fair trade chocolate
Pacari is one of a rare breed of chocolate makers who are making chocolate at origin. With so much value added after the cacao is dried it is essential that more chocolate is made in origin.
Wouldn't it be great if, instead of buying the usual, you chose one egg from a company which works with farmers to make change for the better? You don't even have to go any further than your local supermarket to make the change.
Brandt Maybury is passionate about food, not just chocolate. "Chocolate is more than just a day job to me," he says emphatically, "it's an evenings and weekends job too. You don't stop loving chocolate when the clock hits 5pm."
Easter, to many, is all about bunnies, chocolate eggs and candy. Chocolate manufacturing is on the decline in the UK so this year I decided to feature British-made eggs. With eggs from one of the best chocolatiers in London to a high street supermarket, there is something for everyone.
It's difficult for us to understand sometimes how much of an impact our chocolate choices can make to farmers. Divine takes it one step further and shows us that we can buy direct from the farmers on our supermarket shelves and given the recent scandals, it is reassuring to know where your chocolate comes from.
Shawn is passionate about chocolate but he is also passionate about helping people.
So, if you want to help African communities this Christmas buy from them and invest in their already burgeoning growth. To help you choose your African gift, here are my suggestions in the categories of raw material, manufactured product, and donations that invest.