June 1, 2010

Bake It Forward with Fair Trade Chocolate!

I’m sure many of you have heard about the child slave labor at the cocoa farms in West Africa. The corporate chocolate giants are not doing much about it as they continue to fill our insatiable need for chocolate and make billions of dollars doing it. I won’t give up chocolate, but I can start buying fair trade and ethical chocolate. What else can you do about it? Emily at Bake it Forward has a yummy educational idea that I am going to try tonight.

How to Bake it Forward
  1. Buy some fair trade chocolate in a store near you, or purchase it directly from a company online. If you’re not sure where to shop, check out the links to the left.
  2. Bake something to share with 5-10 friends, family, and co-workers. Click here for recipe ideas.
  3. Download the 8-per-sheet bake it forward tags or the 4×6 photo-sized postcards to print out and attach to your baked goods.
  4. Give them away!
Share the story of slave labor and BUY fair trade chocolate. Divine Chocolate is not only fair trade, the West African farmers own 45% of the business! In addition, Endangered Species Chocolate (left), a local Indianapolis chocolate company, makes ethical chocolate that is non-GMO verified. Plus, 10% of their proceeds go to save endangered species! Endangered Species Chocolate partners with the Rainforest Alliance, the African Wildlife Foundation, and the Ocean Conservancy, to name a few.

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Amanda said...

Thank you so much for supporting us and mentioning us in your blog!

Some of these recipes from Bakeitforward are amazing! The truffles one reminds me of some oreo truffles I used to make. I used regular chocolate morsels I bought from a grocery store to make them, but they didn't melt as easily. I finally decided to try using our Supreme Dark Chocolate bar, and it turned out amazing.

Again, thanks for the post! I can't wait to try out these new recipes!

Amanda from ESC

Kelly said...

No, thank you Amanda! ESC was featured in our email today as well. :) We love supporting local businesses, especially the ones doing good like you!