Cocoa and Connections — The Cissé Story

This post was written by Jacque Landers, VP of Marketing at Cissé Cocoa

Cocoa and Connections

These words are somewhat of a mantra in our little home here in Mamaroneck, NY. It’s what makes our world go around; it’s where we began, why we do what we do and how we plan to make an impact!

Our Founder and CEO, Diana set out on a mission to change the way consumers think about packaged food. With a background in medical humanitarian work and a love of chocolate, she founded Cissé to push a step beyond Fair Trade to 100% traceability and fair treatment for everyone involved in producing the Cissé products. From the moment the bean is planted, all the way until it reaches our consumers, we promise real ingredients, sourced with care and products that are always made with love.

Humanitarians at our core, we believe that encouraging and supporting people to connect with others who can inspire change in their communities will have a positive impact. Since Diana began working with FUNDOPO the Fair Trade cocoa cooperative in the Dominican Republic has installed new clean water drinking wells, laid the foundations for a clinic, re-paved critical roads and rehabilitated a school. Cissé is poised to scale this relationship with the cooperative, which is completely independent in its decision-making on how to reinvest profits into the community.

There is a third “c” in our equation, which is of course, Chobani. The Chobani Incubator provides access to some of the greatest talent in the consumer packaged goods industry. Learning from Chobani’s top talent in operations, packaging, branding, sales and finance which makes our little team of five feel like a team of 50! From advice on team building from Hamdi Ulukaya (CEO and Founder), to Quality best practices from Jarret Stopforth (Senior Director of Quality & Food Safety), to art of brand building with Leland Maschmeyer (Chief Creative Officer), we’ve learned so much from so many at Chobani and within the Chobani family that has helped us to dream bigger. In addition to the priceless value the Chobani team has been, the five other brands who have equal passion, commitment and excitement for the work they are doing to “rethink” the natural food space has been the icing on our Chocolate Layer Cake!

So, you want to know more about the delicious products, right?

Super Thins are the latest product in the roundup of delicious treats we offer our mindful consumers. These snackable brownie thins are topped with superfoods like cherries, pumpkin seeds and cashews.

Cisse product varieties

In addition, we offer baking mixes that make baking a double layer cake, ooey gooey chocolate chip brownies, double chocolate cookies and double chocolate chip muffins a breeze! And, they’ll totally pass the “made from scratch” claim you make to your friends and family! Our hot cocoas are the perfect treat on a cold winter day, your reward for pulling sleds and shoveling driveways on your snow day. All of our products are made in the USA with: USDA, Fair Trade, non-GMO ingredients and real butter from Wisconsin. Pick them up at Whole Foods, CVS, Costco, Kroger, Amazon and other retailers nationwide.

Interesting in contacting Cissé? Send them an email at, and be sure to follow them on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter@cissecocoa.

tracy castro