A huge variety of yummy gourmet chocolates and truffles, all hand-prepared with organic and fair trade ingredients. Dale Anderson, chocolatier and founder of Confections with Convictions, worked as a counselor with young people in the court system for several years. Through this work it became clear that talk therapy—while helpful—was often not enough to overcome the many barriers they face. While pondering how he might come up with a viable business model, he made a joke which was to become a reality.
After buying a box of artisanal chocolates, he joked that maybe he should open a chocolate shop instead—and call it Confections with Convictions. The joke reflected the fact that he intended to hire youth with criminal records, as well as his desire to incorporate socially responsible principles into his business. Many of the youth the shop employs are kinesthetic learners—ones who learn by doing. This unique philosophy has created a delightful shop with dedicated employees and amazing chocolates.
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