FAQ

Is Ombar suitable for my dietary requirements?

All of our chocolates are 100% vegan and gluten-free. We don’t use any gluten products in our chocolate factory, however our products may contain traces of nuts. Ombar chocolates are not currently certified kosher.

Is Ombar chocolate organic?

Absolutely. All our products are 100% organic.

What makes Ombar chocolate healthy?

We’ve unpacked the ingredients of conventional chocolate, thrown out the bad stuff, and put it back together again to make a healthier, tastier chocolate bar. All of our chocolates are:

  • Made with raw cacao. We keep the cacao raw to retain its natural superfood goodness. To find out more about the many minerals found in cacao, visit our blog: ‘Cacao: the mineral marvel’.
  • Refined sugar-free. We make our chocolate from coconut sugar. Unlike cane sugar, it’s unrefined, whole, mineral-rich and has a lower GI.
  • Dairy-free. Because we believe a plant-based diet makes sense for our bodies and the planet.
  • All-natural. We pack our bars with whole fruits like blueberries, acais and gojis.
  • Gut-friendly. With added vegan live cultures (Lactobacillus acidophilus) for an extra health boost.

 

What is the shelf life of Ombar chocolate?

Not that we think you’ll be able to resist for this long, but one year. Our chocolate is still safe to eat after the expiry date, it just won’t taste quite as nice.

Is your packaging eco-friendly?

Like you, we believe in recycling. So we wrap our bars in recyclable aluminium foil and paper, and ship them in fully-recyclable cardboard. Did you know our button bags are fully compostable? Just throw them in your compost bin with vegetable peelings - within a few weeks the bag will have completely broken down and returned to nature.

How can I use Ombar in recipes?

Because cooking raw cacao at high temperatures can damage its natural goodness, we believe Ombar is best enjoyed as a healthy snack alternative. However, we can’t deny our chocolate is super tasty when stirred into porridge, scooped up with almond butter, or gently melted and drizzled over fruit and cakes. You can find some of our favourite recipes here.

How is our raw chocolate made?

Once our cacao beans have dried, they’re crumbled into nibs. We receive these at our factory in Cambridge and grind them into a paste, ready to be made into chocolate. We then mix the other tasty ingredients into the paste before grinding it all together at a low temperature for about 12 hours - this gives the chocolate our signature smooth texture. The liquid-form raw chocolate is then poured into bar or button moulds, then packaged and shipped on its way to you.

What is the difference between raw chocolate and conventional chocolate?

Our chocolate is made with raw cacao, so unlike conventional chocolate, it’s never heated to the high temperatures that can be detrimental to its potential health benefits. By leaving the beans out to dry in the open air then processing the cacao at a low heat, our decadent chocolate delivers a lot more of the good stuff.

What is a flavanol?

A flavanol is a type of flavonoid found in cacao. Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds which are believed to protect against cell damage. Research shows that the flavanols in cacao can help to lower blood pressure, promote normal blood clotting function and - as part of a healthy diet and exercise routine - help to decrease the risk of heart disease. Our raw chocolate contains six times more flavanols than conventional chocolate.

Where are your ingredients sourced?

Ombar ingredients are natural, 100% organic and minimally processed to deliver as much goodness as possible. We source our ingredients from the following regions:

  • Premium raw cacao from sustainable smallholdings in Ecuador.
  • Coconut sugar and creamed coconut from the Philippines.
  • Vanilla from Madagascar.
  • Whole fruits from Europe.

 

Is Ombar Fair Trade?

We hope to receive our Fair Trade accreditation in 2018. We’re proud to work closely with our suppliers to ensure everyone, from farmers to exporters, are compensated fairly.

How many Ombars are made in one day?

About 13,000!

Why is Ombar more expensive than other, conventional chocolates?

As the producers of the best-selling raw chocolate in the UK we only use premium, ethically-sourced ingredients, which means our chocolate costs a little more to manufacture. Because we always want to do the best for our customers, we’re constantly looking out for ways to decrease the cost to you without compromising on quality.

Which is the best-selling flavour?

Our award-winning Coco Mylk. This indulgently creamy, delicious chocolate is the most similar vegan option to milk chocolate: one taste will have you hooked!

Where can I buy Ombar?

We’re so glad you asked! We sell our chocolate in over 20 different countries, primarily in the UK and EU. You can find Ombar in health food shops, in-store and online.

To find your nearest UK retailer, visit the stockist finder on our website.

Alternatively, head over to our products page right away and order some chocolate direct from our factory in Cambridge.