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Very sweet :0)

Ron Sullivan

FWIW, ScharffenBerger gets its cacao from small farmers, presumably little or no slave labor involved. I hope Hershey's doesn't mess with all this, since they bought SB last year.

I'm so old I remember when Hershey was a do-gooder company, what with the boys' orphanage school and the clean pretty limestone-block factory right in town and the amusement park and all. AND when we toured the factory, we toured the actual factory. Lord, lord.


Oh, I KNOW! I was SHOCKED to see Hershey on the poop list for this particular offense. SHOCKED. I'm not being at all sarcastic.

Honestly, I've never been that impressed with Sharffenberger, which I feel is overpriced for the quality. If you don't care about organics, Callebaut and Valrhona have superior products which also are not derived from slave labor. If you're going to spend that much, though, you might as well go with Green & Black (now owned by Cadbury, which scares me almost as much as Hershey buying Sharffenberger) or Rapunzel, which are each both organic and fair trade, and which in my opinion rival or and often even surpass non-organic gourmet brands.

While we're opting out of the 43% of the nation's chocolate that is estimated to have been produced by child slave labor, why not also buy organic? Why not have it all?

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