Sugar Saturday! Chocolate of the season

When life gives you lemons, steep them in vodka to make limoncello. In the meantime, buy chocolate, lots of it, and enjoy eating every morsel. 

caramel bars, dark chocolate mints, solid chocolate and flavoured

So much to choose from! 

It’s Saturday, it’s raining and I’ve got a replenished stock of chocolate in my fridge. I made a pilgrimage to the fair-trade store Ten Thousand Villages as I have been doing every year around mid-November to get my fix of Divine chocolate. This fair-trade company operates a cacao plantation in Ghana, one of the leading suppliers of theobroma (“food of the gods”) to the world chocolate industry. To learn more about this company and their cacao farmers, get recipes and drool over chocolate, check out the following link.

http://www.divinechocolate.com/us/

 

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Chocolate Adventures du Jour

Laura Slack’s back! Chocolate skull filled with caramel and black garlic.

I found myself on a work contract last year where I was walking distance to Soma Chocolate 2 days a week! It was chocolate every day for me: tumbled hazelnuts baked into Nutella cookies; tumbled ginger baked into ginger cookies, and spicy mayan hot chocolate mix. I wanted to perform an experiment to see what effect, besides to my waistline, having chocolate every week would do. Apparently it’s benefitting my cholesterol level, memory and risk of heart disease and stroke.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270272.php

Here I am a year later still having my weekly fix of chocolate. This time around it’s all manner of fair-trade chocolate from Divine.

http://www.divinechocolate.com/us/

https://nochildforsale.ca/ethical_chocolate/

Stress, weather and just plain desire are some of the more personally compelling reasons to indulge in chocolate. Check out the following links for recommended chocolate shops around the world. And remember to research which brands use fair-trade cocoa products.

http://worldchocolateguide.com

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10/worlds-best-chocolate-shops/