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8 Ethical Chocolate Brands You Need this Festive Season

Chocolate block. Photographed by Tetiana Bykovets. Image via Unsplash

Eating chocolate not only tastes good, but now you can feel good doing just that!

Looking for a melt-in-your-mouth experience that is equally ethical as it is delicious? Well, now, for Australians it is as easy as breaking off a piece of your favourite block because we’ve found eight, Australian made chocolate brands that are the perfect indulgences for this festive season.

Perfect as a gift for someone special or even for yourself, if you’re looking for a sweet moment on your lips minus the guilt trip; search no more. With Australian made, sustainability and ethically-minded practices at the forefront, these eight chocolate brands will make you feel good every time you reach for a sweet treat!

Darrell Lea
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Darrell Lea

For quite some time now – 93 years to be exact – Darrell Lea has taken the title as Australia’s favourite chocolate and confectionary brand to reign our pantries or fridges (the storage debate is yet to be finalised). But, to keep the guilt waistline related, earlier this year Darrell Lea announced its move to 100% palm oil-free products to match their already used 100% sustainably sourced cocoa. Whilst paying premium to cocoa farmers, Darrell Lea pledges to continue doing what they do best: creating delicious treats.

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Koko Black
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Koko Black

Distinguishing that when it comes to chocolate you don’t have to stick to the rules; Koko Black sets the standard with their delectable range of gourmet, hand made chocolate bars, pralines, truffles, Christmas advent calendars and much more. Focusing on their artisanal quality and proud to be an Australian brand, Koko Black uses and sources only the finest ingredients and in return supports local growers, makes and communities however they can. One thing is for sure though, each bite will be just as immersive as the last.

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Daintree Estates
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Daintree Estates

Created 10 years ago on a now certified organic two-and-a-half-hectare cocoa estate in far north Queensland, this family-owned and operated brand is perfect for all types of chocolate lovers – whether you’re a casual chocolate indulger or a self-proclaimed chocoholic. Daintree Estates combines a range of exclusive flavours for their chocolate blocks. Think blood orange, espresso, salted caramel, green tea and even wine-infusions. Perfect for gifting or just to be indulged in by yourself, Daintree Estates should be your solution when it comes to searching for an ethical chocolate brand. 

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Güras Cacao
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Güras Cacao

Australian made artisan vegan chocolate? Tell us more! From world-renowned chef to practiced yogi, Güras Cacao’s founder, Samrat Karki, can agree that when it comes to appeasing the senses, he certainly knows a thing or two. Hailing from Melbourne, mid-October this year Samrat used his passion and unique relationship with food and transformed it into a decadent line of artisan vegan chocolate. Connecting our senses with each bite, Güras Cacao ensures that each chocolate piece created celebrates not only Samrat’s culinary journey, but also nature’s beauty – in a plant-based and dairy-free way!

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Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory
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Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory

Found 30-minutes north of Wagga Wagga, Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory takes the title as Australia’s own Willy Wonka Factory. Family owned since 1918, when it comes to chocolate, Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory definitely know a thing or two. With everything from chocolate blocks, balls, chocolate covered nuts, fruits licorice and smash cakes own offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Junee. And, to be rest assured, Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory also has a decadent line of organic products including Dark Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans, Caramel Chocolate Coated Licorice and organic Raspberry Licorice on offer.

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Monsieur Truffle
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Monsieur Truffle

Starting off at Melbourne’s Prahran market as a one-man show back in 2006, today, 14 years on, Monsieur Truffle has now become one of Australia’s favourite chocolate. With over 100 stockists and counting, Monsieur Truffle ensures that whether you’re looking for organic ingredients, delicious and irresistibly satisfying chocolates, spoilt for choice variety or simply put sustainable packaging – they’ve got it all. With so much on offer, one thing each chocolate lover will be assured is a flavour profile like no other. And, thanks to Monsieur Truffle, they’ll have a chocolate with the most delectable tasting notes to suite your palate. 

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Pana Organic
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Pana Organic

Founded in Melbourne by Pana Barbounis, we present to you Pana Organic – one 0f Australia’s favourite hand-made chocolate brands that doubles as a delectably delicious sweet treat. Praising their ethically sourced ingredients that sprout from all around the globe; in October 2020 Pana Organic announced the much-anticipated launch of Mylk – their new chocolate range that’s 100% dairy-free. With three flavours to choose from – Mylk, Mylk Coconut Rough and Mylk Almond – all made from 100% plant-based alternatives; throughout each bite, chocolate lovers will be infused by a block that is simultaneously light, velvety and deliciously creamy.

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Jasper and Myrtle
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Jasper and Myrtle

Award-winning, Australian, hand made chocolate? Tell us more! Ethically sourcing premium cocoa beans from all around the world, unlike others, with Jasper and Myrtle they take the ingredients, roast and blend them on site and in return provide Australians with flavour-full, distinct, mind blowing chocolate creations. Handmade in Canberra with no two batch ever the same, Jasper and Myrtle’s products are made using only natural ingredients free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. With ethical procedures at the forefront, at Jasper and Myrtle from start to finish they ensure the sustainability and traceability of all products.

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Better yet, we’ve partnered with Darrell Lea to give eight lucky Australians the chance to win a $100 Darrell Lea Confectionery Bundle each as part of our mega Summer Playcation Giveaway. Enter or click here for more information!

If you’re a chocolate lover, now Australians can get the queen of chocolate, Kirsten Tibballs, to visit their home thanks to her virtually streamed online classes. Or if you want to get out and about, why not visit Australia’s very own KitKat chocolate boutique in the Sydney CBD?

Feature image: Photographed by Tetiana Bykovets. Image via Unsplash
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