Spread the Love with Fair Trade Chocolate This Valentine's Day!
Famed cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said that “all you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” We couldn’t agree more – especially on Valentine’s Day! And what better way to show your Valentine just how much you love them than with a little (or a LOT of) chocolate?
With Fair Trade, Valentine’s Day chocolate also provides an opportunity spread the love to cocoa farmers and their families. When you give chocolate with the Fair Trade Certified™ seal, you’re voting for healthcare, education and more in cocoa farming communities, all while satisfying your loved one’s sweet tooth. It’s a win-win!
The Fair Trade cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast provide just one example of the power of your chocolate purchase. In 2013, a group of about 2,000 farmers voted to spend their Community Development Funds – extra income earned for every Fair Trade purchase – to improve educational opportunities for their children. They built new schools and teacher housing for underserved areas. They also established school lunch programs to spare children in the extended community a long (2+ hour) walk home in the middle of the day. As a result of these wise investments, primary school enrollment jumped from about 65 to 80 percent in just one year, laying the foundation for ongoing education for an entire community of children.
This is the power of Fair Trade – a simple purchase from you that helps farming communities build a brighter future.
This Valentine’s Day, let’s continue to spread the love to cocoa farmers throughout the world with Fair Trade chocolate. Here are a few of our favorites:
Alter Eco Sweet Treat Valentine’s Box
This decadent gift set, featuring Swiss-crafted dark chocolate bars and mouth-wateringly smooth sea salt truffles, is the perfect choice for the chocolate-lover in your life. Crafted from cacao beans plucked from trees and hand-harvested in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuadorian Coast, Alter Eco chocolates are organic, fair trade, and free of emulsifiers, artificial flavors and soy. Available exclusively at Shop.AlterEcoFoods.com. Products sold separately at Whole Foods Markets.
barkTHINS Classics Gift Set
barkTHINS™ snacking chocolates are thin slivers of Fair Trade chocolate crammed full of snack lovers’ favorite natural ingredients. This barkTHINS Classics Gift Set contains two bags of each classic barkTHINS flavor: Dark Chocolate Almond, Dark Chocolate Pretzel and Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed. Perfect for even the pickiest of Valentine’s! Available at barkTHINS.com.
Chuao Chocolatier Enamored Bar Gift Set
The name says it all! The Enamored Collection from Chuao Chocolatier pairs organic, Fair Trade Certified dark chocolate with fruit and a hint of floral for unique, luscious bars that everyone will love. This gift set includes a limited-edition keepsake bag with all three Enamored Bars: Coconut Hibiscus, Raspberry Rose and Blueberry Lavender. A great way to show your Valentine how completely enamored you are with them! Available at ChuaoChocolatier.com.
Guittard Chocolate Company Extra Dark Chocolate Chips
Want to mix it up this Valentine’s Day? Think outside of the (chocolate) box and bake something chocolatey with Guittard instead! The Guittard family has been making chocolate for over 145 years – meaning they know chocolate. These Extra Dark Chocolate Chips, made with 63% Fair Trade Certified chocolate, boast intense cocoa notes that add richness to any cookie or cake. Your Valentine will taste the love in every bite! Available at Guittard.com
Marich Confectionary Milk Chocolate Cherries
Nothing says “Valentine’s Day” like classic chocolate-covered cherries! These perfectly ripe, sweet cherries from Marich Confectionary celebrate their naturally delicious flavor under several layers of creamy milk chocolate. With 12 perfectly portioned bags per box, your loved one can munch guilt-free on Valentine’s Day and beyond. And if a bag or two happen to “disappear” from the stash, don’t worry – we won’t tell! Available at Marich.com.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Chocolate Bar Library
Treat your Valentine to a global tasting tour, travel-free! Each of the six bestselling chocolate bars in this delectable collection fuses premium Fair Trade chocolate with exotic ingredients like coconut ash and Hawaiian sea salt for a sensory experience that nurtures appreciation for the world’s diverse cultures. It’s a gift that keeps on giving! Available at Vosges.com.
Bonus: Fair Trade Flowers!
And don’t forget the Fair Trade flowers! These vibrant blossoms are sure to bring a smile to loved ones’ faces on Valentine’s Day while also empowering flower farmers in Ecuador. Check out Whole Foods Market and One World Flowers for some great options!
We wish you and your loved ones a happy Valentine’s Day (or as we like to call it, unlimited Fair Trade chocolate day)!