Fighting Climate Change With Chocolate: Going Green Never Tasted So Sweet

It’s probably pretty safe to say that there are more people on this planet eating chocolate, than fighting climate change. Sad but true. A more encouraging statement would be that there are definitely a lot of people out there that want to do more of both.

Although there are many brands of organic and fair trade chocolate on the market (just browse the candy aisle at Climate Change Chocolateany natural grocer) and many of them are using their yummy products to promote good things, from the protection of endangered species to saving the rain forest, very few do more to impact their cause then spread awareness…until now.

When you purchase Climate Change Chocolate, a very aptly named treat brought to you by Bloomsberry & Co., it comes with a verified TerraPass offset of 133 pounds of carbon dioxide reductions, the average American’s daily carbon impact. (Don’t worry, the carbon emissions associated with the production and distribution of the chocolate bar have also been balanced out).

Additionally, each bar comes in a unique wrapper decorated with 15 tips for lightening your environmental impact. These helpful hints teach you how to save energy by making small changes to your daily habits.

Climate Change Chocolate WrapperFrom what I can tell, Climate Change Chocolate is being distributed exclusively through Whole Foods, not the demographic in the most need of their well-placed green tips, but everyone’s got to start somewhere.

According to the company’s joint page on, its creators hope this small offset will be the first taste of a lower-carbon lifestyle for Whole Foods shoppers who decide to take responsibility for their climate change impact. (The only thing the site doesn’t give you a good idea of, is what the chocolate actually tastes like, so if you’ve tried it, please comment about your experience!).

Anti-oxidant, aphrodisiac, and now environmental activism…Kinda makes you wonder, is there anything chocolate can’t do?

An original 5 Minutes for Going Green post. To read more of Beth’s sustainable scribblings, visit

10 Responses to Fighting Climate Change With Chocolate: Going Green Never Tasted So Sweet
  1. carrie (42 Strawberries)
    March 26, 2009 | 11:57 am

    this chocolate is YUMMY. I have some in my desk. You can also buy it at Border’s, so perhaps it’s reaching some people there…

  2. Leigh Spencer
    March 26, 2009 | 12:12 pm

    great packaging

  3. Hyla
    March 26, 2009 | 3:36 pm

    The chocolate tastes like Palmer’s chocolate. It is really gross if you are quality chocolate lover. The other thing I do not love about this chocolate is that it comes with the wrapper on the outside, a paper covering on the inside and also foil around the bar. Much to much packaging. I was sent some to review and I contacting the company letting them know that I couldn’t do a good review. I think the idea behind it is fantastic, but it needs to executed better.

  4. Beth (GenGreen Life)
    March 26, 2009 | 9:35 pm

    Very valid points Hyla, thanks for the first-hand insight. Looks like they have some improvements to make…especially to the site, where the “buy” link seems to be broken. Probably should fix that if you want the product to be successful.

  5. carrie (42 Strawberries)
    March 27, 2009 | 1:51 pm

    Well, I have to say, I had the dark chocolate and to me the chocolate was plenty deelish. But for a $5 candy bar, I wasn’t expecting perfection or anything fancy…

  6. Hyla
    April 1, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    How could you not expect perfection from a $5 candy bar!?!?!

    ……….Wait…let me take a step back…perhaps I am misunderstanding you……….I sure hope so

  7. carrie (42 Strawberries)
    April 1, 2009 | 9:11 pm

    well a) the point of the candy bar *isn’t* amazing chocolate. it is the statement made. the eco-friendliness advertised and implemented.

    b) it’s a rather sizable bar. 2x a hersheys and, what, 4 times as much? minus the emissions offset, which is well worth the money, that’s more like 33% more than a hersheys and certainly 33% better, all things taken into account.

    c) I don’t think chocolate (or anything else) will ever achieve perfection, so…yeah. It was plenty good, and I got my money’s worth. And I supported responsible production. I consider that about as close to perfection as I’m going to get. but maybe that’s cause I just wanted what it offered, I wasn’t looking for the epitome of chocolate bars, you know?

  8. Hyla
    April 1, 2009 | 10:27 pm

    I see what you are saying. I just think that if the company truly wanted to make a difference they would take into account everything, including packaging

  9. Carrie (42 strawberries)
    April 2, 2009 | 12:44 am

    True on the packaging. Perhaps one piece is foil and the other is paper to aid in recycling? (making it just one material) and since printing on foil likely isn’t very green? might give them a call myself!

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