If there’s a treat that can bring sunshine to a rainy day, it is chocolate. Even better is chocolate made with love. And a step above all of that is chocolate that was also grown and harvested fairly and with kindness. I think these raspberry chocolate cups have all of that covered.
We all love chocolate, right? There is, however, a darker side to the chocolate industry that we rarely ever hear about. Who would want us to know? Certainly not the big companies that use these beyond-questionable practices to bring us their sweet treats.
Chocolate has a long history behind it, with cocoa beans once being used as currency. It has always had value and a little magic around it. But not all chocolate treats are created equal.
Much of the chocolate supply you’ll find at your grocery store is the result of less-than-optimal child labor practices, where the trees themselves are loaded with chemicals and the children who harvest the cocoa pods are, well, children. The majority of child slave labor chocolate originates in Africa. Beyond the 12-14 hour work days of the children, commonly between the ages of 6 and 12, the farms consistently deal with prolific insect populations and spray the pods with massive volumes of industrial chemicals. In Ghana, children as young as 10 spray the pods with these toxins without wearing protective clothing.
In addition to slave labour, the conventional chocolate industry also contributes to deforestation and climate change.
What Can You Do?
Always check for country of origin of your chocolate. Latin America and Mexico are typically better options. And look out for the fair trade symbol on your chocolate. The one to the right is the most common in North America, but could vary based on where you live.
Even better and more fun, get to know the artisanal chocolate makers at your local farmer’s market, or take advantage of the opportunity when you’re travelling to go straight to the source.
On our trip to Bali, Josh and I had the chance to meet Benjamin Ripple, the real life Willy Wonka behind Big Tree Farms who makes the best chocolate you ever had (and who might just be the source of your favourite raw cacao powder and coconut sugar!).
Let your treats truly be sweet, through and through.
And now, try making these raspberry chocolate cups!
These raspberry chocolate cups, or cashew butter cups, or whatever nut butter cups you want them to be, are very delicious and customizable. Making your own chocolate is easier than you think!
Give this recipe a go and send me some in the mail as a thank you.Print
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