Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tony’s Chocolonely Chocolate Easter Eggs

Tony's Chocolonely EggsTony’s Chocolonely is a rather funny name for a chocolate company. They make fair trade chocolate in the Netherlands and can be found in much of Western Europe. (I saw them in department stores in both Amsterdam and Cologne.)

The packaging is eye catching with its bold use of primary colors and large friendly typefaces.

The issue of slavery, particularly child slavery, in cacao growing regions of Africa has been well documented. You can read more on Tony’s website. The aim of Tony’s Chocolonely is to source their cacao directly in Ivory Coast and Ghana from fair trade plantations in order to create a more responsible supply chain model and provide living wages for farmers. But really, it can’t happen overnight and this sort of widespread change needs more than just niche producers, it requires the involvement of the price-conscious, major chocolate buyers like Hershey’s, ADM, Mars, Kraft, Nestle and Cargill.

Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate

The packaging of Tony’s Chocolonely is friendly and casual, and probably a lot more attractive to children than many other fair trade options out there. So it’s a great choice around a holiday when you want to give kids a treat that might include a lesson but also include, well, the actual goodness of the treat they expect. The chocolate levels are not as intense, I’d say we’re close to the family chocolate range instead of the gourmet intense end of things.

The Easter Egg range that they gave me as a sample comes in this cute little egg carton that holds a full dozen eggs, which are about 1.5” inches high - a little larger than the size of a quail’s egg.

Tony's Chocolonely Milk Chocolate Egg

The Milk Chocolate Eggs are quite decadent. The chocolate is definitely kid friendly, but not without its appeal to candy lovers of all ages. The bite is soft, like a Cadbury though the cacao density is much higher at 30%. The milky flavors are in the Belgian style, clean but rather thick and sticky.

Tony's Chocolonely Dark Egg

The Dark Chocolate Egg has a great snap, though in this size it’s a little hard to bite. (So just let the whole thing melt in your mouth.)

The flavor profile is very mild. There are light fruity and woodsy notes, but it’s overall a very sweet chocolate. It’s a dark chocolate for children who can’t have milk products or perhaps vegans.

Tony's Chocolonely Praline Egg

The Milk Chocolate Praline Eggs are probably the most luxurious of the bunch, perhaps it’s just me because this style is not as common in the United States. The milk chocolate shell looks the same but is easier to bite. They’re filled with a hazelnut paste, which is sweet and nutty ... there’s a light and fresh floral note, a little like the fresh feeling from jasmine tea. I like them, though they were really very sweet and I couldn’t eat more than one at a sitting.

For every day consumption Tony’s Chocolonely also makes milk chocolate and dark chocolate bars. It will be a wonderful day when there are more holiday and special occasion options available and this set is a good start. I’m still a little more inclined towards Green & Black’s for my ordinary chocolate needs, but for folks who want something a little sweeter or kid friendly, this might be the stuff.

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Name: Easter Eggs, Milk & Dark Chocolate Bars
Brand: Tony’s Chocolonely
Place Purchased: Samples from ISM Cologne
Price: 2.20 Euro ($3.20 US)
Size: 5.64 ounces
Calories per ounce:
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Easter, Chocolate, Ethically Sourced, Nuts, 7-Worth It, Netherlands

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  1. These look like the eggs from the movie Critters. =)

    Comment by russ on 4/21/11 at 7:00 am #
  2. Never heard of this brand, where in Cologne did you find these? smile

    Comment by Dika on 4/21/11 at 12:55 pm #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    Dika - I got them as a sample from the company who were exhibiting at the candy trade fair. I did see them at Kaufhof as well.

    Comment by Cybele on 4/21/11 at 1:11 pm #
  4. This company was started by a reporter who works for a dutch consumer programme.
    He was also a great factor in making most of our “chocolade letters” (big choclate letters) that get gifted at Sinterklaas (our version of saint Nick)slave trade free

    Comment by Marco on 4/21/11 at 6:55 pm #
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