Thursday, March 5, 2009

Doing my bit

You know how I like to do my bit for those less fortunate than myself (honestly!) so I'm delighted to share with you a brand new way of helping out.

Chocolate makers Cadbury's, makers of the excellent Dairy Milk range are to become Fair Trade certified.

Now, those who know me will be aware that I'm quite partial to a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk. There's nothing better before bedtime than a nice cup of tea and dairy milk. They come in all different sizes now from the tiny 'fun' size to the huge 5kg monster bar!

I found that the regular 6 chunk works best. I like to tear the wrapper so that three squares are exposed then I dip those three into my tea, and eat enjoying the slightly melted chocolate. Then wait a few minutes for the tea to cool down a bit and break the three remaining pieces into separate chunks. I then place one chunk in my mouth and have a drink of the tea, then repeat the process for the last two pieces. Perfect!

There's obviously an art to these things so I would hate for someone to just dive in and eat the chocolate willy nilly but each to their own I suppose.

Becoming Fair Trade certified basically means that Cadbury's will pay a guaranteed minimum price to cocoa producers in Ghana, even if the open market price falls below it.

The Fair Trade initiative was set up to secure a better deal for commodity producers in developing countries.

Cadbury's will triple the amount of cocoa sourced from Ghana to 15,000 tonnes during 2009. Ghana currently produce over 600,000 tonnes of cocoa per year.

Cadbury's is the world's largest confectionery manufacturer, founded in 1824 and even comes with the royal seal of approval!

For those of you living in the US, a word of warning. Those Cadbury chocolate bars you see in the stores are mostly poor imitations, manufactured by Hershey's. They don't taste the same as the ones manufactured in Europe so it's worth looking around to make sure you get the right ones.

Even though we're only just into March, Cadbury's Creme Eggs are already on sale and they always pass the taste test!

Now you have no excuse not to do your bit for Fair Trade and eat some chocolate!

1 comment:

  1. I am love Dairy Milk? I suppose any excuse works for you to have more Dairy Milk even Fair Trade!