Every now and then, we just need something to keep us going, right? Knowing it is kind of a first-world-problem claiming we need something sweet to “survive the rest of the day”, I totally get that a little something can sweeten the day and bring some joy – more so if it is shared!
Where does it come from?
So, that leaves us with the question – do we have to say no to chocolate? I wouldn’t say so. As with many things, balance is the key. First of all, we should be aware that chocolate does leave an ecological footprint. We should also have an eye on buying fairly traded chocolate and stop supporting the destruction of rainforests or child labour. (Doesn’t sound that sweet, huh?) Check out more information on why fairly traded chocolate matters.
A few words on packaging…
Also – most chocolate comes wrapped in paper – although most fairly traded chocolates are wrapped in biodegradable or recycled paper. I am lucky to have a shop a few minutes away from home where I can buy varieties of chocolates in my own tupperware, even cheaper than I would in any random supermarket. (Truth be told, I haven’t found much fairly traded chocolates in the supermarket here in Mexico so far – if anyone has a tipp, much welcomed!)
Make (almost) your own chocolate
- about 200 g of chocolate (see above what you should have an eye on when you buy it)
- topping such as
- nuts (almonds, peanuts, coconut … it’s really up to your own preference)
- sea salt
- banana chips
How it works
- melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or, if you have one standing around, microwave)
- put a reusable baking sheet in a glass tray (we still have parchment paper that we are using up, but after, I will invest in either silicon, or teflon)
- spread the melted chocolate on the baking sheet and decorate it with the topping you prefer
- put it into the freezer to cool (approx. 20-30 minutes)
- break it up and store it in a nice glass jar
Tipp: You can decorate a glass jar, fill it with your chocolates, and make it a nice (and sustainable) present you could surprise someone with!