Made in Ghana
by farmworkers using hand-harvested cocoa
Eat your heart out with this tasty chocolate bar. Harvested by hand, shade-grown, and slowly fermented, cocoa is crafted into timeless recipes to deliver a truly sweet chocolate experience. Each purchase empowers Divine Chocolate artisans and farmworkers of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana.
All Natural Cocoa Butter Divine Chocolate, Fair Trade | Milk
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- Chocolate was prepared where nuts were handled.
- As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Divine Chocolate's vision is a world where chocolate is cherished by everyone- including the family farmers who grow the cocoa. Divine is co-owned by the 80,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, the cooperative that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine. The farmers of Kuapa Kokoo get paid a fair trade price for their beans and receive a social premium that the cooperative invests in schools, clean drinking water, medical clinics, and women's entrepreneurship projects. Plus, as owners they get a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace. Together with the farmers who own Divine Chocolate, you are ensuring income and opportunities to cocoa farming families and a much sweeter future.
Most Ghanaian cocoa is grown on small family farms, among the family’s other crops, such as plantains, maize, and spices. After 3-4 years, flowers begin to appear on the cocoa tree, and the cocoa pods can soon be harvested for the beans inside. The main harvest in Ghana is between October and January. Beans must be harvested at the perfect time to produce the high-quality, aromatic cocoa beans that are used in Divine Chocolate.
After the beans are harvested, they wrapped in large plantain leaf “parcels ” and fermented in the sun for 5-8 days. Next, the beans are dried for 8-12 days to remove most of the moisture. Throughout this process, the beans change color and begin to take on the traditional “chocolate” flavor. Each farmer harvests and ferments their own beans, then dries them on the communal village table. A recorder in each village will then collect and weigh the dried beans, and ensure that the quality is high enough to sell. Finally, the recorder sells the beans to the local government, who then sells them to factories where the rich, flavorful beans are turned into Divine Chocolate.
Ghana is a country whose immense cultural diversity is a reflection of the more than 75 ethnic groups living in the country. Ghana is often described as a land of festivals, music, and traditional dances. There is hardly any community, clan, or tribe who misses an occasion to celebrate: from the right of passage child-birth, puberty, marriage and death. Ghanaians are well known for their craftwork such as hand-carved stools, fertility dolls, and colorful ‘kente’ cloth.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.