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Organic vs. Regular Chocolate

Now that I know what organic really means, I can never go back.

What Exactly Is Organic Chocolate?

Before writing this article, I always defined organic chocolate as "expensive" chocolate; I never stopped to research why it’s expensive, and what the difference is between organic chocolate and the big-name (cheap) stuff I usually bought.

One of the main differences is that organic chocolate is created using cocoa beans which have not been treated with synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. True organic chocolate should not stop at the cocoa bean—any other ingredients included in the blend (sugar, milk, nuts, fruit, spices, etc.) should be organic as well. Of course, just because the label reads organic does not mean that it is totally organic; check the labels closely—your chocolate’s organic percentage could be anywhere from 70% to 98%.

USDA Organic Seal

USDA Organic Seal

How Do You Know If Your Chocolate Is Organic?

  • There should be a label that reads: USDA Certified Organic. This can be either on the front or the back of the packaging.
  • The USDA National Organic program forbids the use of preservatives, artificial colors, and GMOs. If you see any of these listed on the packaging, then your chocolate is not organic
  • As mentioned earlier, organic farming should maintain and replenish soil for cacao trees without the use of harmful pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers
  • Ideally, organic chocolate is minimally processed, and in separate facilities away from conventional chocolate

What Is the Harm of Eating Conventional Chocolate?

After finding out all this information about organic chocolate, I became dubious in regards to my current big-name chocolate preferences. How, I wondered, was conventional cocoa treated and processed, if not cleanly and with safe environmental practices in mind? One of the most shocking discoveries for me was to find out that conventionally grown cocoa is one of the highest pesticide-using crops out there. For someone who consumes so much chocolate (almost every day), this did not sit well with my mind or stomach.

Here are some additional unpleasantries found in common chocolate:

  • High fructose corn syrup: Also referred to as corn sugar, it is commonly found in sodas and other processed drinks and foods. Having too much HFCS has been linked to weight gain, cavities, and poor nutrition
  • Artificial flavoring and artificial coloring: While studies are still being made on the effects of using chemical combinations to create "natural" tastes and colors (some claim it can cause allergies and exacerbates those with ADD or ADHD), I always was a bit perturbed to think of ingesting something called “red #5.”
  • Wax! This I just find insulting…

Does Organic Chocolate Really Taste Better?

After hours of research, I was at least willing to try some organic chocolate to see if I could taste any difference in flavor and/or quality. Here are the ones I started with:

Lake Champlain Organic Milk, Sea Salt & Almonds

Lake Champlain Organic Milk, Sea Salt & Almonds

Lake Champlain: Milk, Sea Salt & Almonds

My verdict? Small squares of organic bliss, especially if you are a fan of sweet and salty pairings. The chocolate has 38% cocoa content, the almonds give it a nice crunch, and the grey sea salt is splendid.

Dagoba Organic Lemon Ginger

Dagoba Organic Lemon Ginger

Dagoba: Lemon Ginger

This is for the dark chocolate aficionados; made with 68% cacao, the lemon essence is stronger than the ginger, perhaps because it’s crystallized. This bar is rich—and even richer is the fact that a portion of the proceeds will help fund tree planting projects in Costa Rica.

Vosges Organic Enchanted Mushroom

Vosges Organic Enchanted Mushroom

Vosges: Enchanted Mushroom

This self-described “haut chocolat” is indeed made with the finer things in life (many of which I have never heard of). The bar is entitled “Enchanted Mushroom” and contains reishi mushrooms (known for various health benefits), walnuts and 66% cacao. For a half-ounce bar, it is definitely a splurge, one that I wouldn’t recommend unless you are an adventurous eater. This was the strongest of the bunch, and the mushroom powder lent a bitter aftertaste.

