Why is your product called OCHO? OCHO stands for Organic CHOcolate.
Where can I find OCHO bars for purchase? We are currently redesigning our Find OCHO page, but in the meantime, here are some of our major retailers: Acme, Andronico’s, Earth Fare, Earth Origins, Festival, Fiesta, Food Lion, Foodtown, Fresh & Natural, Gelson’s, Giant Carlisle and Giant Landover, HEB, Jimbo’s, Lucky, Lunds/Byerly’s, Meijer, Metropolitan Market, Mollie Stone’s, MOMS’s, Mother’s, Mrs. Greens, Natural Grocers, Oliver’s, PCC Natural Markets, Plum Markets, Raley’s, Richard’s Food Emporium, Safeway/VONS, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Target, Whole Foods, Woodmans, Yokes. OCHO products can also be found in hundreds of independent, natural stores across the country.
Are any of your bars vegan? Yes, our Coconut bar is certified vegan. But please note we do manufacture our bars in a facility that processes milk and eggs.
Why don’t you use an alternative to sugar, such as Stevia, in your candy? We have experimented with a wide variety of organic sweeteners like Stevia, brown rice syrup, maple syrup and agave. But in our research, and with taste panels, we found that OCHO bars are more delicious when made with organic cane sugar. Almost all sweetening agents are metabolized by the body in the same way, and until we find one that is healthier and tastes as good as cane sugar, we will continue using organic sugar.
Do OCHO bars contain gluten or GMO’s? All of our bars are certified gluten free by the Celiac Support Association (CSA) and do not contain GMO’s.
Are OCHO bars kosher? Our products are not currently certified kosher.
Do you use fair trade chocolate? All of the chocolate used to make OCHO candy bars is certified Fair Trade and complies with Fair Trade criteria. This includes sustainability, use of water resources, non-gmo, no use of pesticides, organic certification, and labor practices that promote human dignity. Our chocolate supplier regularly sends its employees to the cocoa growers to verify that all the requirements are being satisfied.
Are the bars that contain peanuts made on the same equipment as bars that do not? Yes, all of our bars are made on shared equipment.