Yesterday, while I was extremely hungry, I cruised down the organic aisle of my grocery store. The net result was me leaving with Mom’s Best Naturals Crispy Cocoa Rice (yum) and some organic chocolate. At the Justice Conference, I heard that one of the easiest ways to redirect our spending to fair trade is to change our coffee and chocolate suppliers. The bargain hunter in me will just have to be reminded that the extra coffee dollars are going towards the fair treatment of coffee growers when I next purchase coffee for my house. That should be a fairly easy switch.
Chocolate is hard though. I’ve never been highbrow in my chocolate tastes. I live close enough to Hershey that I’ve been through their simulated chocolate factory several times, and splurging on chocolate for me is buying a Toblerone bar. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the high cocoa concentrations of organic chocolate. Making a chocolate switch is going to take more than a change in my spending; it’s going to be an acquired taste for the chocolate itself.
Yesterday, I was sitting in my office eating my organic chocolate because it’s been a chocolate kind of week. I was nearly beside myself on Wednesday after the weatherman all but assured me that the entire region was going to be buried in snow. When I woke up, there was not a flake in sight, and I had to drag myself out of bed to work. Seriously, around 2:00, I almost crawled under my desk to take a nap.
Anyway, I was still trying to recover on Thursday, so I was eating chocolate. And, I was reading the story on the chocolate box to remind myself that I was doing good, even if the chocolate didn’t taste all that good (to my low brow tastes, mind you). That’s when I noticed these two statements on the packaging:
First statement: The stories from our cocoa partners…never cease to inspire. Look inside this box to read about the journey of farmers who gave up illegal coca for prosperous cocao.
Don’t get me wrong. That’s great. But, I did chuckle to find this statement as well on the packaging.
Second statement: Our expert chocolatiers use unique flavor combinations, quality organic ingredients and an artisan’s touch to craft these award-winning, habit-forming bars.
Hm…habit-forming bars and illegal coca mentioned in close proximity on the box. ::wink wink::
Let the adventures in organic chocolate begin. Small gifts of organic chocolate to sample will be accepted.