Closeup of cacao pod ripening on a cacao tree

SOURCING WITH CARE

Our inspired chocolate is crafted with organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cacao.

Our Certifications

USDA Certified Organic

Inspired chocolate starts with the best ingredients. That's why all DAGOBA Organic Chocolate products are certified organic under USDA guidelines—each DAGOBA product has at least 95% organic ingredients.

Why Organic?

  • No artificial ingredients, synthetic additives or irradiated ingredients
  • Conserves, promotes and enhances biodiversity
  • Focuses on renewable resources
  • Organic operations must maintain or enhance soil and water quality while also conserving wetlands, woodlands and wildlife. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation and genetic engineering may not be used.

    In addition to organic cacao, DAGOBA Organic Chocolate products also use certified organic sugar, vanilla, essential oils, fruits and nuts.

    Non-GMO Project Verified

    GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” The Non-GMO Project is a mission-driven nonprofit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices.

    Products carrying this seal have been evaluated by a third-party Technical Administrator responsible for evaluating compliance to the rigorous non-GMO food and product standards, which are set by a Board of Directors of the Non-GMO Project. This Board represents a balanced representation of interests, including directors from a full spectrum of stakeholder sectors (retail, farming, distribution, manufacturing, public), and from both large and small organizations.

    Achieving Non-GMO Project Verification aligns with our mission to bring great-tasting chocolate to the world while helping to preserve our planet and its people. Learn more.

    Rainforest Alliance Certified™

    The little frog found on DAGOBA Organic Chocolate packaging represents big advancements in sustainable farming. The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and promote the rights and well-being of workers, their families and communities. The organization trains farmers in some of the world’s most vulnerable landscapes to farm in a way that conserves forests, protects streams and rivers, nurtures soil health and boosts crop yields. It also encourages cooperation between independent farmers to market certified products more effectively to cocoa exporters. Independent studies demonstrate that Rainforest Alliance training leads to increased yields and income.

    Consistent with our mission to craft deeply satisfying chocolate in a socially responsible way, we partnered with the Rainforest Alliance in 2010. As of 2012, we can proudly state that all our chocolate is made with cacao from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms, resulting in significant positive impact on the lives and lands of those who produce our cacao. Learn more.

    Kosher — Certified OU-D

    DAGOBA Organic Chocolate is also a Kosher dairy product—certified as OU-D. Kosher dairy products either contain dairy or, as with our Dark Chocolate products, are produced on equipment used for making dairy products. This OU-D certification ensures that our chocolate is not made with any meat or any meat-derived ingredient, nor is it ever reheated using any equipment, pot, pan, dishes, or cutlery that was used for meat. Learn more.

    Our Cacao

    DAGOBA Organic Chocolate starts in the rainforest, where cacao trees thrive. Under the dappled light of the canopy, these trees provide a peaceful habitat for many native species. Growing from fragile flowers on the trees’ trunks and main branches, cacao pods contain approximately 50 cacao beans. Farmers harvest the ripe pods, then scoop out the beans and allow them to ferment. After fermentation, the beans are dried, roasted, shelled and ground into chocolate liquor. This liquor is then mixed with other ingredients to create delicious, organic chocolate.

    The flavor of cacao beans depends on a multitude of factors, from cacao genetics to environmental conditions such as rainfall, soil quality and surrounding plants. By exploring and sourcing our own Rainforest Alliance Certified® cacao, we can carefully monitor its quality and flavor. This also ensures that the cacao meets our strict conservation standards.

    Peru

    DAGOBA Organic Chocolate’s Peruvian cacao comes from a small community of indigenous growers in San Juan de Cheni. In recent years, DAGOBA Organic Chocolate has helped these farmers create a central fermentation area, solar driers and seedling nursery. Farmers achieved Rainforest Alliance certification for community farms in 2011. Cacao from this region carries a complex blend of fruit, rose and wine flavors.

    The Dominican Republic

    The farm of Finca Elvesia has a long and rich history. A Swiss family converted the farm to cacao at the turn of the 20th century. Today, it is home to a variety of farming workshops and renewable energy initiatives, and is Rainforest Alliance Certified®. The farm’s rocky, sloped terrain gives its organic cacao beans a fruity character. Fermentation and roasting develops a balanced flavor blend of nuts, wild cherry, oak and tannin.

    Tanzania

    Our Tanzanian cacao beans come from the Biolands Cooperative in Kyela. More than 20,000 farmers from this cooperative achieved Rainforest Alliance certification for their farms at our request. Special fermentation practices result in a rich bouquet of berry flavors with notes of leather, fig and plum.

    Ecuador

    Our Ecuadorian cacao comes from the remote province of Esmeraldas, one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. Ecuador has long been a cacao-producing country, but only recently gained recognition as the premiere source of fine-flavor cocoa, or Criollo. We work with the Sabor Arriba Cooperative and its 320 members to select cacao with a distinctly Criollo character. Locally known as Oro Negro, or “Black Gold,” these beans have a uniquely herbal flavor with hints of pineapple and other tropical fruits on top of a strong cacao base. We also work with the Rainforest Alliance to help farmers increase cacao quality and yield through education and sustainable farming methods.

    Closeup of a DAGOBA Organic Chocolate Bar on a wooden board with pieces broken off and with nibs and whole dried cacao beans

    PROTECTING AGAINST FOOD ALLERGIES

    We take food allergies very seriously, and have strict procedures in place to prevent crossover of allergens into other products.

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