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San Churro, gluttony and my fair trade chocolate question

San Churro, if you don't know, make the best hot chocolate in the world. The Azteca is full of chili and very thick hot chocolate goodness. A few weeks ago after a session of indulgence, my friend asked me how my drinking chocolate fit into my chocolate slavery morals when it comes to eating chocolate? I hadn't thought about it. But drinking it, or even cooking with cocoa - it's all part of the same problem. So... another letter, and another reply: Dear Juliet, Firstly, let me thank Read more [...]

Nestle’s reply.

Of the emails I sent, Nestle was the first to reply. I didn't realised that they purchase 11% of the global supply of cocoa-that's massive! Read their correspondence for yourself below if you wish. While I haven't heard of UTZ certification, I have to say at least they replied, and the site www.thecocoaplan.com clearly tells me one thing: CORPORATIONS DO HEAR US. Of course, their care for the consumer comes only relative to the care for the shareholders - who in order to get profit require that Read more [...]

Chocolate slavery and the tragic flaw of humanity in the 21st century

Didn't they abolish slavery a couple of hundred years ago? Well no - it continues... and it continues such to provide the "haves" with what (in my opinion) is the most delicious tasting delightful experience of all my being: chocolate. In my opinion there is NOTHING worse than physical slavery and nothing better than chocolate, and so I face the greatest polarity in my world: the best and worse wrapped into a block of bitter sweetness. Can you believe that in today's day and age some humans Read more [...]

Is Lindt chocolate slave chocolate?

This blog on the ethics of Lindt chocolate is a live entry on a live issue, due to the many hits and comments it has attracted. As far as I'm aware there is no short answer to the question "is Lindt chocolate slave chocolate?" While of course Lindt don't condone child slavery or human trafficking, and they do have some measures in place that decrease the chances of slavery, myself and others hoping for a guarantee have been left hanging. My dilemma is that I am addicted to chocolate, and I especially Read more [...]

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