Organic Chocolate Convert

Now that I’ve tested the organic chocolate waters and sunk my teeth into a few varieties of edible gold, I have to say this: common chocolate fails in comparison. Organic chocolate really does have a more generous, complex taste, and while it can be pricey, I find that I am satisfied with less. In the past (ahem, last week) I could literally devour an entire bar of big-name chocolate in one or two sittings. With the pure, smooth and mouthwatering flavors of organic, I’m happy with just a few squares. Now, more than ever, I love to give and receive chocolates with extraordinary flavor.

In conclusion: The light has been turned on for me; I can see clearly, finally, that chocolate is a thing of beauty and we should treat it (as well as those who make it and as well as ourselves) as such.

Of course, the danger of knowledge is that you are left hungry for more... this is why I decided to write an article on fair trade chocolate. Strangely, organic does not signify fair trade!

© 2012 Dana De Greff

Comments

Kevin Tran on March 16, 2017:

You mentioned eating cheap chocolate before converting to expensive organic chocolate. Have you confirmed whether it is the price difference that is making the chocolate test better i.e. have you eaten expensive unorganic chocolate?

Andrew Disame :: adisame2000@yahoo.com on October 16, 2016:

Just knowing that chocolate eaters like Dana De Greff have their eyes on what is healthy in terms of chocolate.

Their research on choclolate is beautiful and extremely valuable to me in particular.

What is "RAINFOREST ALLIANCE" CERTIFIED. DO THEY OPERATE ON THE SAME HEALTH SAFETY PRINCIPLES AS USDA?

I recently bought DAGOBA DARK CHOCOLATE with this label on their package. Please tell me what you know about this. Thanks

Andrew.

New York City.

hen on October 28, 2015:

chocolate is good

Lisa on September 19, 2014:

Newman's own organics

Mocha milk chocolate

It has a hint of coffee. Which I'm usually not a fan of in chocolate but now I am.

It is awesome.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on September 02, 2014:

I'm new to HubPages--one of the Squidoo pass-overs, and when my lenses are finally brought over, you will see that I am a HUGE fan of organic and Fair Trade chocolate, among other products, so I am absolutely delighted to find this page here.

Thank you for writing this piece, and for thinking about the health and environmental impacts of the food you eat. One of the reasons I eat only organic and Fair Trade chocolates now is because of the child labor in most conventionally grown chocolate. Not only are children used to grow, harvest and produce much of the chocolate we eat in the west, but quite often they are not free to leave their jobs, and their pay, if any is extremely low.

I am grateful to find you here on HubPages and grateful for this hub. Now I'm off to read your article on Fair Trade! Yay!

spice527 on May 18, 2014:

Personally, I find organic chocolate almost almost a bit too bitter in it's taste. Give me a bar of Galaxy any day!

Amy Peterson on May 16, 2013:

Danareva, I work for an online magazine, Chocolate Connoisseur and we were going to do an article on Fair Trade and Organic chocolates. I wanted to know if you would allow us to repost both of your articles in our magazine? Organic vs Regular this month and Fair Trade next month. Let me know as soon as you can. I will check here but you can also reach me at amy@chocolateconnoisseurmag.com. Thank you!

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on January 02, 2013:

I do enjoy the bitter taste of dark organic chocolate. I also prefer it unflavoured.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on January 02, 2013:

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites. You've convinced me to opt for organic. I've added this article to a links capsule in my How to Host a Poetry Night Party with a Wines and Chocolates Potluck hub.

lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on November 04, 2012:

great hub and love the pics. as an official chocaholic i was used to eating anything that has chocolate on the label. now living in peru and the lack of good commercial chocolate i did find they produced 100% organic coco blocks. living in the region of coffee and cocoa growing in jaen and seeing the time and work in caring for these plants to produce so little in the way of fruit you learn to appreciate that quality counts.

thanks for the research

Best Language on September 17, 2012:

Very thoughtful article. I'm just curious whether there have been any actual studies done on the health benefits of organic vs. "normal" chocolate? In other words, is there a real difference? Or, do we just assume that there is a difference because we like organic things?

afro-cerealist on July 14, 2012:

In the end. I like both. Thanks for the knowledge.

