Easter is the most powerful of Christian observances. Resurrection Sunday is full of hope and celebration! After a sunrise church service our children would come home to discover chocolate eggs placed under pillows, on window sills and in the cereal box. As the children grew scavenger hunts with prizes of clothing items and books became part of the tradition along with solid milk chocolate bunnies. It is the choice of Fair Trade chocolate which I believe is so important.
Ethical Easter Eggs
For all the parents and grandparents purchasing chocolate eggs and bunnies I want to share with you the importance of choosing Fair Trade products.
As Easter egg hunts are for children, we should also consider the 2.1 million children involved in the cocoa industry in Africa.
There is a dark side to the cocoa industry that we as consumers need to take responsibility for. If we only purchase Fair Trade chocolate it will send the message that we care about the farmers who are the backbone of the cocoa business. It will say we don’t approve of slavery or child labor.
What is Fair Trade Chocolate?
Fair Trade Certified assures consumers that certain economic, social and environmental criteria have been met in the production and trade of an agricultural product. Farmers receive a fair price and no children or slaves are used in the production.
The Good Chocolate Guide lists the Companies who sell Fair Trade chocolate. Always look for the Fair Trade label when purchasing chocolate and other items. From paper to jewelry to food, Fair Trade is the preferable way to do business everyday.
What’s in Your Easter Basket?
There are some great choices for Easter candy. Eggs, bunnies and chocolate bars made with Fair Trade chocolate are produced by dozens of companies that practice ethical sourcing and production. You can also choose to stuff your chocolate eggs inside Eco Eggs and Eco Grass made from plants, 100% renewable content.
A Couple Of Egg-cellent Choices For Fairtrade Chocolate
Lake Champlain Chocolates has a great assortment of items for Easter. Ninety five percent of the chocolate used by Lake Champlain Chocolates is Fair Trade certified. They offer a variety of milk chocolate bunnies, carrots and peanut butter eggs in a wide range of prices. Lake Champlain’s organic chocolate bars also have the Fair for Life certification.
Divine chocolate has three varieties of Fair trade chocolate eggs for just $6.99 – Speckled, Milk chocolate or 70% Dark Chocolate. Dark chocolate typically has only fat and sugar added to the cocoa with no milk but children tend to enjoy the taste of milk chocolate more. Dark Chocolate is the better choice for health reasons. It is a great source of antioxidants. It fights free radicals that cause heart disease.
Only In Canada You Say
For my Canadian readers I found two great sources to purchase Fair Trade chocolate online! You can purchase Fairtrade Mini eggs by OXFAM from Rosette Fairtrade. They come in 4 flavors: dark, white praline, milk and milk praline. From Victoria, BC is Pure Lovin’ Chocolate orange creme filled chicks, solid chocolate bunnies and eggs that are Fair Trade certified.
Easter Baskets For Grown Ups!
If you are looking for an Easter Basket idea- sans chocolate, the book “Eggs”, written by French (3-star Michelin) chef Michel Roux is the perfect festive choice. It teaches you how to cook every style of egg. There is information and recipes galore. Ideal for any serious cook. Learn more about the difference between cage free and pasture raised eggs from my blog, A Hen’s Lifestyle Matters.
Why the Egg?
The egg is a symbol of new life which is the central message of the Easter story. This “new life” theme prompts us to consider the lives of the children and the farmers engaged in making chocolate. Bettering their lives at Easter is the ethical choice. May the hope and comfort of the season be yours!
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Matthew 28: 5-6