In our latest order from Holland At Home, we bought a bar of Tony’s Chocolonely. It’s a bit of an odd brand name. Luckily, their website explains why the company is called this. The founder of the company is called Teun (the Dutch version of Tony) van de Keuken. He was a Dutch TV journalist, who investigated the use of slaves, and particularly child slaves, in the cocoa industry. When he spoke to the companies that bought the cocoa, the companies were not interested. So he decided to go it alone and set up his own slave-free chocolate company hence Chocolonely.
Ingredients: Cocoa mass (70%), Sugar, Cocoa butter, Emulsifier: soya lecithin. May contain traces of egg, gluten, milk and nuts.
Allergy Big just couldn’t resist touching this large, nobbly bar of chocolate. It’s unusual because the pieces of the bar are not equal or regular. Literally, the pieces are the approximate shapes of the countries of West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea. Perhaps, the pieces are also a metaphor for the inequalities of the cocoa industry?
Either way, this feature of the bar made it quite challenging for the Allergy Brothers to eat. It was like eating Toblerone; yes, the shape is quite innovative, but it is just hard to bite without hurting your mouth. The Allergy Brothers also found it challenging as a flavour. This is hard core, dark chocolate. There may be sugar in the ingredients list, but I couldn’t detect it in the flavour. The bar is now broken up into its country-shaped pieces in the fridge ready for the times when I need a little help to get through the day. A Togo-shaped piece for a “four o’clock and I am starting to fade” moment right up to “pass me Nigeria, the Allergy Brothers have been awake all night!”
Sometimes, we feel Chocolonely too as there are so many kinds of chocolate we can’t have. I wonder if Tony’s Chocolonely would consider making a milk chocolate bar with almond milk then we would be able to support a company that is making a difference…