The New Way to Get Chocolate
At NewLeaf Chocolates you will find a carefully chosen collection of premium and artisan chocolates ready to be sent to you by GreenPod™. We've searched the globe for the best in premium chocolate bars, chocolate confections and hot chocolate with a fondness for the best tasting organic products and socially responsible producers. We don't try to offer every chocolate in the world, only the best!
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What on earth is a GreenPod™?
Q: Why aren't all of your chocolates certified organic?
A: While most of our chocolates are certified organic, our customers also enjoy a number of delicious premium chocolates that are not certified at this time. It happens that for the regions where these beans are sourced from, most cocoa farming is done in an organic manner. If a product is not certified organic, we work with the producer to understand how the cocoa was farmed and how the product was produced. We favor and clearly identify those that are most kind to the environment and to the farm workers. Only those chocolates meeting our standards are included for sale here.
In the mean time, we fully respect the certification process and clearly promote those producers that maintain certification. Since our membership to One Percent for the Planet requires that we donate a portion of ALL sales to environmental charities, the planet benefits even when you buy “conventional” chocolates. Still, the choice is yours and our goal is to provide as many organic and fair trade premium chocolates as we can find so that the choice is easier. We're not done yet!
Q: How much to you give to charity?
A: We are a member of the non–profit organization One Percent for the Planet. To keep our status with 1% FTP, we must give 1% of all sales to environmental charities. However, NewLeaf Chocolates is a for-profit company. Some other organizations give a percent of profits to charity rather than sales. While we commend anyone who is willing to donate to a worthy cause, please remember that many small companies have little or no profit to for the first few years. For example 10% of zero profit is zero. Also, profit is always a much smaller number than sales – especially in a retail food business! We pay the planet before we pay ourselves.
Q: What forms of payment are accepted?
A: We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express (credit or debit). Your card will not be charged until we ship your order. We also accept PayPal. PayPal will charge your account upon placing the order.
Q: What are "Planet Positives?"
A: Planet Positives are just our simple way of highlighting what's earth-friendly about each chocolate producer. Of course, you can decide what's important to you and what's not when you're shopping. There are many factors to consider when choosing premium chocolates, not the least of which is taste. We recognize that environmental and social issues can be complex and these statements represent only simple summaries of what each product has to offer. Planet Positives are not an endorsement of any particular certification or program. Still, they are a good starting point for learning about how each producer is trying to help the planet. We hope you find them a helpful part of your shopping experience.
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Please let us know if you need the chocolate by a certain date so we can prioritize orders. Thank You.
ENSURING THE BEST QUALITY
To ensure your chocolate stays in the best condition, please keep the following in mind:
• For warm weather deliveries, it's best to have someone at home to receive the package or ship to a business address where someone is available during the daytime.
• Make sure you are entering a valid US address and details such as the apartment number or PO Box are included.
• If you are shipping to a business address, please include all necessary details such as floor, suite, room, attention:, etc.
• If you have any damage due to the actions of the shipper, we will stand behind you 100%.
• Please let us know right away if there are any problems with your shipment. We are here to help. Info@newleafchocolates.com
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
At NewLeaf Chocolates, we believe that there is beauty in simplicity and shipping is no exception. Our shipping methods have been designed so your chocolate arrives in the best condition while keeping your experience simple.
Our shipping and handling charge is a flat $9.95 no matter how much your order weighs. Free Shipping has been suspended for the summer. It will return when it cools down. That's it. The larger your order, the more you save. Relax and we will determine the best way to ship based upon the weather, your location and the size of your order. By the way, the shipping and handling charge you pay is usually less than our actual cost for shipping + packaging materials + handling.
We now ship to Alaska and Hawaii with a simple surcharge. The shipping surcharge is $7.99 for Alaska. Our shipping surcharge to Hawaii is now reduced to $4.99. This is added to the applicable base shipping rate. For example, for Standard Shipping the total charge would be $17.98 for Alaska.
We now ship to Canada. The shipping surcharge for Canada is $19 (in addtion to the base shipping rate). Due to postal regulations, a phone number must be provided for Canadian orders. Thanks.
