3 Steps to a Fair Trade Easter

This week I threw a challenge out on Facebook and Twitter: let’s have a Fair Trade Easter!

I know, I know.. it sounds like a whole lot of hard work and like a bad idea for the budget. That’s certainly what I’ve always thought about Fair Trade Easter Eggs. I assumed it would be inconvenient and expensive but every year it seems to gets easier. With society becoming more aware of slavery, some  chocolate companies are responding by going Fair Trade with their cocoa. Last year I posted about cocoa slaves, their treatment and the fact that many of them are children.

So here are my three tips to having a fun, economic, easy Fair Trade Easter!

1. Order your Easter Eggs online.

Here are a few places:

Tribes & Nations (click on the ‘consumables order form’)

Oxfam

Lindsay and Edmunds

2. Buy them at your local supermarket.

The above companies also have stores but many aren’t available in supermarkets. Last year Chocolatier was the only Fair Trade Easter Egg I could find in our local supermarkets. This year Cadbury has released a cute Fair Trade egg as well.

3. Make your own.

This is what we’re doing this Easter and it’s going to be lots of fun! (all credit for this idea goes to my lovely friend Rachel who made these for us last year!)

Ingredients:

  • Fair Trade Chocolate blocks (Aldi, Cadbury, Whitaker, Scarborough Fair, Green and Blacks, Cocolo and Alter Eco all make great Fair Trade chocolate!)
  • Optional extras: honeycomb, smarties, chopped nuts, marshmallows, cherry ripe.. you’re limited only by your imagination.
  • Easter egg moulds

Method:

  1. Brush moulds lightly with olive or vegetable oil.
  2. Place glass mixing bowl in saucepan half full of boiling water. Break chocolate into  glass bowl and stir with metal spoon until melted and smooth.
  3. Carefully stir through your optional extras of choice.
  4. Spoon mixture into moulds. Tap lightly to let any air bubbles escape.
  5. Refrigerate until set.
  6. Remove gently from mould and wrap in cellophane.

Varieties: honeycomb and chocolate, rocky road (peanuts, marshmallows, coconut), cherry ripe, turkish delight and chocolate, fruit and nut, black forest (cherry ripe, chocolate biscuit bits) etc..

Yum!!

Any other ideas? Please share! Easter is such a special time of year and in our house we really want to celebrate it well. If you have any great Easter tradition ideas to share, please do.. I’m on the look out!

So what do you think? Are you willing to take up the challenge and have a Fair Trade Easter?

Cheers for now.

Joni xx

PS – Here’s a post which beautifully explains why it’s important to think of the well-being of others over Easter.

PPS – This one explains what cocoa slavery is all about in simple terms.

Thanks to..

Fair Trade

Playing Fair

Taste

Shopbot

Tunbridge Wells

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