Last week I wrote a post titled, When a Church Halloween Event is Scary::The Truth about Chocolate. While it would be wonderful if we all replaced our chocolate purchases this year with fairly traded varieties, I know doing so is an expensive trade-off. Personally, I'd love to be able to lay down a fat wad of money to support companies who are making delicious chocolate in a way that honors the people behind their products. It would make my ever-lovin' day to be able to buy a giant pile of chocolate from companies who have emphatically said, "NO" to forced child labor in their supply chains. Then reality slaps me in the face and reminds me that I have a bank account - and it looks a little different than the one in my imagination. Reality. I hate it. Our plan this Halloween? I'll buy some fair trade chocolate. It's Halloween, by golly. I plan to eat so much fair trade chocolate I hate myself and let the kids do the same. When it comes to handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, I can't afford to pass out a neighborhood's worth of fair-trade chocolate. Womp. Womp.
The alternative? Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops. You can order a giant bag of these delicious suckers from Amazon for $30. Each 5 pound bag contains about 325 suckers. This means each lollipop costs around 10 cents each. This is such a great, affordable alternative to non-fair trade chocolate. Have I mentioned these suckers are delicious? We love them.
Not only would these suckers make a great chocolate alternative this Halloween, I wanted to include them in this "31 Days of Shopping with Purpose" series because these candies are handy to have on hand year-round. They make great treats, and these bad boys will make their way into our kids' stockings this Christmas. (And into my stocking this Christmas.)
I love this post from Kristen (from last year). Oh, how I love a smart-mouth.