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Connect to ancient Indigenous Culture through Storytelling with Chocolate

Overview

Chocolate On Purpose™ is the first Indigenous chocolate business in Australia.

We create delicious chocolate experiences infused with ancient wisdom via botanicals that have long been used by our First Nations People, such as Daalgaal (Illawarra Plum) and Gulalung (Finger Lime). With our chocolates, you reach total immersion in the smells, flavours, colours and ancient wisdom of Indigenous Australia.

We’re also delivering real industry impact by empowering Indigenous Australian & World Cacao Farmers to greater participation in supply chains and contributing to Reconciliation in Australia through storytelling with our chocolate.

Our chocolate is sustainably and ethically grown, palm oil-free and sourced from enterprises invested in eradicating adult and child slavery.

Hello! I’m Fiona, a proud Wiradjuri woman and founder of Australia’s first Indigenous chocolate company, Chocolate On Purpose™.

I combine premium, gourmet chocolate with Australian native botanicals to create my ‘Bush Food Chocolate’ range. Through the deliciousness of these flavours, I share the traditional use of the botanicals to deepen respect for ancient Indigenous wisdom and culture.

I am a Marramaldhaany (Creator), currently learning Wiradjuri Language and weaving this into storytelling with chocolate.

My story’s been one of splintered family and loss of identity.

When my Great Grandfather started a family, he decided walking away from the mission was the only way to create a life with better outcomes and keep his children safe. But the reality was he walked into a strictly regulated white world, where safety depended on total disconnection from the world of his kin.

My grandfather was raised by this man, broken by the tragic decision he felt was his only choice. My father’s sadness and anger were drowned by alcohol. Intergenerational trauma was very real for my family.

But I want to take you on a journey…

When Indigenous people engage in the same tasks as their ancestors… it triggers a healing response…. and that’s what happens for me.

Just as my ancestors did, I discovered the healing power and traditional cultural importance of Australian native botanicals in my journey with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I came to realise that flowers and leaves are our food and medicine and I embarked on a mission to find a “new” way to share the healing properties of botanicals.

I made it my business to re-connect with my Culture and find a way to share this because it’s important.

My vehicle to achieve this? Chocolate 😊

Through Chocolate On Purpose™, I hope to create a place where:

  • my Indigenous brothers and sisters can reclaim splintered parts caused from generational trauma and find healing and reconnection and
  • where non-Indigenous Australians can learn from truth-telling about the colonial history of Australia and deepen respect for Indigenous Culture to reach Reconciliation & healing.

I want to give back and promote respect and self-determination for my people.

To be a disruptor and lead through the actions of social responsibility.

My vision is to share and preserve Indigenous culture and deepen respect for our wisdom and traditions through storytelling with ‘bush food’ and chocolate flavour combinations.

In addition, when Indigenous people engage in the same tasks as their ancestors, it also triggers a healing response. Chocolate On Purpose™ is our way of sharing the healing power of Australian native flowers and leaves with the wider community.

I want to create a business centred in the mission to provide connection to Culture, for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

A place of total immersion in the smells, flavours, colours and ancient wisdom of Indigenous Australia… shared through storytelling with chocolate.

A place where my Indigenous brothers & sisters can reclaim splintered parts caused from generational trauma and find healing & re-connection.

A place where non-Indigenous Australians can learn from truth-telling about the colonial history of Australia and deepen respect for Indigenous Culture to reach Reconciliation & healing.

This “Connect to Indigenous Culture through Storytelling with Chocolate” Project will kick-start me on the journey to achieving this.

I am raising $19,500 with two steps to my goal:

Milestone 1: $5,000- Help me purchase a Chocolate Tempering Machine

I need automation to increase my production to keep up with demand. For $5,000 this chocolate tempering machine would increase my production by 25%.

This in turn enables me to increase my buy of fruit from an Indigenous farmer by 10kg per production run. This would increase my impact!

Milestone 2: $14,500 – Help me bring a Native Botanical ‘Sensory Garden’ to life

I currently offer an Indigenous Chocolate Tasting Experience and would love to create a native botanical ‘sensory garden’ to deepen that experience for my visitors. This would be a taste and touch experience where children and adults can learn about the botanicals in my chocolate and then touch, taste and enjoy the fruit on the plant. There would also be a beautifully landscaped area where they can sit and continue the immersive journey to healing.

