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The Next Generation of Cocoa Farmers

Barry Parkin | Posted 04.17.2012 | Impact
Barry Parkin

Again this year, millions of people are enjoying National Chocolate Lovers' Month, having just celebrated the high holiday for chocolate aficionados -- Valentine's Day. But what about the month of February in the year 2020?

S'more Chocolate

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 04.15.2012 | Food
Cheryl Carlesimo

Every Valentine's Day, our thoughts turn to love, and flowers, and well, chocolate.

Food Industry Brings Bitter Harvest to Child Cocoa Laborers

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.15.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

The taste of hot cocoa or a chocolate bar is one of the classic pleasures of being a kid. But chocolate is a bitter harvest for countless children in West Africa, who spend their days towing around machetes, hacking the cocoa pods that will be made into sweets

Food of the Gods

Kwei Quartey | Posted 02.05.2012 | Impact
Kwei Quartey

Sub-Saharan Africa produces 70-74 percent of the world's cocoa beans. Should anything wipe out the cocoa crop from either of these producer nations, there is no other country that could quickly take up the slack.

The Best (And Worst) Brands Of Hot Chocolate

Kitchen Daily | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste

Hot chocolate mixes can really run the gamut in quality -- there are the anemic powdered-milk-filled paper packets, the mid-range canisters flavored w...

Do You Know The Difference Between Dutch Cocoa And Regular?

Kitchen Daily | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste

Every Friday, we select a question from our Facebook fans and answer it in this weekly column. This week, we explain the difference between Dutch-proc...

Why Chocolate May Become A Luxury Item

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 12.03.2011 | Green

Chocolate lovers, embrace those chocoholic fixes now. A recent report from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture predicts it could become ...

The Physics of Pudding

Anneli Rufus | Posted 08.20.2011 | Food
Anneli Rufus

This is my pudding theory: we love pudding because it's basically a milkshake that can't get away. We love pudding because it's ice cream that won't melt. We love pudding because it's candy we can eat with spoons.

Chocolate Eggs Nearly Double in Price Since Last Easter

Anneli Rufus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Anneli Rufus

A "food crisis" is afoot. It's becoming ever more obvious in supermarkets and restaurants, and now -- because of political strife in the cocoa-producing Ivory Coast -- this food crisis is allegedly about to kill Easter.

Ivory Coast President Kept In Power By Chocolate

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JOHANNESBURG — Some of the cocoa in that Valentine's Day chocolate probably came from a West African country where the man in power for a decade...

Valentine's Chocolate Please, Hold the Child Labor

Regina Varolli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Regina Varolli

The worst forms of child labor, even children that have been trafficked into slavery, are prevalent in the growing and harvesting of cacao in West Africa.

PHOTOS: 13 Products Most Likely To Be Made By Child Or Forced Labor

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some of our most basic purchases are produced by children. Though hard data is scant, it's estimated that there are 115 million children worldwide in ...

10 Years Later: West Africa Children Still Exploited To Make Chocolate

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — A report says West Africa's cocoa industry is still trafficking children and using forced child labor despite nearly a de...

Mars, IBM & USDA Successfuly Map Chocolate Genome

AOLNews.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

Two competing studies have unlocked the cacao tree's complete genome, which could yield a stable supply of chocolate beans and could one day lead to t...

How To Taste Dark Chocolate

Chow.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

How do you eat dark chocolate? Well, put it in your mouth and chew, of course. It's creamy, sweet, bitter, and probably very enjoyable. But what if yo...

Chocolate More Expensive? Blame This Hedge Fund

Financial Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A London hedge fund has swept up a large chunk of the world's stocks of cocoa beans, helping to drive prices of the basic ingredient of chocolate to t...

Mars Wants Sustainable Cocoa Certification to Include Productivity

Jerry Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jerry Lewis

Mars Inc. is expanding its test market for its new goodnessKnows dark chocolate, fruit and nut snack beyond Boulder into the Denver area, with TV adve...

What Does Kraft's Takeover Of Cadbury Mean For Fairtrade Cocoa?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Just last month, Cadbury's CEO urged shareholders to hold tight and go for sustainability because he believed that the company's strong ethical code w...

Fair Trade And Eco Friendly Coffee, Tea And Cocoa (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Lindsay Armstrong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In case you haven't noticed, Baby, it's cold outside! We at HuffPost Green suggest warming up with a cup of organic, fair trade cocoa, coffee or tea....

7 Healthy Reasons To Enjoy Chocolate--Without the Guilt!

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

It might not be much of a surprise when we read about how eating broccoli can lower the risk of certain cancers, or how loaded with antioxidants fruit...

How Sweet It Is: Good News About Chocolate and Cocoa

Dr. Nicholas Perricone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Nicholas Perricone

The darker the chocolate, the greater the cocoa content and thus, the higher the health-promoting flavonoid content.

Ethical Chocolate Worth Craving

Josie Garthwaite | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josie Garthwaite

But chocolate made with an eye to its social and environmental impact needn't taste virtuous, as Sierra Club staffers recently found out.