I love chocolate, but I value human rights. I can’t watch CSI or other crime shows if they have to do with children being mistreated because then that’s all I can think about for days and it makes me sick. So, how can I go on eating chocolate that has been harvested by a starving West African child? I know that my not buying that chocolate won’t solve the problem entirely. I can’t rebuild a war torn nation’s economy by boycotting its exports. I can, however, show my financial support for the type of labor I want to continue so that current conditions don’t last into the future.
I made the flimsy decision not to buy chocolate unless it had been fairly traded and harvested without child labor. However, because of labelling laws, it can be difficult to discern where the chocolate comes from. New Pi sells Guittard semi-sweet mini chocolate chips in bulk, but I can’t get a straightforward answer from the website about whether children harvested the chocolate or if it was fairly traded. They seem like an upstanding company and purchase their chocolate from a variety of places, but I want to be sure.
I thought one way to solve my chocolate dilemma would be to buy carob chips, sold in bulk next to the chocolate chips at New Pi. I had a dessert in mind, so I bought a lot. Tonight, I decided to make chocolate chip cookies to try out the carob chips.
The carob chips didn’t make it into the cookies. Thank goodness the cookies will be edible. The chips might have been okay if I hadn’t been expecting something that tasted like chocolate. They tasted a little like dark chocolate, but in the grossest way possible. These are no longer a part of the solution for me. My cookies now contain Hershey’s chocolate chips. They were my brand of choice before I discovered the slavery issue because they are cruelty-free in respect to animals.
Did you know about this chocolate dilemma before? If not, do you think it will change your buying habits? If so, do you have a new go-to brand that is easily accessible and doesn’t break the bank?