I try to support local and small business with my spending more often than not. That I know personally many of the local veg business owners means in doing so, I’m supporting my friends’ livelihoods as well.
But every few months I make a Costco run to pick up a few staples (organic breakfast cereal, for one) and to buy socks and underwear. I really don’t enjoy it. I find it exhausting and a bit soul-sucking. I console myself with the knowledge that Costco front line employees make pretty decent coin for retail, and that from what I’ve read, the CEO isn’t a total jerk.
Every so often I find a product that I’ve never seen elsewhere. Most recently it was barkTHINS; dark chocolate and pumpkin seed bark, which just a touch of sea salt. Very importantly, it’s certified fair trade. And the product is vegan, of course.
I took my bag into the office and shared it with my colleagues, and everyone agreed that it’s pretty much amazing. It’s dark chocolate, but without even a hint of bitterness. It has a great melt in your mouth texture; not at all chalky or mealy. Nutritionally, between the dark chocolate and the pumpkin seeds it’s a solid source of iron- one 40 gram serving has 20% of your daily intake- and even 7 grams of protein per serving.
I highly recommend these for anyone who appreciates fine chocolate, produced under fair conditions. This is probably not the best choice, however, for a two-year-old.
Found: Costco Merivale Road. Perhaps someone can let us know if it’s been spotted elsewhere?
Price: $10 for a one pound pouch