Cocoa Confessions

A few months back, I mentioned my commitment to buying fair trade chocolate.

Trader Joe’s sells these awesome dark chocolate bars, and though they are a bit pricey compared to, say, a Hershey bar, they’re cheap from a fair trade standpoint ($1.99 a bar, in case you’re wondering – they’re bigger than a Hershey bar by probably 30%-40%, so it’s really not that outrageous, especially since $4.00/bar is a pretty standard price for fair trade chocolate bars).

So I’ve been sustaining my chocolate bloodstream with these babies for a while now. I do eat other chocolate if it’s given to me, but as far as actually purchasing it myself, I’ve stuck to fair trade only.

Or at least I had until the Cella’s arrived at Target.

Some temptations are too overpowering to fight.

My mom and I have been eating Cella’s chocolate-covered cherries ever since I can remember. I’ve only ever found the dark chocolate ones at Christmas time. Man, are they heavenly. They don’t have that white goopy stuff that most chocolate-covered cherries have. Not a big fan of the white goopy stuff. Too sugary sweet and it coats your throat in an all-consuming sort of way.

So I’ve broken my fair trade pledge for this one treat. Hypocritical, I fully admit. Maybe to make myself feel better I should at least write a letter to the Tootsie company expressing my concern about the cocoa industry.

Then again, fair trade Cella’s might be too beautiful and perfect a thing to be allowed.

Speaking of holiday indulgences, my sister-in-law who lives in Australia and insists on making at least two desserts a day when she visits (including Rocky Road fudge, which I can pretty much inhale by the pound) will be staying with us for two weeks starting on Monday. And after that we’ll be spending a week at Havarti’s folks’ with my baking goddess mother-in-law and twin 20-year-old nieces who are in culinary school. I repeat: CULINARY SCHOOL.

There’s no hope for these hips in the next month.

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Annie writes about life, motherhood, world issues, beautiful places, and anything else that tickles her brain. On good days, she enjoys juggling life with her husband and homeschooling her children. On bad days, she binges on chocolate chips and dreams of traveling the world alone.

Comments 1

  1. This chocolate thing goes sooooo far back in the family. I remember going with my Mom and Grandmothers to get See’s chocolates when I was very small. I think it must be a dominant “C” gene.

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