We ship to the continental United States plus Alaska and Hawaii. We ship to Canada and accept payment from Canadian customers using PayPal or a credit card from a US bank. Sorry, we can't ship to APO at this time.
There are two simple choices: Standard Delivery or local Bicycle Delivery (limited area, see below). Orders are taken 24/7 and shipments go out on the shipping days shown below.
Standard shipping in a GreenPod. We use US Postal Service Priority Mail as a "green" option since chances are they are already driving by your home or business every day. Currently running at 2-5 days transit time. Summer shpping rates are in effect now - a flat $14.95 for all orders including Chocolate of the Month Club. One simple shipping and handling charge of $9.95. Standard Shipping goes out Monday through Wednesday so that your chocolates don't sit in a hot warehouse over the weekend. When it's cooler, we may also ship later in the week. If there's a heat wave - above 90 degrees anywhere in transit - we may wait until the following week to ship and notify you of the delay. Please let us know if you need your chocolate by a certain date and we will work with you.
Bicycle delivery in or near zip code 02474.
SPECIAL: Bicycle Delivery is free until futher notice (normally $9.95). That's it. We may substitute hybrid Prius delivery during inclement weather. Please note that bicycle delivery may result in some delay since we need to work around the weather and other factors. Please let us know if you need your chocolate by a certain date. Please do not select Bicycle Delivery unless you are shipping to one of the Zip Codes below since it will delay your order as we attempt to contact you and remedy the situation.
Bicycle delivery is available for these zip codes:
• More to come
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WHAT ON EARTH IS A GreenPod™?
Chocolate must be protected from its three main enemies: heat, odors and humidity. The GreenPod shipper protects against all three threats and is at the core of our sustainable packaging initiative. We've worked hard to develop a shipping system where each and every material can either be recycled, reused or is biodegradable / compostable. This means that almost everything is a renewable plant-based material. This was no easy task since most online stores use Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene foam - EPS) coolers to ship their perishables in warm weather. We avoid EPS foam because it's derived from petrochemicals, has a large carbon footprint and does not break down quickly in landfills. Because EPS foam coolers are rigid, they would need to be shipped to us full-size in a large truck - a truck full of empty boxes!
We've designed a simple system that uses all plant-based materials that are recyclable or biodegradable to ship the product even in warm weather (the cold pack is not plant-based, but can be reused). Rather than use a polyethylene bag to protect your chocolate from humidity and odors, we use a 100% plant-based protective shell. Even the tape used to seal the box is kraft paper rather than the usual clear acrylic stuff.
Actually, there is not one GreenPod, but a few designs are needed to fit all situations. Depending upon the size of your order and the season (hot vs. cool), the box will contain some of the listed components below. Your specific GreenPod will contain some simple instructions on how to take care of those materials when you are done. In some cases, we may reuse boxes and other materials that have not yet been recycled. This is good for the planet since it takes more energy to recycle a box than to reuse it. Yes, we may occasionally even reuse styrofoam that has been sent to us by others. If we do (this is rare), it will bear a label just to let you know. If you object, no problem. Just write "no styrofoam" in the comments box at checkout and we will gladly oblige.
These are some of the components of a GreenPod:
• The outer box is recycled - in most cases, we use 100% recycled boxes.
• The foam peanuts are starch-based. Mix them with water and pour them into the garden as compost or wash them down the drain.
• The paper shell is recycled paper with a plant-based liner. Even the sealing tape is paper–based and recyclable.
• The kraft paper loose fill can be recycled (not need for all shipments)
• For bulk orders or coverture shipped during warm weather, we use a non–foam cooler that is 100% recyclable and has only 65% of the carbon footprint and 80% less bulk waste than EPS foam.
We are not done. We're always testing new materials in order to minimize our environmental impact and most of all, protect our chocolate so that it arrives to you in beautiful condition.
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“ I'm so enjoying all the new discoveries I'm tasting due to your fantastic selections. I had never heard of Pacari, and now it's one of my favorites (still savoring the dark chocolate covered banana pieces from March). I also like that you send everything in as sustainable a way as possible. It's important. I hope others catch on. Thank you!”
