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Published April 5th 2020
It's not funny if you buy an Easter Bunny
Are you a good egg? A good egg is an ethical egg but how do we know what makes an ethical egg? World Vision explains an ethical Easter egg is one that uses ethically sourced chocolate where everyone involved in the production chain must be of working age with no slave or child labour at any step of the chocolate-making process.
There are easy ways to be ethical at Easter time. We can buy ethically made chocolate or we can buy from chocolatiers who support a good cause. But don't worry because I have four great options ready for you to devour.
In 1993, Haigh's Chocolate stopped making chocolate bunnies and made Australia's very first Easter Bilbies. For over twenty-seven years they have offered large and small bilbies in both milk and dark chocolate at Easter, with part proceeds from every sale donated to the Rabbit Free Foundation for their work in protecting bilbies and addressing environmental damage by rabbits. Every time you buy one of these Aussie bilby cuties, you'll be helping save this precious little Australian marsupial.
Haigh's also continues the Easter symbolism with their chocolate fish - "The Murray Cod" and their chicken and the egg baskets. I could make a joke here but it wouldn't be funny, after all, it should be chickens before bunnies.
Haigh's Chickens Before Bunnies
Loving Earth is another Australian company dedicated to sourcing and manufacturing the highest quality organic, fairly traded raw chocolate and superfood snacks. Their Easter offerings include the amazing caramel-filled, cashew mylk chocolate Boobook Eggs. If you love filled eggs, then this is the ethical choice for you. To remove any lingering guilt, you can happily enjoy the Boobook Chocolate Eggs knowing that every purchase supports the Great Forest National Park campaign to declare the Mountain Ash forests to the east of Melbourne CBD as a National Park.
Loving Earth's Boobook Chocolate Eggs
Your third choice is a local to my area and in these uncertain economic times, there is no greater reason to shop local. 17 Rocks Chocolates is Brisbane's first OEM single origin, bean to bar chocolate manufacturer. They are a family-owned business with an eco-conscious team of zealous chocolate lovers who focus on retaining the nutritional value of the cacao bean. We all knew chocolate was good for us but now here is the proof. They too make a chocolate bilby and have an extensive range to suit everyone's dietary needs - sugar-free, dairy-free, dark, milk, white chocolates and all their chocolates are gluten-free.
My fourth offering is the decadent indulgence and high-vibe health consciousness of Loco Love chocolates. They call it the nectar of the gods, new-age alchemy, sweet cacao sorcery, heaven on earth - this is chocolate that will take you higher. Since 2013 they have been creating their magical chocolate bars and blocks in Byron Bay. They don't have easter eggs but they do use organic, plant-based and whole food ingredients, including organic, fair-trade Criollo Cacao from Peru.
The true sorcery is in the unique blends of superfoods, tonic herbs and healing spices. It's chocolate with benefits. If you didn't feel good already, then rest easy because each time they sell a single packet their donations provide either 1 day of access to life-saving clean water to families in Ethiopia or 1 day's worth of grain seeds to nourish children in Malawi. So whatever your taste, you can find an ethical choice and they all have online ordering. Think I'd better have another bite.