Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – Sweetriot

We featured Sweetriot in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

the unBar from sweetriot
The unBar from sweetriot

About Sweetriot:

In October of 2005 Sarah E. Endline founded sweetriot with a dream of changing the world and the candy industry at the same time!

About the products:

sweetriot broke into the candy category with its original ‘peaces’ line. Three years later sweetriot introduced another innovative, yummy product to the market called the unBar. The bar is available in two flavors. Flavor 65-65% dark chocolate with crunchy cacao ‘peaces’, and Flavor 70- 70% dark chocolate with crunchy cacao ‘peaces’ and plump golden raisins. This unofficial bar is all natural, gluten free, dairy free and only 45-50 calories per ‘mega peace’. Oh and course just like the lovable recyclable, reusable tin there is a surprise inside!

Sweetriot is creating a sweet movement to fix the world by sourcing their cacao directly in Latin America, using recyclable, reusable packaging which features emerging artists, and by only using all-natural, healthy ingredients for their dark chocolate products.

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This socially and environmentally responsible firm was nominated as one of the 2008 & 2009 World Blu’s Most Democratic Workplaces. In addition, it is the first and only chocolate company to offset all of its carbon emissions and even offers an option to offset the emissions from the making of your chocolate!

sweetriot has been featured by Fortune Small Business, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times as well as Shape, New York Magazine, Women’s Health, Instyle, and Gourmet.

Hollywood loves Sweetriot!

Celeb rioters include Sarah Jessica Parker, Drew Barrymore, Eva Longoria, Kevin Bacon, Jerry Seinfeld and Harry Connick Jr. to foodie chefs Rachael Ray and Gordon Ramsay.

For more info, please visit

Alter Eco’s Line of Fair Trade, Artisan-Quality Chocolate

We featured Alter Eco in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

photo courtesy of Alter Eco

Alter Eco offers consumers everywhere a tasty opportunity to help provide farmers and communities in the global south with fair wages, direct trade and funding for community development, scholarships, women’s empowerment programs and more with a full line of Fair Trade Certified™ gourmet chocolate bars. The chocolate is crafted with passion by a master chocolatier in Switzerland and blended to perfection.

Alter Eco’s Fair Trade Certified chocolate bars are available in a variety of tantalizing flavors including:
• Dark Chocolate Velvet (hint of organic milk)
• Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Twist (with crystallized orange peel)
• Milk Chocolate Moka, Dark Chocolate Almond
• Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut
• Milk Chocolate Cajou (with raisins and cashews for a tender and crunchy texture).

Through small farmers’ dedication to safeguarding their cultural heritage and preserving their environment, the difference in Alter Eco’s Organic and Fair Trade Certified products can be tasted in its freshness and purity. By selling on Fair Trade terms, the farmers are able to invest in high-quality production, increase their incomes and improve their living standards. Alter Eco believes in providing consumers with delicious products that they need and love with an ethical integrity. Alter Eco has even gone as far as becoming Carbon Zero Certified by taking responsibility for their carbon emissions by replanting the rainforest!

dark-chocolate-mintThe Alter Eco range of Fair Trade products are of the highest quality, ensured by the care small farmers give to their land. Each product is cultivated using sustainable farming methods that preserve the local agricultural biodiversity including natural fertilizers are used both for economic reasons as well as a way to ensure good health for the farmers and they land they work on. The Alter Eco brand reflects diversity in the faces, shapes, colors, landscapes, traditions and cultures of the small farmers who cultivate them.

Each product has a unique story and an authentic fragrance that will take gourmet enthusiasts on a journey of discovery from the kitchen to the foothills of the Himalayas and beyond. Experience the decadent flavors of Alter Eco knowing that Alter Eco’s Fair Trade products are good for health, people, and the planet! For more information please visit their website.


Remember to always read the Store Policies before placing your order.

Guide for Chocoholics – Jelly Belly

We mentioned Jelly Belly in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

Jelly Belly and chocolate? But of course!  Jelly Belly is for the chocoholic, not only do they offer a chocolate flavored bean, they actually have chocolate as well.  Here are a few things Jelly Belly has to offer for every chocoholic out there:

Deluxe Chocolate Nut Mix – 7 oz bag

Chocolate Deluxe Nut Mix from Jelly Belly Candy Company. Almonds, cashews, and walnuts covered in milk chocolate.

Almonds, cashews and more make up this delicious mix. Dipped in chocolate, they’re pure Confection perfection.

