Check out how chocolate gets a green upgrade on the most romantic day of the year. Oh chocolate, how I love thee! You are the perfect drink of choice on a cold winter’s day, and you make hot summer days seem tolerable with your frozen goodness on a stick. Whether you’re a 100% chocolate candy bar, or only 25% of the topping on a sundae, you’re still one of the greatest treats around to consume. Speaking of consuming chocolate, I think that Valentine’s Day is one of the best days to consume chocolate. I truly believe that there’s no better way to celebrate the idea of love than to eat something that you love even more! For people who practice living a green lifestyle, there are eco-friendly chocolate treats out there that you can give to your special Valentine. Here are 10 green chocolate treats that you should definitely consider giving (or eating on your own) this Valentine’s Day: 1. Fat Turkey Chocolate Company – Triple Chai Truffles The Fat Turkey Company is eco-friendly because it uses local and organic products, it never uses processed or artificial flavors and all of the chocolates are delivered in alternative Styrofoam packing made from corn starch. These handmade gourmet chocolate truffles are made with organic Chai Tea milk. 2. Global Exchange – My Eco Chocolate Buddy Featured on the Global Exchange Fair Trade Online store, this cute gift includes a box of fair trade, organic chocolates and a hand woven stuffed animal made in Sri Lanka. 3. Dagoba Organic Chocolate – New Moon Bar The Dagoba Organic Chocolate brand was founded in 2001 by Frederick Schilling, who wanted to make organic chocolate with truly exotic flavors. Dagoba not only makes tasty chocolate bars that are wrapped in recycled packaging, but the company also supports re-forestation programs in Costa Rica. 4. Eco Express – Organic Chocolate SamplerThis awesome organic chocolate sampler featured on Eco Express comes with a variety of flavored chocolate treats like mango, coconut and espresso. The chocolates also come in a fair trade beaded basket! 5. Kate’s Caring Gifts – Gift Pack of 9 Organic Fair Trade Vegan Chocolate Cherry Hearts Kate’s Caring Gifts sells organic and eco-friendly products like this amazing gift pack of chocolate hearts. The chocolates contain 100% organically grown ingredients and are shipped in a 100% recycled paperboard gift box. 6. Coco-Zen – Chocolate to EAT Green Gift Set This tower of tastiness comes with 20 organic and Fair Trade certified truffles that are packaged in a reusable Indian tiffin. As an added bonus you get the Celebrate Green! Book, which offers green tips on everything from cooking to crafts. 7. Theo Chocolate – Aphrodisiac Confection Collection Theo Chocolate is recognized as the only organic, Fair Trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the United States. The chocolate contains sustainably grown and organic ingredients, green energy sources are used to power the production factories and each chocolate piece is wrapped in sustainable packaging. I probably don’t need to say much about this 18-piece box of WOW! 8. Eco Express – Chocolate Survival Kit Yes, another awesome gift set from Eco Express. This set comes with 6 assorted and ethically-traded chocolate bars that are packaged in a reusable bamboo box. Part of the proceeds from the sales of this set will go towards supporting endangered animals. 9. sweetriot – Cupid’s Cacao 3 Pack sweetriot is a company that cares about Fair Trade practices, using high quality ingredients and celebrating diversity. This reusable tin gift pack includes chocolate “niblets” that are dairy-free, kosher and gluten-free. 10. The Tea Room – 16 Organic Truffles in a Lacquered Wooden Box These USDA organic chocolate truffles featured on The Tea Room, a chocolate and tea company started by a native of Switzerland, come in an amazing reusable wooden box. If you’re not craving chocolate after reading this then something must be wrong! Just remember that even if you don’t like chocolate, there’s a strong chance that your Valentine will, so how about ordering one of these chocolate treats to support the planet.
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Top 10 Eco-Friendly Chocolate Treats for Valentine’s Day