Handmade in Britain
Our journey started in Linda’s kitchen in 2006; and we continue to delight in handcrafting delicious-tasting chocolate today, sharing the joy that chocolate ignites in us.
We are proud of our British heritage – so we’re 100% committed to using UK suppliers for all our packaging.
Caring for our Environment
We take our role in caring for our planet seriously. Ensuring that our chocolate is made from sustainably grown cocoa, and the ingredients we use are completely free from palm oil.
75% of our packaging is widely recyclable too; and we aim to improve on this further.
Respecting People and Communities
Our Inclusive Employment Initiative involves working with local agencies to provide employment opportunities for people who find accessing the workplace difficult. Further afield, we financially invest in a children’s sponsorship programme based in Uganda.
Choc Affair is committed to sustainability, minimising our environmental impact and enhancing the communities we are a part of.
Handmade in Britain
Making Chocolate By Hand Since 2006
Our journey began when Linda started making our delicious hot chocolate stirrers by hand at home in her kitchen back in 2006. Today, hand crafting great tasting chocolate is still something that we take pride in, and of course, we still have our original chocolate stirrer as part of our range. Our hardworking team (who craft award-winning chocolate for you to enjoy) are passionate about all things chocolate, and we just want to share the joy that our delicious chocolate brings us (and pass on a little love along the way).
Proud To Be British
Proud of our heritage, and as an independent, family run company, our relationships with our suppliers are really important to us. By choosing to purchase all of our packaging through British companies, we believe we’re supporting the success and growth of the UK’s industry. Of course, we could choose to purchase less expensive packaging from other countries –but really, that would go against everything we set out to accomplish as a business. Our goal is to ensure that the choices we make have a positive impact on the people and world around us; and where better to start than in the beautiful place we call home.
In sourcing our chocolate, we’ve chosen to work with another family owned company who have strong values, and an inspirational story to tell about all the work they do to ensure that they leave their community in Colombia a better place to be. We believe that as a business, we should have a sense of ownership of our locality, working towards making a positive impact that goes beyond purely employment; and choosing to use all we do as a force for good in the wider world (which we continue to work hard for).
Caring For Our Environment
Palm Oil Free
Today, more is known and publicised about the issues of palm oil; and yet it is still the most widely produced vegetable oil worldwide. These issues include increased CO2 emissions, and a huge loss of biodiversity; resulting in the endangering of many animals and plants through the destruction of natural habitats. Chocolate should never have palm oil in it’s ingredients, and yet it is often found in mass produced brands as a cheap alternative to a natural cocoa butter. You can rest assured that our chocolate will always be free of any palm oil. Read more about our reasons for being palm oil free.
Sustainably Sourced Cocoa
To protect our world for future generations, it is vital that in every choice we make, we make the right choice; and sustainably grown cocoa is one of those choices. By ensuring a replenishment of all that we take out of the earth, we are guaranteeing future generations a world with chocolate in it. Our cocoa growers in Colombia are at the heart of this. They’ve adopted an agroecological approach, planting two additional types of trees (alongside the cocoa), to ensure that all three trees yield a harvest; thus ensuring a livelihood for the farmer, whilst maintaining a positive impact on the environment.
We only ever use FSC certified cardboard and paper products within our packaging; so you can be sure that for each and every tree used within the production of our paper wrappers and card packaging, there is a sustainable focus on ensuring that forests are replanted to replenish the supply. The paper and card is made from using wood that comes from FSC certified forests, or from recycled materials.
Our aim is to divert as much waste as possible away from landfill, and into recycling facilities instead. In the last 12 months, we have reduced our use of plastic and PET packaging by 75%; with a future plan to reduce by 100% over the next 12 months. We need to overcome our desire as consumers to ‘see the product through the packaging’; because where there’s a window, there’s generally PET (or alternative) being used; and we are working with specialist packaging designers to come up with attractive solutions to this issue.
Respecting People & Communities
Inclusive Employment Initiative
We are really passionate about offering employment opportunities to those who might otherwise struggle to find work experience. Whether we are a stepping stone for an eventual move into a different career, or supporting people to continue to work as part of our team; we endeavour to build people up so that they grow in confidence through a nurturing and positive working environment. We do this through a scheme that we call our ‘Inclusive Employment Initiative’.
Our Inclusive Employment Initiative involves working with York based organisations that aim to help individuals who find accessing employment challenging. The first of these organisations is ‘The Blueberry Academy’, who work with young adults with learning difficulties; offering them the chance to become more independent and learn life skills. We offer work experience for some of their young adults, and currently employ two students to work within our production and packing teams. It’s both rewarding and fun, and has had a really enriching impact on us as a team.
Through our contacts with the local probation service and ‘Changing Lives’, we are also keen to offer those who are in the probation system, and/or those who are in recovery from addictions the chance to get back into work. We want to help re-build their confidence and self-belief in a positive and family-like atmosphere.
We don’t always get it right; we make mistakes, and it can get messy (much like life) – but we learn, and start over.
Supporting ‘Our Father’s Heart’
“It takes a village to raise a child.”
In 2011, Linda visited Uganda with her sister and daughters, and stayed in a small township called Kumi; returning to the UK forever changed. This led to an investment into this area and the local children, offering sponsorship for education and medical needs; and over the last 7 years, over 40 children have accessed education; 9 of which have now finished their skills training, and are now in employment.
2018 saw the renting of a local property, and a feeding programme that would respond to the needs of the town’s street children; all because of one boy called William.
Choc Affair is heavily invested in supporting this charity (Our Father’s Heart) and all the work they do in Kumi, through financial support of the rental home.