It takes only seconds to swallow a piece of chocolate, but chocolate production takes a long time.
To begin with…
The chocolate is put into a mould and cooled. Then, when it's ready, it's removed from the mould and, once packaged, it's sold to people like you!
Yes, it is a long process!
Responsible! Fair Trade Chocolate
Most of the cocoa used to make chocolate is grown on small family farms in West Africa. It is a difficult job and farmers are faced by many problems, such as pests attacking the crops, bad weather affecting the crops and the fact that the price that farmers receive for their crops can vary. It's a tough job for little money. Indeed, many of the farmers and their families live a very poor life.
Fair Trade helps these families by paying a fair price for the cocoa used in their chocolate. In addition, they make an additional payment (premium) for every tonne they buy. The farmers are able to use this money to improve their business and the community they live in, e.g. by building wells to provide clean drinking water, building schools and public toilets and arranging for a medical clinic to visit the villages.
Buying a bar of Divine chocolate, which is Fairtrade chocolate, and other Fairtrade goods therefore helps the farmers directly, rather than generating profits for large companies.
To hear a little about Fairtrade's work in the cocoa industry, click on this website, where children from St Padarn's Primary school, Aberystwyth, talk to a farmer from Ghana: https://fairtradewales.com/ghana
For more information on Fairtrade’s work in general, scan the information at https://fairtradewales.com/
How much do you know about the Second World War? Well, I wonder if you knew of this cunning conspiracy that was supposed to help the Germans win the Second World War ...?
In 1943, the Nazis had a very cunning plan to try to kill Winston Churchill, the British prime minister. They were going to kill him with chocolate!!!
Some of the people making bombs for the Nazis started to create a very special bomb. It was in the form of a one pound bar of "chocolate". The bar really did look like chocolate, but beneath a layer of delicious dark chocolate, steel and explosives were hiding. The bar was then covered with expensive black and gold paper which showed the name of the chocolate company - Peter's Chocolate.
The intention was for German spies, working in Britain, to ensure the chocolate was taken into the War Cabinet dining room. Then someone there, possibly Winston Churchill himself, might select the bar, open the packet and break off a piece of the chocolate and then ...
… BANG!!!! …
This would surely kill the prime minister.
Following this, Lord Victor Rothschild, then one of MI5's top officers, asked a man named Laurence Fish to design posters showing the explosive chocolate bars in order to alert the public.
The poster can be seen on this website: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/08/04/hitler-vs-churchill/
From tree to mouth!
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Bwlch y Graig
Did you know that there are over 2 million children and young people working on cocoa farms today?
Most are aged between 12 and 16 although some as young as 5 also work there. Some climb the trees to cut the fruit off with a machete, with no safety gloves. They split the pods open.
Some pack and others carry heavy sacks. Some use chainsaws to cut trees without safety clothing. Some spray weedkiller on the land, inhaling the chemicals, since they don’t have a mask to cover their mouths and noses. All this to make sure we get chocolate... or a big bar of chocolate... or a box of chocolates on our birthday or in our Christmas stockings this year!
Have you ever considered the impact the chocolates we eat have on the environment? As our appetite for chocolate increases, the cocoa farms grow bigger, so more and more land is being used for cocoa production. As a result large areas are cleared, including parts of the rainforests, to make way for more and more trees... and more and more cocoa... and more and more chocolate! This, of course, threatens the biodiversity of these areas and chemicals ruin the land and poison the water.
Where will you buy your chocolates this year? In a chocolate shop... on the web... or maybe in a supermarket – wherever they are cheapest probably!
But remember, the price of the chocolate will be high wherever you buy it!
Turning passion into profit
Alison Pope and her mother Glynis decided to start making chocolate in their kitchen, and before they knew it, a part-time hobby turned into a full-time business and "The Little Welsh Chocolate Company" was born.