MeiraP on June 11, 2012:

Hi thanks for this,

I am a chocolatier and while I would love to use organic chocolate for my truffles, the organics I have found simply do not taste as good as Guittard. After experimenting with different chocolate for years, I settled on Guittard. So I felt very validated when I started working in bakeries and saw that they used Guittard. Do you know anything about their provonance, I am hoping they are one of those companies that just didn't pay to get certified organic.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on May 06, 2012:

Rajan- thanks so much for your kind words! I am a huge fan of dark chocolate- is it popular in India?

Thanks for reading and sharing and I look forward to your hub!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 04, 2012:

Great hub on the merits of organic chocolate. We do not get organic chocolate in India. I am including a link to this hub of the day in my forthcoming hub on the benefits of dark chocolate.

And congrats on getting hub of the day for this hub!

Voted up, awesome and useful. Shared too.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on February 23, 2012:

Meaghan- today is a perfect day to start! Thanks for reading!

MeaghanMossburg from Las Cruces NM on February 22, 2012:

I really want to try some organic chocolate now lol!!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on February 15, 2012:

Beata- once you try it you can never go back! Thanks for reading and commenting and happy eating

Beata Stasak from Western Australia on February 15, 2012:

Always loved organic chocolate, now I know why:)..thank you and all the best with your hubbing:)

twoseven from Madison, Wisconsin on February 10, 2012:

Thank you for the hub - I've always wondered about this and never taken the time to find out. I too think organic tastes better, but now I have extra reasons to spend the extra money to buy it! I really like the Dagoba chocolate you mentioned. And Newman's Own makes some organic chocolate bars too which are great.

LittleHomestead from Illinois on February 09, 2012:

Not sure about the chilies either! I guess I'm not that adventurous. ;-)

We split the chocolate up between several families. We all belong to a co-op together and I have the scale so it is easy. But 50# would last us a year or so. That company also sells in 3# bags. For anyone who likes to prepare most of their foods from scratch, it is great to have bulk products on hand.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on February 09, 2012:

littlehomestead--ordering organic, fair trade chocolate in bulk is a great idea! I can't imagine what I would do with 50 pounds of it, though!

Thanks for reading...maybe mushroom isn't for you, but perhaps, ancho chilies???

LittleHomestead from Illinois on February 09, 2012:

I recently started ordering organic, fair trade chocolate from Santa Barbara Chocolates...you can find them online. They sell a variety and you can order in bulk. We ordered 50 pounds and split the order with friends. The price came to around $5 per pound, if I remember correctly.

Thanks for the great hub. Can't say I have any interest in chocolate with mushrooms. :)

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on February 09, 2012:

chrisand--Yes, it is bittersweet to know that we really have no idea what real, organic chocolate tastes like. But, on the upside, taste testing is fun and delicious, and gives you good karma!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

chrisand on February 09, 2012:

Informative hub Danareva. I was aghast to read that cocoa is one of the highest pesticide-using crops out there, as I LOVE my chocolate and now won't be able to enjoy it as much knowing the cocoa used in it was heavily sprayed with pesticide :( I may now have to become an organic chocolate connoisseur. Will be interesting and enjoyable to do my own taste tests :)

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on February 05, 2012:

Adrienne2-yes, it was a shocker to me as well! Once you start to try organic chocolate, you will begin to notice how fake the regular stuff tastes...I had no idea the level of garbage I was eating until I gave organic and fair trade a try! Thanks so much for commenting and I hope you join me on the organic side=)

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on February 05, 2012:

Hi Danareva, Are you serious, wax in chocolate?? This is certainly a shocker to me. Very interesting, voted inteeresting, and voted up!!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on February 05, 2012:

Thehug5-wow that's great! I'm so glad you enjoyed and welcome to the ranks of organic fans! Now you have to try fair trade...

