I’m not really sure why bloggers write weeks of Valentine’s Day content considering that the holiday is really just a blip on the holiday schedule. That being said, I think now is maybe the best time to talk about my favorite fair trade food: chocolate.
While fair trade fashion is my first passion, I truly believe that it can’t end there. I want to tread lightly in every aspect of my lifestyle and I’m looking to make fair trade and environmentally sustainable items my first choice in every category. I think it’s really easy for self described “conscious consumers” to draw lines around our pet project for the sake of our own sanity – it’s hard to make better choices all the time from Day One – but we have to remember that environmental and social sustainability are both necessary if we intend to build thriving, considerate communities.
Without further ado, I’ll get off my soapbox and present you with my favorite fair trade and sustainable chocolate products:
This company was love at first sight (well, taste) for me. Equal Exchange believes in small scale farms and collective ownership; every employee is a part owner. Relying on small, locally run co-ops allows the company to make accurate judgments as to the condition and fairness of work and wages and it also discourages wide scale destruction of native landscapes. I worked at a coffee shop that used Equal Exchange coffee and a representative came to give us steamed milk training (which I loved!). It was great to be able to talk to an employee and get a better sense of the work environment.
This is my second favorite chocolate company. Divine also operates under a co-op structure, with the Ghanaian farmers owning shares in the larger company. They were the first fair trade chocolate bar that attempted to compete in the non-specialty chocolate market and, by all accounts, they’ve been pretty successful.
If you’re hunting for the perfect chocolate-y recipes, I suggest:
- Shugary Sweet’s Perfect Dark Chocolate Brownies (be careful not to overcook them!)
- Jordanna’s Caramel Bars (I suggest making your own caramel with sweetened condensed milk)
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by Hannah at Life + Style + Justice