Insight: Chocolate

'Eat good chocolate': local chocolatiers are saying no to unethical cocoa

The bitter with the sweet. Chocolate has an appalling record of using raw ingredients grown by child labour. Local bean-to-bar - and bigger - chocolate makers are changing that

10 March 2019 - 00:00 By LEONIE WAGNER

For every 200g slab of luxury dark chocolate wrapped in shiny paper, at least 1kg of cocoa beans have been harvested by hand. The concern among woke chocolate lovers is that many of those hands might belong to children. After a recent report exposed some European chocolate brands as benefiting from child labour on cocoa plantations in Africa, it has been encouraging to find that in SA, most chocolatiers are acutely aware of the ethics and sustainability behind their products.

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