Our Mission

At Laughing Gull Chocolates we provide high-quality, organic chocolates made locally with transparently sourced ingredients. We stay globally conscious of our industry and raise awareness in our community through education, outreach and local partnerships.

Laughing Gull Chocolates creates with a conscience. Each unique, mouthwatering chocolate truffle, bark, specialty bar, drink, sauce, or other confection, is the result of Lindsay, Karla, and Allison taking a global perspective in educating themselves. Part of this is being intentional about choosing a supply chain that nurtures relationships with the people who supply and lovingly farm the cacao. Laughing Gull uses their delicious confections to connect chocolate lovers to the source in a united mission to help save the world.

How do we save the world with chocolate?

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Sourcing transparently and directly traded chocolate

Sourcing transparently and directly traded chocolate, made from the bean by chocolate makers we trust who have developed their own personal relationships with individual, independent cacao farmers or cacao farm cooperatives. Laughing Gull Chocolates prefers the transparent-trade process, which means many of our confections can be traced from cacao field to bean to the raw chocolate we use in our recipes.

Want to know more about cacao from bean to bar? Join us for a workshop.

Being Transparent as a Company

Being transparent as a company is as important as requiring transparency from our partners. Read our 2021 Impact Analysis Report here.

Curating Partnerships with Our Community

Curating partnerships with and purchasing ingredients from our local food and beverage community including creating special products like our Inspired by Rochester collection.

Current partners include: F. Olivers, Joe Bean, Sweet & Cute Coffee Syrup, Salena’s Mexican Restaurant, Laura’s Raw Honey, Three Heads Brewing, Iron Tug Brewing, Living Roots Wine, Pittsford Farms Dairy, The Chai Guy, Katboocha.

Giving back to Our Community

Giving back to our community by donating a percentage of sales from the Inspired by Rochester collection to selected local organizations. We also support other organizations by donating tasting packs for their own fundraisers.

We currently support Willow Domestic Violence Center, Action for Education Equity, Saving AJ, Support Your Sistahs (The Afiya Center) and The Trevor Project.

Contact us for more information on fundraising.

Nurturing Educational and Family-friendly Spaces
Nurturing educational and family-friendly spaces in our retail shop, virtual events, and workshops.
Laughing Gull Chocolates, Rochester NY
Laughing Gull Chocolates, Rochester NY
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What is fair trade and direct trade chocolate?

Fair Trade is a food industry certification obtained after a single review of farming and compensation conditions.

Direct Trade chocolate relies upon an ongoing relationship that requires transparency in farming practices and fair compensation.

Read more about our direct- and fair-trade chocolate suppliers