DAGOBA Organic Chocolate, an artisan chocolate brand that has been crafting organic chocolate from responsibly-sourced ingredients since 2001, is celebrating World Rainforest Day with a new look, new delicious flavors and a nonprofit initiative to empower women living in communities that source DAGOBA cacao beans.
Sixteen years after it was founded, DAGOBA chocolate remains true to its original mission to craft chocolate that both Tastes Good, Does Good. DAGOBA responsibly sources its ingredients and supports the cacao communities by using only USDA certified organic cacao beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms as well as Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients.
As the brand expands its presence nationally, DAGOBA chocolate has continued to embody its mission by supporting infrastructural, educational and women’s self-empowerment initiatives within cacao communities with the launch of the One for All Cacao Project.
“DAGOBA has always embraced the belief that chocolate has a deeper purpose, and we continue to explore the many ways we can support that purpose as we evolve,” says Susie Picken Burch, Senior Brand Manager for DAGOBA Organic Chocolate. “The One for All Cacao Project allows us to shine a light on the unique challenges and opportunities facing the women who grow and harvest our cacao and recognize their potential to transform their communities. DAGOBA will invest in grassroots programs to support these women, empower them to implement change within their community’s infrastructure and sustain the viability of their village resources.”
The One for All Cacao Project is a nonprofit fund that invests in infrastructure and education while continuing to drive women’s self-empowerment in cacao communities in Peru, Tanzania, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic that source DAGOBA chocolate’s cacao beans. In 2017, the fund will provide resources to the community of San Juan De Cheni, Peru for initiatives specifically identified by the women who live there.
“We’ve had the privilege of meeting with the women of San Juan de Cheni to better understand their challenges and hopes for their community,” says Katrina Briddell, Manager of Philanthropy and Community Engagement with DAGOBA Organic Chocolate. “As a continuation of those conversations, the One for All Cacao Project will invest in a community-led gender and development roadmap that identifies barriers to and opportunities for economic growth. The initiative will host workshops to identify potential solutions that will empower all community members in San Juan de Cheni – especially women – to thrive for generations to come.”
In addition to its commitment to sustainability and women’s empowerment, DAGOBA embraces its legacy as a pioneer of quality, organic chocolate that incorporates unique flavor infusions, blending combinations of fruits, herbs and flowers into rich chocolate to create delightful chocolate experiences.
Four new chocolate bars with crowd-pleasing flavor infusions are available only at Target stores nationwide: DAGOBA Organic Extra Dark Chocolate with 84% cacao, DAGOBA Organic Picante Chocolate with Chilies and Nibs with 74% cacao, DAGOBA Organic Ginger Lime Milk Chocolate with 37% cacao, and the brand’s first white chocolate, DAGOBA Organic Raspberry Mint White Chocolate.
“Our commitment to create strong cacao communities and empower the women who live in them inspired our partnership with Target stores,” said Picken Burch. “Shoppers are sure to find a favorite among these new bars. Even more importantly, they can indulge in each bite knowing that behind each DAGOBA Organic Chocolate bar, there’s a woman transforming her community and protecting cacao farming for future generations.”
Abdallah Candies, a Minnesota-based candy company, has introduced new varieties to its highly popular “Old Fashioned Caramels” category. Known particularly for the premium caramel, Abdallah Candies’ individually twist-wrapped butter caramel morsels now have companions that are every bit as mouthwatering. New flavors such as chocolate-vanilla-sea-salt-twist, roasted-almond-coconut and toffee-almond caramel now accompany the best-selling plain butter caramels.
Available packaged in 7 ounce bags or in bulk, the new varieties extend the line with unique flavor combinations that perfectly complement the ultra-soft creamy caramel the company is famous for. For those who manufacture and desire the famous caramel flavor and want a caramel that is soft, creamy and won’t flow off their product, 12 pound blocks are available.
Abdallah Candies is a fourth generation, Minnesota family-owned gourmet confectioner which manufactures more than 200 varieties of specialty chocolates, including 24 flavors and two sizes of fresh cream truffles, tender toffees, caramels, stemmed cherries, fruits, clusters, creams, nougats and sugar free chocolates. Products are available packaged for everyday and seasonal sales and are also available in bulk.
Funky Chunky®, LLC, the gourmet snack featuring buttery caramel popcorn drizzled with different types of chocolate with added combinations of pretzels and nuts, has introduced an unexpected yet delicious flavor with its Funky Chunky Café Trio. The trio of new products, debuted at this year’s Sweets & Snacks Show, offer a flavor best known for being an early morning must-have.
Inspired by a local coffee shop and Funky Chunky’s coffee loving staff, Caramel Latte begins with the company’s traditional decadent caramel popcorn. For this treat, layers of caramel latte white chocolate drizzle, milk chocolate drizzle and chewy caramel are added to the caramel popcorn, then highlighted with dark chocolate covered espresso beans for an explosion of flavors.
“Funky Chunky is known for our delicious mash-ups of caramel popcorn and decadent drizzles. We combine fan favorites with our popcorn, and coffee is a flavor that is unexpected yet delicious,” said Laura Kruse, National Sales Manager. “We expect Funky Chunky Café to become a fast favorite.”
Vanilla Sweet Crème is similar but with vanilla sweet crème white chocolate, chewy caramel and white chocolate covered espresso beans. Lastly, Dark Chocolate Mocha loads up with dark chocolate mocha drizzle, milk chocolate drizzle, chewy caramel and dark chocolate covered espresso beans.
All flavors come in both 5-ounce bags and 19-ounce canisters that work as gifts. Two-ounce will be launched this fall.