Fearless Chocolate - Organic Superchocolate Bar 70% Cacao Sweet & Hot Hibiscus Ginger - 2 oz (56.7g)
Fearless Chocolate Organic Superchocolate Bar 70% Cacao Sweet & Hot Hibiscus Ginger combines 70% cacao with at once bold, floral and fruity spices, issuing playful proclamations upon your palate. Fearless Chocolate Organic Superchocolate Bar is crafted bean-to-bar with organic cacao and enhanced with superfoods. Fearless Chocolate Organic Superchocolate Bar 70% Cacao Sweet & Hot Hibiscus Ginger is 100% certified organic, kosher, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Fearless Chocolate Organic / Fair Trade / Kosher / Gluten-free / Soy-free / Recycled / a B Corporation / Vegan / Dairy-free / GMO-free?
Why is there a bite taken from my chocolate?
This distinctive shape tells the story of "BITE BACK" a giving program where Fearless devotes a bite-size portion of Fearless Chocolate's proceeds to changemakers nominated by their customers. While your Fearless Chocolate bar is in fact a full 2oz chocolate bar, the "bite" shape is designed to express the act of giving and sharing each of their customers participates in by enjoying a Fearless Chocolate bar. Fearless customers are invited to nominate recipients for the annual Fearless "Bite-Back" Grant.
Rest assured, they do not actually take a bite out from every bar, nor is any chocolate actually missing from the parcel. The bite is simply symbol of their program to give back to those who live fearlessly and support positive change. They hope the very shape of their bar itself continues to make a statement about giving and sharing the experience of chocolate itself - a ritual and practice that is intrinsically connected to the foundational chocolate experiences which inspired them to craft Fearless Chocolate.
Is Fearless Chocolate Fair Trade?
Fearless Chocolate is crafted exclusively from organic cacao sourced from Fazenda Camboa, a family-owned farm located in the Mata-Atlantica Rainforest of Bahia, Brazil. Camboa is uniquely specialized in the cultivation of premium and 100% certified organic cacao. As Camboa remains nestled in a region that is yet unserved by Fair Trade organizations, Fearless Chocoalte has taken on the responsibility of transparency and oversight themselves by working directly with the farmers, making annual visits to participate in quality control, labor relations and community service. The intimate alliance they have developed with Fazenda Camboa is a Direct Trade relationship.
Fair Trade organizations are only recently integrating in areas of the Brazilian agricultural trade. A 2011 collaboration with Fairtrade International and Brazilina labor rights advocates led to the establishment of Assoçiao Brasileira de Comércio Justo, a Brazilian NGO that will eventually offer a national fairtrade label for certified products and producers. They continue to observe the efforts of Fairtrade Brazil as the organization manages pilot programs with coffee, and fruit producers in the northern and central Brazilian states. It may be many years however before a program exists to certify the socially responsible efforts of their source farm and others in the northeastern regions which remain under-served.
The exclusive relationship between Fearless Chocolate and Fazenda Camboa is the foundation of their commitment to sustainable sourcing. Upholding conditions beyond fair trade standards have become their standard and they are honored to collaborate with the workers who lovingly cultivate their cacao. The Camboa community is as important to them as any aspect of their company and remains indelibly linked with the integrity of Fearless products.
What is Superchocolate?
Fearless Superchocolate is crafted at low temperature to preserve optimal nutrition. While chocolate is traditionally roasted at temperatures ranging from 250ºF-325ºF, research has shown that the high temperature of the roasting process can critically diminish cacao's most profound nutritional qualities. With both health and flavor in mind Fearless Chocolate has evolved their chocolate making process to gently dehydrate their cacao instead of roasting, effectively eliminating moisture without critically affecting the nuances of nutrition or the wonderfully rich, earthy and fruity flavors of our purely raw (unprocessed) cacao.
