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The Joyful Journey of Direct Trade Chocolate

By Red Thalhammer

Direct Trade Chocolate

Unveiling the Secret of Happiness: Direct Trade Chocolate!

Who says you can't have your chocolate and feel good about it too? Welcome to the sustainable world of Direct Trade chocolate. You may be more familiar with the term Fare Trade and its practices, however Direct Trade makes a bigger impact for you and the farmers. This is the chocolate that wraps you in a cozy blanket of joy, while also cuddling the planet and its people. Yesss, you heard it right! It's all about love, sustainability, and caring for the people who grow the cacao. Ready to dive in?

Taste the Love in Every Bite

Imagine a bar of chocolate that is not just a treat for your taste buds but a cuddle for your soul. Direct Trade chocolate which in general pays farmers much more than Fair Trade, is packed with love and care from the people who grow it and handle it in a save and clean environment. At Antidote we know the farmers of the cacao we purchase and pay them a premium for the high quality of cacao they deliver. Savoring Direct Trade chocolate is like receiving a warm, heartfelt hug from mother earth herself. Feel the love, baby!

Where Connection Meets Consciousness

Why settle for basic when you can have extraordinary? In the land of direct trade chocolate, quality reigns supreme! Expect the highest quality ingredients and finest aroma cacao that your palate never even dreamed of. To have that direct connection to the farms and knowing the level of care and attention to detail is making Antidote bars extra special. What’s more? Each unique Antidote flavor comes with a story—a story of empowerment, ethical sourcing, and a brighter future. We're talkin' connection with a conscience!

A Bold Adventure in Every Bite

Are you a thrill-seeker? A flavor adventurer? Direct Trade Chocolate is your passport to a journey of taste and ethics. Born from the adventurous spirit of exploration by our founder, this chocolate is a melting pot of global influences. From the lush cacao farms from various provinces in Ecuador to the hands of our lovely chocolate production team in Quito, Ecuador, to our founders Austrian roots and European quality standards and values, each step is a chapter in an adventure story written by diverse cultures and bold entrepreneurship. Take a bite, and let your senses take flight!

Healthy Indulgence: Pleasure Without the Guilt

Whoever said that pleasure and health can't go hand-in-hand never tasted Direct Trade Chocolate. With a focus on high cacao content and less sugar, Antidote chocolate is a healthy pleasure instead of a guilty one. As a bonus, working with direct trade cacao also ensures a lead free chocolate bar. It is handled and cared for so well that there is no way of lead getting into it. Think of it as the superhero of sweets—a delicious treat that's also your wellness ally. It's the perfect blend of indulgence and nourishment. A win-win for your waistline and your soul!

Sustainability: The Heartbeat of Direct Trade Chocolate

At the core of each chocolate bar is a commitment to sustainability. How? By engaging in direct trade with farmers cutting out any middleman, these chocolate bars ensure a fair wage that is a more than double than Faire Trade, sustainable, clean and often organic farming practices. All that encompasses ethical producing chocolate. Plus, these divine bars are made right at the cacao origin making a bigger impact for the people and families in the cacao producing country. The result? A sustainable life cycle that benefits everyone involved—farmers, producers, and YOU!

The Bottom Line: Direct Trade Chocolate is the Future!

So, the next time you're craving something sweet, make it a Direct Trade Chocolate. It's not just a bar; it's an experience—a journey through love, care, adventure, health, and sustainability. This is the chocolate of the future, a future that's as bright and joyful as the chocolate itself.

Get your hands on a bar of Direct Trade Chocolate today and be a part of this joyful revolution. Yes it may cost more than your average chocolate bar but we guarantee you it will outperform your average bar by 3+ times in value – considering all the points we discussed. Cheers to a life that's as rich, full, and delightful as the chocolate you're about to savor!

Till then, stay choco-tastic! 🍫✨

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By Red Thalhammer


There is a lot of recent discussion on lead and cadmium in some chocolate brands that I wanted to address: A study from a consumer reports organization has tested mostly large and some small brands on cadmium and lead levels. Out of the 28 tested, 23 bars of chocolate — which were produced by the likes of Trader Joe’s, Tony’s, Pascha, Lily’s, Hu, Hershey’s, Godiva, and Lindt to name a few that had super high levels of either lead or cadmium. The smaller premium brands they tested were mostly ok. I’m glad to hear that buying premium quality proofs to be healthy in that regard as well. Antidote was not part of this test, but we do tests ourselves and generally refer to European Standards.

Do you wonder how cadmium and lead gets into chocolate? Cadmium is absorbed through the soil into the trees. All our fine aroma cacao is form Ecuador and luckily Ecuador has not had much problem with cadmium. 

Lead on the other hand is a post harvest issue, and can be prevented with proper and save handling practices. Knowing our farmers, their process and facility of their post-harvest practices, I can say with confidence that there is no issue for the cacao we use at Antidote. 

Please see below test results as for cadmium and lead. (Sorry, we only have them available in spanish).



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