Founded in 1999 as a co-operative, the company creates award-winning dark chocolate made from local, organic ingredients using unrefined sugar and natural vanilla.
The brainchild of New Yorker Mott Green, the company most recently found fame by being featured on the ITV series, The Secret Caribbean with Trevor McDonald.
One of the world’s smallest chocolate factories, it’s a success story that has been recognised all over the world – in fact, the company’s 82% cocoa bar recently won the Silver Medal at the 2011 London Academy of Chocolate Awards.
The cocoa is grown totally naturally, without the use of any chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers and even the machines used (many of them restored and antique) are run on solar-electric energy.
Tourists don’t usually get to see the factory, but Green Living got a special guided tour from Mott – Willie Wonka has nothing on us!
From the outside, it looks like any other pastel-painted Caribbean house, but inside we saw the machinery and the room where local staff package and pack the bars.
Green Living thoroughly recommends the 60% chocolate bar – our favourite – but the Nib-A-Licious with cocoa nibs comes a close second in our affections.
We also really recommend a trip to Grenada itself – the famed ‘spice isle’ renowned for its nutmeg and cinnamon production – it’s one of the most fertile islands in the Caribbean – as well as its snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities and its lush scenery, from rainforests to white sandy beaches.
It’s laid-back and colourful, famously low in crime and refreshingly under-developed – so it’s free from the sort of ugly hotel blocks that blight some of the other Caribbean islands.
As well as being filled with friendly locals, it’s full of stunning scenery and some charming tourist attractions, from waterfalls to nutmeg plantations.
If you can’t make it to the island itself (although we really strongly suggest that you do!), you can buy the chocolate online – it’s the closest you’ll get to the Caribbean in a bar!
Here are some of our fave sites in the UK selling Grenada Chocolate Company bars:
For more info on Grenada, visit www.Grenadagrenadines.com. Stay in the luxurious five-star Spice Island Beach Resort (www.SpiceBeachResort.com) or the family-friendly, self-catering Blue Horizons (www.grenadabluehorizons.com). Visit specialist Caribbean tour operator Golden Caribbean (www.goldencaribbean.co.uk/tel: 0845 085 8080) for holiday deals in Grenada.