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Fairtrade Chocolate Tasting

Thu, 23rd Sep 2021

As part of our accredited environmental course, supported by the Holywood Trust, today in Castle Douglas we investigated Fairtrade chocolate with a taste test.

We are learning about Fairtrade chocolate as it not only ensures a decent wage for the farmers who produce it, but it also ensures certain steps are taken in its production to protect the environment. The protection of the environment is guaranteed by Fairtrade as in order to sell Fairtrade products farmers have to improve the quality of soil and water, manage pests, avoid using harmful chemicals, manage waste, protect biodiversity, and reduce their greenhouse emissions.

Our young people have been investigating fair-trade chocolate, its benefits, and most importantly its taste. This week we spent the morning investigating two Fairtrade chocolates which the young people went out and bought themselves, after making sure that they were Fairtrade of course.

The two chocolates we tasted were Co-op’s own brand of milk chocolate and Tony’s milk chocolate. As Co-op is the largest convenience seller of Fairtrade products in the U.K. and has been championing Fairtrade for 25 years it was decided that this was the best place to look for Fairtrade chocolate.

While Tony’s Chocoloney mission is to end modern-day slavery in the chocolate industry. We noticed how the pieces of the chocolate bar are not traditional even squares but unequal pieces to represent the unequal distribution of profit within the chocolate industry.

We assessed each chocolate’s, taste, smell, and texture and it was the overwhelming conclusion of the young people that Tony’s was their favourite.

We look forward to tasting more food as part of our environmental course in the future!

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