The best ethical Easter eggs for 2021

March 29, 2021

By Claudia Light

Easter symbolises new beginnings more than ever this year as a relaxation of lockdown rules allows us to meet pockets of family and friends in our gardens and open spaces – for the first time in months. It would be a shame not to celebrate with copious amounts of chocolate, so we’ve pulled together our selection of the best ethical Easter eggs and chocolate brands for 2021.

Cox & Co

Founder Gavin Cox spent much of his childhood in South America – learning the ways of the land he now sources his cocoa from. To ensure their supply chains are fully traceable, Cox & Co work with Casa Luker, an estate in Colombia that invests in its farmers, local communities, and developing regenerative farming methods.

Their Bee Pollen & Honey Easter Egg with 61% Colombian Cacao sounds a dream (£22).

Pump Street Chocolate

Originally an award-winning bakery in a Suffolk village, Pump Street have turned their talents to premium bean to bar chocolate making. They believe in using only the highest quality, organic ingredients, with beans sourced directly from around the world. Using traditional methods and natural ingredients, this is real chocolate made by hand.

Their Chocolate Chickens (£5.95) originally caught our eye, but we also wouldn’t mind getting our hands on their limited edition Hot Cross Bun infused bar (£6.25).

Rococo

It goes without saying that the Grace & Green vote for the best egg goes to Rococo’s limited edition Period Egg (£32.95) – an egg supporting the campaign to end stigmas around menstruation. £5 from the sale of each egg goes to Bloody Good Period, a London-based charity which supplies essential period products to refugees, asylum-seekers and others who can’t afford or access them.

Don’t worry, there’s nothing period related about the egg itself. Beneath its brilliant red wrapping it has a thick outer shell of sea salt milk chocolate, with decadent salted caramel truffles hidden inside.

Divine Chocolate

Divine Chocolate’s commitments to empowering women earn them a special place within this list of best ethical Easter eggs. Female-founded over two decades ago, it’s the only Fairtrade chocolate company to be co-owned by cocoa farmers. Kuapa Kokoo Farmers’ Union (a co-operative of 100,000 farmers in Ghana) is a shareholder, meaning producers can earn a share of the profits they help to create. More than a third of these farmers are women, supported by Divine and Kuapa Kokoo so they may develop the skills and confidence to grow better cocoa, build better communities, and thrive in business.

Their Milk Chocolate Speckled Eggs (£4.75) are perfect for an Easter Egg Hunt, and the majority of their Easter collection is suitable for vegans.

Chocolarder

Previously a commercial pastry chef, Chocolarder’s founder started experimenting with the art of small batch chocolate in his own Cornwall kitchen. His commitment to transparency and sustainability extends to all corners of the business – the cocoa crops are 100% organically grown and pesticide free, sourced direct from the farmers, and transported across the world via sailing ships direct to Falmouth. Chocolarder also source recycled and recyclable material for the entirety of their packaging.

Their Wild Gorse Flower 50% Milk Easter Egg (£22) is made with gorse plucked by hand from the prickly hedgerows that line the local Cornish coastal path – how’s that for provenance?

Tony’s Chocolonely

No list of the best ethical Easter eggs could be complete without mention of Dutch pioneers Tony’s Chocolonely. They’re doing stellar work to hold mainstream chocolate brands to account for the modern slavery still rife within their supply chains. Going against the trend for thin and delicate, their bars are bold and chunky – and impossibly moreish once you’ve sunk your teeth in.

Their box of Egg-stra Special Chocolate Eggs (£4.49) features 12 mini eggs separated into 7 flavours – unequally divided on purpose to illustrate the inequality rife in the chocolate industry.

Land Chocolate

Founder Phil Landers worked in radio production before having his eyes opened to the world of cacao on a trip to Central America. From this Land was born, offering award winning bean to bar chocolate made in the heart of Hackney, London. The Land collection celebrates the world’s finest cacao with the whole process of chocolate making taking place from a workshop on the backstreets of E8.

We love the obsessiveness that drives Landers – training under chocolatiers Paul A Young and Brooklyn based hipster chocolate company Mast Brothers wasn’t enough, and every evening he used to go home to experiment in his own kitchen into the small hours.

Try the Mini Land Milk Collection (£12.50) for a selection made from Venezualian and Guatemalan beans.

Ocelot

A small Edinburgh based business by husband-and-wife team, Matt & Ish, Ocelot started in the back kitchen of their apartment. They only use the highest quality ethical produce, and their beautiful packaging is FSC certified with a biodegradable inner film. They draw and design most of their packaging themselves, coming up with stunning designs that have a meaning beyond their aesthetic.

Try their Femme bar (£5.50), an organic dark milk chocolate made from rare Amelonado cocoa beans which are grown by a pioneering women’s cooperative in Eastern Congo.