By no means do I claim to be an expert on many political issues. Let’s be honest here. Just like many other moms out there I am usually so busy drowning in the struggles of every day life that quite often good intentions to be socially aware, well informed and up to date on the state of matters in the world gets lost in just trying to get by. With kids like mine that come along with extra complications, this is the case more often than not. This usually makes me feel like an uninformed jerk who isn’t doing everything I should to raise responsible, well informed kids. For better or worse, I will always be my own worst critic (and enemy for that matter).
That’s why when a company who is doing something I believe in, but may not have the energy and resources to personally step up to the plate like they are doing asks me if I’d be willing to help share their message I give them a resounding, “YES!” It’s a bit like the adage of the starfish – you know, the ‘you can’t make a difference to them all, but I can make a difference in small ways’ kind of mentality. If it is the most I can accomplish right now, then at least I will continue to try and not give up.
I’m a bit ashamed to admit that it was only within the past few years of blogging that I learned anything at all about the situations of ‘Fair Trade’. When I did learn even a little about it, I was horrified, both as a human being and a Mom, to think that slavery and child labor are still relevant issues in today’s world. It’s nearing the year 2013 and we are still not rid of so many social issues that seem to get pushed aside in favor of smaller issues that, in the grand scheme of things, really don’t matter.
Believe me, I’m not trying to get up on a soapbox here. I don’t like conflict and I usually keep as far away as possible. So, what is my point then?
Here it is. If by posting about a company, in this case Equal Exchange, who IS aware, informed and fighting the good fight in directly positive and effective ways helps inform even one other person out there about a bit more of the big picture scope of our world, then I’m happy to do it.
No, in fact, I’m grateful.
This Halloween Equal Exchange wants to help inform us all about the issues surrounding fairly traded goods. They’ve even managed to find ways to make it fun and relevant while still helping to inform us all. Not an easy task I’m sure, so I’m glad to help even a little.
Equal Exchange provided me with samples of their candy bars, and it’s probably already been pretty apparent that I am picky about chocolate. I’m not gonna lie, I was a bit nervous – I’ve had other products sent to me that I just really didn’t like – and I REALLY wanted to like these candy bars!
Thank goodness, we ALL LOVED THEM! They are GOOD chocolate, not too sweet and with easy to love (even familiar) flavor combinations. Here’s how the breakdown on these candy bars went at our house:
Up first was the Organic Milk Chocolate Crisp Candy Bar with Puffed Rice and Quinoa. We all loved this one, especially Aidan. It was his favorite.
Next up was the Organic Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Candy Bar – almonds and raisins inside. Since Dusty is a raisin hater (and I’m right behind him) surprisingly this one wasn’t our favorite, but that was just a personal preference thing on the texture for me. D wouldn’t try it. The boys, who are not raisin haters and are definitely candy lovers, loved this one (but still loved the Puffed Rice bar above better).
Last up in the full size candy bars we had the no-brainer winner – Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter. No shock there that with a peanut butter cup loving family like our this was our favorite. In fact, Cole’s comment (and he is the true peanut butter cup lover around here) was that it was BETTER than a peanut butter cup.
Bottom line, these new candy bars from Equal Exchange are all winners. For a mom who limits the amounts of candy my kids can have at all, it was good to feel like what I was giving them was better, all around, in so many ways and on so many different levels.
Equal Exchange also sent a box of their Milk Chocolate Minis with a hint of Hazelnut – tiny little milk chocolate bars that would be perfect to pass out on Halloween. 150 bars per box at $35/box – that’s roughly $.23 per bar. If your neighborhood is like mine at Halloween you’ll end up spending that much on candy to pass out anyway, and it’s candy with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Of course we sampled one of these little darlings, and as expected, they were perfectly lovely.
Equal Exchange and I hope that you’ll consider passing out something better, and less scary this year, by choosing a candy treat that was produced in a caring and FAIR way. All you have to do is ‘Like’ Equal Exchange’s Facebook page where you can learn more about how chocolate comes into being by playing their new ‘GROW YOUR OWN CACAO POD‘ game and you could win a box of 24 of their new candy bars and even get a special discount code just for playing the game (30% off!).
MORE ABOUT EQUAL EXCHANGE:
“Equal Exchange, the nation’s leading Fair Trade brand, just launched a new line of organic, fairly traded candy bars for kids and adults alike (http://www.equalexchange.
coop/equal-exchange-candy-bars ). The candy bars are for those who crave sweeter, traditional candy bar flavors made with high quality, organic chocolate. With Halloween season coming up, we all have candy and chocolate on our minds, so this is fun treat..for a great cause to support the small farmers in co-ops in Peru and Paraguay who produce the organic and fairly traded ingredients.”
(Incidentally, it should be noted that Equal Exchange has lots and lots of other fairly traded products on their website besides chocolate, including coffee, cocoa and even informational and educational materials. There are gift boxes, more flavors and even gear as well.)
In addition to the game you can all play above to get the discount code to use on Equal Exchange’s website, I’m able to give away a box of 24 candy bars in their new flavors listed above to one of my lucky readers! Good luck!
DISCLOSURE: I was provided samples of the products listed in the above post for review and was not compensated in any other way. My opinions about those products and the issues herein are 100% my own. All images are courtesy of Equal Exchange’s website and Facebook page.