John & Kira's

May 7th, 2010

Produced by Monica Rogozinski
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John Doyle and Kira Baker-Doyle wanted to create a company that would: support and encourage community activism, make a product that tasted great, and was something that they could make people happy with. Chocolate was fun, tasty, and could be mixed with local ingredients, such as mint.

To support the community, they contracted with the kids at University City High School to grow a specific amount of mint for them per week. Once harvested, the mint would be couriered to their chocolate workshop and then incorporated into their confections. Their Project called "Mintpatch" has expanded to include several new urban school garden programs, including the Urban Nutrition Initiative in West Philadelphia. They're now producing a new chocolate bar named Urban Garden Bar, which will allow them to buy even more mint from the kids and keep their mission of supporting the community and making great tasting chocolates strong.

In 2003 Gourmet Magazine named John & Kira's their "favorite chocolates" and put them on the cover of their Valentine's Day magazine. After that, they were featured as Oprah's favorites, on Martha Steward, NPR and more. Friday Arts features the couple and their community projects by visiting their factory and (UNI) which is the University City High School Urban Gardens in West Philadelphia.

More Information:

-Teens 4 Good
-The Village of Arts and Humanities (The Village)

Where to buy John and Kira's chocolates:
John & Kira's Chocolates
John & Kira's Chocolates - Philadelphia Locations

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Friday Arts Extra:

Making Chocolate
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Watch John & Kira's chocolatier Jess Newquist, make their new Mint Patch Urban Garden Bar.

AUNI Farmers Market Locations
in West Philadelphia:

  • Clark Park
    43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA
    Saturdays 10am — 2pm
    Begins: May 2, 2009
    Ends: November 28, 2009
  • Mohammit Park
    47th Street and Lancaster Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA
    Wednesdays 3pm — 7pm
    Begins May 23, 2009
    Ends: TBA

Friday Arts Extra:

Urban Nutrition Initiative
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Danny Gerber the director of the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative talks about the hands on approach to nutrition education. Students Matthew Johnson and Kenny Owens also talk about the program, what they do in the garden, and how it benefits them.

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