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Things We Love: Organic and Fair Trade Chocolate

We love chocolate here at Le Dolci, so whenever we find a place that carries unique flavours, we can go a little crazy. We’ve recently discovered The Mercantile in Roncesvalles. The Mercantile sells organic food, teas, and let’s not forget, chocolate! We were in heaven after spotting so many different brands of organic and fair trade chocolate that we purchased maybe a little too many 🙂

Besides a taste that is nothing short of divine, it’s also good to know where and what type of chocolate we’re buying. Due to the recent studies on organic and natural food, it’s nice to know that we can make the right choices when it comes to even sweet treats!

So what is Fair Trade? Fair Trade Canada describes it as being a different way of doing business – it’s about making principles of fairness and decency mean something in the marketplace. Fair trade allows farmers and artisans to get a better deal for their products. This is usually understood to mean better prices for producers, but it often means longer-term and more meaningful trading relationships too. Fair Trade is a way for us to identify products that meet our values so we can make choices that have a positive impact on the world.

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Things we love: Dolfin Gourmet Chocolate Squares

Dolfin’s Gourmet Squares

Dolfin is an exquisite chocolate brand from Belgium, and their quality is exceptional. Dolfin is available at Pusateri’s, Chocolate Addict and Home Sense, but we got this specific one from Home Sense.

Here’s a breakdown of what we thought!

. very small & thin, so we finished them all in one go!
. Earl Grey – dark chocolate, peppery, aromatic, toasty, and crunchy
. Citron – dark chocolate & candied lemon peels. Not tangy and strong, but more like an undertone of the citrus fruit
. Lait – milk chocolate. Definitely not the “kiddy” type as it was smooth and not sweet
. Lait Nougatine – milk chocolate & almonds. A bit sweet, crunchy and nutty
. Noir 70% – 70% dark chocolate. Smooth and slightly bitter
. Noir 88% – the right amount of bitterness and very “adult-like”

If you’re a chocolate fanatic and enjoy different types, then perhaps you’ll enjoy these!