The Use of Fair Trade Ingredients for Chocolates

Edward Anderton is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Lachs-Adler Scholarship based on his academic and athletic prowess. After graduating, he served for several years as a program and project manager for Microsoft. Edward Anderton now operates as the managing director and co-founder of Scarlata Chocolate in Seattle.

Founded in 2012, Scarlata Chocolate makes fine chocolates that can be found at boutiques, wineries, and events in the Seattle area. The company prides itself on the quality of its chocolate, which is made with organic, gluten-free ingredients, fair trade cacao, and small amounts of sugar.

Fair trade refers to a trading partnership that emphasizes respect and helps to promote sustainable farming in developing countries. Cacao, which grows best in the tropical climates of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, is primarily produced through the hard work of small operations and family farms. Through added premiums and other efforts, fair trade processes ensure farmers receive a fair price for their work, thereby improving the quality of local businesses and encouraging reinvestment in developing countries. Typically, a chocolate maker or manufacturer works with a fair trade-certified importer to ensure they source fair trade cacao.

Why You Should Consider Choosing Cacao Over Cocoa

Edward Anderton holds a BA in economics and is a certified project management professional. As the managing director and co-founder of Scarlata Chocolate, Edward Anderton has led the company in significantly increasing its sales of high-quality chocolate products made from sustainably sourced cacao beans.

Cacao differs from cocoa in several significant ways. Although both products are derived from the same plant, cacao is chocolate in its most natural form. Cacao seeds are processed without using high temperatures, unlike cocoa which is produced under high heat that causes it to lose some of its nutritional value. Another drawback of many commercially-produced cocoa products is that they are often supplemented with high-calorie ingredients such as oil, milk fat, and sugar.

Cacao offers a more intense chocolate flavor compared to cocoa and is typically sold as a raw powder and in small chopped pieces similar in size to chocolate chips. The cacao plant is also used to make raw cacao butter which contains only the fatty component of the fruit. Cacao butter is considered a very healthy type of saturated fat to consume and also offers a variety of beauty benefits.