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Chocolate On Purpose’ Dark Chocolate with Wyrrung (Rosella Flower) & Mourao (Mountain Pepperberry) has been announced a SILVER and EDITOR’S CHOICE Winner in the “Best Chocolate/Cacao” Category at the Clean & Conscious Awards on the 13th September, 2023.

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The winners of the Clean + Conscious Awards 2023 have been announced, marking five years since the Awards first launched in 2019. Over the past half-a-decade, the Clean + Conscious Awards has set the gold standard in recognising products that are clean, ethical, sustainable and socially responsible.

The Awards dedication to in-depth research remains at the core of its mission. Each finalist’s product is carefully scrutinised and scientifically analysed before earning a finalist nomination.

Fiona Harrison is a proud Wiradyuri woman, living and operating her business in Regional NSW.

Founder and CEO of Australia’s first Indigenous Chocolate business, she’s built a unique social enterprise fusing a love for chocolate with social good.

Chocolate On Purpose blends premium, gourmet chocolate with Australian native botanicals to create their ‘Bush Food Chocolate’ range, and through the deliciousness of these flavours share the traditional use of the botanicals to deepen respect for ancient First Nations’ wisdom and culture.

Harrison says she is excited her Dark Chocolate with Wyrrung (Rosella Flower) & Mourao (Mountain Pepperberry) has been named a Winner of the “Best Chocolate/Cacao” category and humbled a Judge commented on social media, “This product deserves special mention! Most delicious vegan chocolate… it’s unbelievable!”.

“Our Dark Chocolate with Wyrrung (Rosella Flower) & Mourao (Mountain Pepperberry) contains No Gluten. No Palm Oil. No Preservatives. No Artificial Colours or Flavourings. We make conscious decisions to create products that are ethical, sustainable and socially responsible and our dark chocolate is certified Vegan by Vegan Australia”

“We’re disruptors in the artisan specialty chocolate market, delivering real industry impact to address ethical issues in supply chains. We source sustainably grown chocolate, contributing to the eradication of forced child labour and raising cacao farmers above the poverty line. And our chocolate is palm-oil free, contributing to the disruption of harm to the climate, Indigenous Communities & endangered species.

“However, this is the very least chocolate brands should do and it’s not enough for us. We’re building a First Nations led supply chain to empower our Communities. We source botanical ingredients from First Nation’s producers where possible, to increase their participation in the Australian native food and botanical supply chain as only 1% of producers are First Nations, despite the industry being founded and grown on the back of Cultural wisdom.”

“We purchase Aboriginal Carbon Credits enabling abatement of over 7.5 million tonnes of emissions since 2012 and increased capacity of First Nations’ organisations to care for and create jobs on Country, contributing to generation of social, cultural and environmental benefits of global significance.”

“Our production waste is reclaimed by repurposing it for sale in a product we call ‘Chocolicious Sprinkles’.”

“We invented ‘Mindful Indulgence’ by choosing to mould our chocolate creations in pieces packaged in a recyclable, zip-sealed Stand-Up Pouch so our Customers can enjoy a few pieces in conscious consumption and reseal the bag for continued enjoyment another time.”

“Our Dark Chocolate with Wyrrung (Rosella Flower) & Mourao (Mountain Pepperberry) is a well-balanced bitter cacao taste with a subtle vanilla note and smooth mouth feel. Rosella Flower is described as having a tart raspberry and rhubarb taste and has a long history of traditional use for treatment of chronic conditions, including hypertension. Mountain Pepperberry has a warm peppery zing and was traditionally used in treatment of inflammatory conditions such as infection and gut ache.” 

“Interestingly, modern investigation supports the traditional uses of both botanicals with Rosella Flower scientifically proven to help lower & maintain healthy blood pressure and Mountain Pepperberry to ease gut inflammation and slow the absorption of glucose from the stomach, allowing stabilization of blood sugar levels. How’s that for ancient First Nations’ wisdom!”

Harrison is delighted to be named a Winner and proud of the many milestones achieved over the past year, in particular Tourism Australia’s gifting of her chocolate to speakers at their 2023 Destination Australia Campaign launch. “It gave us the opportunity to showcase the chocolicious side of Orange & Surrounds!”, said Fiona Harrison.

All finalist products are hands-on reviewed by the Awards Expert Panel, made up of industry experts and leaders. This year’s stellar panel includes Kelley Sheenan (Editor-in-Chief, Peppermint Magazine), Sarah Berry (Lifestyle Health Editor, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age), Veronica Milsom (Podcast Host and Writer/Producer, ABC) and many more. Written reviews are published within the Winners’ Directory.

