Fair Trade Slavery-Free Chocolate
Say “I love you” to the farmers and harvesters by using the really good stuff. Look for fair trade, non-gmo verified dark chocolate. 70% cacao or more means lots of antioxidant power. I’ve tried Endangered Species, Theo and Dagoba brands and like them, but there are plenty of others that are good – just look for the fair trade or slavery-free verification. I really don’t want my chocolate at the expense of someone else’s hardship. Plus, over the last several years the mainstream chocolate companies have realized they can make more money by fractionizing their chocolate, taking out the cocoa butter to sell as a separate product, and replacing it with an artificial emulsifier called PGPR. To those who know better cocoa butter is a natural, healthy, tropical fat, and taking it out of chocolate decreases the food value of that chocolate. So read your labels and don’t buy anything with artificial flavors or emulsifiers with capital letters for names.
Try these dipping ideas
Get creative with what you dip into this fabulous fondue! I like to keep it on the healthy side as much as possible so I usually offer big, red, ripe strawberries which are in peak season right now where I live in Florida. Banana slices are good too, as are any tropical fruit like kiwi, pineapple and even orange. Apples or pear slices work too. You can also use homemade shortbread cookies, large walnut halves, little squares of homemade pound cake, or how about homemade marshmallows?!
Real Chocolate Fondue
12 ounces of fair trade dark chocolate (chips or a bar cut into small chunks)
3/4 cup heavy cream (preferably raw but definitely not ultra-pasteurized if possible)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or almond extract OR you can make this more grown-up and use 1 to 2 Tablespoons of cherry brandy or orange liqueur. If you like coffee you could also use 2 teaspoons of espresso powder.
Dippers such as fresh fruit, homemade cookies or cake, marshmallows or nuts
Place the chocolate and the cream in a heavy-bottom saucepan and melt over very low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. This doesn’t take long at all. You are not cooking this, simply melting the chocolate and combining it with the delicious cream. Remove from the heat and stir in the flavoring of choice. Transfer this chocolate mixture to a fondue pot or individual small ramekins and serve with your choice of dippers.
- 12 ounces of fair trade chocolate (either chips or a bar cut into small chunks)
- ¾ cup heavy cream (preferably raw, but not ultra-pasteurized if possible)
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract or almond extract for a family-friendly version
- OR 2 Tablespoons of cherry brandy or orange liqueur OR 2 teaspoons espresso powder
- assorted dippers such as fresh fruit, homemade cookies or cake, marshmallows or nuts
- Place the chocolate and cream in a heavy-bottom saucepan and melt over very low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
- Watch constantly and do not let this come to a boil or you will scorch the chocolate!
- Remove from heat and stir in flavoring of choice.
- Transfer the chocolate mixture to a fondue pot or to individual ramekins, and serve with dippers.
- Makes about 2 cups.
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