Chocolate With So(u)l

April 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

As a self-proclaimed chocolate addict, I  nearly fell over when I started to research where exactly my favorite bars came from.  Now, more than ever,  it is important to know where your food originated and how it was processed. Most large corporations are not concerned with transparency in their food production chain, making it sometimes difficult to uncover where their raw products originated.

With this in mind, we are so very lucky to have companies like ChocoSol, who are not only in a totally different league than major chocolate producers, they aren’t even playing the same game.

After watching this beautifully produced video, I had a pretty good idea of the kind of operation Michael Sacco was running.

Currently ChocoSol has developed some amazing new solar-powered roasting equipment and pedal powered winnowing machine. These two sustainable pieces are the first step in establishing an off-grid zero waste chocolate factory, think shipping container factory (for more info on the benefits of shipping containers you’ll have to wait for our Eco House post!).  As Michael states on Rocket Hub:

Our project in Toronto has an educational component. ChocoSol isn’t just about making chocolate. We are a community, and a social enterprise. We try to connect people here with the tradition of cacao and inform them of where chocolate comes from. We also combine this chocolate with local Toronto ingredients like local hemp seeds from Peterborough and locally grown chillies, some of which are grown on our green roof. It’s a wholesome dark chocolate that is ecologically produced, nutritional and delicious.

Did I mention that Michael Sacco will be joining us at Ecofest as a key speaker? You can start to get excited now.

If you need a ChocoSol fix before Ecofest you can purchase ChocoSol products at Evergreen, Dufferin Grove, Wychood, Sorauran and  Apple Tree markets. You can also purchase chocolate at their kitchen on 6 St. Joseph Street in Toronto, remember though that this is not a retail location so you will need to bring your own container for the chocolate and spend a minimum of $20.

If you are thinking that is an innovative business that needs to be supported (I am) check out their Rocket Hub project page and donate to get this sustainable venture going! There may be a treat in it for you….

Rave reviews and great pictures of ChocoSol in these articles:

ChocoSol: The Ultimate Green Chocolate

ChocoSol Traders

Can Chocolate be a Health Food? Almost


You can also follow ChocoSol on their blog and remember to subscribe to our blog for Ecofest News!

Another great video, this one is  Michael Sacco speaking at TEDxWaterloo


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