THEHuG5 on February 05, 2012:

Just an update! I tried that seeds of organic milk chocolate that you recommended and it's really good! And it doesn't take a lot to satisfy so while it was more expensive, it will definitely last longer and I won't inhale it like I would a snickers bar. Plus knowing how much you spent on it helps you slow your roll. Thanks again for this hub!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on February 05, 2012:

Ripplemaker-why stay away from chocolate?? You really need to try organic- it's much more tasty, healthy and kind to the environment. Thanks for reading and commenting... And the congrats!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on February 05, 2012:

Wow so many chocolate lovers out here LOL I haven't tried organic chocolate as I have been staying away from chocolate lately. :) Gosh, but you made me want to look for some organic ones....

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To all who would like to read and vote, join the Hubnuggets team and their adventures right here: https://hubpages.com/community/HubNugget-Mystery-T...

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on February 03, 2012:

Dougberry-thanks so much for the kind words! All I can say is I read, write and edit... All the time!!! Lately, everything else has been second...even sleep! Maybe that's not the healthiest secret!

DougBerry from Abilene, TX on February 03, 2012:

Hey, congratulations on your HubNugget nomination. You can vote and view the other nominees in the Food and Cooking Topic here:

https://hubpages.com/food

Hub of the Day and HubNugget nominee, you must tell us your secret!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on February 03, 2012:

Jena-

I will have to check that out! Thanks for reading!

Jena Kirkpatrick on February 03, 2012:

Live Oak Market on Manchac has the best selection of organic chocolates. yum

Cosmic Bus from Maryland on February 01, 2012:

Thanks for the info and it is most definitely worth it. Spending that much will also give me better self control! I will have to find the Quinoa one.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on February 01, 2012:

Cosmic Bus--I LOVE Alter Eco chocolate! So far I really enjoy the Dark Chocolate Quinoa, but I will have to try the Dark Chocolate Velvet!

If it is Certified Organic by QAI (Quality Assurance International), that's great--QAI is a USDA-accredited certifying agent!

I am so glad that you like the chocolate, and thanks so much for sharing. Isn't it worth the $5??? =)

Cosmic Bus from Maryland on February 01, 2012:

Danareva, spent $5 on a fair trade organic candy bar called Alter-Eco Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Velvet made in Switzerland. It does not have the green and white sticker though, it says Certified Organic by QAI? The package says by purchasing it you are supporting the Boliivan Amazon farms. It is one of the best tasting candy bars I have ever had, so delicious! I found in in the organic section of our Safeway grocery store.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 31, 2012:

skyfire-

unless the dark chocolate is specifically certified "organic" then there exists the risk that you are eating chocolate with pesticides, GMOs, chemicals, and worse. If you are still confused, try any of the chocolates I listed, or check out my hub on FAIR TRADE chocolate, which also has some nice recommendations=)

Thanks for reading and commenting, and here's to healthy, quality,organic, delicious chocolate!

skyfire on January 31, 2012:

How about dark chocolate? I eat a lot of them during holiday season. Are they safe (I mean made up of non-harmful ingredients) ? I'm just confused with the brands and genuine chocolates in the market. Thanks for this hub. :)

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 31, 2012:

Gemini fox-thanks for the congrats! I am with you on Big Name chocolate- there is no point in paying good money for bad chocolate, or worse- something disguised as chocolate! Check out my recommendations for a much better choco experience!

Gemini Fox on January 31, 2012:

Congrats on the hub! I'm a chocolate lover too, especially dark chocolate, but I've never tried organic - will have to now!

Don't normally eat Big Name choc. bars but after not having eaten one for a long, long time, did buy one the other day - milk choc. with almonds. It was soooo bad: the bar was smaller than they used to be, the almonds must have been mutant miniature 3rd grade almonds and, worst of all, it left that waxy aftertaste - AWFUL!! So bad I emailed the company . . . of course, I got the standard form letter back saying they would keep my comments in mind. Guess the moral of that story is that it is worth paying more for good chocolate!!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 30, 2012:

David- so far I'm happy with the milk and dark! What is your favorite? Thanks for reading and commenting.