This would enable me to extend my Indigenous Chocolate Tasting Experience into a complete immersive experience, which will layer the learnings and magnify the impact of my business.

I would feel much Yindyamarra (Wiradjuri for gratitude) if you would assist me to reach my Goals, and I’ve put together some rewards to thank you for your kind investment.

Rewards

An Appreciation Listing on a special page of my website - $10.00

Backer Count: 5

Your name will be listed on a special page on our website, worshipped you will be!

Chocolicious Granola - $40

Backer Count: 10
We’ll send you a bag of delicious Chocolate Granola. This is so moorish, you’ll be eating it for breakfast, lunch and tea! We once found a friend hiding in her walk-in pantry feeding her face with handfuls of this crunchy, chocolatey yumminess. #busted Reward includes domestic Australia Post. We do not post overseas.

‘Bush Food’ Chocolate Salami - $80

Backer Count: 5
What’s that? Chocolate Salami?!? No meat you say? That’s right, it’s all chocolate! #truestory Reward includes domestic Australia Post. We do not post overseas.

Chocolicious Impact Reward (Annual Subscription) - $240

Backer Count: 1
A monthly subscription of $20 or more will really help us to maintain momentum in achieving our impact. Reward includes a personalised card upon subscribing; a subscription to our Annual Impact Statement; a Christmas Chocolate Gift Hamper to the value of $50 AND a 10% discount in our online store, so you can continue to share the chocolicious love! Reward includes domestic Australia Post. We do not post overseas.

Meet the Chocolatier ‘On Country’ & Millthorpe ‘Golden Memories’ Museum Behind the Scenes Tour - $500

Limited: 2 left of 5
Come to Millthorpe and experience a delicious taste of Australia. Meet the chocolatier, taste & learn about our fusions of native botanicals & chocolate. Then step back in time with a personal ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Golden Memories Museum, while you discover the history of this gorgeous 160-year old village. You will be part of a group of up to five participants. #immersion

‘Paint Your Dreaming’ Experience with my Wiradjuri Elder - $950

Limited: 5 left of 5
An opportunity to connect with your Ancestors! Only in Millthorpe! Be guided through a meditation by my Wiradjuri Elder and paint a canvas of your Dreaming. A small canvas & paint kit will be provided and yours to take home and continue your journey. You will be part of a group of up to five participants.

Corporate ‘Naming’ rights for Gifting Pack - $1200

Limited: 18 left of 20
Looking for something different to gift your clients and/or staff? You’ve come to the right Reward! You order a bespoke two-piece gift pack of our ‘Bush Food Chocolate’ and Name it by choosing a custom-print label, designed with your Corporate Logo and the choice of a slogan, message or greeting. A unique and personalised gift idea! * Minimum Purchase: 100 bags = $1,200.00 * Further purchases in multiples of 100. ** Shipping will be invoiced separately at time of Donor redemption **

‘Escape to the Country’ Weekend Getaway - $2500

Limited: 5 left of 5
Long for an escape from the hustle & bustle of the city? Then choose this Reward for you and up to 5-friends/family (group of 6) and enjoy a weekend getaway to Borenore, just outside Orange on the slopes of the ancient volcano Mt Canobolas, 270km northwest of Sydney. Kick back and enjoy the country serenity for two nights at the Small Acres Cyder AB&B for up to six people (bed configuration: 2 x queen beds and 2 x single beds). Savour a private Indigenous chocolate and cider tasting and pairing experience, with a delicious Local Produce Grazing Board (local cheese, dips, sourdough, crackers & seasonal fruit). #serenity

Stretch Goals

Indigenous Chocolate Tasting Experience and Australian Native Sensory Garden- $12000.00

I currently offer an Indigenous Chocolate Tasting Experience and would love to create a native botanical ‘sensory garden’ to deepen that experience for my visitors.

A taste & touch experience, where children and adults can learn about the botanicals in my chocolate and then touch, taste and enjoy the fruit on the plant.  A planted & landscaped area where they can sit and continue the immersive experience to healing.

This would enable me to extend my Indigenous Chocolate Tasting Experience into a complete immersive journey, which will layer the learnings and magnify the impact of my business.

Thank you for walking this journey with me.

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