So I've been looking around for Fair Trade chocolate Easter eggs and wow that's not so easy. The options I've found are:
- Cadbury's 65g Fair Trade Dairy Milk Easter Egg. Note that Cadbury make a big deal about how all their Dairy Milk chocolate is Fair Trade. It's really important to note that Dairy Milk refers to one of their products. It doesn't mean all of their milk chocolate products (like Black Forest, Caramello, etc) are Fair Trade. In fact you can tell they're not because they don't proudly sport the Fair Trade logo. Webpages like this, I can't even tell where the spin stops and the doublespeak begins. In short, if you can't see the Fair Trade logo with your own eyes, it's not Fair Trade, it's Cadbury hoping they've misled you with a sequence of carefully selected and phrased facts.
- Plamil's 85g organic Easter egg. I'm a little concerned at the idea of dairy-free milk chocolate, but if you like milk chocolate and can't tolerate dairy this is probably awesome. If you don't live in Auckland the Cruelty Free Shop appears to ship.
I'm not so certain about:
- Moo Free Bunny Bar, because this is described as "using a combination of natural, organic and fair trade ingredients" which has ambiguous scoping (is it combining organic-and-fair-trade ingredients, or is it combining organic ingredients and fair trade ingredients?) and doesn't sport a Fair Trade logo.
Another alternative seems to be to hop on a plane to Melbourne and buy from:
Haighs.Um, actually - although I saw a tweet a while back boasting all their easter eggs were Fair Trade, now they're boasting that they're all sustainable UTZ-certified. Some of their links like http://www.haighschocolates.com.au/commu nity-item/fair-trade/ now redirect to http://www.haighschocolates.com.au/commu nity-item/sustainability/. So I think this is a case of someone at Haighs going "Oh whoops we checked a dictionary / got a stern email from Fair Trade Australia New Zealand and haha never mind."
So the other alternative is to buy some chocolate moulds and some:
- Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, the kind that has the Fair Trade logo on it
- Whittaker's Creamy Milk or Dark Ghana chocolate, see also re Fair Trade logo
- Green and Blacks any flavour, look how they all have the Fair Trade logo!
I've resorted to this method (using Whittaker's Dark Ghana and these silicone moulds. (I know many people hate silicone but it is fantastic at being non-stick which is really important for this purpose.) It's much more time consuming than visiting the store, and the resulting hollow eggs are kind of fragile and messy-looking, while the solid chicks are really solid. But otoh chocolate is a lot cheaper by the block than in Easter Egg form, so I guess there's some savings there.