David on January 30, 2012:

I really enjoy the darker varieties of Equal Exchange chocolate bars. They're fair trade, too.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 30, 2012:

Maria- thanks for reading and let me know if you find anything good!

Maria Cecilia from Philippines on January 30, 2012:

I love chocolates and this one is really interesting. I haven't seen one in my country yet but I will try to look for one...I am really curious bout the taste though I love the bitter sweet taste of dark chocolate...

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 30, 2012:

Thelma-thanks for the vote! You can't go wrong with chocolate and cake=)

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on January 30, 2012:

Congrats for the hub of the day! Thanks for sharing this. I love chocolate especially on cake. Voted up. Take care.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

vasantha T--I'm so glad that you learned something from my hub! That is a great compliment and thanks for the congrats=)

vasantha T k from Bangalore on January 29, 2012:

Useful hub learn't about organic and regular chocolates. Congrats.Best wishes.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

rebeccamealey--thank you for reading! I also was not aware of the difference until recently, but believe me, it is a HUGE difference in terms of flavor, ingredients, treatment, etc.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 29, 2012:

I would never have realized the difference.Thanks for this information. Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

moiragallaga--yes, please do try organic chocolate! It is worth it, and I have some good recommendations to try on my page, as well as on the "What is free trade chocolate" hub. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Rtalloni--Thank you for reading and for the support, and here's to our mutual friend chocolate!=)

Moira Garcia Gallaga from Lisbon, Portugal on January 29, 2012:

Congratulations for Hub of the Day, well deserved. Very informative and you make your point very clearly and convincingly. I love chocolates and now you got me thinking about organic chocolates, I should try them out. Thanks.

RTalloni on January 29, 2012:

Indeed, "common chocolate fails in comparison!"

Congrats on your Hub of the Day award--no surprise that a quality hub on quality chocolate would make the grade! :) Good chocolate is such a nice friend!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Eliminatecancer-I agree wholeheartedly! I can never go back to Big Name chocolate now and have found that by becoming more aware, my tastes are changing and expanding. Thanks for a great comment!

Eliminate Cancer from Massachusetts on January 29, 2012:

Dark chocolate is an antioxidant which has many health benefits, so not only does it taste better - a good quality, organic chocolate is actually good for you.

By contrast, those health benefits are lost in the cheaper chocolates, which carry health risks with the addition of fats, and sugars.

So, you are doing something good for the world, good for the environment, and good for yourself. Plus, it tastes great - Win, Win, Win :)

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

rorshak--thanks so much! I am humbled and so glad you read and commented.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Lorisoard--thank you and thanks for reading! i hope you consider trying some organic chocolate soon...

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

claudia--yes, dark chocolate is definitely more common! Lake Champlain has a lot variety--if you go back to my page I have a write up about their "Milk Chocolate, Sea Salt and Almonds"--you will love it! Also Theo's bread and chocolate says dark, but it's pretty light...

I think that the more customers demand high quality, eco and farmer friendly chocolate, the more producers will offer. Thanks for reading and commenting=)

rorshak sobchak on January 29, 2012:

Great job on your Hub. Congratulations on Hub of the day. Well deserved. :)

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

tillsontitan--yes, when you say "pesticides" of course we all shiver...it's just that they don't tell us what's in our food that is even scarier! Try more organic--you'll fall in love. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

amymarie_5--you and me both! Vosges was actually not my favorite, only because I don't love mushrooms...but if you do (and it is a STRONG flavor) you will probably enjoy it. Start with a small bar, though, just in case=)

Thanks for your vote, I appreciate it!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

tsmog--thanks so much for the compliments! I do believe it is an enlightenment--an enlightenment I myself had just a month ago. My grandfather was diabetic, so I know how tough it can be to find something that tastes good and is good for you!

