Chocolate, Easter and Pumpkin Cheesecake.

I had to do a post on chocolate with Easter around the corner! And what a wonderful thing it is! A little time off to spend reconnecting, enjoying and eating with family and friends. I’m particularly excited this year as it’s the first Easter that my daughter is old enough to enjoy the Easter Bunny – so I get to make footprints on the floor and host egg hunts – all very exciting!

So, to the chocolate. There is a lot of politics surrounding chocolate, or more specifically cocoa and the way that it is collected. West Africa is home to at least 40% of the world’s cocoa production, where there have been ongoing issues with child labour and exploitation.

Fair Trade International is a global organisation that requires companies to pay sustainable prices to the farmers, and this therefore improves their working conditions and local sustainability. The organisation also prohibits child and forced labor.

For more information on which chocolate is fairtrade, have a look here or here

Unfortunately, just because chocolate is fairly traded, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s of wonderful quality. Get into the habit of reading labels, and choosing varieties with less sugar, and without artificial sweeteners, flavourings and other sorts of numbers and names that you don’t recognise.

Conscious Chocolate is a lovely thing! It uses cacao sourced from Bolivia and certified by the “Hand in Hand” programme which supports sustainable farming practices and gives back to the farmers via education, health and environmental programmes, and ensures fair pay.

It’s dairy free, gluten free, soy free, low GI and vegan – whoa. Usually this might also equal taste free….but not here – yay!! Check out their website for more information on the ingredients and how it’s made.

Another option is to make your own!

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