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Become a Gift Hero in just a few clicks!
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!
Sayoubakro Primary School Expansion in Côte d’Ivoire
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.
The real Magic Beans: How cocoa took over the world
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.
This bean does more: Purdys’ 100% Sustainable Cocoa Program
There’s a not-so-secret ingredient in our chocolates: sustainable cocoa.Everything we craft at Purdys Chocolatier is made with only 100% sustainable cocoa. We pay a premium for sustainable cocoa (because it’s the right thing to do) and that premium goes back into cocoa-growing communities to help our farmer partners, their cocoa co-ops and their communities. Purdys has been using sustainable cocoa for years now, so this isn’t a new thing.What is new is our Sustainable Cocoa Video, which puts the spotlight on the cocoa bean and how it does more than just create delicious chocolate.Take a minute to enjoy the video:Peter Higgins, our narrator as well as our President & Chocolate Scientist, has had the pleasure of traveling to regions where Purdys’ cocoa is grown and see firsthand the positive impact of sustainable cocoa.If you’d like to learn more about Purdys’ Sustainable Cocoa Program and the sweet benefits of 100% sustainable cocoa, check out the newly updated Sustainable Cocoa section on our website.
Together, we can help Ecuador & our cocoa farmer partners
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.
Wow Tech: See Purdys’ 3D chocolate printer create some sweet designs!
Want to see Purdys’ 3D chocolate printer in action? It’s the only one in Canada!If you’re near Richmond on Saturday, June 18, drop by the Brighouse Branch of the Richmond Public Library between 1pm to 4pm to meet our Chocolatier Rachel McKinley and watch live demos of our 3D Chocolate Printer.The printer makes magic with tempered, premium quality Belgian dark chocolate—but our chocolate isn’t just that. Purdys' chocolate is also made from only 100% sustainable cocoa.Rachel will explain in detail how the 3D chocolate printer works, why sustainable cocoa is crucial to cocoa farming communities and last (but not least) we’ll be raffling off the 3D creations throughout the event, which means you could win a 3D chocolate printed design!If you’re going (you should!), don’t forget to tag us @purdyschocolatier (on Facebook/Instagram) and @purdyschocolate (on Twitter) on any photos you share on social.
Yuzu, the coolest fruit you’ve (maybe) never heard of but you definitely should
Nothing excites our chocolatiers more than funky-cool ingredients.Take Yuzu. It’s pronounced yoo-zoo and is nearly impossible to describe. Some say the flavour is a tangy mix of lemon, mandarin and grapefruit. Some say it’s more like peach, lemon and lime.Basically, it’s a citrus that’s 10x better than all the other citrus (citruses? citri?) put together.Yuzu is a hugely popular citrus in Japan, and you’ll find it used in savoury dishes and desserts. Whole Yuzu fruit or juice is even used in baths as a skin softener. Originally, Yuzu comes from China and rolled into Japan during the Tang Dynasty some 1,000 years ago, where it was used for medicinal purposes and in cooking.Yuzu is very likely a hybrid of Ichang papeda (a hardy, slow-growing citrus) and sour mandarin. Looks-wise, Yuzu is about as big as a tangerine, with a bumpy yellow-orange rind and tons of seeds inside.Over in the Western world, Yuzu is gaining popularity (watch your back, lemon!), but it’s not that easy to find yet…which didn’t stop us!We sourced fabulously tart Yuzu juice, turned it into a fun jelly layer (officially known as pâte de fruits in the business) and combined it with—what else—chocolate. Not just any chocolate. Rich dark chocolate made with 100% sustainable cocoa.And that’s the story of how a little-known citrus from Japan inspired our massively popular Yuzu Jelly Ganache. Have you tried it yet?
Canadian chocolate made with sustainable cocoa
All of Purdys’ chocolates are made with 100% sustainable cocoa, purchased only from co-ops that support farmer education and the environment.