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Become a Gift Hero in just a few clicks!
By Purdys Chocolatier
11/14/2016 6:35:00 PM  

Be a gift hero this Christmas!

As the official chocolate of Christmas (and the unofficial chocolate of “OMG THANK YOU BEST GIFT EVER”), we know a thing or two about what it takes to #BeAGiftHero.

It all starts, as everything does at Purdys, with 100% sustainable cocoa.

Because there’s nothing like the feeling of giving someone a great gift that you know is also doing great things for the cocoa farmers that helped create it.

Our 100% sustainable cocoa helps cocoa farmers in rural communities gain access to education, clean water, medical supplies and many other community-driven initiatives.

So you’re a gift hero in more ways than one, and that’s extra awesome.

Check out our Gift Hero Guide right here.

Plus the more you buy, the more you'll save with our Volume Discounts.

And don't forget about our free shipping over $65+ anywhere in Canada!




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Categories: Sustainable Cocoa, Gift Guide
The real Magic Beans: How cocoa took over the world
By Purdys Chocolatier
10/4/2016 7:22:00 PM  



No question about it, the cocoa bean is the best bean in the world (sorry, coffee lovers, real talk).

We found out some epic trivia about cocoa beans while researching Aztec drinking chocolate recipes.

Make yourself a mug of Purdys’ Aztec Spiced Hot Chocolate and read up on these cool facts about cocoa:

Ancient South American cultures, like the Mayans and the Aztecs, mention cocoa as part of their creation myth—cocoa was a gift from the gods. This actually inspired the cocoa tree’s scientific name Theobroma cacao, which literally translates to “Food of the Gods”.

Originally, chocolate was strictly a ceremonial drink. Cocoa beans were fermented, roasted and ground into a paste to be mixed with water and spices to create xocolatl (‘bitter water’).

The Spanish conquistadors took chocolate back to Europe and tweaked the recipe by adding sugar.

Soon enough, enterprising bakers took an interest in the actual cocoa beans.

In 1828, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, inventor Van Houton created the cocoa press, which separated cocoa powder from cocoa solids. Chocolate bars became a thing, and the demand for raw cocoa was such that cocoa trees (originally from South America) were planted near the equator in regions such as Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon and Nigeria.

Want to know where Purdys’ cocoa comes from? We purchase only from 100% sustainable sources that benefit cocoa farmers and the environment. Check out Purdys’ Sustainable Cocoa Program.




Tags: sustainable cocoa, history of cocoa
Categories: Recipes, Sustainable Cocoa
Sayoubakro Primary School Expansion in Côte d’Ivoire
By Peter Higgins
6/11/2016 8:50:00 AM  



A few months back, one of our shop managers in Ontario reached out to me with a great idea.

She wondered if we could buy books and send them to children in our cocoa farming communities. What a phenomenal idea!

I contacted Cocoa Horizons (one of our Sustainable Cocoa partners on the ground) and they suggested the Sayoubakro Primary School in Sassandra, southern Côte d’Ivoire. The school had recently expanded its classroom capacity, and 1 of the 3 new classrooms had space for a library—which made the school the best place to begin our library initiatives. Sayoubakro is also one of the first schools we helped fund through Purdys’ Sustainable Cocoa Program.

The school needed $2500 to purchase government-recommended books, build shelving and cupboards to house the books, and also set up a paper cataloging system.

Our teams in the shops, factory kitchen and support office worked very hard on employee-led fundraising events to raise the money: bake sales, barbecues, bottles drives…it’s a long and very amazing list!

In the end, we not only met our goal of $2500 but exceeded it by $1000 for a grand total of $3500.

The money raised went towards the purchase of books and didactic materials (i.e. teaching materials designed to instruct and educate) and built-in shelving units. The school has also set up onsite reading sessions which occur every Wednesday as well as a new loaning system which is monitored by one of the school’s teachers.

To me, this really goes to show that no matter who or where we are, we can come together and make a huge difference to someone. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone at Purdys who made the library at Sayoubakro possible.




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Categories: Sustainable Cocoa, Awesome Initiatives
Together, we can help Ecuador & our cocoa farmer partners
By Purdys Chocolatier
4/23/2016 12:00:00 AM  

Ecuador relief

UPDATE: Thank you for your incredible help and support! Together, we donated $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Ecuador Appeal. 

If you would like to make a further donation, please contribute at redcross.ca/ecuador.
 

Ecuador experienced one of the largest earthquakes in its recent history this past Saturday, April 16th. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake has caused widespread and extensive damage to homes, infrastructure and tragically, a great loss of life and many injuries to people of all ages. 

Purdys’ President & Chocolate Scientist Peter Higgins has been in touch with our Sustainable Cocoa partners (TCHO) on the ground in Ecuador. 

Sadly, the provinces where our Ecuadorian cocoa is grown – Manabí and Esmeraldas – are two of the most badly affected provinces in the country. We have confirmed that a number of cocoa-processing facilities and communities associated with our co-op program have been damaged, but thankfully, with no fatal casualties to report. Our condolences, thoughts and well-wishes go out to all our farmer partners and their families and communities affected by this disaster. 

In light of these recent events, Purdys would like to show our financial support via a donation to the Canadian Red Cross Ecuador Appeal that is currently providing essential humanitarian assistance in the region. 

Purdys’ team will continue to stay in touch with our partners at TCHO and provide more updates from our cocoa communities as they become available.




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Categories: Sustainable Cocoa, Awesome Initiatives
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