– Anna, Chocolate of the Month Club Member, Orlando
“Wow! I am extremely happy I found your website. My wife loved the assorted chocolates, as did I. It was great talking with you, your service was great! The pricing was great! I look forward to ordering from you in the future.... Looking forward to eventually bringing ourselves to eat the Porcelana bar... Thanks again,” Gary, Nova Scotia
“I received the bars and they are wonderful. Your service is much appreciated and has won you a new customer! I have tried many, many kinds of organic dark chocolates, so I do know which ones are good...[and] the cherry almond bars were more than worth waiting for--I would wait a long time for those, and will definitely order more in the future. I just found another bar on your site that I want to try...dangerous...oh, too, too dangerous.”
–Robin, Santa Barbara, CA
“Dear NewLeaf Chocolates,
Recently, my wife and I thought we'd make a lazy weekend movie night a bit more interesting and decided to incorporate an at home, chocolate 'tasting', into our plans. We got the idea from reading several of the chocolate reviews on the Kokobuzz blog site. This turned out to be a great idea!
I logged into the NewLeaf Chocolates' site on Wednesday to see what was involved and ended up ordering several different bars. The chocolate arrived a day later and was carefully packed with fully recyclable packaging. The pervasive 'Green' theme woven throughout the company and products is very refreshing and positive; I definitely felt like I was doing some good in the world by choosing chocolate that was consistent with this theme.
For the evening, we ended up dropping by our local wine shop and asking the wine steward their thoughts on what wine would go best with our plans. Without hesitation they recommended either a nice port or full bodied Merlot. In fact, this shop has a chocolate tasting table set up themselves and a bar of some exotic 72% cocoa dark chocolate available for sampling. This gave me an idea that ended up putting a capstone on the evening, when we got back home with the wine (BTW: we ended up with the port) I broke up pieces of several bars and arranged them on separate tasting dishes and then printed out the reviews from Kokobuzz. We then mixed up the chocolate and had a great time with a blind tasting - trying to match the chocolate to the tasting notes from Kokobuzz. The whole evening turned out to be real fun and something we'll definitely take with us to parties over the holidays.
We find ourselves often stretched too thin with commitments to the children, work and life that we often forget to stop and 'smell the roses'. The chocolate tasting broke that rhythm and turned a lazy weekend movie night into something that was both fun yet budget friendly - a very cool homemade gourmet experience.
Thanks for everything,” –Jerry, Reading, MA
“The folks at NewLeaf Chocolate sent the bars very quickly and in the dead of a Texas heat wave, and they arrived with zero melting or any other issues, despite the fact that it was over 100 degrees outside. The packing peanuts really were water soluble; I dissolved them in a bowl of water and tossed them on my parched plants outside, and recycled the cardboard box the package came in. Basically, I threw away nothing. Thank you, NewLeaf Chocolates, for introducing me to a new favorite indulgence, and one I can enjoy with a clear conscience.
I used to think I didn't like Mexican chocolate –– something about the grainy texture turned me off. I thought I wanted only smooth dark chocolate or none at all. Thank goodness I tried the Taza Mexican vanilla bar! Oh, heaven in my mouth. I don't like overly sweet things, and somehow this chocolate managed to be incredibly sweet without being cloying or heavy at all. It comes in two delightful little rounds –– hardly a "bar" at all – so I savored one or two triangles of it a day, and it lasted for days. The "graininess" might be granulated sugar; whatever it is, it added to the experience of chewing a small piece slowly and letting the vanilla flavor steal over my tongue. There's actually a bit of spice to it, which made me wonder if the bar had some kind of chili pepper ingredient. But no, its ingredients are simple: just cane sugar, Dominican cacao beans and whole vanilla beans. (Maybe the whole vanilla beans add to the crunch?) Finally, the bar's packaging really appealed to me. Round, wrapped in white, waxy paper, printed with black ink, it's aesthetically pleasing, like a small piece of folk art you don't want to unwrap. Except you do want to unwrap it, again and again. Oh –– and all its ingredients are organic! What could be better?”
–Catherine Morris, Austin, TX
“My order arrived when the company said it would and I was impressed by the way they packaged their product to ensure that the quality of the chocolate was not sacrificed during shipping... attention to details made ordering from NewLeaf Chocolates a great experience, not to mention that the chocolate tasted delightful!” – Sherri, Plano, TX.
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