Many of their customers enjoy Fearless as a delectable chocolate bar made from cacao that is crafted with equal devotion to its wonderful nutritional benefits as well as its fine flavors and sensuous textures. Fearless Chocolate began as handmade process in a home kitchen back in 2006. Over time their process has evolved and their experiences in both research and craft have informed our perception of raw foods and the art of crafting the most delicious and most nutritious chocolate bars.
Experimentation in their manufacturing process has shown that a more nutritious and more delicious chocolate bar can be crafted by limiting the cacao's exposure to heat. Fearless Chocolate is temperature controlled below 115º during most of its process. While curing at the farm, naturally occurring temperatures during the fermentation cycle can exceed 130ºF playing a critical role in the development of both bioavailable nutrition and optimal flavor. Upon reaching the factory their cacao is briefly exposed to an ambient temperature of up to 160ºF during the final dehydration period prior to shelling and grinding. The result is a Fearless Superchocolate bar that offers exceptional nutrition over chocolate bars forged under the extreme heat of roasting and other conventional methods. Since 2010 they have been collaborating with Brunswick Labs to establish a set of traceable lab methods for demonstrating the remarkable nutrition their process yields. Presently they are collecting nutritional data with each production cycle and they look forward to publishing their results. Ongoing lab tests are conducted with Brunswick Labs and they are on track to publishing their methods and findings in a consolidated report by Q2 of 2014.
Is Fearless Chocolate raw?
Fearless Chocolate started as a "Raw Chocolate" company in their home kitchen back in 2006 and for more than 7 years they have devoted themselves to the research and craft of delectable chocolate that retains the extraordinary nutritional wealth of the cacao seed. The founding principles of raw foodism have been their primary inspiration and the pursuit of crafting chocolate within the values and ethics of the raw food philosophy have been their guide. Like many of their peers in the raw food world they have also come to recognize that the inherent complexities of each individual food demand that they as food makers must experiment and explore to find the most optimal conditions for presenting a food's nutrition and edibility.
The term raw is confusing to many customers. For some, including those unfamiliar with the virtues of a fresh plant-based diet, raw simply means fresh whole food in a generally unprocessed state (ex. baby carrots). For many "raw foodists" however the term raw may indicate a more technical understanding that a prepared food was crafted at or below 118ºF and potentially by way of a variety of food processes (ex. fashioning a "raw carrot cake"). Increasingly however, members of the raw food community are raising concerns over the viability of a 118ºF bench mark.
Two concerns which continue to influence our Fearless food philosophy include:
- Limited amount of public evidence exists to support specific claims that the 118ºF temperature is a consistent and discernable limit whereby the nutritional integrity of a food could be maintained through processing. Some suggest that each food has a heat tolerance specific to its structure and biochemistry; many foods have been shown to breakdown at temperatures far lower than 118ºF while other foods have been shown to endure at temperatures greater than 118ºF.
- Many raw foodists contend that a "raw food" should be more or less a fresh whole food, maintaining a reasonably intact level of cellular activity, and having endured minimal processing from its original state. Some dispute the idea that foods which endure multiple points of process, particularly any level of controlled heat exposure ( ex. chocolate, as well as dehydrated foods), should ever be considered "raw".
Growing support for Fearless Chocolate bars has enabled them to engage in research and experimentation with on their own cacao since 2010. Their mission is proudly to craft the most favorable conditions for fashioning delicious chocolate bars which retain the integrity of cacao's extraordinary nutrition. They are happy to share that their findings have influenced the most critical factors of their manufacturing process which impact the nutrition and flavor of cacao, specifically the methods and practices for the fermentation, drying and grinding of cacao. Experimentation with their own cacao has shown that 118ºF is not a benchmark that favorably applies to processing their cacao for its optimal bioavailable nutrition or its ideal flavor.
