Archive for March, 2009

A Slave-Free Easter

March 19, 2009

For many of us, Easter is a celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, and the freedom that brings. And since any good celebration should include chocolate, Easter candy sales mean an increased purchase of chocolate during the spring months of every year.

But as we celebrate Christ, let’s remember the things that he said. In Luke chapter 4, Christ began his public ministry by quoting the prophet Isaiah;

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives,
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

After reading this, Jesus declared that the scripture had just been fulfilled.

We at Bake it Forward would like to challenge you to celebrate the One who came to release the captives and set free the oppressed by doing just that: encouraging the release of the captives and the setting free of the oppressed within the cacao industry by changing your purchasing habits this year.

We challenge you to share this information with your local body of Christ and to participate His ministry together. We hope you’ll buy slave-free chocolate this Easter, and make it your mission to spread the word by baking it forward.

Four Ways to Help End Slavery This Easter

1. Buy fairtrade candy. Here are some trade resources, and google turns up plenty more results:

Fairtrade Easter Candy and Toys at Global Exchange

Fairtrade Bunnies, Eggs, and Gifts at Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates

Truffle Eggs and Other Goodness from Allison’s Gourmet

Bite-size Chocolate Bars

Chocolate Bunnies

2. Bake it Forward!

3. Speak to your small group, community, or congregation about buying fairtrade chocolate this year.

4. Join the Easter Egg campaign! Put Bake it Forward tags in plastic Easter Eggs and hide them all over the place in your office, your local Easter Egg hunt (you might need permission for that), and anywhere else you can think of!

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Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Goes Fairtrade!

March 19, 2009

Cadbury announces plans to make it’s popularĀ dairy milk bars fairtrade by the beginning of August 2009. A step in the right direction!

Recipes from Twitter Users

March 19, 2009
If you’re on twitter, follow us @bakeitforward
These are some amazing recipes from twitter users. They all sound so good!

-Check out Nigella’s website for tons of great chocolate recipes.

-If you’re really ambitious, try making your own chocolate bars!

Petit Pain au Chocolate. Dark chocolate wrapped in Puff pastry brushed with egg and sprinkled with sugar. Recipe.

Chocolate Fondant Cake

Boozy Bitter Chocolate Truffles

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze

-Chocolate Banana Bread: Pour half the batter in a pan. Add a chocolate bar, and top with remaining half batter. Bake.

Where to Shop

March 19, 2009
Like it or not, money is one of the most powerful voices in our world today. Don’t give up on buying chocolate, but make sure your voice is telling a good story. Shop for chocolate that has been responsibly and ethically grown and manufactured. We’ve assembled this list as a place for you to start, but be sure to read websites and labels for yourself!

Stores that carry fairtrade certified or ethically produced chocolate selections:

Whole Foods

Henry’s Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Market Great place to find white chocolate, too.

Trader Joe’s

Where to buy fairtrade certified or ethically produced chocolate online:

Dean’s Beans (baking cocoa, hot chocolate mix)
Equal Exchange (good resource for baking chocolate and cocoa powder)
Coco-Zen (fairtrade certified handmade chocolate truffles, as well as unique chocolate lip balms, lotions, etc.)
Omanhene (iced frappe mix!)
Providence Coffee (hot cocoa)
Rapunzel (baking cocoa in all of its many delicious forms)
Vital Choice (raw cocoa chocolate)
Yachana Gourmet (cocoa nibs)

If you learn about another fairtrade or ethically traded chocolate retailers, please email them to bakeforward@gmail.com so that we can include them on this site.