It’s S’more SeasonJune 2, 2010
My daughter is going to have an outside sleepover next week with the requisite campfire – and that means s’mores! And s’mores mean chocolate!
And there’s the issue. I love chocolate! When I had allergy tests done I told the doctor it didn’t matter what the result was for the chocolate test, I wasn’t giving it up! (phew – I wasn’t allergic to chocolate). I pick myself up a bar or two of Endangered Species chocolate at the grocery store so I have a bit of something to nibble on now and again. I find a little dark chocolate goes a long way and I can make a bar last a week, but milk chocolate is gobbled in a sitting. I buy dark chocolate now – often with mint or cocoa nibs, mmmmmm.
What to buy for the girls though? Chocolate is associated with child labor and child slavery issues. Hershey’s chocolate, the traditional bar for s’mores are not transparent about where they get their cocoa for their chocolate and the evidence suggests that they get at least some from plantations that employ slave labor and trafficked child labor. Hershey says the problem is actually misinformation about the nature of cocoa farms in Africa (Green America). Given there are options, I’d rather purchase elsewhere.
Green America provides a list of Fair Trade chocolate manufacturers. There are other options also. For instance, while Cadbury doesn’t make all of it’s chocolate from Fair Trade cocoa (and so isn’t on Green America’s list), it’s Green and Black’s chocolate is both organic and Fair Trade. And my understanding is that while all Fair Trade chocolate is not organic, you can be fairly confident that organic chocolate is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. So, while I could memorize the list of Green America sanctioned products, I will probably just keep my eye out for the Fair Trade or USDA organic logos.
These little girls are going to have some darn good chocolate in their s’mores. I almost hate to sully it with graham crackers and marshmallows.