Each food ingredient is its own miracle of complexity and therefore Fearless Chocolate believes each food may require its own specific conditions for ideal processing and consumption where nutrition is concerned. Cacao is their focus, and they are constantly working to evolve their methods and process for crafting the most delicious and most nutritious chocolate. They recognize that their current process for crafting Fearless Chocolate may challenge beliefs that are core to some raw chocolate lover's conceptions of the raw food philosophy. For this reason they have removed the word "raw" from their branding and packaging until a peer reviewed process can be established for maintaining a raw standard that recognizes the nuances between categories of food and food processing. Foods that they believe may benefit from individualized standards include raw whole foods (ex. fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds) , raw dehydrated foods (ex. kale chips, macaroons, fruit leather, food bars), raw unpasteurized juices and smoothies, and of course, raw cacao and raw cacao-based confections such as chocolate bars.
Why are some flavors sweeter than others? What does the percentage mean?
With two exceptions (75% Dark as Midnight & 85% Deepest Dark), all of their bars are crafted from the 70% chocolate. Each 70% bar contains an equal 70/30 ratio of chocolate/sugar. For some the experience of sweetness is further enhanced by the presence of ingredients used in each distinct recipe.
We love their packaging. What is it made of?
The paper they use is a humble chipboard made of 100% Post Consumer waste which can be found via almost any paper distributor. Most sustainable printers should have access to it!
Do any of your chocolate bars contain Dairy?
None of Fearless Chocolate's bars contain dairy-based ingredients (also no gluten, soy, or tree nuts). They do however process their chocolate in a facility that handles other products which may contain these ingredients. However, Fearless Chocolate is an Organic Certified product line and part of their obligation to maintaining organic standards involves adherence to strict standards regarding the cleansing of their manufacturing equipment between production cycles. These procedures are specifically designed to eliminate the possibility of contamination by food allergens such as dairy, wheat, soy and nuts. Furthermore they frequently engage independent labs to test their products for allergens. Testing affirms that the likelihood of dairy contamination within their chocolate is immeasurably low.
Where's the best place to store my Fearless Chocolate, especially during the warm summer months?
Chocolate is best kept in a cool dry place between 55ºF - 65ºF, away from sunlight and away from moisture. Your chocolate will begin to melt at temperatures of 74ºF and above, therefore any environment that can be temperature controlled below 74ºF is acceptable (your average pantry cabinet could suffice). Chocolate can also be stored in a refrigerator or freezer, however take steps to prevent exposure to moisture - especially when the bar is removed from the cold environment and condensation is likely to occur - by keeping your chocolate stored in it's original sealed package or in an air-tight, sealed container after the package is opened.
Being Fearless is an expression of Fearless Chocolate's approach in life and business. Fearless Chocolate is meant to be an energizing, radiant companion to the part of them that dreams and takes action. They are unwavering in their commitment to honoring the environment, to honoring the integrity of their chocolate, to honoring their community from farm to table, and to be brazenly virtuous in this world which we are all creating.
Their commitment is to craft bold products in flavor, design and food politics. They strive to achieve sustainability at every level of sourcing, design and manufacturing, and they aim to populate the visual landscape with a warm and vibrant set of chocolate bars.
The Fearless Chocolate Co. is dedicated to fearlessly providing a quality service in a manner that ensures a safe, healthy, and fear-free workplace for their employees and to fearlessly minimize their potential impact on the environment. They fearlessly operate in compliance with all environmental legislation and they strive to use pollution prevention and the best possible environmental practices in all they do.
About Fearless Chocolate
Fearless Chocolate selects the finest cacao from Fazenda Camboa, a family-owned farm in Bahia, Brazil. Located in the Mata-Atlantica Rainforest, Camboa is one of only a very few 100% organic cacao plantation in Bahia.
They call Fearless SuperChocolate because they delicately craft their cacao in a low-temperature environment to preserve maximum nutrition and the broadest spectrum of flavor. Their methodology is originally inspired by their enthusiasm for preserving both the flavor and nutrition of the mighty cacao and the nutritional virtues of the raw foods philosophies.
Delicately processed in small batches, Fearless infuses their chocolate with ethically traded superfoods to fashion deliciously vivid and dynamic flavors. Keeping their recipes simple and uncluttered, allows the natural vibrancy of each ingredient to shine.
Fearless Chocolate is always 100% Certified Organic, Kosher, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Gluten-Free.