LoriSoard from Henryville, Indiana on January 29, 2012:

Great article. I never really considered the differences. Very informative.

Claudia Tello from Mexico on January 29, 2012:

I have found that most of the organic chocolate in offer is very dark chocolate, 70% and up. The reason I don’t buy it that often is that I much rather have milk chocolate (or one that is on the light side of dark). I specially love chocolate with toasted hazelnuts, almonds, pecans or walnuts, mmmmm…...yummy! My recommendation for organic chocolate producers is: introduce variety!!!!

Mary Craig from New York on January 29, 2012:

Congratulations on a great hub and being hub of the day. Obviously I'm not a fan of pesticides but I do buy from a local candy maker who makes the BEST chocolate....http://www.krausescandy.com/

Amy DeMarco from Chicago on January 29, 2012:

I LOVE chocolate!! Organic chocolate is a bit more pricey but I go to Trader Joe's and I don't think their prices are that bad. I can't wait to try some of the chocolates on your list! I really want to try Vosges. I'm curious to see what mushrooms and chocoate taste like. I like mushrooms, would never think to combine the two!

Rated up, interesting, awesome and useful!

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on January 29, 2012:

Chocolate is awesome! Honestly never considered there being an organic chocolate until this article. Thank you for the enlightenment, so to speak. Cocoa is my candy of choice as a diabetic - low carb count for satisfying the sweet tooth. I'll pay attention for the label on organic now!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Duffee,

Thanks for reading and commenting and your kind words! Please do tell me your preferred organic brand- i'm always looking for suggestions!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Greg- thanks for reading and commenting! Dark chocolate is actually really healthy, in moderation! I have not had carb and may have to look that up...

Duffee on January 29, 2012:

This is a very helpful and informative blog on Organic Chocolate. As a chocoholic--I can tell you--that I enjoy organic chocolate--but I no longer have the wrapper to tell you the brand I bought. I will get it the next time I'm at the store--and share with you!! Great post--and congrats on the Hub of the Day!!

Greg Sereda from Sandomierz, Poland on January 29, 2012:

The fact that conventionally grown cocoa is one of the highest pesticide-using crops out there is new to me! Good info.

Mushrooms in chocolate ... maybe not ... That's one of those things that you're probably going to find on a list of the ten worst snack ideas of the century in a few years.

I used to be like you - devouring an entire bar of chocolate in a sitting. However, I made a New Year's resolution to not eat sweets anymore; and I'm sticking to it. Although, I will eat some carob snacks. Have you tried carob? I had some kind of carob cake with nuts recently, and it was really good.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Tgopfrich-thanks for reading and sharing! I will def check out your page!

Tiffany from Springbrook, AB on January 29, 2012:

Very good hub! I want to go try some now! Voted up and shared on my Herbal Habits facebook page, feel free to check it out :) thank you!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

John- thanks for the congrats! Perhaps you did not try the right chocolate for your tastes- there is a lot to choose from so I wouldn't give up! Thanks for reading.

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on January 29, 2012:

Very well written article - congrats on winning "hub of the day...."

Truth be known, I do not like organic anything! I find the taste of organic foods funny and don't care for them at all. I do like chocolate very much, but I would not consider myself a chocoholic by any stretch of the imagination. I tasted organic chocolate and it tastes bad to me.

Take care and God Bless

John

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Healthwealthmusic--thank you so much for reading! I would also love to eat organic all the time, but as a recent grad who studied creative writing that's probably not going to happen any time soon!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Cosmicbus-thanks for your vote and for reading! Go buy a high quality bar and share it with a friend=)

Ruth R. Martin from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York on January 29, 2012:

What an awesome and honest hub! I have had both organic and non-organic chocolate. The non-organic tastes flat and too sweet after eating the richer, stronger, organic chocolate. If it were possible, I would ALWAYS eat organic - not just chocolate, but everything!

