Organic and Fair Trade chocolate is exploding in popularity and this year chocolate bunnies and eggs perfect for Easter baskets are easier to find. Lest anyone get the wrong idea and think hunting down these certified chocolates is an exercise in elitism, know that child labor and slave labor are two pervasive practices in the chocolate industry. Buying Fair Trade is a consumer vote against these practices and gives one permission to indulge guilt free.
Whole Foods Markets is carrying two very exciting chocolates this year that will be making their way in to my children’s Easter baskets. Lake Champlain’s new USDA Organic solid milk chocolate Easter bunnies are handcrafted in Vermont and quite cute. Each bunny is individually wrapped is clear plastic and finished with a beautiful grosgrain ribbon bow. If you want the dark chocolate bunny, you’ll have to order it from Lake Champlain’s online store. Divine’s Fair Trade Certified gold foil wrapped dark chocolate mini eggs and pastel-colored milk chocolate speckled eggs come boxed but are perfect for scattering throughout the basket. You can find all these chocolates on a display near the cash registers, not in the chocolate or specialty food sections.
Fairfield Cheese Company offers a fantastic and fanciful Easter selection from Vosges, a company so committed to sustainability that their incredibly far-reaching green mission statement is spelled out in black and white on their web site. The Barcelona Bunny is a solid 2.5 ounces of deep milk chocolate flavored with mineral-rich sea salt and hickory smoked almonds. Each chocolate bunny is beautifully packaged in a lavender box relating the story of its origin. Next is the purple box of 5 dark chocolate half eggs decorated with hens in relief and filled with bacon caramel. Bacon & Eggs never tasted this good! While these chocolates are not certified organic or Fair Trade, Vosges does source mostly organic chocolate according to the company and recently started using organic sugar, butter, cream and nuts in their confections. Visit Vosges’ online store to peruse their entire Easter collection.
Whole Foods Market – Greenwich, Darien, and Westport
Fairfield Cheese Company, 2090 Post Road, Fairfield. (203) 292-8194.
Note: Belgique Chocolatier on 88 Elm Street in New Canaan carries a wide variety of beautiful and delicious artisan Belgian Easter bunnies, eggs, hens and chicks made from Callebaut Chocoalate, a company with a very strict policy against child labor. (203) 801-0538.