Feel good with every bite with our guide to buying ethical chocolate!
Looking for a melt-in-your-mouth experience that is equally ethical as it is delicious? Thanks to our list of artisan Australian chocolatiers, finding a sustainable chocolate brand is now as easy as breaking off a piece whenever you have that chocolatey crave.
So search no more! With our list of Australian made ethical chocolate brands, a sweet moment on your lips minus the guilt trip is finally here. With sustainability and ethically minded practices at their forefront, these Australian chocolate brands are perfect as a gift for someone special or just for yourself!
Over 10 years ago, Daintree Estates started their business on the now certified organic two-and-a-half-hectare cocoa estate in far north Queensland. This family-owned and operated ethical Australian chocolate 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.
For quite some time now – 96 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, in 2020 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.
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, in October of 2020 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!
Jasper and Myrtle
Award-winning, handmade Australian chocolate? Tell us more! Ethically sourcing premium cocoa beans from all around the world, unlike others, Jasper and Myrtle source premium ingredients, roast and blend them on site and, in return, provide Australians with flavourful, 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 their forefront, at Jasper and Myrtle, from start to finish, they ensure the sustainability and traceability of all products.
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 knows a thing or two. With everything from chocolate blocks, balls, chocolate covered nuts, fruit licorice and smash cakes own offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Junee. Working their way to a cleaner future, Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory also has a decadent line of organic products for chocolate lovers to try. This is one Australian chocolate brand you want to support!
When it comes to chocolate, sometimes you don’t have to stick to the rules. This is where artisan, luxury chocolate brand Koko Black comes in. Setting the standard with their delectable range of handmade gourmet chocolate, Koko Black intrigues chocolate lovers with their bars, pralines, truffles and much more. Focusing on their artisan quality, this ethical chocolate brand uses and sources only the finest ingredients. In return, they support local growers and communities. With Koko Black, you’re guaranteed to have an immersive chocolate eating experience.
In 2006 Monsieur Truffle started as a one-man show in Melbourne’s Prahran Market. Today, 16 years on, Monsieur Truffle has been titled as one of the best luxury Australian chocolate brands. 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 sustainable packaging – they’ve got it all. With so much on offer, chocolate lovers are sure to find (and taste) a distinct flavour profile like no other. Whether you like it plain, spicy, sweet or crunchy, Monsieur Truffle will have a chocolate to fit your palate.
Meet Pana Barbounis’ love child: the Melbourne made Pana Organic – one of Australia’s best chocolate brands that is ethical and equally delectably delicious. 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. Since then, Pana Organic has evolved to now include ice-cream, chocolate spread and even cacao powder. However, for the traditionalists looking for a block of chocolate, you can pick between Pana’s range that includes Peanut Caramel, Mint Chocolate, Golden Comb as well as White Chocolate & Macadamia. All a must try in 2023!
After you’ve sourced your Australian made ethical chocolate, be sure to munch and sip your way through our Essential Guide to the Best Wine and Chocolate Pairings. Or keep warm with Koko Black’s Signature Hot Chocolate Recipe.