Cosmic Bus from Maryland on January 29, 2012:

Congrats on hub of the day and I can see why...super informative and now all I want is some organic chocolate! Voted up.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Homesteadpatch-I'm a firm believer in quality food and not sacrificing quality for money, especially when it cones to the environment and the workers and o course the consumers! Why are we paying money to put gross and even unsafe products into our bodies? And why don't they tell us this?

I prefer to spend a bit more and feel better but I also believe that everyone has the right to eat good, wholesome food. I hope one day its affordable and available to everyone. Thanks for your vote!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Thehug5-thanks for reading! I know you wont be disappointed when you try organic chocolate...

homesteadpatch from Michigan on January 29, 2012:

As sad as it is to learn, wax is used mainly to skip the tempering process. Adding wax gives a firmer chocolate with an attractive glossy sheen. Wax is used because it is cheap, and makes the manufacture simpler (and cheaper). The problem here is that paraffin wax isn't meant for human consumption, but they use it anyway... Voted up!

THEHuG5 on January 29, 2012:

A hub about chocolate...hmmm I think I like it lol. I've never tried organic chocolate but I know that organic food always tastes way better compared to the alternative. I'll definitely take your advice and give some organic chocolate a try. Thanks for writing this!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Modgirlok-Yes they are great for the environment and species though In my opinion they need to do more with fair trade to help the farmers! Thanks for reading!

modgirlok from Oklahoma on January 29, 2012:

I absolutely love Endangered Species' dark chocolate bars. You definitely get what you pay for when it comes to cocoa products.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Dzymslizzy- Wow what a great comment and compliments! Yes, WAX shocked me as well, but also to know that sometimes organic is not 100% organic! I LOVE dagoba chocolate! I am also a fan of dark, although recently I tried 100% CACAO and it was awful! I guess I still need a bit of sugar=) thanks for reading!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on January 29, 2012:

OMG--chocolate! How could I NOT read your article--you definitely have my number! I have known for decades about the difference between "regular" and "organic" foods. However, I did not realize that WAX was a component of my favorite treat! Ugh!

As for the additives in your examples--um...no thanks. With the possible exception of coconut or fruit, I prefer my chocolate "unadulterated." I'm not a big fan of almonds, either.

My preference is, "the darker, the better." I do not even like milk chocolate, as I find it 'not chocolaty enough.' A friend recently sent me a Dagoba 80% dark bar. Oh, my heaven! Bliss wrapped in foil!

This was a great read, and a well-deserved Hub of the Day! Congratulations! Voted up across the board, bookmarked and shared.

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Arusho-thanks for reading! There is no trader joe's in austin but I have heard good things. Nonetheless, check carefully on anything you buy, even if it says organic! Sometimes it is only partly organic, which is better than nothing, but not the best! Thanks for the congrats- it is quite an honor=)

arusho from University Place, Wa. on January 29, 2012:

Oh, great hub! I, too love chocolate and have it almost every day like you. We get our chocolate mostly from Trader Joe's which I believe is all organic. But I will have to check the label of the one I like the most. Congrats on hub of the day.!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Savannahsmith-wow thank you for sharing on fb! You will certainly see more from me soon!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Carozy- thank you for reading! More to come soon!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Prasoline- thanks! The mushroom is def a strong flavor but if you like robust tastes, then it might be for you! Thank you for reading and commenting!

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Tracy- thank you so much! I hope you try some of my recommendations and I will let you know if I ever need taste testers=)

Dana De Greff (author) from Miami on January 29, 2012:

Austin- don't be sad just go buy some organic chocolate! Thanks for reading!

savannahsmith098 on January 29, 2012:

Awesome Hub!I would love to see more stuff from you!I also shared your hub on my facebook!

carozy from San Francisco on January 29, 2012:

Thanks, lots of good info.

Prasanna Marlin from Sri lanka on January 29, 2012:

Congratulations for being hub of the day!

I like reading about the mushroom variety.

Thanks for sharing this.