7 oz bag.

Price: $5.99

Chocolate Raisins – 7 oz bag

Chocolate Raisins from Jelly Belly Candy Company. Juicy chocolate-covered raisins are a classic confection!

You won’t find these in theaters. The plumpest raisins and finest chocolate take these favorites to a new level.

7 oz bag.

Price: $5.99

Chocolate Dutch Mints 8 oz Bag

8 oz bag of Chocolate Dutch Mints from Jelly Belly. Peppermint candy shells with chocolate filling. Great for weddings!

Creamy peppermint and chocolate co-mingle inside lavender, mint green and white candy shells. Eating just one can’t be done! Bundle several of your favorites to get a true confectionery experience.

Price: $5.99

Chocolate Bridge Mix – 7 oz bag

Chocolate Bridge Mix from Jelly Belly Candy Company. A variety of chocolate-covered candies like butterscotch, nuts and more!

Delectable chocolate covers a variety of centers, from cherry pectin to crispy butterscotch.

7 oz bag.

Price: $5.99

Assorted Jordan Almonds 8 oz Bag

8 oz bag of Jordan Almonds from Jelly Belly. Colored candy shells around crunchy nuts. Great for weddings!

Plump almonds dressed in crunchy sweet shells of pastel colors. A classic favorite. Bundle several of your favorites to get a true confectionery experience.

8 oz. bag.

Price: $5.99

Chocolate Malt Balls – 6 oz bag

Chocolate Malt balls from Jelly Belly.

Big, crispy malt balls smothered in thick milk chocolate.

A real treat!

6 oz bag.

Price: $5.99


Chocolate Devotion™ Cold Stone Jelly Belly – 16 oz

Jelly Belly Chocolate Devotion™ jelly beans in a clear, re-sealable bulk tub with lid. Inspired by Cold Stone ice cream flavors.
Part of the Cold Stone® Ice Cream Parlor Mix, Chocolate Devotion™ combines the flavors of Chocolate ice cream, chocolate chips, brownie and fudge.

This clear, re-sealable bulk tub with lid contains 16 oz of Chocolate Devotion™ jelly beans. Approximately 400 beans per pound.

Price: $8.99


Chocolate Pudding Jelly Belly- 16 oz

Jelly Belly Chocolate Pudding jelly beans in a clear, re-sealable bulk tub with lid. Portable and convenient size for candy. Made with real chocolate.

16 oz of Chocolate Pudding flavor Jelly Belly jelly beans in a clear, re-sealable bulk tub with lid. Approximately 400 beans per pound.

Price: $8.99


Dark Chocolate Jelly Belly – 16 oz

Jelly Belly Dark Chocolate jelly beans in a clear, re-sealable bulk tub with lid. Portable and convenient size for candy. Made with real chocolate.

16 oz of Dark Chocolate flavor Jelly Belly jelly beans in a clear, re-sealable bulk tub with lid. Approximately 400 beans per pound.

Price: $8.99

Check out Jelly Belly for more products and gift ideas!

Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics

For the next month or so, we are going to feature some of the best Chocolate manufacturers, most of them from the US and many of which you may know already. Some of them are from other countries but definitely worth mentioning.

The list is in alphabetical order. They’ll all have their own post in the days and weeks to follow, so stay tuned! Here are our favorites:

Other  Chocolate Resources:


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Dessert in a Cup… of Tea!

Who would have known? You can have your cake, and drink it, too! Adagio Teas offer signature blends, that recreate some sweet treats, to give you what you need to feed your sweet tooth, without all the guilt. Here are a few of these ‘dessert’ teas they have to offer:


iconA #1 Chocolate Cupcake icon

If you love the smell and the taste of a chocolate cupcake, but don’t always have the time to whip up a batch, this tea is for you! Chocolate chip is the base of this tea with cream and vanilla tea swirled in. Its the best way to get some of the same flavors, but in a healthy cup of tea. So ‘sip back and enjoy!


A #1 Peach Cobbler icon

Peach cobbler is a popular dessert that is enjoyed by so many people. Peach tea provides a sweet fruity base with a swirl of cinnamon for spice and a hint of vanilla that acts as that vanilla ice cream flavor just to top it all off.


