Certified Tasty! Organic Chocolate
Let’s explore the world of organic chocolate. Chocolate can highly processed, or it can be raw and organic in order to retain the natural properties of the cocoa beans and other ingredients used. We only use Organic cocoa beans when making these chocolate bars. The good news? No harmful pesticides are used on any crops that can be passed along to you if you eat them.
The best thing about organic chocolate, in our opinion, is that there is no unethical aftertaste. This is a great reason why organic chocolate bars make a great gift for friends and family members who want something tasty, but also healthy. Cacao comes from large pods that come directly off trees in places like Peru after they’ve been fermented (so no need for pesticides) then dried naturally before being turned into what we love… the UK’s favourite sweet treat. Want to know what makes chocolate certified organic? Just keep reading to find out…
So what do we mean by “certified organic”?
It means that we have carefully gone through certain steps with an agency to verify how everything was grown and processed. This ensures organic standards were met, regardless of where or how the chocolate was made.
There are several organisations globally that certify organic products but most notably they all use the same standards for what qualifies as organic no matter where you’re located. So whether someone says their product is USDA Certified Organic (United States) , EcoCert Certified Organic (Europe), Australian Certified Organic etc… rest assured if they’ve the logo on their packaging then yes it’s truly organic.
To get organic certification there are several steps that need to be followed such as:
– Site visits and assessment by a third party organic certifier
– Meeting organic production standards which ensure the highest level of food safety while protecting and improving the environment. This includes how crops should be grown, what animal feed is allowed or not etc…
– The use of natural substances in growing produces (no synthetic pesticides)
As you can see – it’s pretty rigorous process.
Our organic cacao beans grow in tropical climates where organic farming practices are difficult to implement. Organic farms have been developed over time to meet these growing demand for organic products and chocolate still remains one of the most challenging items when it comes to being certified organic. We pride ourselves on sourcing the best ingredients for our chocolate bars just for you.
Organic chocolate is made without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides. For organic farming methods to be certified. the organic products are not allowed to contain any artificial ingredients, preservatives or GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). Organic chocolate bars often have a more distinctive taste than non-organic ones because they retain the natural flavours that would otherwise be lost during processing, due lack of chemicals and additives which can mask these tastes. Chocolate being certified organic means it has been produced by farmers who have used sustainable agricultural practices for many generations on their land so produce better quality food products free from contamination with toxic chemicals or heavy metal residues.
Organic chocolate bars are sometimes a little pricier than your average super market brand chocolate bars, but they’re well worth the extra cost knowing you’ve purchased organic chocolate that’s not only better for you but also tastes great. When buying chocolate, it is important to consider buying organic when possible, as it’s better for the environment and better for your health too. There are certifications that can be found online like USDA organic certification which ensures that 99% of the ingredients in a product must be grown without pesticides and herbicides. Also look at labels on food products to see if they have ‘organic’ or ‘non GMO’. If you can’t see any then there might not actually be anything organic inside, so be careful if organic is a must for you. Look for organic raw chocolate bars that contain only organic cacao, organic cacao butter and organic yacon syrup, coconut sugar, or other natural sweeteners like maple syrup or stevia.
Chocolate can be organic in two ways: raw organic (with no added sugar or other ingredients) or certified organic (with organic cocoa butter). We use both! There are many benefits to eating organic foods. It’s good for the environment, your body and animals, and they don’t contain GMOs, pesticides, herbicides etc., while conventional chocolates do have these substances which are bad for you and the earth. Being good to the planet whilst good to you is something we whole-heartedly believe in.
Make the switch – get certified
So now that we know what organic means in the food industry… let’s talk about why your regular everyday bars of chocolate aren’t actually organic. Usually when something says “organic” on it – they mean partially organic, meaning only one ingredient has been produced organically out of many ingredients within the product itself. The same goes for processed foods like crisps or biscuits. Even if they are vegan or gluten free, unless specifically stated otherwise these items may not necessarily have any traceable levels of pesticides either because there just isn’t enough organic ingredients in there to make it organic. This is why the process of certification is so important when you are purchasing organic chocolate.
A certified organic food has been produced following strict guidelines and rules set by an independent third party who checks up on farms, facilities, fields – everything that goes into producing your food before it even reaches our shelves or plates.
So for all our chocolate lovers out there – let’s support organic chocolate farmers and makers together. Keep in mind: just because organic chocolate has organic sugar doesn’t mean it’s healthy, either. We all deserve better, so why not organic naturally sweetened chocolate? If you were craving an organic treat that was not only healthy but also delicious then you should try our amazing range of organic raw chocolate bars. Our organic chocolate bars are easy to find at mrpoppleschocolate.co.uk/shop . We have a deliciously wide variety of organic chocolate bars! It’s all raw organic chocolate that is unprocessed, and is also vegan-friendly. Our organic vegan chocolate bars have no dairy added so they’re perfect for vegans who want a tasty treat too! It’s all about feeling good for doing the right thing – how could you resist?!