Fair Trade Certified Gets Emerilized

08/21/2009 - 7:48 PM

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With Fair Trade Certified chocolate in hand, Chef Emeril Lagasse showed viewers how to whip up a romantically inspired, eco-friendly dessert on the latest episode of Emeril Green. Chocolate lovers, prepare to be floored! Emeril’s chocolate hazelnut fondue is rich and creamy, not to mention downright delicious. The added dose of hazelnut offers a nice subtlety, and the blend of bittersweet and milk chocolate is anything but overwhelmingly sweet.

The trick to a successful fondue? Well, patience, for one-all that boiling, simmering, and melting takes time! Emeril also recommends using Fair Trade Certified products, like Divine Chocolate. Made with cocoa from a farmer-owned cooperative in Ghana, Divine Chocolate contains natural cocoa butter, vanilla and zero vegetable-fat substitutes. A chocolate of this grade deserves to be shared with someone special!

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Divine Chocolate has far-reaching benefits-- not just for you, but for West African cocoa producers, too. Fair Trade Certification guarantees farmers a fixed price for their cocoa. It brings financial security to farming communities and a chance to invest in social and development programs. It’s truly a sweet deal all around.

Be sure to watch Emeril's Fair Trade Chocolate segment!

Here’s what you’ll need to put Emeril’s recipe to the test:

3/4 cup hazelnut spread, like Nutella (optional)

1 bar (8 oz.) 70% Divine Dark Chocolate, chopped

1 bar (8 oz.) Divine Milk Chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 cups heavy cream

2 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur

In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, melt chocolates, Nutella and butter, stirring until smooth and butter is thoroughly incorporated. In a saucepan, heat cream until hot but not boiling. Stir into melted chocolate, little by little, stirring until completely incorporated between additions. Stir in liqueur.

Serve in fondue pot over a very low flame, with your choice of accompaniments. Yield: 6 to 8 servings, about 3 ½ cups

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse. Copyright Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Inc.

08/21/2009 - 7:48 PM
08/21/2009 - 7:48 PM