Frequently
Asked Questions

General information

'Forest of Hope' is another name for the Gola Rainforest, which is located in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

We source cocoa from the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone, where we buy from farmers who grow their cocoa in harmony with the rainforest. The farming techniques used protect the forest as well as the inhabitants. We are passionate about wildlife, protecting endangered species, preserving habitats, and maintaining biodiversity.

We purchase Fairtrade segregated cocoa beans directly from the Gola Rainforest farmers, who are part of the Ngoleagorbu Cocoa Farmers’ Union (NGOCFU). Purchasing cocoa beans directly creates livelihoods for farmers and helps to build local communities. As the cocoa beans are high quality and forest-friendly, the farmers can sell the beans for a premium as a reward for their role in protecting the rainforest and its unique biodiversity.

We work with farmers who work in harmony with the rainforest to protect it and its wildlife. The Gola Rainforest is a biodiversity hotspot and home to many endangered species including pygmy hippos, forest elephants and chimpanzees – as well as more than 300 bird and 600 butterfly species. The farmers live outside the park and grow the cocoa amongst native forest trees, they also manage this land in harmony with the wildlife. Selling these beans help them to build a profitable business without the need to encroach on the rainforest.

We get our facts from various sources – please click here

Forest of Hope is made in our Kinnerton Chocolate factory in Fakenham in North Norfolk.

Forest of Hope is sustainable in many ways:

o   We provide a livelihood to many farmers by paying fair prices

o   We source forest friendly cocoa

o   All our packaging is 100% recyclable and from accredited sources. To find out more about our packaging please click here

o   We invest in carbon offsetting initiatives. We are working in conjunction with the Ngoleagorbu Cocoa Farmers’ Union ensuring that they directly participate and benefit from reforestation, therefore contributing to building more resilient livelihoods in addition to securing long-term carbon sequestration.

Product information

The Forest of Hope Chocolate Surprise Egg is our first product. Inside each pack you will discover 1 of 9 different animals hidden within a chocolate egg, there is no way of finding out which animal is inside until you open up the egg as that is all part of the surprise! Every pack will also help you learn much more about the Forest of Hope by completing the different challenge cards and activities.

We have chosen 9 animals to hide inside our chocolate eggs but there are hundreds of animals that live within the Forest of Hope or Gola Rainforest. Look out for future editions featuring new animals.

It is a surprise! We want all our Forest of Hope products to be as exciting as possible so there are 9 different pack designs and 30 challenge cards filled with facts and activities. The eggs are foiled and packed at random so even we do not know which animal is hiding inside each box!

Open up your Forest of Hope box and you will find the Vulnerability Scale printed inside. This will allow you to identify the animal hidden inside your egg and see where it sits on the scale. Alternatively, you can check the scale here.

There are more than 30 challenges to be found either inside the packs, on the challenge cards as well as more on the website. The Forest of Hope team will be constantly updating and adding to these challenges so be sure to keep visiting our activities page here.

Yes, all Forest of Hope packaging is 100% recyclable.  You may want to keep your Forest of Hope boxes and challenge cards because of the games and facts that they feature but if not:

Box and Challenge Cards – just pop into your recycling bin.

Foil – aluminium foil is recyclable, but some recycling plants find it hard to detect small quantities. If possible, either collect your Forest of Hope foils over time or scrunch foil together with other used foil such as kitchen foil to make a bigger ball. This will mean it is easier for the foil to be recycled. 

Yes. Forest of Hope chocolate is vegetarian friendly

Forest of Hope chocolate contains milk powder so it is not vegan.  Milk powder is used in milk chocolate recipes to give it a creamy taste.

Find nutritional info here.

Cocoa Mass is made from cocoa beans, this gives the chocolate it’s yummy cocoa flavour

Cocoa Butter makes the chocolate feel silky smooth in your mouth and is also produced from cocoa beans

Sugar we use Fairtrade sugar to make the chocolate lovely and sweet

Dried Skimmed Powder and Whole Milk Powder is used in all milk chocolate recipes because it of its creamy taste and texture

Sunflower Lecithin is an emulsifier. Emulsifiers are used to help bind the chocolate together and means that the chocolate is of the right runny consistency to be moulded into the egg and different animal shapes. Sunflower lecithin is a more sustainable emulsifier than soya lecithin which is often found in chocolate.

