“Britain’s Greatest Little Chocolate” company in the making. Montezuma’s aspires to be known by this prestigious title ... and we think they’re well on their way there!
This is a brand dedicated to trying to save the planet one piece of chocolate at a time. So much so that, in addition to making a delicious range of chocolate bars (including gluten-free and vegan options) from top-quality cocoa, Montezuma’s also fundraise for the charity, Children on the Edge. If you haven’t heard, CotE support disadvantaged children across Asia and the Middle East.
Combining incredible flavours with fair trading standards and sustainable sourcing and packaging, Montezuma’s ethical approach to chocolate making won’t just tickle your tastebuds. It will allow you to enjoy these treats 100% guilt-free!
This is a love story...
And it all started in 1999. Helen and Simon, who were both lawyers working in Sussex at the time, fell in love and left their jobs to go travelling. They ended up camping on a cocoa plantation in South America, where they fell in love again - this time with the incredibly rich chocolate produced from the cacao beans grown on the land they were living on.
When they got back to the UK, they chose not to go back to their corporate lives. Instead, they taught themselves how to make chocolate from scratch. Pretty soon, they started selling their homemade bars (made using the best quality, ethically sourced cocoa) in a beautiful shop in Brighton, which they called Montezuma’s Chocolates.
Since then, they have come a long way from making their chocolates on a single, kitchen-sized machine. They own a factory, 9 stores, and supply to shops and wholesalers like us. Plus, they employ more than 40 members of staff, who all have something of a sweet tooth!
Montezuma’s was founded on a principle that Helen and Simon like to call, “Business Done Properly”. For more than twenty years, they have been consistent in this admirable approach. Their enterprise really is a labour of love - love for the planet, love for people, and most especially, a love for top-notch chocolate!
Why we love Montezuma’s
At Wholefoody, we are all about Business Done Properly, so we love Montezuma’s ethical approach to chocolate production. Not only do all their treats taste good, but they also do good, too.
For over a decade, Montezuma’s has supported local Sussex charity, Children on the Edge, which works to promote children’s rights through education in underdeveloped countries.
Their commitment to children’s education also plays a big part in how they source their ingredients. Montezuma’s is dedicated to the long-term sustainability of cocoa plantations. And they’re determined to ensure farmers earn a fair wage, so they can develop their land, send their children to school, and have a better quality of life.
Sustainability and looking after the planet has always been one of their biggest concerns. Indeed, Montezuma’s was the first-ever chocolate company in the UK to be able to say all their packaging was 100% eco-friendly. Since early 2020, every piece of packaging on every one of their chocolates - right down the packing tape - has been recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable.
We at Wholefoody are proud to offer an incredible range of ethically sourced and sustainably produced items from Montezuma’s. You’ll find new, mouthwatering products appearing as often as we can get our hands on them!
Chocoholics, check out what’s on offer right now and don’t forget to keep coming back to see what’s been added since your last visit. Or contact the Wholefoody team if you cannot find exactly what you’re looking for.