Godiva: Off my conscience…and not on my hips.

If you know me (or have read a little of my blog) you know I have a sweet tooth. One of my major weaknesses is Godiva. I’ve been a card carrying member of their rewards program for months, and I even convinced a friend to join too. Hey, can’t beat a free piece of chocolate each month, right? Well…in the summer was when I started hearing about (or maybe just started paying attention to) sugar processed through bone char. Since I love the taste of their sweet little morsels, I emailed Godiva to ask if they use refineries that use bone char. The response (below) was less than satisfying. I emailed a follow up question asking which refineries they do use so that I could look into it myself and received no reply at all. For months now still, I have been consuming Godiva even though I did not receive a complete answer; saying to myself, ‘Well I don’t know for sure, so what’s the harm?’ But, come on, let’s be honest. No answer is an answer. So yesterday, when I was walking through the mall and realized it was the beginning of the month, I said enough. Now, I may still be ignorantly consuming other foods containing sugar processed with bone char, but I’m working to find out more and more. Nevertheless, I opened the can of worms with Godiva, I have to pay attention to what came out. So, until I get a direct answer, I’m getting Godiva off my conscience. A company as large as Godiva should be aware of where and how their ingredients are sourced. If they don’t know or won’t tell me, I sure do not need to be putting their products into my body.

8-2-2010

Dear Ms. Leonard,

Thank you for your email and your inquiry.

I do know that our products are not made with any animal products including the ones listed below. However, I am unaware of the processing of the sugar from our distributors, so I would not be able to give you an answer with 100% certainty, I do apologize.

Thank you again for your email and your interest in our products. If you have any questions, or if we can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-946-3482 and take prompt #3 for customer care, or via email.

Regards,

Crystal
Customer Care Department
Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.

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