PLEASE NOTE: Sweet Earth is now Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates and can be found at www.mama-ganache.com. The product remains the same; truly awesome. We continue to proudly feature Mama Ganache chocolate in all our chocolate and cocoa containing goodies.
Winners were picked for this giveaway. Congratulations Abby Bean, J. Muir and Marika! Both Abby and J. posted blogs about their bounty. Check out the blog post by Abby here and the post by J. here. Mmm…. Thanks for the inspiration!
A while back, I decided to try again to find a vegan, organic, fairly traded chocolate chip. Gone Pie had been using Enjoy Life chocolate chips. They had given us the following statement:
While our chocolate is not fair-trade certified due to strict allergen requirements, our supplier focuses on improving conditions for the cocoa farmers and is committed to operating in an ethical, responsible and safe manner.
I had accepted this statement and continued using their product. My first concern is to properly serve our vegan and gluten-free clients. But the statement kind of bothered me, since browsing the Equal Exchange website, one can find numerous glutenfree offerings, although not chocolate chips.
So back to the google I went. And there I found a new result for vegan, fair trade chocolate; Sweet Earth Chocolates. I set up a wholesale account and filed away the info for our next order.
Meanwhile, my friend and fellow righteous vegan baker, Fran Costigan, contacted me to see if I knew of a vegan, fairly traded chocolate chip. I told her about Sweet Earth. Apparently she was asking on behalf of a friend who had been told by Sweet Earth that they could not verify that they were indeed vegan — there was a question about the type of sugar they were using.
I emailed the folks at Sweet Earth for clarification and contacted my friends at The NYC Fair Trade Coalition to see if they knew of any other potential suppliers. They put me back into contact with Sweet Earth and facilitated our dialog.
The outcome of this long (and fascinating to ME) story, is that via twitter and email, the folks at Sweet Earth were open to understanding our concerns, did research and came back to us with good news. Their sugar is organic, unrefined sugar. Pure dehydrated cane juice. Which also means it is GMO free.
Fran and I were pretty happy right about now. As the discussion was occurring via Twitter, I immediately retweeted the good news. Someone at once asked if the chips were also gluten-free. And to my EXTREME elation, Sweet Earth replied that they were. This was almost too much good news for one day.
So my friends, I share this good news with you. If you have weathered this long post, you now must simply say HUZZAH in the comment section below and we will select one of you to receive a bag of these amazing chocolate chips. Please feel free to say something more that will encourage us to pick you as our winner!
Check out this awesome Ganesh our friends at Sweet Earth are starting to make! I can imagine gifting these in the near future! Click on the image for instructions on how to consume your deity! These folks are not only responsible chocolate suppliers, but they are fun. And creative! And, and, and….