The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids love a good Halloween celebration. And we love our chocolate and other sweets. But we also try to buy smart, which means buying Fair Trae Halloween candy. Join us and think before you buy.
WHY WE CARE The U.S. Department of Labor reports millions of children in Africa work under hazardous conditions growing cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate. These dangers include exposure to pesticides, lifting heavy loads, using sharp tools, and working in burning fields. And out of the billions of dollars chocolate producers make each year, farmers only see 6.6% of the profits—totaling to about $1 per day. https://allthenourishingthings.com/bitter-truth-chocolate-ethical-chocolate-options/
WHERE TO BUY FAIR TRADE CANDIES
Mokaya: Handcrafted chocolates and desserts. 638 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids, 616 551 1925 https://www.mokayagr.com
Global Infusion: 143 Diamond Avenue SE Grand Rapids, Mi 49506 (616) 776-9720
The Bridge fair-trade gift shop. 18 West 8th St, Holland, MI 49423 https://thebridgefairtrade.com/
Ferris Coffee https://ferriscoffee.com/collections/chocolate
BRANDS TO LOOK FOR
Alter Ego Truffles (for you Ferrero Rocher fans)
Theo Foods — a variety of naturally flavored chocolate bars, including raspberry, ginger, and orange
Equal Exchange — grown by small farmer co-ops
Divine Chocolate — From bars to mints, awesome chocolate!