Ethical chocolate: what to buy
In the lead-up to Easter, Cadbury’s Australian factories pump out about two million Easter eggs a day, with Cadbury accounting for about two-thirds of Easter products sold in Australia (they’ve got 16 of the top 20). Cadbury marketing director Paul Chatfield says that while many Cadbury products contain no palm oil (including the Dairy Milk range), “all of the products we make in Australia that contain palm oil use fully segregated palm oil”. This means certified palm oil is kept separate from conventional palm oil throughout the supply chain. “Sustainability has never been so important to the people who enjoy our products – they want us to do business in a way that aligns with their expectations and values,” he says. “For the very small number of Easter products made overseas [that contain palm oil], we use 100 per cent RSPO palm oil.”
Moser Roth Easter eggs
The Mini Easter Eggs from popular German chocolate brand Moser Roth, that are available through Aldi stores, are certified Fairtrade and come in milk, dark and hazelnut cream.
Ferrero, maker of all-time pantry great Nutella, may have arrived late to the sustainable palm oil party, but at least it was fashionably so. The family-owned Italian company has emerged as a champion for sustainable palm oil, with the company now using 100 per cent RSPO-certified segregated palm oil. For Fairtrade and sustainable Ferrero treats, look no further than Ferrero eggs in both hazelnut and cocoa, as well as the classic Ferrero Rocher Golden Squirrels.
If you like deliciously silky dark chocolate and seriously smooth milk chocolate, you’ll love the Divine Chocolate range of Fairtrade Easter treats, which are made from premium cocoa produced by Kuapa Kokoo, the co-operative in Ghana that also co-owns the brand. Divine chocolates are also vegetarian friendly and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Find them at independent retailers.
Get around vegan, gluten-free, organic and non-GMO sea salt and caramel, dark chocolate, original or Bunnycomb eggs, made using single-origin organic cocoa from plantations in the Dominican Republic. You can buy them online from David Jones as well as independent retailers.
From indulgent six-pack eggs to peanut brittle milk chocolate – there’s a Chocolatier treat to suit every Easter egg tragic. As well as being one of the first Fairtrade-certified manufacturers in the country, Melbourne-made Chocolatier products are also members of the Rainforest Alliance cocoa program. Available through independent grocers and retailers, as well as David Jones and Myer.
It’s not just confectioners shaking things up in the cocoa world. Supermarkets are also starting to move towards sustainable house labels. Woolworths Select range of Easter eggs are made using Rainforest Alliance-certified cocoa.
While not Fairtrade-certified, Darrell Lea’s partnership with cocoa sustainability program Cocoa Horizons has seen the iconic Aussie brand move to using 100 per cent sustainable cocoa. So go on, have another Rocklea Road egg. You know you want to.