It's hard to go wrong with a gift of chocolate for Valentine's Day. Make it organic, and you'll not only show the planet a little love, but you'll also give your sweetie a gift without chemical pesticides and genetically engineered thickeners and preservatives, and that wasn't made with abusive child labor. But there are so many companies selling organic chocolate now, it's hard to know which to pick. Never fear! We sacrificed an afternoon to taste as many as we could so you know which ones to buy.
How We Chose Them: We selected organic chocolate bars we could find at local natural food stores and larger grocery chains, like Whole Foods, and tested three varieties of each brand: milk chocolate, flavored, and dark. We wound up testing Theo Chocolate, Green & Black's, Equal Exchange, Endangered Species Chocolate, and Newman's Own Organics.
About three-dozen willing Rodale employees tasted all five varieties in each category and ranked them according to taste, texture, and aroma. We added up their scores and came up with the following rankings.
All the brands tested very well—after all, it's chocolate! But here were the top scorers:
Milk Chocolate: Green & Black's Organic Milk Chocolate
Flavored Chocolate: Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate Mint
Dark Chocolate: Theo Jane Goodall Organic Dark Chocolate