Mark and Ella here, welcome to the fresh new world of The Remarkable Chocolate Co. We are just out of the farmers markets and bursting onto food market shelves. We hand craft high quality chocolate here in New Zealand using natural, sustainable ingredients, wherever we can.
Our passion is matching high-quality chocolate with real ingredients in delicious combinations wrapped in gorgeous packaging, delivering you chocolate that lives up to its remarkable name. All our bars are made in small batches, and hand poured, meaning every bar is unique – just like you!
The 3 things that we really care about the most when developing and delivering our remarkable chocolates are sustainability, design and high-quality outstanding taste experience.
Here is our planet, it's the tiny pale blue dot – captured by Voyager 1 in 1990 from a record 6 billion miles away. This dot is where every single person has ever existed, lived, loved, fought and died throughout the entire history of humanity. Currently this dot is the only option we have for our survival. There are no other planets we can currently move to if we ruin this one. While science strives to find alternative planets, the reality is this is the only one we will have for the next few generations at least.
So, we need to preserve it and look after it as best we can.
Sustainability is a large and complex challenge. So, in as many ways as possible, we want The Remarkable Chocolate Co. to be part of the solution. Here’s what we are doing.
Our organic chocolate is crafted from single origin cacao beans grown by cacao farmers in Peru. These guys plant, grow and harvest what must surely be some of the finest cacao beans available on the planet. We definitely think so and that is why we use their beans as the basis for our Remarkable Chocolate Co. range of organic chocolates.
Our organic chocolate has gained an independent organic certification. This means that the cacao beans are grown and harvested using sustainable farming practices. No pesticides or insecticides are used. Soil regeneration programmes ensure crops are managed so annual harvests produce high-quality beans year after year.
- Fairly traded
It is a mission, critical to us that our farmers are paid a fair trade premium for their beans – which they are. Also, the men and women in the farming collective are paid equally for their labor, which is how it should be. There is no forced child labor, a practice which is disturbingly common in other cacao growing regions. Additionally, as part of a development initiative, the farmers are paid in advance for their crops, enabling them to invest in equipment and replanting to grow their businesses for the next season. Good for them, good for us, good for the planet, good for you.
We think a lot about the packaging our chocolates are wrapped in. We want it to be beautiful and sustainable. With this thought in mind, all the cardboard packaging around our chocolates are recyclable. In making our packaging beautiful, we actively choose options for finishes and printing processes which do not compromise the recyclability of the packaging. In some cases, this isn’t possible. But our long-term goal is to work towards minimizing our impact on the planet.
We strive for the least ingredients possible to deliver the deliciousness that is Remarkable. We use natural and whole ingredients wherever possible and choose to go local wherever this is viable.
Sight, Sound, Taste, Touch, Smell. It all matters to us. Which is why we put focus into making our chocolates look as good as they taste. We also believe in supporting the local talent, therefore, we hire only locally.
Our designs feature bold colors to differentiate our recipes. We overlay repeating geometric patterns which change for each recipe and add a sense of occasion to our chocolates. Our innovations in design bagged us a gold prize award in print for our packaging designs in the year 2017 (Thanks printing guys!)
We hope you too enjoy the visual impact of our designs.
- Small Batch
- Natural Ingredients
Small batch also means we use more natural ingredients and less preservatives. More of the good stuff, less of the bad stuff, so you know what you are eating. Some of our delicious ingredients just don’t have natural options available currently (marshmallows for example) – but we definitely choose natural every time we have a choice. We also strive for the least number of ingredients possible to deliver our Remarkable deliciousness in each recipe – so it's easy to see and read from our labels what you are eating.
- Allergy Aware
We have NO preservatives in our chocolate and our recipes contain NO gluten and NO palm oil. Only one of our ingredients (salted caramel) has dairy and all other flavors are DAIRY FREE.
8 x Awarded in NZ National Chocolate Awards
In 2017, and 2018 we threw our flavors at the mercy of 15 of NZ’s to top chocolate aficionados to be judged against NZ’s finest chocolates at the National Chocolate awards. After a nervous wait we were super proud to have been awarded 8 Awards in the last two years in this highly competitive arena. Thanks, head chocolate guys!
Ready to taste? View our full collection of chocolate here!