Sunday is usually our day to go grocery shopping around here, so my cupboards are now stocked full of yummy treats. This chocolate is one of my very favorite! Since becoming vegan 6 months ago I have desperately missed really great chocolate. But I finally found this delicious morsel that is 55% cocoa and has pieces of of almond in it and now I must have at least a few bars in my house at any given time.
Why is a good chocolate so hard to find? Well, first off for me because I need dark chocolate (most dark chocolate is usually vegan and much better for you...if chocolate can be better for you) and then there's the matter of getting it fair-trade and organic. Now most of the time things I do around here to help us and the planet end up saving us quite a bit of money. This is one thing I have to splurge on.
Buying fair-trade chocolate means that you are making sure that the farmers who farm the cocoa and make the chocolate get paid a fair price for the product they produce. It also ensures that there is no (often unpaid) child labor being used to produce the chocolate.
Buying organic means that the cocoa and other ingredients weren't smothered in pesticides and other chemicals before reaching your cupboard. It also usually means that the beans were shade grown, not only preventing chemical use, but providing necessary habitat for hundreds of types of animals and insects.
So whether you are buying your sweetie goodies for Valentine's Day or just feeding your own sweet tooth, make sure you indulge responsibly. Ultimately that's always the most satisfying way.