Our Story

Who we are.

We are a business and social enterprise transforming cacao, the food of the gods, into small-batch, bean-to-bar, artisanal dark chocolate.

Our origins

ChocoSol was founded in 2004 in Oaxaca, Mexico, by Michael Sacco, and has been based in Toronto since 2006. The origin of our name has links to three languages: English, Spanish, and French. ‘Sol is’ is from the Spanish word for ‘sun’ and refers to our first 1,000 kilograms of cacao that were roasted with solar power in Oaxaca. In French, ‘sol’ means soil, acknowledging that you must have the soil of the gods in order to have the food of the gods. In English, ‘soul’ reminds us of the importance of conducting our work with a good mind and spirit.

We have a vision.

Of a future in which our food system and practices are people-centred, socially-just, ecological, and dignified.

Our mission is three-fold.

  • To craft revolutionary chocolate that is good for mind, body, and soil.
  • To lead and inspire while learning from and alongside the craft chocolate industry, continually improving our collective practices, values, and standards.
  • To work in partnership, collaboration, and cooperation with indigenous communities across the Americas to support community-focused ecological regeneration.