Are your chocolate bars vegan-friendly?
Absolutely. We only make dark chocolate at the moment, allowing our sustainable cocoa to be the star of the show – so we don’t add milk to the mix.
Is your chocolate gluten-free?
Yes. None of our chocolate bars contain gluten.
Where is your cocoa grown?
We grow our cocoa on our family-run farms in St Vincent and the Grenadines and we turn it into chocolate on those same islands. After all, we like to see the whole process through from seed to bar – and we believe the people who grow the cacao are best-placed to transform it into the finest chocolate.
Is cacao really that good for you?
Cacao is a superfood! It’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals – so we keep the cocoa content high (above 72%) in our chocolate bars. But like all foods, eat in moderation.
What is seed-to-bar chocolate?
Most chocolate companies buy ready-made chocolate in sacks of buttons and re-form into their own branded bars. Some import cocoa beans and turn it into their own branded chocolate – the ‘bean-to-bar’ process. A tiny minority grow the cocoa trees themselves
However, we go further than this – because we transform the beans into chocolate at origin. Our chocolate bars only leave the Islands once they’re ready for you. That way, we can ensure that our chocolate is exactly as it should be – and made as sustainably as possible, ensuring the maximum added value takes place on the Island.
Is your chocolate Fairtrade-certified?
Our chocolate isn’t Fairtrade-certified, but that’s not because we don’t believe in Fairtrade. We absolutely do. The reason is that we grow and make our sustainable chocolate on our own family-run farms, so we’re on the ground – not importing cocoa from somewhere. As a family-run business, we’re completely committed to paying our farmers far more than the market rate, providing jobs to islanders, making the process as sustainable as possible and ensuring our seed-to-bar chocolate continues to benefit the wider community on St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
What should I pay for good chocolate?
For us, this comes back to our motto: ‘think beyond the bar’. If you’re paying a proper price for a bar of chocolate, it usually means that the farmers are being paid a proper sum for their cocoa. And trading fairly is what we’re all about.
When it comes to Islands Chocolate, we pay our farmers a premium not just because we know their beans are superb quality, but also because we want to make sure our farmers are properly supported and that they have a truly sustainable income.
Is your packaging recyclable?
You can pop our outer wrapper in the recycling bin. Our foil isn’t currently recyclable, but we’re always looking for ways to become even more planet-friendly, so if you have any suggestions please do let us know.
Is it cacao or cocoa?
Cocoa is also known as ‘cacao’, which comes from the tree’s official name: Theobroma Cacao (meaning ‘food of the gods’). Most chocolatiers refer to it as ‘cacao’ in its raw form, before it’s fermented and dried to produce ‘cocoa’.