Last July, naturopathic doctor Tabatha Carr climbed her way to the top with the creation of Good Girl Chocolate, the first permanent Black-owned business to go in Penn Square Mall. Carr’s delectable creations leave those who indulge feeling satisfied — without the sugary guilt.
Her dream to create a healthy treat option started when she was younger, after going through rounds of different blood pressure medications and medical issues. Carr entered her 30s with countless difficulties, causing her to change her relationship with food for the better while also helping others. After only being in retail for six months at Good Girl Chocolate, Carr and her team have made about 10,000 truffles for the season, working tirelessly to craft the perfect chocolate treat.
“I started making raw chocolate; our process developed into this bean-to-bar journey where we roast and grind cocoa beans to get all the ingredients,” said Carr. “A couple of years ago, I just decided, ‘You know what? Women, we like chocolate, and whenever we get it, it’s loaded with sugars, soy, preservatives and an overload of oil.’ I thought, ‘No, I want a chocolate that I can eat every single day and not feel guilty.’ I call Good Girl’s treats ‘clean chocolate’ because it is preservative-free, non-GMO, dairy-free and created with all organic ingredients.”
She notes that within the booming industry of delicious chocolate snacks, many people don’t realize they could be purchasing chocolate created in child slavery conditions, so Carr keeps her work controlled and hand-crafted: Good Girl Chocolate only utilizes fair trade ingredients. Good Girl received such positive responses that Carr’s treats ended up in the gift bags at the Grammys and those given to Oscar nominees, on top of a grant from Beyoncè herself!
This Valentine’s Day, Good Girl Chocolate has plenty to offer. “We have these cute boxes stuffed with assorted chocolates,” said Carr. “Our flavors include caramel cake, cookie dough, pecan fudge, fudge cupcake, almond praline and many more. People often call our treats the ‘adult version’ of common candy. We want to provide clean chocolate to people everywhere. It’s about moderation and the impact I’m having on the industry by creating a chocolate for women, by women. We have a chocolate factory right here in Penn Square Mall.”
For more information, visit goodgirlchocolate.com.