The holiday season is full of gift-giving and entertaining, and often a big part of gift giving and entertaining is chocolate.
Everyone (well most people) love chocolate, but despite how delicious it is, the high demand has made millions of people, including children work as slaves to produce cocoa. People are exploited for their work and made to work long hours with little to no pay and have very few rights.
Fairtrade is a process in which farmers and workers can make a sustainable income for themselves and it also improves the overall quality of the community and agricultural practices.
When it comes to fairtrade and sustainability, there are a lot of benefits.
When a farm is producing fairtrade, the farmers are trained and encouraged to have more sustainable and environmentally-friendly production. It also means an improvement in the quality of products as farmers can invest in better farming techniques. You can read more about fairtrade and sustainability here.
So when it comes to choosing chocolate, we wanted to help break it down and help you decide on the best goodies this holiday season.
Start by Looking at the Labels
When you see these symbols it means that a company has made the effort to meet the standards set out by these certifications. There is a number of different options, but this post helps break down the labels.
Sometimes we are busy and don’t have the time to visit a bunch of different local shops, here are some options you will likely find in your grocery store.
Divine is one of the only chocolate companies that is also owned by its cocoa farmers. As owners they are able to share in the profits and voice themselves in the global marketplace.
Camino works with the local and global community to work toward more sustainable economies and to also respect for the environment. Camino chocolate and a lot of their other products are widely available across Canada.
Now, not all their chocolates are fairtrade certified, but you can look for their three flavours: Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly Mint and Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly White.
These bigger companies often get a lot of heat when it comes to fairtrade and sustainability, we linked an article directly from Fairtrade Foundation discussing a bit more about Cadbury and fairtrade.
Prana doesn’t necessarily come in a fancy wrapper, but we love this chocolate to pour into a bowl for people to munch on during holiday gatherings. They even have a super festive peppermint flavour!
This wouldn’t be a piece if we didn’t focus a bit on local chocolate as well. Supporting local is so great for many reasons, so when you can, going out and purchasing local chocolate will make a world of a difference.
We have two local chocolate makers we love supporting! But if you have others, please feel free to share in the comments!
Chocolatier Constance Popp
This decadent local chocolate shop in St. Boniface carries a wide range of chocolates and is the first Winnipeg shop to be bean to bar! This means they source only certified organic and fairtrade beans and turn them into chocolate right on site!
All of their chocolate bars even come in compostable packaging! They also offer an online shop and do really cute designs.
Aschenti Cocoa only carries bean to bar chocolate and sources their beans directly from a farm they own in Cameroon. They strive to use only the highest quality ingredients. Located on Corydon Avenue, this chocolate is a great option. Plus you can order through Skip the Dishes!
We love chocolate
And we want to support the best products we can when we can, so this holiday season give the gift of fairtrade. And if you are interested in looking at all the products labelled fairtrade in Canada here is a great list.
Until next time, let’s Create Simple.