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Things I Know To Be True About Craft Chocolate & Small Business: As The Dust Settles On Mast-Gate

Shawn Askinosie | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Shawn Askinosie

Much has been written in response to the Mast Brothers scandal (or what our team refers to as "Mast-gate"). Nearly every perspective, rebuttal, or defense has been shared, so much so that I debated whether to publish this post, concerned I'd be adding to the noise. But there's one perspective that's missing and it's that of a (fellow?) chocolate maker.

How the Mast Brothers' Lies Hurt Other Chocolate Makers

Simran Sethi | Posted 01.05.2016 | Taste
Simran Sethi

Through their assertions, Mast Brothers make it much harder for chocolate makers who do actual good works to flourish. And it makes it harder for us to do the work we want to do in supporting quality chocolate and makers with integrity.

Is Coffee Facing a Supply Crisis?

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 12.22.2015 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

The bottom line is the bottom line: coming generations of coffee and cacao farmers and their families must see and receive greater value if they are to continue growing coffee.

Can We Reduce Wrinkles With Cocoa?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Cocoa is very rich in antioxidants -- flavonoids and flavonols in particular. Our skin suffers ultraviolet damage from exposure to the elements, leading to photo aging, and antioxidants can potentially mitigate those effects.

My 10 Cent Request to the 'SUPER GIRLS' of Davos

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

October11 was the International Day of the Girl, sadly more than a billion girls and young women had nothing to celebrate. They have not been invited to share the wealth of opportunities that all human beings deserve.

Why Cocoa Is Good for Your Heart

Ornish Living | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Ornish Living

It's definitely cause for celebration when modern scientific research shows that a food as indulgent and delicious as cocoa is actually good for you.

Top Down + Bottom Up = Effective in Haiti

FOMIN | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
FOMIN

Five years after the cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, there are encouraging signs of economic activity. In construction, two international chains, Best Western and Marriott, have opened hotels in Port-au-Prince in the last two years.

A Story Of Chocolate And Child Labor

Eric R. Biel | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Eric R. Biel

Addressing child labor is critical for responding to these wider challenges. And reducing child labor in supply chains is integral to the long-term sustainability of cocoa production.

Your Easter Basket Has More Power Than You Think

Fair Trade USA | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween. That's a lot of chocolate going into Easter baskets across the country, and it's a huge opportunity for consumers to make a difference in farmers' lives.

The Right Kind Of Cocoa Powder To Use For All Of Your Chocolate Recipes

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 02.10.2015 | Taste

Only have one kind of cocoa powder in your pantry? Here's what to bake.

Chocolate Companies Warn Of Looming Global Shortage

CNBC | Javier E. David | Posted 11.20.2014 | Business

Bad news: chocolate, the delicacy of choice for children, chocoholics and depressives everywhere, has become increasingly expensive. Now comes even...

5 Documentation Resources for iOS Developers

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 12.30.2014 | Huffpost Code
Alex Ivanovs

The new version of the mobile operating system iOS is already in full swing. I think this was probably the most emotional launch of a product that App...

What's The Deal With Cocoa Butter?

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 10.24.2014 | Taste

You eat it and you rub it on your body, so what the hell is going on here?

Craft Chocolate Sourced and Produced in Africa Fairly and Directly

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

Think of the bean-to-bar movement as being in the early stages of the craft beer movement. In fact, many are referring to it as craft chocolate.

Why Clif Bar Must Disclose the Origins of Its Cocoa

Mikko Alanne | Posted 09.20.2014 | Green
Mikko Alanne

On African cocoa farms, children are frequently forced to work from 6 a.m. until the evening. They're made to live in windowless sheds and subjected to beatings and whippings for working slowly or attempting to escape.

Tastes Great, Keeps You Healthy: What's Not to Like About National Chocolate Day?

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 09.06.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

If you're looking for any excuse to indulge in chocolate without feeling post-pleasure guilt: you're in luck! July 7th is National Chocolate Day.

Lifting The Veil On Direct Trade (And Why It's Integral To Our Business)

Shawn Askinosie | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Shawn Askinosie

Before I started this chocolate factory I was a criminal defense lawyer specializing in the most serious felony cases. That was challenging. This is more so.

Cocoa Is Playing a Positive Role in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 08.09.2014 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

Joe Whinney of Theo Chocolate with farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo A beloved staple in many a household, chocolate has taken on a riche...

Climate Change Will Probably Ruin These 9 Delicious Foods By 2050, So Brace Yourselves

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.14.2014 | Green

Enjoy them while they last.

Harlem's New Starbucks of Teas

Nova Lorraine | Posted 04.27.2014 | New York
Nova Lorraine

Have you ever had the feeling of overwhelming joy in one little cup? This is what I experienced after my first sips of Serengeti's Moroccan Mint tea.

The Difference Between Dutch-Process And Natural Cocoa Powder

Food52 | Posted 03.18.2014 | Taste
Food52

Scratching your head over the difference between natural and Dutch-process cocoa and when to use which?

Meatless Monday: Spice Me Up for Christmas

Ellen Kanner | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

If the idea of anything other than a white Christmas seems strange, spend Christmas in the islands -- they love it there, decorating lavishly, yet tro...

The Sweetest Guy in Beverly Hills

Elsa Giannakoudaki | Posted 12.04.2013 | Home
Elsa Giannakoudaki

Jonathan Grahm will have you remarking, "what a sweet guy," and that's not only because he is at the helms of the historic Compartes Chocolatier, ...

New Development Effort Targets Ghana's Poorest Region

Barbara Borst | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Barbara Borst

As shea butter, used in foods and cosmetics, becomes more profitable, the hope is that it will continue to benefit women, who are a disproportionate number of the poor.

Haunted Halloween Chocolate

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Halloween chocolate haunts me. October 31st's abundant temptations of free, sugary treats, with chocolate being the most popular, bumps up against my religious consciousness. Which will prevail?