Equal Exchange Drinking Chocolate

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This is no ordinary cup of cocoa. Note the distinction of its title – “organic and fairly traded drinking chocolate.” At 57 percent cocoa, it was born to be sipped and savored.

Hard to think of a better way to treat yourself and loved ones on a chilly fall day, and it’s nice to know that every step of its production treated each participant equally well. Equal Exchange started in 1986 with fair-trade coffee and a company mission that’s dignity-promoting on all levels: trade directly with small democratic farmer cooperatives in developing countries, guarantee a fair price, support sustainable practices, and run a democratic and cooperative workplace here in the United States. This high-quality cocoa would be delightful enough without all that, but knowing how it got here makes the warmth spread all the way to your fingers and toes. About $10 at your local natural grocery; you can also order from www.equalexchange.com.

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