Van Leeuwen uses only Michel Cluizel chocolate in its products. They made their decision after tasting products from many top chocolate producers. Simple put, Michel Cluizel was the most extraordinary chocolate that we had ever tasted. This small, family-run French company is committed to producing the highest quality chocolate. They have discovered the world's most remarkable plantations, and process their cocoa without the use of soy lacithin, a common commercial agent. Since 1997 Michel Cluizel has been committed to developing durable relationships with renowned planters in the spirit of fail trade. Unlike most cocoa processors, Michel Cluizel grinds whole vanilla beans into their mills with the cocoa beans.