Is your chocolate Fair Trade or Certified Organic?
Fair Trade requires only a small premium over commodity prices and also requires that farmers pay a fee to be part of the program. We prefer to use the Direct Trade model - we have personal relationships with all of our farmers and always negotiate the price directly with them as well. We pay premiums that are well above Fair Trade minimums - at least 100% above commodity prices and in some cases 200%, 300% or more. We've been to origin for all of our beans and know not only the farmers but the workers as well. We always make sure good labor practices are being used, that workers are being treated well, and that they're paid at least the legal minimum wage.
In regard to Organic Certification, although some of our cacao is certified organic we don't require our farmers to be certified. Organic certification requires that farmers pay a fee, and the reality is that even cacao that's certified organic isn't always so. That's another reason we visit origin for all of our beans - we know exactly what the farmers are doing and that they're not using pesticides or other harmful chemicals.
We are committed to building and sustaining long term, equitable relationships with all our farmers. For more information about the farms from which we source check out our About Our Chocolate pages.
Do you use any preservatives or emulsifiers in your chocolate?
There are no preservatives, emulsifiers or artificial ingredients in any of our chocolate!
Is your chocolate dairy and gluten-free?
All of our chocolate is dairy free and gluten free.
How do I store my chocolate?
It's best to store chocolate in a cool, dry environment. But, don't put it in the refrigerator! When the bars go from a cold environment to a warmer one condensation can form, causing sugar bloom (a white powder on the bar). It doesn't mean the bar has gone bad, but it doesn't look very good.
What is the shelf life of your chocolate?
For most of our bars it's 18 months. 12 months for our Almendra with Almond bar.
Keep in mind the chocolate will stay good long after that time. However, we recommend eating it as close the purchase date as possible for best flavor.
How do I use a promotional code or gift certificate?
When checking out simply type your gift certificate number or discount code into the “Coupon Code” field and click “Apply.”
Do you have gift boxes?
Yes! Just select the “Gift Box” option on checkout. You'll also have the opportunity to personalize a gift message for the recipient.
We offer USPS Priority Mail or UPS delivery options. USPS Priority Mail delivers your package within 1-3 business days. UPS delivery timeframe depends on the option you select during check out.
We offer free shipping via USPS Priority Mail for orders over $60 in the continental US. However, free shipping doesn’t apply to Wholesale orders. If you’d like to make special arrangements for wholesale delivery please email us.
Due to the perishable nature of chocolate, orders received after noon Eastern time on Wednesday will ship the following Monday. If you need an item more quickly please choose an expedited delivery option. Please note that expedited delivery isn’t available on orders that qualify for free shipping!
Due to perishable nature of chocolate, we cannot accept returns. But, if there is a problem with your order, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll make it right.