Category Archives: Sustainability and Climate Change

Vegan Chocolates

crayfish bay plantation

Many of our chocolates are suitable for Vegans and to help with your selection we’ve created a separate Vegan Product category listed under our Shop menu. We’ve used guidelines from the Vegan society to inform our recommendations. We hope you find this separate category useful when choosing chocolates suitable for Vegans from our range. As […]

Dominica Emergency Water Relief Fund Raising

Hurricane Maria

We’ve all seen the devastation to the Caribbean caused by Hurricane Maria. The tiny Island of Dominica has been completely devastated and water supplies are contaminated. See the latest BBC story here  and the United Nations update. Our friends Kim & Lylette at the Crayfish Bay cocoa plantation in nearby Grenada have teamed up with International […]

Avokany Faravohitra Children’s Home Update

Avoko Avokany Faravohitra

Since our visit to Madagascar last year we have supported the Avokany Faravohitra children’s home with ongoing financial sponsorship. The wonderful charity Small Steps for Africa who coordinate the sponsorship visited the home earlier this year. We thought you’d love to read about their trip below.   Taken from Small Steps for Africa’s annual report…  […]

Meeting with Her Majesty’s Ambassador for Madagascar

HM Ambassador for Madagascar Tomothy Smart

On the penultimate day of our trip to Madagascar earlier this year we met with Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Madagsascar Timothy Smart. We were honoured to meet with the Ambassador and find out more about his role in Madagascar. Of course as chocolatiers it was only fitting to mimic the well known […]

Visit to Crayfish Bay Organic Cocoa Estate

Crayfish bay organic cocoa

This summer we were fortunate to spend a wonderful week staying with Kim and Lyette Russell on their organic cocoa estate at Crayfish Bay, Victoria, Grenada. We took our children with us and stayed in their guest accommodation which has to be one of the most idyllic locations I have ever stayed in. For several […]

Akany Avoko Faravohitra Childrens Home Madagascar

Akany Avoko Faravohitra

Our visit to Akany Avoko Faravohitra Childrens Home Madagascar was an unforgettably moving experience. In Malagasy ‘Akany’ is centre, ‘Avoko’ a Madagascan flower and ‘Faravohitra’ is a suburb of Antananarivo the Madagascan capital. It was our second day in Madagascar and we knew that we were to visit a children’s home that had recently opened. What we […]

Madagascar Day 7 – Monsieur Rene Julien’s Organic Cocoa Plantation

Monsieur Rene Julien and Lick the Spoon

As we cross the mighty Sambirano river like a sunning brown snake it marks the gateway to the fertile delta region of North-West Madagascar. The sides of the road are dotted with leaning shacks selling watermelon and fruits, children are walking to school, and the roadside is cool and shady in the early morning sun. […]

Madagascar Day 6 – MAVA Cocoa Plantation tour Sambirano Valley

Crossing the Sambirano

Day 6 and we cross the mighty Sambirano river heading towards the pinnacle of our chocolatiers journey – the cocoa plantations. A journey that has taken us 10 years and 10,000 miles! As we pull into a cool shady glade we catch the first glimpse of the elegant old French colonial building where our host […]

Madagascar Day 5 – Diego to Ambanja

Zebu Transportation

The Port of Diego at the northern tip of the Island is the main commodity export route for goods leaving Madagascar. It is where cocoa beans are exported from the Sambirano valley plantations, but is not the main export route for Chocolat Madagascar. All of Chocolat Madagascar’s finished products head east via chilled export containers […]

Madagascar Day 2 – Chocolat Madagascar factory visit

Monsieur Ramanandraibe and Chocolat Madagascar team

An early start from our hotel for our trip to the Chocolat Madagascar factory. As we drive through Tana centre we see all colours of life. People selling fruits on the street, a guy selling windscreen wipers with inner tubes around his neck approaches our bus. Street stalls alive with colour and seemingly selling anything available, […]