I got to go trick or treating early this year, courtesy of someone nice who did the shopping.  My Halloween chocolate consisted of Trader Joes Fair Trade Belgian Chocolate.  Tastes heavenly and doesn’t contribute to slavery.  Be an abolitionist and buy Fair Trade products!

  1. Money Jihad says:

    How much does it cost per bar? I heard earlier today that the average family spends $44 on Halloween candy.

    • Carl says:

      Thanks for reading, and for the comment/question. Unfortunately, I don’t know how much it costs per bar, because someone kind got it for me as a gift. 🙂 However, it’s probably too much for handing out for trick or treat. I thought about that when I posted, and wondered if it would give the wrong impression. The idea was more that (a) I was lucky enough to get Fair Trade chocolate for my own trick or treat (that was the only piece I got or needed), and (b) I wanted to give people the idea of looking for fair trade chocolate and other treats, whether it’s to give out to all the trick or treaters at their door, or just to enjoy for Halloween and other times. It makes me wonder though, when will someone have an affordable bag of trick or treat candy that can be given away at the door and it’s reasonable cost? Normally when I see fair trade, it’s a large portion of candy, and not little individually wrapped pieces.

      • Money Jihad says:

        Hmm.. Maybe you already blogged or tweeted about it, but I’ve read that Hershey says it will go fair trade by 2020. Then we should be able to get the individually wrapped mini-bars!

      • Carl says:

        Thanks for the reminder about Hershey’s announcement to be fair trade by 2020. I mentioned it in a previous post, but haven’t done a new post on this topic. I’m glad to hear about Hershey’s announcement, and I think it’s a step in the right direction. I suppose it’s better that they make a realistic goal, and really stick with it, rather than give lip service to the idea of fair trade, and do nothing. And it’s better than promising something unreachable, and then not accomplishing it. On the other hand, it’s hard to imagine continuing to countenance slave and forced labor for another 7 years! Personally, I don’t plan on buying any of the lines of Hershey’s that are not certified. They are supposedly going to roll it out by product line, so some of their brands should be certified before others. That way we can buy the product lines that ARE certified, even while the other ones catch up. Progress is better than nothing.

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