Fairtrade Fortnight: Chocolate
We all love a little chocolate snack right? Whether it’s at 11 o’clock with a cup of tea in a lecture, or 3pm to give you a little boost in the studio, or a cheeky late night snack in front of a film. In the UK we eat an average of 3 bars of chocolate a week! (We definitely eat more than that in the AUBSU Office).
When you’re buying your chocolate goodies from your local supermarket or the uni shop, do you look for the Fairtrade label?
If your chocolate bar has a certified Fairtrade label on it, this means that a set of standards are met in the production and supply of the chocolate bar or the cocoa bean. For farmers and workers, Fairtrade means workers’ rights, safer working conditions and fairer pay. And the chocolate bar is of higher quality, made from ethically produced ingredients!
Did you know that cocoa farmers earn around 6% of the final value of a bar of chocolate? These farmers come from countries such as Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Many of the farmers who grow the cocoa for our tasty bars of chocolate are underpaid and exploited. You can find out more about the Fair-trade cocoa farmers here.
But, when you buy Fairtrade chocolate, you know that the farmers were paid a fair price for the cocoa! So why not swap out your usual chocolate bar for a Fairtrade certified chocolate bar? It may even be tastier.
Click here for our Vegan Chocolate Brownie Recipe using Fairtrade chocolate.
Here’s some of our favourite Fairtrade chocolate products:
The Fairtrade Foundation: www.fairtrade.org.uk
Fairtrade Cocoa Farmers: www.fairtrade.org.uk/farmers-and-workers/cocoa/
Buying Fairtrade Chocolate: www.fairtrade.org.uk/buying-fairtrade/chocolate/
Co-op Fairtrade Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake Recipe: www.coop.co.uk/recipes/fairtrade-chocolate-and-banana-loaf-cake