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Av Shelley-Ann Thörnqvist - 16 oktober 2013 12:33

Hej!


NU har jag gått min FT utbildning för dagen. Jag hade en liten idé om hur man kunde höja stämningen på fikarasten på jobbet.

Det finns en länk här med facit med frågor om Fair Trade. Ni kanske skulle ha en liten tävling på jobbet bland kollegorna där priset är Fair Trade kaffe, te eller choklad? 


http://fairtrade.se/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Fr%C3%A5gesport-Fairtrade-uppdaterad-2013-02-19.pdf


Ha det gött!

  


 

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Av Shelley-Ann Thörnqvist - 16 oktober 2013 10:49

Denna vecka ska jag jobba en del med Fair Trade Fika.


Vad är Fair Trade?

Fair Trade är en oberoende produktmärkning som skapar förutsättningar för odlare och anställda att förbättra sina arbets- och levnadsvillkor.


Glöm inte att vår lokal kaffeproducent Löfbergs Lila har en del Fair Trade kaffe. Anton Berg; Starbucks och Ben and Jerry är också Fair Trade märkta.


FairTrade Sverige är ingen vinstdrivande organisation. Resurser går tillbaka till producenter i form av stöd. Odlarna får en högre betalning samt en extra premie ca 10% av odlarens försäljningspris.

Den används för att utveckla lokalsamhället socialt och ekonomiskt, t ex en ny skola, nya bostäder och hälsovård eller till investeringar i jordbruket. Beslutet för hur premien ska användas tas gemensamt an odlarna. Man kan säga att när föräldrarna får mer inkomster då kan barnen gå i skolan!


Det finns Fairtrade-märkt kaffe, te, kakao, drickchoklad, chokladkakor, bananer och annan färsk frukt, juice, ris, glass, socker, müsli, snacks/godis och honung. Dessutom går det att köpa Fairtrade-märkt vin, rosor, sportbollar, och produkter som innehåller Fairtrade-certifierad bomull. Fråga efter Fairtrade i din butik! - See more at: http://fairtrade.se/produkter/#sthash.QPUxHGdL.dpuf

 

Genom att handla Fair Trade produkter bidrar man till en positiv utveckling i u-länderna där Fair Trade odlarna finns.

Handel på bra villkor för producenten bakom produkten gör skillnaden!

KAKAO & CHOKLAD

Kakao är en uråldrig krydda som genom historien använts såväl som naturläkemedel som ingrediens och krydda i matlagning. I västvärlden förknippas kakao ofta med godis, t ex chokladkakor, bakverk eller drickchoklad. I Sverige konsumerar vi cirka sju kilo choklad per år och person. Vad man som chokladfantast dock många gånger inte tänker på är att kakaon i det godis man äter kan vara producerad under förhållanden som har kränkt mänskliga rättigheter och är allt annat än ”goda”.

Kakao Simon EngströmVästafrika har sedan mitten av 1900-talet varit produktionscentrum för kakao, med Ghana och Elfenbenskusten som de mest framträdande exportländerna. Andra viktiga länder för kakaoindustrin är Indonesien, Brasilien och Nigeria. För fler än 30 av världens utvecklingsländer har kakaoindustrin stor betydelse för samhällsekonomin med uppskattningsvis cirka 14 miljoner människor sysselsatta inom råvaruproduktionen av kakao. I Ghana står kakaoproduktionen till exempel för cirka 40 procent av landets totala exportintäkter. Dessvärre är det en väldig liten andel av vinsten som kommer de människor som arbetar med att odla kakao till del.

Dålig tillgång till marknaden

Precis som inom kaffeproduktionen består svårigheten för odlarna i att skapa handelsförbindelser och ta sig in på världsmarknaden. Detta har resulterat i ett handelssystem som bygger på många mellanhänder i produktionsledet och resulterar i att en väldigt liten andel av vinsten kommer kakaoodlarna till del.

Barnarbete vanligt förekommande

Under det senaste årtiondet har fältundersökningar visat att barnarbete är vanligt förekommande inom kakaoindustrin. Hundratusentals barn uppskattas arbeta under slavliknande förhållanden i en hård arbetsmiljö.

Choklad Simon EngströmVad gör Fairtrade?

Kakao var en av de första produkterna som det utarbetades Fairtrade-kriterier för. Det första kooperativet certifierades av Fairtrade Sveriges systerorganisation i Holland 1993 som en följd av kakao-odlarnas svåra ekonomiska och sociala situation. Idag finns det ett hundratal certifierade producentorganisationer för kakao i Afrika och Latinamerika, med Peru som största enskilda producentland.

