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Alter Eco Dark Coconut Toffee 
Posted: 15 September 2014    8.5 
Alter Eco Dark Coconut Toffee from USA All of Alter Eco's ingredients are organic and some of them Fair Trade. No emulsifiers of any kind are used.  Their Dark Coconut Toffee is a superb way to grow accustomed to the brand. The coconut toffee, made with organic and Fair Trade sugar and desiccated coconut, organic butter, and sea salt, melted in my mouth.  Eating Alter Eco's Dark Coconut Toffee probably won't help save the planet, but you're probably an armchair activist anyway.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.05   Cocoa %: 47  Size: 80g   
       


I didn't realize -- how could I -- that when OptoJay showed up in Bangkok from Denver that he would be bringing such a range of splendiferous chocolates. Only one brand in his treasure chest of chocolates was one I'd heard of.        

Alter Eco isn't that brand. Co-founders Mathieu Senard and Edouard Rollet brought the brand to the US from France in 2003 and offer a range of environmentally conscious products, all purchased from small-farm co-operatives.  This is an increasingly popular model from new-age 'hippies' which could have been ripped right out of the corporate mission statement of Equal Exchange, doing much the same thing and in business years before Alter Eco and with 5.5 times the size of Alter Eco's 2013 sales.  Much like Equal Exchange, Alter Eco doesn't manufacture anything.  They source the cacao from Peru and Ecuador and ship the dried fermented beans to unnamed manufacturers.  Exactly like Equal Exchange, Switzerland is where the beans get transformed into edible delights.  Wouldn't it be hilarious if they were made by the identical manufacturer?           

All of Alter Eco's ingredients are organic and some of them Fair Trade.  No emulsifiers of any kind are used.  These are quite common additives in the chocolate market, even amongst so-called higher-end brands, because they can reduce the amount of expensive cocoa butter needed.  Alter Eco goes one step further by trying to neutralize their carbon footprint. Their chocolate wrappers are designed by themselves to insure that no petroleum, chemicals, or genetically modified corn go into the compostable packaging.        

In summary, Alter Eco is a company you want to love.     

Their Dark Coconut Toffee is a superb way to grow accustomed to the brand.  The coconut toffee, made with organic and Fair Trade sugar and desiccated coconut, organic butter, and sea salt, melted in my mouth. And let's not ignore the quality of the chocolate.  This Alter Eco is sold as a dark.  At 47% cocoa solids, this bar isn't all that much darker than Chuao's milk chocolate. 47% legitimately qualifies this bar as a bittersweet bar.  But who's quibbling.  Other brands pass off bars in the low 40's as dark chocolate.  Why can't Alter Eco?   They're not trying to sneak this bar past vegans.         

The Peruvian cacao beans that go into this bar are expertly turned into a rich, darkish chocolate that I reckon dark chocolate detractors could still enjoy, particularly with the mouthwatering sea salted buttery and crunchy toffee mixing in with every bite.          

Want to save the planet?  Eating Alter Eco's Dark Coconut Toffee won't help much, but you're probably an armchair activist anyway.  Buy one and kid yourself you're changing the world.            

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