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A Better Halloween Candy

This year, spoil your little goblins with chocolates made in the East Bay.


By Roger Gurbani

The idea for Oakland’s Ocho Candy sprung from a simple desire: Denis Ring wanted an alternative to your typical candy bar. So he founded Ocho, which uses organic and ethically sourced ingredients in its bars and bite-sized confections. The resulting chocolates are a tastier alternative to the typical Halloween minis—making them the perfect replacement for Snickers, Reese’s, and Mounds.


The Right Stuff

The bars are made without preservatives, additives, palm oil, or artificial flavors.


What’s in a Name?

O stands for organic, and cho for chocolate.


Personal Touch

The freshly made coconut, peanut butter, caramel, and peppermint fillings are scooped into the chocolate molds by employees, not machines.


For Halloween

Costco will sell one and a half pound bags. Don’t worry: We won’t tell the neighborhood kids that this year’s candy is actually better for them.


Above and Beyond

All of Ocho’s chocolate is certified fair trade (October is fair trade month), so the workers who picked the cacao were paid a fair wage to harvest it, keeping sustainability and water resources in mind. ochocandy.com.

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