If I had to name a food that I love as much as I do gardening, it'd be chocolate, hands down. Spaghetti is a close second So imagine the delight when I discovered Dagoba Organic Chocolate, an organic chocolate company who has aligned themselves with gardening.
Check out their great Seed The Day website complete with free seeds and a place to tell them what flavor of chocolate bar they ought to make next. There's also a spot to submit your garden photo (look for my giant Romanesco Broccoli).
Dagoba Organic Chocolate is a company who is "committed to creating a deeply satisfying chocolate in a socially responsible way." Doesn't this sound too good to be true? They do it through their Full Circle Sustainability initiative which you can read about here.
Here's what Dagoba's Brand Ambassador, an avid gardener, wrote when I asked her to contribute a few words for my blog.
"Dagoba Organic Chocolate was founded with a passion for exceptional cacao and respect for the land and people that nurtured it. Today, that passion still drives our company and inspired us to plant 60,000 cacao trees in Costa Rica to improve economic opportunity for small farmers, restore native biodiversity and provide habitat for wildlife. The urban gardening movement has similar aspects - culinary adventure, beautifying our surroundings and contributing to the sustainability of our communities - all things we are passionate about. So it made perfect sense for us to create "Seed the Day" as a way to link our efforts in Costa Rica with the lives of chocolate lovers back in the U.S. It's also connected directly to our chocolate. Dagoba has always infused our chocolate with herbs and botanicals such as lavender, mint, rosemary, and more recently seeds and other delicious natural flavors such as lemon and ginger. These are all things people can grow and explore in their home gardens. We're happy to give away free chocolate and seeds. We hope they inspire people to go on their own culinary adventures, exploring exotic pairings and combinations with what they grow."
- Liz Kaplan, brand ambassador for Dagoba Organic Chocolate
Speaking of "giving away chocolate" - I'm giving away some chocolate! Thank you Dagoba for sending these awesome Organic Chocolate Bars for me to share with my readers. But, I gotta tell you, when I opened that box and that mind-blowing chocolate smell reached my nose, I seriously considered eating it all myself.
Here's a list of what I've got to give away, thank you Kim V!
Mint 59% - The refreshment of mint, with a hint of rosemary for relaxation. Perfect for after dinner.
Seeds 68% - Rich dark chocolate is studded with healthy, flavorful hemp, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and finished with a sprinkling of Balinese Sea Salt.
Lemon-Ginger 68% - Crystallized ginger and lemon is refreshing and rejuvenating.
Super Fruit 74% - Acai, goji berries, and currants offer natural antioxidants and delicious flavor.
Lavender Blueberry 59% - Lavender instills calm, blueberries offer antioxidants. A subtle floral experience.
New Moon 74% - Pure bittersweet perfection. One of Dagoba’s best seller.
Xocolatl 74% - Chilies, nibs, spices, vanilla. The Aztec’s enchanting cacao elixir.
The contest is simple. Just leave a comment to tell me what your favorite post on My Skinny Garden was. I'll pick 3 winners from a random drawing of the entries and each winner will receive 2 Dagoba Organic Chocolate bars. (I pick the flavors but I will check with the winners to make sure they're not allergic to any of the ingredients - there will be no death-by-chocolate on my watch. All bars are Kosher) I'll draw the winners next Friday September 12th. Don't wanna bother with the contest? You can order these online or pick them up at your local Whole Foods Market.
PS I've decided my new dream job is "Chocolate Ambassador". Dagoba, call me!