Fair Trade Just Got A Little Sweeter

Fair Trade Just Got A Little Sweeter

Author: Alice Martin, Global Gifts Short North Community Engagement Intern 

The first ever Fair Trade chocolate bar made its way to the UK in 1998. Since then Kuapa Kokoo, a Fair Trade farmer cooperative, has been selling their own cocoa with the help of their 65,000 members. Divine Chocolate Company makes the chocolate bars from the Kuapa Kokoo cocoa, and Kuapa Kokoo owns stock in the Divine Chocolate company.


Kuapa Kokoo is a Fair Trade cooperative in Ghana. "Kuapa Kokoo" are  from a local Ghanian language Twi, and in English, mean “good cocoa growers.” Within the year of its launch, Kuapa’s cocoa beans made it onto the shelves of the supermarket with the help of Divine Chocolate, proving that Fair Trade chocolate is a successful treat. By owning the largest share of Divine, farmers have a strong voice in the decision-making of the company. Kuapa’s farmers are able to ensure that profits made will help increase the skill base of farmers and improve their livelihoods too.

When you buy Divine chocolate, your purchase helps make resources available to farmers which would otherwise not be accessible. Farmers receive expert advice on cocoa farming, how to handle issues such as pests and fungus, they learn about the democratic tenets of the organization, and a radio program has spurred an increase in cocoa sold in the areas where it is broadcast. The Kuapa Kokoo cooperative started the radio station to share information to a larger crowd and establish a more recognizable presence for themselves.

All Fair Trade certified cocoa is grown and harvested according to safe working standards with no child labor and farmers use sustainable farming methods that are good for the environment. Buying Divine Fair Trade chocolate not only benefits the farming communities in Ghana, but you as well. Check out these tasty recipes that you can make with Divine Chocolate that are GMO free!


Mary Berry’s Wonderful White Chocolate Cheesecake


2oz butter

1oz bittersweet baking bar

5oz graham crackers – crushed


10oz Divine white chocolate – broken up

14oz full fat cream cheese

½ cup sour cream

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To Serve:

Dusting of Divine unsweetened cocoa powder

8oz(or so) fresh strawberries or raspberry



1. Melt butter in small saucepan over a low heat.  Stir in graham crackers and press evenly over the base of the tin – chill in the fridge.

2. Break the white chocolate into a bowl and melt very gently over a pan of hot water (do not allow the chocolate to become too hot), stir occasionally with a spoon until runny and smooth.

3. Whisk the cream cheese and eggs together in a large bowl until smooth, add sour cream and vanilla and whisk again until completely smooth with no lumps. Stir in the melted chocolate and mix together.

4. Pour in the tin and spread evenly over the chilled base. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes until firm around the edge and just set in the middle. Remove from the oven. Using a small palette knife run the knife around the edge of the tin and then allow to cool and chill. Remove the outside ring and lift base onto serving plate.

5. Serve dusted with cocoa powder and with a few fresh strawberries or raspberries



Chocolate Beer Chipotle BBQ Sauce


1tbsp olive oil

2 larger garlic cloves – minced

6oz tomato paste

2tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1tsp chipotle chili powder

2tsp smoked paprika

1 cup pumpkin pie

1/3 cup brown sugar

1oz Divine chocolate 85% dark chocolate


In a pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Simmer until thickened, about 15-20 minutes.




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