Wow so I just realized this is the second chocolate post in a row. Oh well, you can never have too much chocolate.
This post is a bit overdue. A friend from high school now works for Divine Chocolate and sent me a box of samples a few months ago and I still have some left. Talk about a sweet job! Divine is a company I totally believe in (and no they did not pay me to write this post). They are fair trade and claim to be the only fair trade chocolate company owned by its farmers. You may know the brand by their beautiful labels with the Adinkra symbols which come from Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa and are used for decoration or special occasions. Each has a meaning based on traditional wisdom and values.
I have become quite a chocolate connoisseur over the years and my taste buds have grown to crave darker and darker chocolate. I think Divine does a great job at creating velvety, smooth and creamy chocolate even at the darkest varieties. (Unlike some brands of chocolate that tend to become dry when there is a higher percentage of cacao and less cocoa butter). I talked briefly in my last post about the benefits of chocolate, but in case you missed it: the flavonoids (a type of antioxidant) in dark chocolate have been shown to decrease blood pressure, LDL or “bad cholesterol”, decrease insulin resistance, and increase HDL or “good” cholesterol. Sorry having another nerd moment. I love this kind of creative outlet, but I can’t seem to do it without adding in the science sometimes.
Anyways I’ll wrap this up…(no pun intended)
To Summarize: chocolate is good, dark chocolate is better, fair trade dark chocolate is best.
If you are interested in learning more about slave labor in the products you buy, check out: http://slaveryfootprint.org/ to see how many slaves work for you based on your current lifestyle.