Moho Chocolate Company
Belize, Central America
Roni-Sue is a partner in Belize based MOHO Chocolate Company where our 60% dark chocolate is made by local artisans using organic Mayan cacao. Not only is our direct-trade, single origin chocolate from Belize delicious, it’s a socially responsible choice too—so you can indulge and enjoy with a clear conscience!
Roni-Sue began exploring her most important ingredient more deeply a few years ago in the Toledo District of Southern Belize. Tasting raw cacao fruit right from the pod during visits to jungle cacao ‘farms’ was a revelation for Roni-Sue and a testament to the organic & sustainable (a.k.a. natural!) farming methods the Mayan farmers have practiced for decades.
MOHO Chocolate Company has its roots in the jungles of Belize, along the MOHO River Valley—where the delicious organic cacao beans are grown. In a better than direct-trade model, local farmers sell their ‘wet seed’ cacao fruit to our partners at Maya Mountain Cacao where the beans are fermented and dried under controlled conditions, resulting in a superior product and eliminating the risk of crop loss for farmers.
This direct trade model also benefits farmers’ families – the extra income parents receive from selling beans to Maya Mountain Cacao allows the family to send all their children to school. These children’s futures stand in stark contrast to the children of the Ivory Coast in Africa, many of whom are trafficked to work as child slaves on the large cacao farms that supply most of the cocoa beans used by the world’s major chocolate manufacturers.