Online Boutique


VAICACAO 100% Ceremonial Cacao Drinking Chocolate, available in my new online boutique!

Welcome!

Here is where you’ll find specific craft chocolate items that you’ll find nowhere else in Chicago, or nowhere else in the US!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChocolateUplift

I’ve curated an elite selection of products from my larger catalogue of brands that I import or distribute.

Why? Because customers from the chocolate tours days ask when I’m going to open a chocolate shop, which is so kind.

Because chocolate makers and wholesale buyers and I sometimes find that there are items that aren’t conducive to wholesale sales.

Through my online boutique, I can return to retail sales, with no conflict of interest with my wholesale sales. And, I can offer you exclusive items that I hope you will love as much as I do.

Everything in the boutique of course meets my 5 Ss of first-class chocolate:

  • slavery-free
  • soy-free (and industrial additive-free)
  • sustainable (and soil-regenerative)
  • small-batch and
  • scrumptious!
Chocolate Almond Spread from Belú Cacao, which I import into the US from El Salvador, made with no oils and no dairy, just almonds, cacao, and artisanal panela sugar!
This set of 2 elegant 9th & Larkin Chocolate bars is made from 2 different Vietnam cacaos, for 2 different flavor experiences.

Thank you and enjoy!

Your friend in chocolate,

Valerie

Valerie Beck

Founder, Chocolate Uplift

DistributionOnline BoutiqueVirtual Tastings

valerie@chocolateuplift.com

@chocolateuplift on Instagram

Child-labor abuses in the global supply chain, and Food of The Gods: Simran Sethi articles

Hello!

Here are two excellent articles by my friend Simran Sethi, whom I met in 2014 on Vicente Norero’s original Camino Verde cacao farm in Ecuador when she was researching her excellent book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love.

The first article below is about the US court case we’ve been following for 15 years, filed by former child slaves in West Africa who escaped.

The second article below shows you how chocolate goes from bean to bar and some of the people involved in the craft chocolate community.

Onward and upward!

1.

Can U.S. chocolate companies be liable for child-labor abuses in the global cocoa supply chain?

by Simran Sethi

06.02.2021

“One-third of children in Ghana and Ivory Coast’s cocoa-growing regions are involved in child labor.”

Full article here.

2.

Food of the Gods

with recipes by Alice Medrich

Your friend in chocolate,

Valerie

Valerie Beck

Founder, Chocolate Uplift

Distribution, Online Boutique, Virtual Tastings

valerie@chocolateuplift.com

@chocolateuplift on Instagram