Top 10 Ethically Sourced Holiday Chocolate Companies

Be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or just for kicks, this time of year can be hectic when shopping for ethically sourced candy brands based on its impact. Luckily, Ethicli has some recommendations!

With large gatherings on the decline for this year, you can now treat yourself to some ethically made sweets with the extra money you’ll be saving… Our biggest recommendation as we kick off the holiday season is to avoid Nestle products such as Butterfinger, Crunch, Laffy Taffy, Kit Kat, and Wonka. They are our lowest-scored brand at a 1.0, which Ethicli will break down.

Nestle Rating Breakdown


Animal Welfare:

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Social Involvement:

Unfortunately, these points are only the beginning of how Nestle has taken advantage of communities and the planet. However now is a great time to take the #NestlePledge to not purchase any of their products yourself. Below is an infographic to show some of their other popular brands.

Nestle’s subsidiary brands. Nestlé is partnered with L’Oreal which shares a 30% profit. Courtesy: Lakota People’s Law Project
Nestle’s subsidiary brands. Nestlé is partnered with L’Oreal which shares a 30% profit. Courtesy: Lakota People’s Law Project
Nestlés subsidiary brands. Nestlé partners with L’Oréal which shares a 30% profit. Courtesy: Lakota People’s Law Project

So how can we avoid Nestlé?

Their company ethics may be concerning to say the least, but with so much extra time at home, it’s a perfect time to try your hand at making some home-made sweets! How about these Vegan Citrus Chocolate Truffles, or using your leftover pumpkin seeds to make this Pumpkin Seed Brittle? You may be surprised how easy it can be to make sweets from home!

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Ethical Chocolate and Candy Alternatives

Oof, is the idea of DIY candy not your style? Then here are some alternatives with our ethical shopping partner Uncommon Goods that are sure to satisfy your sweet-tooth, and they’re so nice they’re even gift-able to a friend! Or, if you cannot find a locally-made bakery, candy maker or chocolatier, ethical options may be available at your local grocers. If you’re shopping in person, look for these labels: Fair-Trade, Rainforest Alliance, RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil, & Certified Organic to ensure that ethical steps are being taken to care for our workers, planet and animals involved in the process. Here at Ethicli we put together a non-exhaustive list of 10 of our favorite ethically sourced chocolate companies.

2. Alter Eco (8.7):

3. Theo Chocolate (8.3):

4. Justin’s (8.2):

5. Tony’s Chocolonely (8.1):

6. Divine (8.0):

7. Equal Exchange (8.0):

8. Ocho (8.0):

9. Lake Champlain (8.0):

10. UNREAL (7.3):

What did we miss? Comment and share with us what your favorite ethical sweets brands are! Also, be sure to check out Ethicli’s browser extension to see even more company ratings all year long.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and that these sweet options from Ethicli take the worries out of your holiday consumption! 🦃🎄

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