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New Products, New Gift Packs, New Chocolate

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We are now offering our delicious Oso Goloso Chocolate Bark on the Cocoa Pod Shop website! You can get it here or get it on www.osogolosochocolate.com, but if you want chocolate with your pods, just order it all here! As well, you will get better shipping rates when your order through The Cocoa Pod Shop. We have five delicious varieties for your choice.

Our chocolate bark is made with GMO-Free chocolate from Guittard Chocolate Company. Located just 15 miles south of San Francisco in Burlingame, California, Guittard makes it a point to work directly with their farmers, cutting out the "middle men," and using cacao beans that are Rainforest Alliance certified and Fair Trade certified. They also pay a premium well over market value for the beans in order to support the farmers they work with, and are a member of the World Cocoa Foundation which, among many other causes, supports the Cocoa Livelihoods Program which works towards ensuring quality of life for workers through sustainable cacao growing.


Inventory Update

4th Feb 2016     Leave a comment

Many of our chocolate related items are out of stock as the busy season approaches. We apologize for any delays, but we have a new shipment of cocoa pods, beans, and nibs on the ground in the US already.Because it's such a busy time of year, customs clearance can take up to several days. From [...]

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Cacao and San Marzano Tomatoes

4th Feb 2016     Leave a comment

Say you have a fine flavor, single origin cacao which is as highly recognized as San Marzano tomatoes. The Chuao bean from Venezuela immediately comes to mind.San Marzano tomatoes have a protected denomination or origin (Denominazione Origine Protetta in Italian) - cacao does not. Stringent crtieria are enforced by the government to maintain the integrity [...]

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What is Direct Trade?

4th Feb 2016     Leave a comment

Many artisan chocolatiers, and even some larger chocolate companies, claim they operate on a "direct trade" model. Direct Trade is a term coined in the last 5 to 10 years, first by the coffee industry, and now used widely in both the coffee and cacao business. To date, there is no certifying body or organization [...]

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FAQ-Can I Grow A Cacao Tree From Your Beans?

4th Feb 2016     Leave a comment

Please watch this short video on why you can't grow a cacao tree from cocoa beans.

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5 Great Uses For Cocoa Pods

4th Feb 2016     Leave a comment

Our cocoa pods are great decorative items for home or store. Our whole pods are our most popular item but empty pods have a huge number of uses. You can do a whole lot more with them than just put them out on display or sell them to customers. Here are a five great ways [...]

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Why We Don't Sell Fresh Cocoa Pods

4th Feb 2016     Leave a comment

Please see this short video on why we don't import fresh cocoa pods.

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New Store Launch

4th Feb 2016     Leave a comment

Welcome to our new store launch. We'll be back soon with tips and ideas for using your cocoa pods!

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