…On the fourth day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…four chocolate bars…three holly trees…two vent fans…and a new doorbell!
Let me begin with…I LOVE chocolate…who doesn’t like chocolate? Do you know there are health benefits to eating quality dark chocolate? Of course I favor organic, fair-trade dark chocolate. The bars I received today were the Endangered Species brand organic dark chocolate with 88% cocoa! I like the idea of buying/giving/receiving Endangered Species products because they have only fair trade, organic chocolate and they donate 10% of their net proceeds to their “GiveBack” partners who are mainly wildlife organizations. As of their 2015 year-end report they had donated over $1 million!
In case you don’t know, chocolate comes from the roasted and ground seeds of the Latin American plant known as cacao, which has been cultivated for at least three millennia. The majority of cacao is grown in Latin America and West Africa.
Unfortunately as the demand for quality chocolate increased, the methods of cacao farming saw child labor and unfair trade practices escalate. The establishment of Fair Trade USA and Fair Trade Federation, both non-profit organizations, has helped reduce the amount of child labor through its’ certification process. Many of the Fair-Trade certified farmers also use sustainable farming practices which provide us with a healthier alternative when selecting chocolates and have increased the biodiversity of their farms by growing cacao without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
So on this fourth day of a green Christmas I plan to make Beth’s Rosemary Chocolate Bark, a recipe I found on the internet and love! My organic dark chocolate bars I received today will be the main ingredient along with rosemary from my garden. Do you have any great, healthy chocolate recipes you can share? If so, add your recipe in the comments.
If this is the first post you have read of my green rendition of the Twelve Days of a Christmas and you can’t figure out what the heck I am writing about or why I’m writing about the Twelve Days after Christmas, click here to read how this all began. I hope you join me tomorrow for the Fifth Day of a Green Christmas!