Feel Good Food – Nutritionally Beneficial

Here at the Frocolate Truffle Company, our treats are a ‘feel good food’ for the simple reason that natural foods taste fantastic.

Our products are all handmade in Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales without using gluten, nuts, dairy, soya and added sugars. They are suitable for those following a Vegan diet and Free From the Top 14 allergens!

Feel Good Food – Sustainable and Fairly Traded ingredients – and more

We use organic and fairly traded products wherever we can and are working to source ALL of our ingredients organically. We are proud of the fact that we have a moral compass at the heart of all we do – it extends beyond the ‘headlines’ simply because people and communities matter!

We wanted to introduce you to the story behind some of our ingredients and to the people who produce them. Hopefully this will give you an insight into what makes our Frocolate Truffles just that little bit different.

Chocolat Madagascar

Our Cocoa products come from Chocolat Madagascar who not only produce one of the finest chocolate products in the world, but are also producers of the world’s fairest chocolate!

Unlike most cocoa, this is unalcalised; unlike most cocoa; this is taken from bean to bar in-country; unlike most cocoa you can even eat the 100% cocoa bar. It truly is an exceptional product and makes all the difference to our Frocolate Truffles

Source: www.chocolatmadagascar.com

Source: www.chocolatmadagascar.com

This cocoa only grows in the Rainforest, creating a sustainable and growing haven for the endangered animals and fauna of Madagascar. Chocolat Madagascar’s farmers produce some of the finest cocoa in the world in the Sambirano valley in Northwest Madagascar. They’re paid premium prices based on the quality of the rare cocoa beans they harvest. Higher income means a higher standard of living for the farmers and their families. After fermenting and drying, usually cocoa would be exported to Chocolate factories in different parts of the world where it would be turned into chocolate.

However in the case of Chocolat Madagascar,  the fresh cocoa stays in-country where it is crafted into Fine Chocolate at the Chocolaterie Robert factory . This raises the skills of local people, increases the value and ultimately contributes to raising the wealth at origin, rather than overseas: Raisetrade.

Source: www.raisetrade.com

Source: www.holylama.com

Holy Lama’s

We use Holy Lama’s Spice Drops to help give our energy balls their fresh clean flavours. They contain no preservatives and their philosophy is simple – they create products which are pure, natural, ethical and sustainable.

The Holy Lama factory in Kerala is recognised as a women’s enterprise, as its workforce is 80% female – predominantly from disadvantaged backgrounds. They source their raw materials locally and pay farmers immediately a fair price. Their workers are paid on an equal pay basis, regardless of gender and they automatically increase their wages annually in line with inflation. The factory itself operates on sustainable principles, producing less than 1% waste during the manufacturing process – and even this goes to provide fuel or cattle feed!

Most impressively, Holy Lama produce Ayurvedic medicine to treat Parkinson’s Disease in the local community, supplying it free of charge as a charitable donation to those who need it.

Baobab from Ghana

We continue to strive for more of our ingredients to come from fairly traded and sustainable sources, so we are excited that we have been able to source our Baobab Powder from Ghana.

In North-West Ghana, Aduna have been working with over 650 baobab producers in 20 communities as well as supporting an additional 200 women in their processing centre. Similarly to Chocolat Madagascar, this ensures that a greater proportion of the product’s value remains in-country.

You will be able to find out more in our upcoming ‘Ingredients’ blogs!

Closer to home…

We may only be a young company but we are proud to support projects both locally in Cumbria and further afield. We are directly involved in the Kendal People’s Cafe – an exciting food-waste project that won the award for Community Innovation in the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards 2018.

We are also proud to have supported the launch of the Matt Campbell 3.16 Resilience Brathay Trust Programme. Masterchef Winner, Matt Campbell was keen to promote healthy eating choices amongst young people and at the launch, we gave out over 600 energy balls to pupils, staff and guests at Matt’s old school, Kirkby Kendal.

Source: www.aduna.com

Kendal People’s Cafe – a ‘pay what you can afford’ food-waste cafe in the Lake District.

Top Chef Martin Frickel, approached us to look at Matts’ Marathon Ball recipe and produce a simplified version that anyone could make at home. We came up with an Apple and Blackberry recipe that was free-from (and could therefore be eaten by anyone); quick and easy to make with the family; could be frozen and taken out for lunchboxes on a daily basis – and most importantly, cheap to produce – £3 for 70 balls!

Growing Well

Lastly, I am personally indebted to the support I have been given by Growing Well over the last few years whilst I have been dealing with mental health problems. Growing Well is a fantastic mental health charity, organic farm and training centre, recognised for their amazing work in the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards, 2018. I continue to benefit from their support, volunteering either in the kitchens or out in the fields on a weekly basis – whilst all the time being supported to ‘cultivate good mental health alongside great organic produce’. I encourage you to take a look at their website, and lend your support!