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Save the world, eat chocolate 

What happens when two good things collide? I'm talking artisan chocolate and doing good in the world—two joyful things that, when combined, create an explosion of bliss. Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates in SLO has long since funneled a portion of its funds to African cacao farmers working to grow their own businesses and strengthen their own communities. Now, the Monterey Street chocolate shop will host a tour of its facility for all to see. Yes, it's a real-life chocolate factory, where ethically sourced, fair-trade morsels are crafted each day! This tour will unfold Dec. 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. and you can even bring a friend. The only catch? The tour is a perk for members of the SLO Foods Co-op, the member owned and operated storefront featuring local produce, meats, wine, dairy, bread, and more on Victoria Street. Ever hear of it?

By joining their community-supported ranks, you'll be bolstering a local food system crafted by local people for local people. You'll put dollars into the pockets of local farmers who work hard to make this dream a reality, which means a cleaner planet for all. Too much commitment? No worries. You don't have to be a member to shop the co-op's lineup of local goods. Stop by any time to check out their brand new cheese case just in time for the holidays! And yes, you'll also find a selection of Mama Ganache chocolates, perfect for gifting and giving back. Choose sweetness. It goes a long, long, long way.

Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates is located at 1445 Monterey St. in downtown SLO; The SLO Foods Co-op is located at 2492 Victoria Ave. Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain loves it when something sweet and local can do something sweet around the world. She can be reached at

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