Ethical chocolates: the perfect last-minute Christmas gift
‘Tis the season to feel obliged to buy gifts for people you barely know.
Christmas shopping not done yet? Don’t worry, Kindlings has got you covered. We’ve rounded up a list of the best ethical chocolates to give your most distant of acquaintances and/or people you actually like.
Your traditionalist boss
People stress so much about buying Christmas presents for their boss that somebody has made a Wikihow with a step-by-step guide to choosing a gift (with some questionable suggestions). Give the “reindeer candy dispenser that dispenses candy out of its...backside” a miss and opt instead for a box of truffles from Alter Eco. Alter Eco is a certified B Corporation, meaning that social and environmental sustainability are at the core of its values. In line with this, Alter Eco chocolates are fair trade, organic and come in compostable packaging while not looking too hippy for a conservative boss. Available at Target and Coles in Australia, and Walmart in the US.
Your super stylish cousin
This year, don’t stress about whether your stylish rello will wear the scarf/hat/skirt/brooch you picked out (they won’t) and instead give a bar of beautifully-packaged chocolate from Bahen & Co. Working directly with farmers, Bahen & Co personally ensure that producers are paid fairly and no child labour is used. They are not Fair Trade certified, citing ethical opposition to the certification scheme as the reason, but exceed Fair Trade requirements for social and environmental sustainability. On top of this, the chocolate is vegan-friendly and extremely instagram-worthy. Available online and at selected outlets in Australia and worldwide.
Your raw vegan gluten free Kris Kringle
Never again will you have to buy that workmate with dietary restrictions a gimmicky book on a topic they once vaguely mentioned, thanks to the miracle workers at Pana Chocolate. This chocolate is raw, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free and somehow also tastes good. Like, genuinely delicious! I can strongly recommend the fig & wild orange flavour. As a bonus, Pana Chocolate products are certified fair trade, organic, and help to support various charities, community groups and ethically-minded organisations. Available online or at selected outlets throughout Australia and worldwide.
Somebody who can’t eat chocolate
Even those poor souls who can’t eat chocolate don’t have to miss out thanks to The Carob Kitchen. The family-run business sources carob from its own orchard in South Australia. Their carob is Australian grown and made, organic, as well as naturally free of caffeine, gluten, and theobromine (which can cause migraines in some people). Plus, we’ve heard it on the grapevine that they have a vegan version in the works! While it doesn’t taste exactly like chocolate, to somebody who has had to give up the sweet brown stuff carob will be a happy change from the socks/candles they usually receive. Available online or at selected stores in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.