Few things in life are sweeter than the taste of chocolate.
Few things in life are sweeter than the taste of chocolate. It is revered all around the world for its versatility as a casual treat or as a gourmet delicacy, as a comfort food, or even as a romantic aphrodisiac. However you like to consume it, the fact remains that chocolate is an unparalleled culinary experience, and no one takes this experience as seriously as Castronovo Chocolates.
Similar in many ways to the coffee making process, the cocoa beans are cultivated and fermented, and then roasted and ground locally in Stuart FL, in their nut and soy-free facility. The cocoa is then handcrafted in house and in small, quality-controlled batches. The bars are made with just a handful of ingredients because with cocoa this good, there’s no need to dilute its natural essence. Castronovo crafts their cocoa so that the depth and complexity of their chocolates’ flavors can be fully realized, so that every smooth, rich, decadent bite can be experienced to its fullest potential.
The chocolate that comes from mainstream cocoa manufacturers is often the product of greedy companies exploiting their farmers
You may be accustomed to the average chocolate candy bar, fetched from the corner store where it had sat among many others of the same kind in a mass produced pile, tainted with gaudy plastic wrappers and overloaded with sugars, preservatives, and other obscure chemicals. The chocolate that comes from mainstream cocoa manufacturers is often the product of greedy companies exploiting their farmers, laborers, and even their customers just to maximize profit. It is estimated that about 70% of the world’s cocoa is farmed in West Africa, where illegal child labor is widely utilized. These children are trafficked and forced to work in grueling and hazardous conditions with dangerous tools like machetes and chainsaws and with toxic pesticides.¹ Some of these children earn less than $2 a day, while others earn no money at all. Once you are aware of these facts, consuming this kind of chocolate is a literal “guilty” pleasure.
Companies continue to commit human rights violations only because consumers like us pay for it
But Castronovo takes the guilt out of their chocolates with their unrelenting dedication to quality and sustainability. Castronovo follows their chocolate from “bean to bar,” ensuring that each step of the chocolate making process is carefully monitored to meet their standards. It all begins with their direct trade relationships with cocoa farmers in Latin America. All their beans are ethically sourced, in a mission to raise the standard of living for their farmers.
So when you're feeling guilty for craving the satisfaction that only chocolate will provide, but don't want to support a system that derives profit from deceitful practices and suffering, rest assured that there is hope out there in companies like Castronovo who have chosen a more ethical path. Gourmet chocolate and ethical business practices are something they take pride in. Companies continue to commit human rights violations only because consumers like us pay for it, and stopping them is possible if enough of use just choose to be conscious about how we spend our money.
We value quality and sustainability not just in our coffee but in all the products we carry
We value quality and sustainability not just in our coffee but in all the products we carry, this is what lead us to Castronovo Chocolate and that is why we want to share them with you.
Don’t just take our word for it- Castronovo's chocolate is critically acclaimed and has earned international awards.The extraordinary taste of Castronovo’s chocolate is delightful, memorable, but their ethics and dedication to excellence will continue to have a positive impact on the world around them for years to come- and that is the sweetest of all.