Local business brings healthy chocolate to Chicago

By Alissa Anderegg

After struggling with depression for several years, Renee Faur knew it was time to make a change. She changed her outlook– and her eating habits– by turning to an all raw, plant-based diet. Faur was amazed by her fast improvement and began experimenting with raw recipes to share with her family and friends. Her most popular was a recipe for a healthier, raw alternative to regular chocolate. After several months of experimenting in her home kitchen, she decided to launch Renee’s Raw Chocolate to bring “chocolate you can eat everyday” to grocery store shelves. Now a family affair, the business brings together four generations of the Faur family to share their product– and lifestyle– with others.

Photo at top: Donna Faur and her three-year-old great-grandson, Jack, mix together chocolate at Renee’s Raw Chocolate’s West Town kitchen. (Alissa Anderegg/MEDILL)