Vanilla Flavouring this all natural gives Forest of Hope a delicious hint of vanilla flavour

Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Sugar and Vanilla are 100% Fairtrade segregated certified.  To find out more about Fairtrade – please click here.

Forest of Hope is manufactured by Kinnerton Confectionery and this means the products are part of our ‘Nut Safety Promise’. This promise is a commitment to nut allergic consumers that we do everything we possibly can to prevent non nut products being contaminated with nuts. This includes the close management of our raw materials, the segregation of our factory, control of people, equipment, tools and materials and the verification of these controls through anut surveillance testing programme. To learn more about nut safety and our segregation procedures, click here.

Chocolate information

Forest of Hope buy cocoa beans from the Ngoleagorbu farmers in Sierra Leone. These beans are shipped to France and converted to cocoa mass before being mixed with the other ingredients to make the yummy Forest of Hope chocolate.

Yes. Not only is all the cocoa, used in Forest of Hope chocolate, 100% Fairtrade segregated but so is all the sugar and vanilla. We are committed to ensuring that all ingredients used in our products are certified Fairtrade where possible so that we are supporting farmers livelihoods all over the world and not just in Sierra Leone. 

Our Forest of Hope cocoa bean farmers in Sierra Leone do not use any chemicals which means they are organically grown although they are not currently certified as organic.

No, Forest of Hope chocolate does not contain any palm oil

At Kinnerton we are committed to buying sustainable cocoa but are always looking at ways that we can improve or do more. When we heard the wonderful story about the Ngoleagorbu community of cocoa farmers that had been formed to help protect the Gola rainforest we wanted to support this.

For the project to be successful there needs to be continued demand for the cocoa beans.  Whilst the beans had been successfully sold to chocolate manufacturers in the past this was only on a relatively small scale. By creating the Forest of Hope brand and selling the products at an affordable price we are hoping to deliver a scale of trade and a continued fair price to the farmers that will ensure that they have an ongoing livelihood. 

We are passionate about sourcing sustainably and supporting forest friendly projects and will continue to invest in opportunities to do this both in Sierra Leone and other areas of the world. 

Child Labour

Our business is committed to only working with cocoa suppliers who have robust ethical credentials and who abide by specific standards to eradicate child labour. Our cocoa is Fairtrade and they are committed to fighting the root causes of child labour and preventing abuse and exploitation of children. Fairtrade prohibits child labour as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) minimum age and the worst forms of child labour conventions.

Specific criteria in the Fairtrade Standards include:

- Children below the age of 15 are not to be employed by Fairtrade organizations.

- Children below the age of 18 cannot undertake work that jeopardises their schooling or their development.

- Children are only allowed to help on family farms under strict conditions. The work must be age appropriate and be done outside of school hours, or during holidays.

- In regions with a high likelihood of child labour, small producer organizations are encouraged to include a mitigation and elimination plan in their Fairtrade Development Plan.

- If an organization has identified child labour as a risk, the organization must implement policy and procedures to prevent children from being employed.

No one can provide a 100 percent guarantee that a product is free of child labour however Fairtrade guarantees that if we find breaches to these child labour requirements, they take immediate action to protect the impacted child or children.

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Purchasing questions

We are currently listed in Co-op, Holland & Barret & Tesco Ireland, but you can also purchase a case here online.

Yes, currently the Forest of Hope is only available in the UK. (see question above for details)

Free delivery on all orders.

For orders placed by 1pm on a business day we aim to process, pack and ship your order the same day.

You will receive an email and/or text message confirmation when you place your order which contain a link for you to track your order.

Orders placed after 1pm or on weekends and holidays will be processed the following business day.

For orders up to 1.99kg items will be shipped Royal Mail Standard 2nd Class. Please allow 3-5 working days for delivery.

For orders 2kg and above, items will be shipped with DPD’s Next Day delivery service.