I mentioned before that we are making native chocolate tabliya. We do the hard work from buying cacao beans, roasting, winnowing, grinding, and molding. We manufacture two versions, the pure cacao and cacao with sugar. I claimed that the pure version is 100 percent natural but it is far from being organic. We buy cacao from different sources. We never know if they are using chemicals on their farm, like fertilizers and pesticides. So its not safe to claim it as organic.
I just saw this chocolate below in a Powerpoint Presentation given me by the Department of Agriculture.This is Mascao chocolate, the wold’s first Fairtrade chocolate. All its ingredients originate from controlled organic farming. The cocoa is grown in Bolivia and in the Dominican Republic by small-scale farmers with the use of organic farming methods. Cane sugar comes from the Philippines or the commonly called muscovado sugar.
According to Wikipedia, Fairtrade or Fairtrade Labelling Organization International is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries obtain better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a higher price to producers as well as social and environmental standards. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers and gold.
I wish I could make a chocolate like this! Tabliya with a Fairtrade seal.
You can buy Mascao chocolate here.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.