Fairtrade choc treats

Fair Trade chocolate buttons

Another great recipe from Fiona Bird of Stirrinstuff.

The joy of a treat is that it is special and you don’t have too many of them on a daily basis – otherwise it isn’t special. These treats are made with FAIRFTRADE chocolate and muesli and are really yummy.

What to find

  • 150g Fairtrade chocolate
  • One tablespoon Fairtrade muesli

Kitchen stuff

  • Tablespoon
  • Small bowl
  • Pan
  • Glass (heatproof) bowl that will fit over the pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Bakewell paper
  • Tray

What to do

  1. Measure the muesli into a small bowl.
  2. Half fill the pan with water and put the glass bowl over the pan. Break the chocolate into the bowl.
  3. Place the pan on the hob and heat to bring the water to a gentle boil and melt the chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon. When the chocolate has melted turn off the hob.
  4. Use oven gloves to remove the bowl from the pan.
  5. Lay the non stick paper over the tray and carefully drop teaspoons of melted chocolate onto the paper. Move the tray around as you fill it, so that empty paper is close to the bowl.
  6. Scatter the muesli over the chocolate rounds and WAIT for them to set (about an hour depending on the temperature of your kitchen).

Notes for Adventurous Cooks

  • Make your own muesli. Cut up Fairtrade dried tropical fruits and mix them with some toasted oatmeal.
  • Cut some Fairtrade fresh fruits into small pieces e.g. pineapple. Stick a cocktail stick into the fruit and dip it (half coat it) in chocolate.
  • Find out more about tempering (melting) chocolate it is a real skill.

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‘FAIRTRADE’ is a growing movement, which ensures that farmers who live in poorer countries get a fair deal for the things that they grow. The payments must cover the cost of growing and of harvesting as well as give the growers and their workers a decent income. It is about reducing poverty in the third world. The income from exporting (selling things to us) is very important to Sub Saharan Africa. We are beginning to hear lots of talk about ‘food miles’ – or the cost (including in pollution) of transporting food from the fields all the way to your plate. Perhaps we should buy local but buying flowers and food from poorer countries, helps the people there who may have no other jobs.

There are lots of ‘FAIRTRADE’ products and customers are becoming more interested in buying them. It means that poorer communities, and not just big companies, are benefiting. You can buy lots of ‘FAIRTRADE’ products; it is not just food there are also ‘FAIRTRADE’ clothes and toys. You can find ‘FAIRTRADE’ in supermarkets, local stores, and charity shops like Oxfam. When you are in a café find out whether the coffee that the grown ups drink is ‘FAIRTRADE’, and if you go out to a restaurant look on the wine bottles – even some of those are ‘FAIRTRADE’.

Check out the ‘FAIRTRADE’ website (www.fairtrade.org.uk) for a list of products and see how many ‘FAIRTRADE’ labels you can see over the next fortnight.

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