The 2021 roundup of the best ethical Easter eggs in stores includes marbled choc rabbits, a blonde beehive egg, elegant classics, secret truffles, drool-worthy flavours and the smoothest chocolate.
Along with the joy of cracking open Fairtrade chocolate eggs and devouring, you can also feel chuffed that your choice means more power in the hands of cocoa farmers.
The farmers who grow the cocoa in the chocolate eggs we in the UK enjoy each Easter, earn on average $1 per day, which isn’t enough to cover their basic needs. Cocoa farmers must also deal with the immediate and ever-increasing threat of the climate crisis. Even though farmers in countries such as Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana have contributed the least to the climate emergency, they are disproportionately affected and struggle with crop failure. Through the chain reaction of choosing Fairtrade, you’re supporting environmentally friendly farming and supporting cocoa farmers to move towards earning a living income.
So check out the Easter treats laid out below in all their egg-cellence!
1. Aldi’s Beehive Egg
Watch the bees buzzing around the early blossom and tuck into Aldi’s spectacularly designed beehive egg. A luxurious, Fairtrade salted Blonde chocolate egg with honeycomb pieces and bee pollen. Hand-finished with British honey caramel-filled bees and complete with 12 salted caramel truffles.
Aldi’s amazing Fairtrade dragon egg is also back on sale for those who want a monster-sized treat for Easter!
2. Co-op’s Golden Praline Egg
This elegant egg features a Fairtrade Belgian milk chocolate shell, with golden cocoa nibs, milk chocolate confetti with a golden central gianduja egg. Co-op have removed the plastic packaging from their hollow eggs to save over 14 tonnes of single use plastic.
For those who avoid milk, look out for Co-op’s milk free chocolate flavour egg with caramel flavour truffles. Yum!
3. Cocoa Loco’s marbled chocolate rabbits
For an Easter egg alternative, treat someone to a very cute, completely solid marbled chocolate rabbit. Each chocolate rabbit is hand-poured, meaning no two rabbits are the same. And the best part about them is they’re solid chocolate! That’s got to be a win for the no-nonsense choc lovers out there. They’re Organic, Fairtrade certified and palm oil free.
4. Divine’s milk chocolate with tangy orange egg
Divine have launched two new Easter eggs this year. Smooth milk chocolate infused with zesty orange and their vegan friendly deliciously dark hazelnut egg. 100% plastic free.
And for a home Easter egg hunt, you can’t get a better incentive to check behind the sofa and rummage in those messy drawers than Divine’s speckled mini eggs.
A cocoa co-operative of family farmers in Ghana, called Kuapa Kokoo, owns a stake in Divine, which means the farmers receive a share of the profits they help to create, giving them more to invest in their families, farms and communities.
Divine’s speckled mini eggs from Divine online (Waitrose and Ocado)
5. Green & Black’s Sweet Butterscotch Egg
Check out Green & Black’s Fairtrade and Organic delicious, thick-shelled Easter eggs. From sweet butterscotch, to creamy milk, and intense dark, find the perfect flavour for a special Easter gift.
Available in retailers nationwide.
6. The Meaningful Chocolate Company‘s Real Easter Egg
The Original Real Easter Egg includes a new 24 page Easter story activity book with a £200 prize competition. It features a rainbow design as a symbol of working together, in amazing and inspiring ways, for the common good. A thick shelled Fairtrade milk chocolate egg with a lovely creamy taste. Palm oil and plastic free.
7. Tony’s Chocolonely’s carton of mini eggs
For those who can’t choose just one flavour, look no further than Tony’s Chocolonely egg carton, filled with 12 delicious eggs divided by seven flavours – that’s ehh.. not equal! This carton of eggs is unequally divided to draw attention to the inequality in the chocolate industry. Incredible flavours of milk choc, extra dark, milk almond honey nougat, milk caramel sea salt (please let there be two of you!), milk hazelnut and milk pretzel toffee.
8. Waitrose’s Hidden Truffles Dark Chocolate egg
The new-look No.1 Easter eggs from Waitrose come in dark, nutty or milk flavours. They’re made with Fairtrade single-origin chocolate and each egg comes with a secret box of four Waitrose No.1 Truffles. Who doesn’t love finding secret chocolate within their chocolate!
Why choose Fairtrade Easter Eggs?
Choosing Fairtrade means supporting farmers with fair pay, enabling them to create better lives for their families and communities.
Hear from Bengaly Bourama on why Fairtrade makes a real difference to his community.
WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BUILD A SCHOOL, ACCOMMODATION FOR THE TEACHERS OF THE SCHOOL, WE HAVE RENOVATED THE HOSPITAL, WE HAVE GIVEN AN AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL, ALL OF THIS WITH THE FAIRTRADE PREMIUM. AND WE HAVE A PROJECT TO BUILD THE HEADQUARTERS THAT THE CO-OPERATIVE DESERVES BY THE END OF THE YEAR. WITHOUT FAIRTRADE WE WOULDN’T BE IN THIS POSITION.Bengaly Bourama, Secretary General of the COOBADI co-operative in Côte d’Ivoire