Socially Responsible Chocolate Truffles?

Originally published on InspiredEconomist.com

On a mission to transform the globe “through ethical relationships with small-scale farmers, and an integral sustainability orientation at every point on the supply chain,” Alter Eco Foods has bitten off a big bite to chew on. But it sure looks delicious.

Especially those chocolate truffles. Organic, fair trade truffles! In dark chocolate and dark milk chocolate, Alter Eco’s Swiss-made truffles combine cacao sourced from Ecuador and Peru, with coconut oil rich in lauric acid to create silky-smooth, melty gobs of sumptuous chocolate lovers’ delight. Yes, please – I’ll take a box of those truffles, thank you!

chocolate truffles by alter eco foods

A Switch to Sustainable, Healthy Coconut Oil

Importantly, coconut oil is a sustainable alternative to the more common and problematic palm kernel oil. Alter Eco sources its coconut oil from Fair Trade Alliance Kerala, located on India’s tropical Malabar Coast. This farmer-owned co-op practices jaiva krishi, a sustainable farming method that mimics virgin rainforest, where many crops grow harmoniously together, and many animal species — including black rhinos and wild elephants — roam safely.

Jessica Pantermuehl, Nutritional Counselor and founder of Beautifully Balanced Nutrition said “Coconut oil is taking the nutrition world by storm with its array of amazing health-promoting properties.” She continued, “It is full of medium chain triglycerides, better known as the good fat, and even appears to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as the good cholesterol.”

Coconut oil is the perfect complement to antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. It’s considered one of nature’s most nourishing oils, and has been used for thousands of years by cultures all over the world for its positive qualities. Newly popular in American nutrition circles (Dr. Oz has done a lot to promote coconut oil benefits) coconut oil is credited by numerous scientific sources with an impressive list of health benefits — from controlling weight, to improving memory, to regulating cholesterol.

A Switch to Compostable Packaging

By transforming the popular checkout counter truffles (look for them at Whole Foods Market), Alter Eco may be well on their way to transforming the globe. Not only are they drool-inducing, gluten-free, and made with organic, fair-trade chocolate with more heart-healthy ingredients, but even the glamorous twist-wrap packaging is compostable.

Alter Eco is all about sustainability-age makeovers. They have taken their commitment to the environment one step further by introducing new eco-friendly packaging for the delicious truffles. Developing a groundbreaking wrapper, printed with non-toxic, compostable ink, Alter Eco twist-wrap truffle packaging decomposes in yard waste and at-home compost bins. And the outer box packaging of the truffles is recyclable, too.

“Alter Eco’s goal is to provide consumers with a decadently delicious taste experience, while never compromising our own values,” said Edouard Rollet, Co-Founder and President of Alter Eco. “With these truffles, we’ve taken goodness to a whole new level.”

I’m Dreaming of Alter Eco Chocolate Truffles

Headquartered in San Francisco, Alter Eco is co-founded by Mathieu Senard and Edouard Rollet. A values-based brand of specialty food products, Alter Eco is working to drive positive social change and put social impact on par with financial returns. All of Alter Eco products are 100% fair trade, organic, carbon neutral certified, and non-GMO verified. What more could you possibly dream of in a deliciously decadent chocolate truffle?

This innovative, socially- and environmentally-conscious company deserves great kudus for their excellent efforts, directly benefitting small farmers, co-ops, and producers around the globe. Bringing delicious, exotic, high-quality, healthy foods to consumers in the U.S., Alter Eco’s product portfolio includes Bolivian Royal quinoa, Thai colored rice, Mascobado sugar from the Philippines, and of course, Swiss-made chocolate bars and truffles with Indian coconut oil and Ecuadorian cacao.

Mmmm, peel me another one of those delicious truffles, Darling!

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(Picture credits: Alter Eco Foods)


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About the Author

Aisha Abdelhamid is a freelance lifestyle and environmental science writer currently living in Vancouver, BC. Her interests include environmental conservation, climate science, renewable energy, faith-based environmental activism, green building, creative lifestyles, and healthy living.