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Change your chocolate choice: why it’s important to support SA chocolate makers

Where does your chocolate come from? And why it’s important to know

by: Robyn Brittow | 05 Jul 2018

(image: iStock)

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In a recent article, The Independent UK reported, that Belgians are concerned for authenticity of their chocolate as big multinational companies snatch up smaller artisan chocolate brands across the country.

The chocolate itself loses its origin when being produced in foreign countries yet is still being dubbed as Belgian, making us question is Belgian chocolate really Belgian? And what is the difference in chocolate quality from Belgian and Swiss chocolate in comparison to South African Chocolate?

As consumers, we are becoming more mindful of the origins of the foods we eat, the conditions of the workers who produce these items as well as the farms they come from, so why do we flock to purchase say “Belgian chocolate” when we have chocolate of the same if not better quality produced right here on our soil?

South African chocolatiers have made a name for themselves in this industry with dedicated chocolate cafe’s, chocolate workshops and boutique chocolatiers where you can indulge in chocolate to your heart’s content.

These places are brimming with creative choices of uniquely flavoured chocolate bars, delectable truffles and treats; they’re fit to compete with international chocolate powerhouses.

By supporting local chocolatiers, simultaneously you’re supporting the African farms where they source their beans from as there is a growing concern on how many child labourers are working on these cocoa producing farms. 

We've listed 4 South African Chocolatiers who work directly with cocoa bean farmers to produce their incredible delicacies – this way you know exactly where your cocoa beans come from and how it’s made.

Chocolate by Tomes

#bestsellingChocolatesbyTomes Our juicy cherries are soaked in brandy and dipped in decadent dark chocolate. One bite and you 'll be hooked R50 per 100g

15 Likes, 1 Comments - Chocolates By Tomes (@chocolatesbytomes) on Instagram: "#bestsellingChocolatesbyTomes Our juicy cherries are soaked in brandy and dipped in decadent dark..."

Honest Chocolate


De Villiers

#Repost from @ptgotswagg Ice cream & chocolate tasting was delicious ?? #devillierschocolate

149 Likes, 5 Comments - De Villiers Chocolate (@dvchocolate) on Instagram: "#Repost from @ptgotswagg Ice cream & chocolate tasting was delicious ?? #devillierschocolate"

After all local is lekker.


Chocolate chips - 7 reasons why we can't get enough of them

Whether it's in the form of chips or chunks, we can't get enough of the sweet cocoa morsels and these recipes will have you feeling the same way! by: Robyn Brittow | 05 Jul 2018 (image: iStock) Just when you thought chocolate chips couldn't get any better, the following will have you drooling at your screen with 7 of the best chocolate chip recipes ever!

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