This week is all about love (I know some of you are rolling your eyes right now at the thought of Valentine’s Day, but hey…keep it to yourself and let the rest of us bask in the glow of pixie dust, flowers, doilies and of course, Chocolate!)
So to kick off the week I would like to introduce a very Fab Female! My sweet, sweet friend Ciara Caneega, who is such an inspiration! In addition to being drop dead gorgeous, she has the most caring heart and is an advocate for ALL things good in this world. Organic Farming & Fair Trade Practices is something that is near and dear to her heart so I thought I would help her spread the word about The Dark Side of Chocolate and how we can help this Valentine’s Day! She has compiled a delicious list of 11 Organic, Fair Trade Chocolates that you can spoil your loved one with this Valentine’s day! Take it away Ciara~
Valentine’s day is fast approaching. While many are on the hunt to find something deliciously sweet for a loved one, countless human beings, including small children, are being subjected to physical and mental abuse, slave labor, and dangerous work environments, sometimes with little to no pay. There is a bitter truth about chocolate that needs to be exposed. For more information, watch this eye opening documentary, The Dark Side of Chocolate. Alongside slave labor in the cacao industry, our planet is also suffering from the mass production and consumption of chocolate.
Do your best to get eco friendly goods and at the very least, recycle. Vote with your dollar this Valentine’s Day and support Organic farming and Fair Trade practices! Here are a few divine choices that you can feel good about giving…and eating
The Classic Heart Shaped Box:
Red Velvet Box by: Mama Ganache
$45 for 24 pcs.
Red Velvet Box Chocolates contain a mix of delicious little dark, white, and milk chocolate hearts with melt in your mouth creme or caramel centers. These chocolates are available in a special vegan assortment as well.
*Vegan option and all are soy lecithin free.
~Mama Ganache is a supporter of Project Hope, a charitable organization that is focusing their efforts in Ivory Coast, the source of 75% of America’s chocolate.
Organic Chocolate Valentine Truffles by: Lake Camplain Chocolates
$17.00 for 6pc
The New York Times reveres this Belgian chocolate as some of the best chocolate in the
country! Filled with six mouthwatering flavors your loved one will adore, this assortment includes a decadent 70% dark chocolate truffle, as well as inspired creations like tropical mango, wild honey and figs, and spicy dark chocolate with lime.
*Certified Kosher, Preservative/Additive Free. Supportive of local ingredients.
Single Malt Scotch by Theo
$11 for 4pcs
We carefully selected four exceptional Single Malt Scotches that pair perfectly with our handmade chocolate. With unique flavor notes ranging from sweet to nutty to creamy to smoky—each whiskey comes together deliciously with our luscious chocolate ganache. Includes one of each of: Oban, Cragganmore, Lagavulin, Talisker
*Gluten ,soy, GMO, and preservative free
Mash Bill Truffle Collection by : Vosges Haut-Chocolat
9 pcs for $26
The Mash Bill Truffle Collection parfums includes beautifully crafted chocolates with delicious flavors for a refined palate:
Scotch: Coconut & cocoa nib caramel + Bruichladdich Port Charlotte scotch + 45% deep milk
Whiskey: Templeton rye whiskey + tart cherry + tobacco + 62% cacao dark chocolate
Bourbon: Toasted pecans + Four Rose’s single barrel bourbon + 45% deep milk chocolate
Stout: Rogue’s chocolate stout + 62% cacao dark chocolate
*Haut Chocolat’s facility is powered by 100% renewable energy and that has been approved as an organic manufacturing facility. They partner with a Chicago based non-profit which coordinates the donations of materials (which would go to a landfill otherwise) to be salvaged for art projects for extremely underfunded art programs. Vosges donates old packaging to Creative Pitch.