Easter eggs is tricky business in this household. It’s not something I grew up with a great deal. My grandparents would always buy us a modest sized egg to eat as fast or slow as we wanted and that was kind of it. No easter egg hunts, no mysterious rabbits leaving Easter themed gifts and household bombardment of chocolate. It was all kept rather simple.
As an adult I get that, I totally get that. But as a child I wanted to be ill on chocolate easter eggs, I wanted to swim in it like every other child seemed to be doing but me.
So as an adult and now parent myself I come to this tricky line. While Easter doesn’t hold a strong gift giving significance to me, I do like giving a little chocolate something as I remember the joy I had of eating the same. I like adding a hunt for it, as hey, it’s exciting- who doesn’t like a good hunt? But, and it’s rather a big BUT…
I don’t want to buy those chocolate eggs that have been on the supermarket shelf since just after Christmas.
I don’t want to buy those eggs that have food miles to the moon and back.
I don’t want to buy compound chocolate that has palm oil in it’s ingredients.
I don’t want to buy that chocolate that has a multitude of layers of packaging.
And I sure as chocolate eggs don’t want to buy that chocolate that sources it’s cocoa from child slavery conditions.
To give my children a small inexpensive chocolate treat at the expense of all that? No, no I wont. I simply will not buy into that.
I make this decision by thinking about where my dollar goes. I am happy to pay more for an ethically made chocolate that is produced as locally as I can source. Not because I want to buy something more expensive but because I value all those things above and think chocolate should never be cheap. I will pay more for a chocolate that I know won’t have palm oil in it. And I will plan ahead, take the time to find out where I can buy them, avoiding last minute unconsidered purchases. I think chocolate is a luxury and a pretty amazing one at that.
So this Easter, I want to treat that small gifted chocolate with a little respect and hopefully pass that on, even just a little to my kids. Showing that every last delicious sweet crumb that I buy is to be valued, (whether they eat it quickly or slowly it doesn’t matter). I don’t see buying fairtrade chocolate as an expensive inconvenience, it’s a carefully considered treat…and that’s the way I think it should be.
Where to buy some Fairtrade Easter Chocolate
World Vision Fair Trade Chocolate Guide (Australian based- but many of these brands are available internationally, so would still be relevant.)
Tribes and Nations– stockists of Fairtrade easter eggs.
Spencer Cocoa– Single plantation chocolate, grown in Vanuatu and made in Mudgee.
Chocolatier– does Fairtrade options for Easter.