Born in India in 2011, Chockriti™Chocolates is a fine art chocolatier specializing in all-natural artisanal chocolates from sustainable organic cacao farms in South India and premium cacao from Belgium. It is India’s first pure 100 percent cacao artisan chocolates with a two fold mission of “Saving Good People from Bad Chocolate!!” and “Bringing art, purity and creativity in chocolate products made in India”.
The name Chockriti means Fine Chocolate Work of Art- “Choc” is short for Chocolate and “Kriti” means “Work of Art” in Sanskrit. The lotus flower symbolizes the purity and goodness in the ingredients. Rare flavors not available anywhere else in India and some worldwide as well like Thandai, Goat Cheese, African Rooibos Tea, Zataar, Kaffir lime, Lavender etc. The rich contemporary bars and truffle are made in small batches with 55-100 percent cacao married with fresh brews of organic real dried flowers, tea, herbs, spices and nuts from around the world with no added sugar, butter, vegetable oil, corn syrup, invertase, alcohol or artificial flavorings. The products include vegan, sugar and soy lecithin free and leave the modern palate with a unique gastronomical experience with added health benefits of only pure dark chocolate and therapeutic properties of natural teas, flowers, spices and herbs.
More about our Indian Bean to Bar: https://www.chockriti.com/blog/forget-africa-get-cacao-beans-from-india
Belgian Chocolate- Bean Origin - West Africa
We also work with chocolate from sustainably sourced cocoa beans – crafted in Belgium.
Every day, we create the foods that we love - and that you love too, we hope.
And every day, we try to keep our quality standards high – picking fresh ingredients, full of taste and packed with the nutrients that keep us going.
We believe that by doing so, we can add our bit to the quality of life of everyone who pays us a visit. Quality of life also matters to the ones who supply us: from the local farmers and suppliers close to us, to the ones who grow the cocoa beans for our chocolate. That’s why we choose our chocolate wisely. It’s Belgian. And from sustainably sourced cocoa beans. You can trust our chocolate to be made from directly sourced cocoa beans from farmers and cooperatives in West Africa. Farmers who apply modern agriculture with respect for their nature and forests, and who put their craft in every cocoa tree. Farmers who get a fair price for their cocoa beans and feel empowered to grow their entrepreneurial skills – just like we do. With every bite of our chocolate, you can count on the change it brings for the quality of life of thousands of West African cocoa farmers.
We pride ourselves on great chocolate taste.
That’s why we work with sustainable chocolate – crafted in Belgium.
Great taste means the world to us – and probably to you too. That’s why we choose our chocolate wisely – simply because it’s a key ingredient in many of our dishes. And its taste is more than the skill of the chocolate maker. It starts at the source, with the love and passion of the cocoa farmers. Their care for the soil, the forests and the earth make the cocoa trees thrive. Their craftsmanship yields better cocoa beans, full of taste.
We make a choice for chocolate that sides with the cocoa farmers in West Africa. By passing on know-how on modern farming techniques, they become better farmers. And by buying the beans directly from them, they earn a better income that rewards their craftsmanship. Enjoy our chocolate to the fullest. In every bite and every sip you’ll taste the unique taste of craftsmanship.
Trust starts at the source: with the farmers of our cocoa beans.
That’s why we work with sustainable chocolate – crafted in Belgium.
Great food starts with knowing and trusting the people behind it. The people who grow the ingredients and respectfully work with nature, the chefs who make the best out of every dish. Our chocolate is made with cocoa beans grown by thousands of farmers around the equator. To guarantee that the farmers thrive, get the best out of their crops and earn a fair price for their crop, we make a choice for sustainable Belgian chocolate.
Our chocolate maker builds partnerships with local farmer cooperatives. By siding with the farmers and passing on know-how about modern farming techniques, they grow better beans. By buying the beans directly from the cooperatives, the farmers earn a better income. And by raising awareness around child labour and empowering them to send their kids to school, you can fully trust this chocolate and enjoy its great taste without any bitterness
AROUND THE COCOA HORIZONS PROGRAM
For each chocolate you buy, Cocoa Horizons reinvests a part in farmer training and farming tools to elevate farmers into experts. With their crops, we can continue bringing you superior taste. And in turn, they make a better living out of cocoa farming. Part of the revenue of this chocolate is invested in training programmes for women in West Africa. These programmes empower women in turning their entrepreneurial dreams into real business and become successful cocoa farmers. In turn, these women-farmers become financially independent and can support their families better. This chocolate empowers young people to make their entrepreneurial ambitions come true. They get access to training and tools to convert start-up cocoa farms into upscale farms and become the thriving farmers of tomorrow. For each chocolate you buy, part is invested in farmer training and farming tools to elevate farmers into experts. With their crops, we can continue bringing you superior taste. And in turn, they make a better living out of cocoa farming. The cocoa beans for our chocolate are bought as much as possible directly from farmer cooperatives. This way, the farmers earn a better price for their crops, can invest in their farms and improve their livelihood. Part of the revenue of this chocolate goes back to farmers. It is invested in training programmes and tools for cocoa farmers to become better craftsmen. And better beans means better taste, and a better price for their crop.
