Postcard: Tony’s Chocolonely in Amsterdam

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At Marqt, Amsterdam’s answer to Whole Foods, we came upon an enormous end-cap display of Tony’s Chocolonely. The line was launched in 2005 by chocoholic journalist Teun Van de Keuken, from Dutch television’s Inspection of Value, a show that examines the production chain of foods and other consumer goods. Keuken’s expose on Ivory Coast cocoa farms, suppliers of most of the world’s beans, uncovered the use of forced and child labor. In response, first Keuken turned himself into Dutch police as a “chocolate criminal,” for consuming a food produced under conditions that violate Dutch law. Then he started a confection company with a commitment—if not, at this point, a guarantee—to use chocolate from sources that are 100-percent free of slave labor. (As Tony’s discovered, even Fair Trade West African chocolate can’t be guaranteed to be non-exploitative, so Tony’s slogan is “on the way to 100% slavery-free chocolate.”)

I particularly like Tony’s dark chocolate bar. Made with 72 percent cocoa, has a thick, creamy texture and a rich, dark-berry flavor with very little bitterness. You can find Tony’s Chocolonely in stores all over The Netherlands, but the bars are also available for shipping worldwide at the Tony’s Chocolonely website.—by Betsy Andrews