Sourcing only the best cacao and other premium ingredients and producing in Switzerland, Scottish company Chocolate and Love is a premium, organic, Fairtrade-certified, ethical, dark chocolate brand.
The company is family-owned by Richard and Birgitte O’Connor (a chocolate-loving Scot and a foodie Dane). With a decision to convert to a majority organic diet whilst pregnant with their daughter, they struggled to find quality organic chocolate, so decided to make their own, and Chocolate and Love was created – excellent quality, ethically-made chocolate. The company exports to 35 countries worldwide and has now won 39 awards for taste having just picked up another 8 Gold Great Taste awards in the UK and two Academy of Chocolate Awards.
In addition to the high antioxidant levels naturally found in cocoa, each chocolate bar has the benefit of being gluten-free, GMO-free (as all certified organic products) and with no additives. The range uses cane sugar and is free from soya lecithin. Seven variants are dairy-free making them ideal for vegans.
Every aspect of the business is run as ethically as possible such as minimising shipping to cut down on fuel costs and using paper that is 100% FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified for their wrappers and using biodegradable compostable silver inner wrappers produced with materials made from sustainably harvested wood. Chocolate and Love also supports reforestation and plant trees through weforest.org.
Who they work with is as important to them as the quality of their products. Their partners have direct access to the cooperatives they source from in Panama, Peru, The Dominican Republic and Madagascar. Knowing that the business and their partners are contributing to the sustainability of the farmers through information, education and industry certification, speaks to the essence of the Chocolate and Love brand.
Chocolate and Love also produces luxurious chocolate gift boxes and beautiful tins of 5.5g napolitains, ideal for turn down service in their iconic patterns – they come in 1 kilo and 3.5 kilo bulk bags for hotels. Their hand-painted packaging designs are the result of working closely with a talented artist from New York to capture the organic nature of the brand, the images taking inspiration from the aesthetically-rich areas the cacao beans come from.