THIS CHOCOLATE MAKES EVERYONE WIN
We source cocoa sustainably: for every bag of beans we buy, we reinvest part in farmer training and coaching. This way, cocoa farmers become better farmers, make a better income and can keep soiling us with great taste.
About the Founder
Dr Pragati Sawhney leading a Fine Chocolate Appreciation Workshop. February 2020, WeWork India
Dr Pragati Sawhney is a dentist, with a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University New York who learnt making chocolates on her own. She hand makes all the chocolates on her own and gets assistance when required.
At a chance chocolate making class while visiting Delhi, India in 2011, she was disturbed to find that homemade “chocolate” spread all over India was not made with real cacao or cacao butter but cocoa compound and vegetable oil with unhealthy artificial flavor syrups, white sugar, and sweeteners instead of real cacao and cacao butter. Besides no public awareness, there was no nutritional labeling or regulations to control the growing trend damaging to public health.
Dr Pragati researched for months about issues and worked full time over coming barriers to launch called Chockriti Chocolates, India premier natural artisan chocolates end of 2011 with an added social mission (click here). The products sold internationally, are made with 100 percent real cacao from Europe and fresh brews of organic raw teas, flowers, spices and herbs with both US FDA and FSSAI compliant safe nutritional labeling. There is no added sugar*, vegetable oil, butter or artificial ingredients including commercial flavors or colors. She then certified from Ecole Chocolat. Further more, she received much recognition globally and this October 2015 won the “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2015” nationally hosted by TieCon and Power2SME. Read Here
Chockriti Chocolates was also in the final 21 most innovative start ups all over India selected by Lufthansa and Times of India for their show Runway to Success Season 4.
Dr Pragati is now Ecole Chocolat Certified.
Chockriti™ Chocolates Design Studio: Empowering Women To Build Entrepreneur Skills
Chockriti opened a studio (2012-2014) right in Kishen garh village and employed women from the Kamilini Foundation there. Out of 12 people, two were selected based on their interest and aptitude in confectionery business. Women learned about running a small business and overcoming challenges besides complete training on working with fine chocolate. From manufacturing, operations, packing, inventory management, accounting and internet skills, women gained confidence on running a small business independently and exploring their entrepreneur and leadership potential.
“Chockriti Chocolates offers deserving women the opportunity to learn marketable skills and the training to run a business so that they will feel empowered and make a positive difference in their families. We give them fair wages, flexible hours, a safe and pleasant work environment, and help them balance their work and family life.” –Founder of Chockriti™ Chocolates Pragati Sawhney
Chockriti™ Chocolates trains and selects women from various organizations. The women receive fair pay and bonuses, and they are able to work close to their home in the Village of Kishan Garh where the Chocolate Design Studio is based. Women employed by Chockriti do not need to compromise their family life to earn good wages in a safe and friendly environment. Their children go to school nearby and can visit their mothers if required, including coming to the studio on their off days. In future, Chockriti hopes to offer employees the opportunity of ownership in the company.
“I have loved learning how to make chocolates that are of international quality and can be loved and supported by people of all cultures. It is amazing to me that I have been able to share some of my culture with people all over the world through my work here. Working at Chockriti has given me confidence, boosted my morale, and provided me with financial freedom. I am very grateful to be here.”
“I love working at Chockriti because it is innovative and truly inspires me every day. It is a wonderful environment to work in. I feel at home with all the women I work with; it’s more like a family than a workforce. With each day, I feel my confidence and the confidence of the women I work with growing more and more. I love how flexible working at Chockriti is as well. I can balance my home life and work life, which is important to me. Our owner is very cooperative and we have no restrictions here. I have never felt more pride and enjoyment in my work and for the company that I work for.”
Today Kanta and Sujata run their her own tailoring business and employ other women in Kishangarh.