’s normal 20-50,000 litres), Seed & Bean is an artisan operation. The chocolate is produced using ‘hands-on’ methods in a small facility in Northamptonshire, England.