Best Fair Trade Chocolate (7 Brands)

Fair Trade chocolate is talked about often, but I find not everyone knows exactly what it even means. Does it matter if a brand is Fair Trade? I am breaking it all down and sharing reviews on the best Fair Trade chocolate brands.

Have you sought out fair trade chocolate before? Or have you wondered what the Fair Trade logo stands for? Today we’re diving into the world of fair trade chocolate and highlighting 7 Fair Trade chocolate brands.

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Hu Chocolate Bars

Hu Chocolate

It wasn’t easy to choose one Fair Trade chocolate brand as the best, because they were all so good, but Hu Chocolate really provided everything I would need for chocolate. From a simple dark chocolate bar, to more decadent chocolate with a filling (almond butter was my fave!), to even different baking chocolates. You will find you need (or maybe just want;) with Hu Chocolate!

What Is Fair Trade?

Fair trade is a choice for people and the planet. It’s a standard of responsibility that supports environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Farmers are paid a fair price for their cacao, working conditions are improved and the environment is protected in the process.

While a fair trade certification is a starting point, one of the criticisms is that it doesn’t doesn’t generate enough extra income to lift farmers out of poverty. For example, some of the income that farmers receive is designated for community development and there can be other people in the supply chain that receive a cut of the profits.

Hopefully with the growing focus on conscious consumerism, any discrepancies or gaps in the fair trade system will be discovered and rectified.

For chocolate, fair trade means that farmers are paid a certain minimum price for their cacao beans instead of the low price set by the market.

Fair Trade Chocolate Brands
Third Party certifications help the consumer to know that the brand is doing what they say they are doing!

Chocolate Industry Third Party Certifications

Fairtrade – certifies that the chocolate is made with some Fair trade ingredients grown on a farm certified by FLOCERT, labeled by Fairtrade International. This label certifies that the product meets the rigorous social, economic and environmental criteria in the internationally-agreed Fairtrade Standards.

Fairtrade Certified – Fair Trade USA is the leading 501(c) (3) nonprofit, third party certifier of fair trade products in North America. A Fairtrade certification means safe working conditions, environmental protection, sustainable livelihoods, and funds for community development.

Fair for Life – The Fair for Life certification is a tool that encourages trustworthy supply chains, where stakeholders have chosen to act responsibly by implementing good economic, social and environmental practices.

B Corp – measures a company’s entire social and environmental impact including accountability, and transparency on factors from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials.

Rainforest Alliance – supports social, economic, and environmental sustainability, specifically, livelihoods, forests, climate, human rights.

Organic – no GMO’s, synthetic fertilizers, or certain pesticides can be used and at least 95% of the chocolate is organic.

The Best Fair Trade Chocolate Brands

chocolate bars and chocolate gems
You can’t go wrong with any of these chocolate brands!

Fair Trade Chocolate FAQ’s

Is fair trade chocolate more expensive?

Although the Fair Trade certification can drive up the price of chocolate, more often than not, it’s the quality of the ingredients that affects the price of chocolate.

Is fair trade chocolate better quality?

The Fairtrade certification doesn’t speak to the quality of chocolate or cacao beans. It’s a commercial standard for fair trade practices, working conditions as well as environmental impact for big manufacturers of chocolate

Where is fair trade chocolate from?

Fair trade chocolate predominately comes from Ghana, Cameroon, and the Ivory Coast.

How can you tell if chocolate is fair trade?

Look for the following logos or marks on a chocolate bar’s wrapper:
-FairTrade by Fairtrade International
-Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA
-Fair for Life
-Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa

The following sites can also be a helpful resource to find out what companies use fair trade cocoa to make their chocolate:
Slave Free Chocolate
The Good Shopping Guide
Fair Trade Certified
Fairtrade America

What’s your favorite Fair Trade chocolate brand? Share below!

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Cheers, Suzi


Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.


  1. Lori

    This may sound crazy but Sam’s Choice from Walmart has a great 90% cacao bar that tastes amazing. It’s not organic but it’s Fair Trade and it’s literally under $2

    • Suzi

      Hi Lori,

      Wow, that is a great deal! Note taken- thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Sharon Quisenberry

    What about the new info on lead in the chocolate?

    • Suzi

      Hi Sharon,

      Great point! I did read the study. I think it comes down to personal opinion and what you can handle for your body. I personally am ok eating dark chocolate. I don’t have it all the time and I eat a healthy diet otherwise too. There is lead in so many kinds of foods, I just don’t want to demonize one food just because of the study. I’m more everything in moderation. Also, the study was done on the darkest bars from certain brands, so I just would avoid buying those specific bars. That’s just me though!


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