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Mmm, Capitalist Chocolate

I’ve been hearing a lot about a chocolatier in Seattle that roasts its own beans and creates confections with innovative flavors. But I was a bit alarmed after reading today’s article in the Seattle Times about Theo Chocolate because the article repeatedly notes that the company manufactures “free-trade” chocolate.

I’m sure Milton Friedman, rest his soul, would have been delighted to sample one of Theo’s yellow-curry and roasted coconut chocolate bars.

My fears were put to rest after a visit to the company’s website, where they note that their chocolate is Fair Trade Certified, and therefore free of the social ills that some chocolates, particularly those sourced on the Ivory Coast, can carry with them.

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