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Giveaway || Equal Exchange Dark Chocolates

by verdemama on June 13, 2010

It happens just about the same way every evening. Dinner is eaten, then baby is bathed and put to bed. After that my husband and I maybe watch a movie, or perhaps I hop online (or both). And then? It happens. It starts as a vague desire that grows and spreads until finally it has consumed my very being.

I must have chocolate. NOW.

That’s when I reach for a few squares of dark chocolate, and the beast is satiated. Dark chocolate is my go-to dessert because it’s loaded with antioxidants and other health benefits, it’s relatively low in calories (because it would be unwise to stuff your face with a fatty sugar bomb right before bed, right?), and a little goes a long way. And, of course, I always opt for organic chocolate… it just tastes better!

And for you, my fellow dark chocolate lovers, Equal Exchange is offering up a case of organic and fairly traded dark chocolate minis (a $35 value) to an oh-so lucky verdemama reader. Take them to the office, dole them out to the kids, or hell, hoard them all for yourself. (You’ve earned it! I won’t tell anyone.)

But there’s even more to get excited about. Not only is Equal Exchange awesome enough to offer up a box of sumptuous chocolates, they’re also a model of social, environmental and corporate responsibility. (Are you listening, BP? You could learn a thing or two…) They’re a co-op owned company and pioneer of the fair trade* movement in the U.S.

Yummy chocolates with a side of ethical business? I’m sold.

Hold on, there’s one more thing to tell you about before we get to the giveaway deets. EE is spearheading a fundraiser that benefits both schools and small organic farmers and artisans around the globe. The fundraiser features organic and fairly traded coffees, teas, cocoas, nuts and berries, and handmade tree-free giftwrap from EE, and beautiful gifts for the home from Ten Thousand Villages. It’s a unique and socially conscious opportunity for schools and community organizations to earn some extra cash. Learn more and get free educational materials here.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave me a comment below. For extra credit (i.e. an extra entry), follow Equal Exchange on Facebook, then leave me another comment saying you did so. That’s it! I’ll select a winner via random.org on Tuesday, June 22.

Good luck!

*In a nutshell, fair trade is a guarantee that the small farmers who provide EE with their products are paid fairly and enjoy safe working conditions, and only use sustainable farming practices.

**UPDATE! And the winner is… Commenter #18, Rebecca! Congrats, lady!

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