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The winners of the Clean + Conscious Awards 2023 have been announced, marking five years since the Awards first launched in 2019. Over the past half-a-decade, the Clean + Conscious Awards has set the gold standard in recognising products that are clean, ethical, sustainable and socially responsible.

 

The Awards dedication to in-depth research remains at the core of its mission. Each finalist’s product is carefully scrutinised and scientifically analysed before earning a finalist nomination.

 

Fiona Harrison is a proud Wiradyuri woman, living and operating her business in Regional NSW.

 

Founder and CEO of Australia’s first Indigenous Chocolate business, she’s built a unique social enterprise fusing a love for chocolate with social good.

 

Chocolate On Purpose blends premium, gourmet chocolate with Australian native botanicals to create their ‘Bush Food Chocolate’ range, and through the deliciousness of these flavours share the traditional use of the botanicals to deepen respect for ancient First Nations’ wisdom and culture.

 

Harrison says she is excited her Dark Chocolate with Wyrrung (Rosella Flower) & Mourao (Mountain Pepperberry) has been named a Winner of the “Best Chocolate/Cacao” category and humbled a Judge commented on social media, “This product deserves special mention! Most delicious vegan chocolate… it’s unbelievable!”.

 

“Our Dark Chocolate with Wyrrung (Rosella Flower) & Mourao (Mountain Pepperberry) contains No Gluten. No Palm Oil. No Preservatives. No Artificial Colours or Flavourings. We make conscious decisions to create products that are ethical, sustainable and socially responsible and our dark chocolate is certified Vegan by Vegan Australia”

 

We’re disruptors in the artisan specialty chocolate market, delivering real industry impact to address ethical issues in supply chains. We source sustainably grown chocolate, contributing to the eradication of forced child labour and raising cacao farmers above the poverty line. And our chocolate is palm-oil free, contributing to the disruption of harm to the climate, Indigenous Communities & endangered species.

 

“However, this is the very least chocolate brands should do and it’s not enough for us. We’re building a First Nations led supply chain to empower our Communities. We source botanical ingredients from First Nation’s producers where possible, to increase their participation in the Australian native food and botanical supply chain as only 1% of producers are First Nations, despite the industry being founded and grown on the back of Cultural wisdom.”

 

“We purchase Aboriginal Carbon Credits enabling abatement of over 7.5 million tonnes of emissions since 2012 and increased capacity of First Nations’ organisations to care for and create jobs on Country, contributing to generation of social, cultural and environmental benefits of global significance.”

 

“Our production waste is reclaimed by repurposing it for sale in a product we call ‘Chocolicious Sprinkles’.”

 

“We invented ‘Mindful Indulgence’ by choosing to mould our chocolate creations in pieces packaged in a recyclable, zip-sealed Stand-Up Pouch so our Customers can enjoy a few pieces in conscious consumption and reseal the bag for continued enjoyment another time.”

 

“Our Dark Chocolate with Wyrrung (Rosella Flower) & Mourao (Mountain Pepperberry) is a well-balanced bitter cacao taste with a subtle vanilla note and smooth mouth feel. Rosella Flower is described as having a tart raspberry and rhubarb taste and has a long history of traditional use for treatment of chronic conditions, including hypertension. Mountain Pepperberry has a warm peppery zing and was traditionally used in treatment of inflammatory conditions such as infection and gut ache.” 

 

“Interestingly, modern investigation supports the traditional uses of both botanicals with Rosella Flower scientifically proven to help lower & maintain healthy blood pressure and Mountain Pepperberry to ease gut inflammation and slow the absorption of glucose from the stomach, allowing stabilization of blood sugar levels. How’s that for ancient First Nations’ wisdom!”

Harrison is delighted to be named a Winner and proud of the many milestones achieved over the past year, in particular Tourism Australia’s gifting of her chocolate to speakers at their 2023 Destination Australia Campaign launch. “It gave us the opportunity to showcase the chocolicious side of Orange & Surrounds!”, said Fiona Harrison.

All finalist products are hands-on reviewed by the Awards Expert Panel, made up of industry experts and leaders. This year’s stellar panel includes Kelley Sheenan (Editor-in-Chief, Peppermint Magazine), Sarah Berry (Lifestyle Health Editor, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age), Veronica Milsom (Podcast Host and Writer/Producer, ABC) and many more. Written reviews are published within the Winners’ Directory.

 

For further information, images or an interview please contact: - Fiona Harrison, info@chocolateonpurpose.com.au, 0413-508-638

 

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