"Your hand and your mouth agreed many years
ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned,
there is no need to involve your brain."
- Dave Barry
"What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?"
- Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
"Chocolate says 'I'm sorry' so much better than words."
- Rachel Vincent, My Soul to Save
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July Fourth weekend brought heat to New York that
could melt M&M's in one's hands. It also offered three
days of much-needed rest away from our normal daily
work routines. On Sunday morning, I watched a 46
minute documentary that was impossible to turn off.
It just kept getting better and better. One shock
led to another and then another until extreme sadness
morphed into anger.
Documentary: The Dark Side of Chocolate
For most of us, chocolate represents heaven.
For tens of thousands of kidnapped children
working as slaves on Ivory Coast cacao plantations,
chocolate represents hell.
There is a dirty secret which chocolate makers
conspire to keep from ethical consumers who demand
morality. Those who know the truth about the great
majority of America's chocolate industry seek
fair-trade alternatives. Forty-two percent of
America's chocolate industry relies upon cacao
beans grown and harvested in a nation which uses
slave labor. The slaves are little boys and girls.
Nestles knows. Hershey knows. Mars knows.
America's dairy industry chocolate milk makers know.
At the time Notmilk began writing a series of columns
in 2001 and 2002 exposing the outrageous support of
child slavery on African cacao plantations, chocolate
industry manufacturers signed a pledge to end that
slavery by 2005. When that did not happen, they extended
their promise to 2008. It is now six years after that
disappointing lie. In 2014, can we rely upon our
own consciences to hold the bastards accountable?
Now for chocolate Heaven.
"Controlling the product starts with the hand-selection
of the cacao bean, purchased directly from Peruvian growers."
- Julie McLean, CEO/Founder Sibu Sura Chocolate Company
Julie McLean is an entrepreneur with one dream:
To manufacture the purest most-delicious chocolate treats
on the planet. Most of her products are vegan, and from
what I have experienced, she has fulfilled her goal
while satisfying our sweet teeth. The name Sibu Sura
comes from a charming Peruvian myth:
Her challenge was to outclass European chocolates by
using the richest organically grown cacao beans which
she hand selects during frequent trips to a special grower
in the jungles of Peru. Her chocolates have surpassed
European sourced couverture (richness of beans) which
come from slave labor in Africa. Check out her goodies:
I have tasted Sibu Sura vegan chocolates, and can
sincerely tell you that there is only one difference
between these epicurean delights, and heaven. The
soul (sole) difference is that heaven is a one-way
trip with no return ticket. Once you eat Sibu Sura,
you soon come back to earth, but unlike heaven, you
can go to Sibu Sura land as often as you wish. It's
a nice place to visit...
You can buy Sibu Sura chocolates direct:
Sibu Sura chocolates are trade-friendly, and unlike
most chocolates sold in America, do not rely upon
kidnapped children living in slavery on African
cacao bean plantations.
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"Hershey Foods strongly condemns abusive child
labor practices on cocoa farms and is addressing
this serious problem."
- Hershey's 2001 statement
"The industry alone can't fix this. We're
dealing with a sovereign government."
- Lawrence T. Graham, president of the
Chocolate Manufacturers Association, 2001
"We will never knowingly purchase chocolate from
any nation in which children are kidnapped and live
in slavery. Ever. That would be unconscionable."
- Steve Demos, SILK (Demos then sold SILK to the
largest dairy industry processor in America and you have
probably correctly guessed that the cacao beans used to
manufacture vegan SILK chocolate milk come from the Ivory
Coast and do not come from Peru like Fair Trade Sibu Sura
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