Kakao odlas huvudsakligen i familjejordbruk. Därför kan endast kooperativ, eller liknande organisationsformer, certifieras enligt internationella Fairtrade-kriterier. Producentorganisationens medlemsantal kan vara allt ifrån ett hundratal ända upp till tiotusentals enskilda odlare som organiserat sig i syfte att enklare kunna sälja sin skörd.

Kriterierna för kakao innefattar bland annat följande:

  • Uttryckliga regler för kemikaliehantering inklusive hälsofrämjande åtgärder gällande kakaoproduktion
  • Regler för långsiktiga handelsrelationer
  • Krav på demokratiutveckling, t ex att varje odlare/medlem har rätt att uttrycka sina åsikter och vara delaktig i beslutsfattandet inom producentorganisationen
  • Producentorganisationen ska betalas som lägst ett minimipris, dvs ett pris som ska täcka kostnaden för en hållbar produktion. Från 1 januari 2011 är minimipriset 2000 US dollar/ton kakao.
  • En premie på 200 US dollar/ton sålt kakao betalas ut till producentorganisationens medlemmar med syftet att stimulera lokal samhällsutveckling och investeringar i produktionen. Medlemmarna bestämmer själva vad de vill använda premien till, så länge beslutet inte strider mot kriterierna. Exempel på vad premien har använts till hos några av producenterna: skolbygge i lokalsamhället, fonder för utlåning av mikrokrediter, investeringar i ekologiskt jordbruk eller i produktionsfaciliteter, diversifiering av grödor för att öka inkomstmöjligheterna.
  • Om kakaon också är ekologiskt certifierad får producentorganisationen också en extra betalning på 300 US dollar/ton kako.
  • Producentorganisationen har möjlighet till förfinansiering med upp till 60 procent av försäljningspriset.

Läs mer

Kontakt Fairtrade Sverige

För frågor om certifiering eller märkt kakao & choklad, kontakta Cecilia Jaukkuri.

- See more at: http://fairtrade.se/produkter/kakao-choklad/#sthash.N1zNbyke.dpuf


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Av Shelley-Ann Thörnqvist - 14 oktober 2013 23:10

1. Ferrero Rocher


Ferrero Rocher is the world’s favorite, Italian made roasted) chocolate brand. Name me a single chocolate lover who has not heard of Ferrero Rocher or has not tried one piece of their chocolate. This Italian branded chocolate are sometimes also referred as Ferrero Spa. Made of roasted hazelnuts, walnuts and hazelnut cream milk chocolate, Ferrero Rocher is one of a kind. With the growing demand of this chocolate in the market, the company has started to make the succulent chocolates using different flavors. The most popular flavors on the market today are Pistachio, Coconut and Lemon, and coconut & dark chocolate.


2. Swiss Thins (LINDT)

The not so sweet chocolate has been a worthy pick for the last 160 years. The Switzerland based brand was built in 1845. The brand has contributed too many chocolate bars that are well known amongst all ages. Black chocolate is its forte. Sold in over 80 countries, the brand gives nothing short of quality.

Why on this list? Lindt Chocolates rank among the most popular chocolate brands of the world. This is a chocolate brand that is known for its rich taste. In the recent few years, Lindt brought another variation of chocolate in the market going by the name of Lindor. The core of it is soft and smooth with a hard coating of dark chocolate on the outer shell. Lindt is also known for producing great bunny chocolates and chocolate eggs during Easter every year. These chocolates are sold in almost every supermarket and convenience store in North America and Europe.


3. Guylian

It hit the market pretty late. However the milk chocolates produced by the brand cannot be ignored at all. Guylian chocolates are a bit more on the sweeter side and are appropriate for sweet lovers. It even abounds in variety and can be selected from a huge range of assortments.


4. Maxim’s

This is one of the high priced chocolates available in the market. Satisfying the chocoholics for a century now, the Maxinm’s are a symbol of elegance and class. The name itself has its reference in France mythology. The brand is infamous for the series of assortments that are highly exquisite. It ranges from milk chocolates to black chocolates and hazelnut milk chocolates.


5. Amedei


Amedei of Tuscany, Italy, was founded by brother & sister Cecilia and Alessio Tessieri in 1990 and is a new chocolate brand on the market. With an admirable passion and determination coupled with the highest standards of craftsmanship and creativity, Amedei today is considered one of the finest, luxury chocolate makers in the world. In their quest for superior tasting chocolate, Amedei buys high quality cocoa beans direct from only the finest plantations and has even gained world exclusive rights to the revered Chuao plantation in Venezuela.

 Amedei Porcelana deserves a spot on this list as it is perhaps the world’s most expensive chocolate and can be bought at one exclusive price – $90/lb.-Porcelana, 70% cocoa, single variety bar This 70% dark, specialist chocolate bar from Amedei is created exclusively from the refined, nutty and caramel flavoured Porcelana bean, a genetically pure strain of the Criollo bean. This bean is extremely rare and Amedei produce only a limited amount each year for its choco-addicts to taste.

1. Ferrero Rocher


Ferrero Rocher is the world’s favorite, Italian made roasted) chocolate brand. Name me a single chocolate lover who has not heard of Ferrero Rocher or has not tried one piece of their chocolate. This Italian branded chocolate are sometimes also referred as Ferrero Spa. Made of roasted hazelnuts, walnuts and hazelnut cream milk chocolate, Ferrero Rocher is one of a kind. With the growing demand of this chocolate in the market, the company has started to make the succulent chocolates using different flavors. The most popular flavors on the market today are Pistachio, Coconut and Lemon, and coconut & dark chocolate.


2. Swiss Thins (LINDT)

The not so sweet chocolate has been a worthy pick for the last 160 years. The Switzerland based brand was built in 1845. The brand has contributed too many chocolate bars that are well known amongst all ages. Black chocolate is its forte. Sold in over 80 countries, the brand gives nothing short of quality.

Why on this list? Lindt Chocolates rank among the most popular chocolate brands of the world. This is a chocolate brand that is known for its rich taste. In the recent few years, Lindt brought another variation of chocolate in the market going by the name of Lindor. The core of it is soft and smooth with a hard coating of dark chocolate on the outer shell. Lindt is also known for producing great bunny chocolates and chocolate eggs during Easter every year. These chocolates are sold in almost every supermarket and convenience store in North America and Europe.


3. Guylian

It hit the market pretty late. However the milk chocolates produced by the brand cannot be ignored at all. Guylian chocolates are a bit more on the sweeter side and are appropriate for sweet lovers. It even abounds in variety and can be selected from a huge range of assortments.


4. Maxim’s

This is one of the high priced chocolates available in the market. Satisfying the chocoholics for a century now, the Maxinm’s are a symbol of elegance and class. The name itself has its reference in France mythology. The brand is infamous for the series of assortments that are highly exquisite. It ranges from milk chocolates to black chocolates and hazelnut milk chocolates.


5. Amedei


Amedei of Tuscany, Italy, was founded by brother & sister Cecilia and Alessio Tessieri in 1990 and is a new chocolate brand on the market. With an admirable passion and determination coupled with the highest standards of craftsmanship and creativity, Amedei today is considered one of the finest, luxury chocolate makers in the world. In their quest for superior tasting chocolate, Amedei buys high quality cocoa beans direct from only the finest plantations and has even gained world exclusive rights to the revered Chuao plantation in Venezuela.

 Amedei Porcelana deserves a spot on this list as it is perhaps the world’s most expensive chocolate and can be bought at one exclusive price – $90/lb.-Porcelana, 70% cocoa, single variety bar This 70% dark, specialist chocolate bar from Amedei is created exclusively from the refined, nutty and caramel flavoured Porcelana bean, a genetically pure strain of the Criollo bean. This bean is extremely rare and Amedei produce only a limited amount each year for its choco-addicts to taste.


5. Ducd’O

Milk chocolates, black chocolates or white chocolates. Pick your choice. Ducd’O offers a range of compound chocolates for a variety of taste buds. One can easily pick up a white chocolate if he detests bitter taste. If one prefers bitter to sweet, black chocolate is the ideal one. However, milk chocolate will satisfy the quest for both bitter and sweet.




6. Kinder Bueno

This brand features wafer as an essential addition to its soft chocolate. With a relatively average price, the brand widely reaches out to the chocolate lovers. The bright packaging makes the chocolate worth the bucks.


7. Godiva

Godiva

Godiva is one of the world’s best known luxury Belgian chocolate brands, and among the first to have a truly global reach.

It all began in Brussels, Belgium in 1926, when Joseph Draps started selling pralines out of his home. Originally, he called his company Chocolaterie Draps. When he decided to go more upscale and open a shop, he gave the store a more luxury name: Godiva, for Lady Godiva, the legendary noblewoman who bared it all on horseback in attempt to convince her husband to lower taxes.

Godiva is a defined leader in the premium confectionery category with more than 400 boutique stores and shops worldwide. Godiva is now available -in over 80 countries around the world and continues to enthuse the choco – lovers almost 90 years later.


8. M&M’s

People in US are strict admirers of this chocolate. The colorful display of the candies is appealing to the eyes. The chocolate comes in different colors like green and yellow and are coated with candies. Each piece has the letter ’M’ imprinted on it. There are a variety of candies like milk chocolate, mint, dark chocolate and peanut chocolates.


9. Belgian

As the name suggests, this chocolate originates from no place other than Belgium. Belgium ranks amongst the world’s foremost producer of chocolates. The Belgian chocolates scores high on quality and taste. The brand   makes use of upgraded technologies to remain at par with the other big names.http://top-10-list.org/2011/01/10/top-10-chocolate-brands-for-choco-addicts/2/

Av Shelley-Ann Thörnqvist - 14 oktober 2013 22:47

Förra året åkte jag till Ukraina och köpte Ukrainska choklad. Chokladen var mycket god.    

Den här chokladtillverkare Roshen har blivit förbjuden i Ryssland. Ryssarna tycker väl att Ukraina är för EU vänlig och har hittat en massa dumheter varför man inte få importera Roshen choklad till Ryssland, Vem kunde tro att choklad skulle bli politik!

Av Shelley-Ann Thörnqvist - 14 oktober 2013 22:11

1. Chocopologie by Knipschildt


Cost: $2,600 per pound
Web site: www.knipschildt.com

Knipschildt Chocolatier was founded in 1999 by Fritz Knipschildt, who began his culinary journey as a chef in Odense, Denmark. The most-expensive chocolate he sells–a $250 dark chocolate truffle with a French black truffle inside–is available only on a preorder-only basis. It’s made of 70% Valrhona cacao, which is blended into a creamy ganache with truffle oil. The truffle is then magnificantly hand-rolled with a dark truffle on the inside and dusted with cocoa powder.

Chocopologie is much more than a chocolate factory in Connecticut—it’s an trendy European-style café that serves light fare from 7 a.m to midnight, including specialty coffees and teas, and, of course, some of the finest chocolates in the United States.



   

2. Noka Vintages Collection


Cost: $854 per pound
Web site: www.nokachocolate.com

Noka chocolate is a mixture of the finest dark chocolates, exclusively extracted from plantations in Venezuela, Trinidad, Cote d’Ivoire and Ecuador. The Vintages Collection of chocolate is 75% pure, single-origin cacao, with other ingredients that include cacao butter and sugar. Noka does not use any soy lecithin or vanilla n their chocolate-making process.

Perfect chocolate pairing: Noka recommends bold red wines and brut champagnes as the ideal complements to its chocolates. If you have the money, I definitely recommend you try both.


       

3. Delafee


Cost: $508 per pound

Web site: www.delafee.com

For those who love a bit of sparkle in their chocolate, there’s always Delafee. The chocolate is specially prepared with fine cocoa beans and flakes of edible 24-karat gold applied by hand to each bar. Other ingredients include sugar, coconut oil, cocoa butter, milk powder and vanilla.


   


4. Godiva “G” Collection


Cost: $120 per pound
Web site: www.godiva.com

The well-known chocolate brand maker, which first originated in Belgium, introduced the “G” Collection of chocolates, which are made with various ingredients and flavors, such as Palet d’Or, Tasmanian Honey and Mexican Hot Chocolate. Each chocolate is comprised of premium cocoa beans and other ingredients that are dependent on each type of bonbon.

The collection itself is made up of 15 true artisan quality chocolates designed by an exceptional pastry chef, Norman Love. The pieces in the collection are simply exquisite and the flavors all too die for.




   

5. Richart:


Cost: $120 per pound
Web site: www.richart-chocolates.com

The Richart chocolate tradition originated in Lyon, France and has been on the market 1925. Today they operate more than a dozen boutiques across Europe and also in the U.S and Tokyo. Richart’s range is vast. The first time you indulge in Richart chocolates, you probably won’t know where to begin. If it’s one of Richart’s special occasion assortments, you’ll find the petits (chocolates) hidden beneath an inscribed chocolate plaque. In the case of the Envol ballotin, you’ll be faced with some 49 luscious cubes decorated with hand-applied cocoa butter designs. Each is a small, but unique, work of art, pleasing to both eye and palate.


         

 6. Pierre Marcolini


Cost: $102.50 per pound
Web site: www.marcolinichocolatier.com

While there are certainly many chocolatiers that have gained a claim to fame in Europe, few of these artisans have made their presence felt in North America like Pierre Marcolini. When a chocolate gets  a spot on Oprah, it’s a pretty good indicator that the brand is destined to a quick rise to the top of the American market. Still, Pierre owes much of his success to his strong European origins and presence, which continue to garner him the most success. Like many artisans, Pierre Marcolini runs a bean-to-bar operation, controlling every step of the production process and infusing subtle differences in each variety that rolls out the door and into the hands of happy customers.

Pierre Marcolini is still building on his success and is constantly perfecting his art. Unlike some chocolatiers who keep a fairly small product line, Marcolini feels that each customer has his own unique taste and offers one of the widest varieties of flavors on the luxury market today.


7. Debauve & Gallais


Cost: $94 per pound
Web site: www.debauveandgallais.com

Debauve & Gallais traditionally makes chocolates that are low in sugar and high in premium quality cocoa. They do not use soy lecithin or any type of emulsifier to make their chocolate. Their ingredients include Piedmont hazelnuts, Perigord nuts, Turkish raisins, Spanish almonds, Turin chestnuts and Antilles rum. There are no dyes, preservatives or other additives ever used in Debauve & Gallais chocolate as recipes do not permit chefs to do so.


8.

   

 Chuao


Cost: $79 per pound
Web site: www.chuaochocolatier.com

Chuao Chocolatier is named after the cacao-producing region of Chuao, Venezuela and the brand uses European techniques to make their Venezuelan chocolate.   The freshest ingredients are used, and absolutely no preservatives are permitted in these handmade chocolates.

The brand was started by Venezuela natives Michael and Richard Antonorsi, who came from a family of cacao growers. It was only natural for them to take on the family business. After moving to California, the two brothers launched Chuao Chocolatier in 2002, naming it for their native country’s most famous chocolate-producing region.

When you taste Chuao chocolate, you taste real chocolate. Chuao Chocolatier prides itself on creating artisanal confections that blend Venezuelan-sourced cacao with unique spices and other natural ingredients. As if you needed an excuse to indulge your sweet tooth.

   


9. Richard Donnelly


Cost: $75 per pound
Web site: www.donnellychocolates.com

Richard Donnelly began making chocolate in 1988 after studying with a number of master chocolatiers in Paris and Brussels. His chocolates are handmade from the finest French and Belgian couvertures. He focuses on creating simple, sophisticated flavors and is planning to create chocolate flavors based on the best-selling chocolate bars in the U.S

Donnelly is most popular for his obsession with flavor. In a California resort town, in a shop that is not fancy, he produces bars and chocolates that have won accolades and awards for their imaginative texture and taste.

     

10. Vosges Haut Chocolat


Cost: $69 per pound
Web site: www.vosgeschocolate.com

Vosge has several signature and admirable flavors, including Naga, which is a milk chocolate with Sweet Indian Curry and coconut and Black Pearl, which is a dark chocolate with ginger and wasabi to name a few. There are also flavors like Finnochio, which is a chocolate made with wild fennel pollen and dark chocolate, and Balsamico, which includes dark chocolate, a ten-year aged modena balsamic vinegar and Sicilian hazelnuts.

I would highly recommend his Bacon Chocolate Collection.  This is the most luxuriant bacon and chocolate experiences you will hand and you will definitely want more when you are finished with your first try. The ingredients are deep and dark milk chocolate bacon truffles made with fresh organic cream and topped with either hickory smoked bacon pieces of Valrhona cocoa powder. “The bacon rebellion continues.”


   





Av Shelley-Ann Thörnqvist - 14 oktober 2013 21:25

Tittade på en fantastisk avsnitt av Ex-Pats Part 2/3 om en Amerikan David 'Mott' Green som åkte till Grenada och startade en chokladfabrik The Grenada Chocolate Company. Mott hjälpte bönderna där att starta ett kooperativ. Han var en riktig trevlig och kreativ människa. Jag tyckte filmen var såå bra och jag ville åka dit. Jag har satt upp den på my to do lista. Sedan läste jag att han hade dött. tyckte det var såå himla tragiskt men jag tänkte lägga upp filmen här ånda för att hedra hans minne :)          

Av Shelley-Ann Thörnqvist - 14 oktober 2013 17:48

Jag gör en del low-varv snacks till mina barn
De älskar Boursinosten på gurka med en morotsbit. De älskar också Boursinost på Falukorv eller en morotsbit.



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