A #1 Raspberry Cheesecake icon

Raspberry Cheesecake  tea is a perfect way to enjoy the flavors you associate with cheesecake without the guilt, hassle or effort of making it!  A blend of cream, chocolate chip, and raspberry teas. Enjoy!

icon A Bite of Peach Pie Chai

Delicious peach flavor and aroma blended with the delicious spices of masala chai… smells and tastes like a freshly-baked spicy peach pie. Delicious hot with a splash of cream, or makes a refreshing peachy iced tea. Great gift to introduce someone to loose leaf teas.


Fresh Picked Berries’n’Cream

A refreshing blend of fruit teas with a touch of cream. This custom blended tea has  combined blueberry, raspberry, and and cream tea to create a tea that can be served hot or cold.


Birthday Tea

A treat for any day of the year! A tasty blend of vanilla, cream, and a touch of caramel. The inclusion of rainbow sugar sprinkles adds a festive note and makes this tea perfect for celebrating your special day.


Accidental Awesome

A delicate blend of chocolate and peppermint flavored teas with a hint of vanilla.  Makes a great after dinner tea!

A Chocolate Caramel Nightcap

Delicious, warming blend of chocolate, caramel, with a touch of rum. Just the thing to warm you on a chilly night. Smooth and sweet!! Chocolate black tea, caramel rooibos and rum tea. Yum!

All custom blend teas featured are $10 per 4oz, or $0.20 a cup.  For more varieties, please check out Adagio Teas.

Brownie Recipe

As you all know, here, at, we LOVE Brownies! That’s why, once in a while, we try a new recipe.

Preparation Time: approx. 20-25 minutes
Baking Time: approx. 25-29 minutes
Total time: 45 – 55 minutes
Servings: oops! we forgot to count! 8-10 at least!!



8 oz of unsweetened chocolate
1 cup butter
5 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. coffee
1 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (toasted)
1/2 cup chocolate-chips

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13×9-inch pan. (You can use a different size pan.)
2. Melt chocolate, butter and coffee in a saucepan over low heat; set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and sugar with electric mixer on high speed for approx. 10 minutes. Add the chocolate mixture, flour and salt; mix well. Stir in the nuts and chocolate-chips.
4. Pour the mixture into prepared pan and spread evenly.
5. Bake for 29-25 minutes. (try not to overbake)
6. Cool. Once cool, cut into square pieces (we used a flower cutter and cut the brownies into shapes) and carefully pour chocolate and a sprinkle of walnuts.
7. When cooled completely, store in refrigerator.



This is a very rich dessert, perfect for guests or people with a sweet tooth! Please be aware that brownies can cause addiction! :)

Please leave your feedback if you try this recipe. We’d love to hear from you! Pictures and recipe may not be re-published without our consent.

Interview with Eileen Spitalny, Co-Founder of Fairytale Brownies

As you all know, I am a huge fan of Fairytale Brownies! I am honored and excited to publish a short interview with Mrs. Eileen Spitalny, a co-founder of Fairytale Brownies! The “Fairytale Brownies” story has been told many times and proves, once again, that you can still live the American Dream! You’ve been an inspiration to many, many people and your story touched many hearts. Could you please tell us what motivates you so much?

Mrs. Eileen Spitalny: I like people’s “happy brownies” stories. Our brownie gifts open doors for businesses that send Fairytale Brownies. On the personal side, our brownies connect families living a distance away. The brownie gifts even become a part of holiday traditions. If you were to start your business all over again, what would you do differently?

Mrs. Eileen Spitalny: Ask the bank for more money! We didn’t receive a paycheck for 3 years and it would have been nice to pay ourselves from the start instead of cashing in our 401Ks. What do you think the future holds for Fairytale Brownies?

Mrs. Eileen Spitalny: In addition to purchasing our products online, through our 800 number and at our bakery, we are very excited about venturing into wholesale. Our brownie gifts are available at every AJ’s Fine Foods grocery store in Arizona and several specialty shops and wineries throughout the state. We hope to be the brownie favorite at many gourmet retailers in the western region soon.


We have written about Fairytale Brownies before. Right now, we even have a Brownies Giveaway going on till April 11th –  courtesy of Fairytale Brownies. For a chance to win the Easter Bunny Love gift, submit your entry!

Or, to make a purchase, please visit

A big Thank You to Mrs. Eileen Spitalny and Mr. David Kravetz, the co-founders of Fairytale Brownies, for making our lives a little sweeter! And for sponsoring our delicious Giveaway! Here is my favorite video on Fairytale Brownies: