Be a Good Egg this Easter - What Makes For Good Chocolate
Posted on 15 March 2018
- Some chocolates may look scrummy & taste pretty good but always check the ingredients label. Chocolate shouldn’t have a long list of ingredients, the simple recipes win every time - & you know you’re getting only the good stuff.
- If you’re unsure of an ingredient, then best avoid it. That goes for stabilisers, emulsifiers, flavours & other chemicals.
- These days there are a plethora of brands to choose from & it can be overwhelming. If supporting local business & the economy is important to you then where possible, choose an independently-owned business who produces locally.
- Behind the colourful Easter packaging & foil wrapping there’s a dark side. Much of the world’s cocoa is harvested in West Africa, using some of the worst forms of child labour. In fact, around 95% of the chocolate sold today isn't certified to be free from the use of forced, child or trafficked labour. It's estimated that more than two million children & young people under the age of 18 work as labourers in cocoa harvesting. Often families live in poverty & children must work to support their family. Typically adult farmers are paid poorly for the cocoa they harvest.
- Even if you don’t have a food allergy, selecting chocolate that is free from dairy, gluten &/or soya can help balance your intake of these foods & allow you to share your chocolate with friends & family with varying diets. Most dark chocolate is vegan, so you’re often safe with that.
- Less is more. Avoid the adage ‘bigger is better’ & opt for an artisan chocolate which may be smaller but the quality will be far superior & you’ll enjoy it much more.
- Avoid eggsessive packaging! This Easter you could by-pass the traditional Easter Egg & buy a bar of Fairtrade chocolate or a Booja Booja chocolate truffle egg. That way you’re getting more chocolate for your money with a whole lot less packaging – & chances are the packaging is recyclable, or in Booja Booja’s case, you can up-cycle it!
- Buy chocolate that has ethical certification
- Ask chocolate companies to commit to 100% ethically sourced cocoa by 2020 – the date set by Stop the Traffik & other NGOs in their push to improve conditions in cocoa production.
- Shift consumer demand by asking retailers to stock more certified products.