15 Chocolate Recipes to Celebrate Fair Trade Month

If you are going to eat chocolate, isn’t it better to eat chocolate with a mission?!  For the past 15 years, Lake Champlain Chocolates has worked to increase transparency in all of the ingredients that we source.  This means not only looking for the freshest local ingredients, but making sure that the quality ingredients we source from around the world (such as cocoa) have been ethically and sustainably produced. It’s also why we have vigilantly worked at becoming a Fair for Life, social and fair trade certified company.  As of 2016, we are excited to announce that over 95% of the chocolate we use is fair trade certified!  Grab your apron and celebrate Fair Trade Month and National Dessert Day with these delicious fair trade chocolate recipes.

1. Fair Trade Chocolate Chip Cookies

fair trade chocolate chip cookie recipe

There’s nothing more satisfying than a classic dark chocolate chip cookie, fresh out of the oven and still warm, served with a cold glass of milk.  (Unless, of course, it’s two chocolate chip cookies.)

2. Caramel Chocolate Moxie Cake

caramel chocolate moxie cake

Wow your guests this coming Holiday season with a caramel chocolate moxie cake wrapped in a salted caramel buttercream frosting.  Pro tip: top this cake with salted caramel jubilees to create the ultimate dessert.

3. Pumpkin Spice Swirl Brownies

pumpkin spice brownies

It wouldn’t be Fall in Vermont without a little pumpkin spice.  These scrumptious brownies combine pumpkin and chocolate to create the perfect after-school delight.

4. Healthy Chocolate “Surprise” Truffles

vegan chocolate truffles

Made with a fruit and nut base, this is one chocolate truffle you’ll want to snack on every day.  What’s even more surprising is that these little morsels are both gluten-free and vegan!

5. Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

fair trade chocolate coconut cookie recipe

Is there anything more irresistible than chocolate and coconut?  Combine them together to get this out-of-this world cookie that is perfect for your next holiday cookie swap.

6. Mini Choco-banana Hand Pies with Banana Dip

fair trade chocolate banana pies

What’s not to love about a snack-sized pie, especially when it combines the classic flavor of banana and chocolate?  Kids will love the fact that these goodies come with their own dipping sauce.

7. Pumpkin Spice Mocha Recipe

chocolate pumpkin spice latte

Move over pumpkin spice latte, there’s a new drink in town.   This yummy recipe combines fair trade chocolate and coffee with a touch of pumpkin to create the perfect drink to warm you up on those brisk Fall mornings.

8. Flourless Dark Chocolate Torte recipe

fair trade flourless chocolate torte

A great flourless chocolate torte can be hard to master.  This fool-proof recipe from healthy seasonal recipes creates a chocolate torte that is deliciously dense.

9. Double Chocolate Cake

rich dark chocolate cake

Brighten any chocoholic’s day with this rich deep dark chocolate cake.  Pro tip: use extra-dark organic and fair trade certified chocolate to make this fudgy, moist chocolate cake even more divine.

10. Mocha Buttercream Frosting

chocolate mocha buttercream frosting

Put a java-twist on the aforementioned double chocolate cake by liberally applying this mocha buttercream frosting.  With just the right about of coffee and sweetness, this might just become your new go-to chocolate frosting!

11. Individual Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse Cake

individual chocolate hazelnut mousse cakes

Impress your guests with this rich flourless chocolate cake, topped with a Frangelico-infused chocolate mousse, topped with an bittersweet dark chocolate ganache and then sprinkled with roasted hazelnuts.  A decadently rich dessert that is worth every bite.

12. Boozy Malted Hot Chocolate Milkshake

kahlua chocolate milkshake

Bring out your inner kid with an adult version of a chocolate milkshake.  Bonus tip: take your tipsy milkshake to the next level by incorporating our house-made, award-winning ice cream.

13. Creamy Dreamy Peppermint Patties

chocolate mints

These melt-in-your-mouth treats will make any chocolate mint aficionado swoon.  Not only are these heavenly treats vegan and gluten-free, but the recipe creator from oh she glows, also offers a nut-free version of the recipe too.

14. Chocolate Glazed Coconut Flour Doughnuts

gluten free chocolate glazed donuts

It’s hard to resist a doughnut, especially when it’s dipped is fair trade dark chocolate and artfully decorated.  Pro tip: for an added crunch try topping these gluten free donuts with direct trade roasted cacao nibs.

15. Chocolate Fondue

dark chocolate fondue

Add some flare to your next dinner party with chocolate fondue.  Not only is this dessert is fun and easy, but it can easily accommodate most dietary restrictions.  From fresh fruits and marshmallows to potato chips and cookies – there are endless options of dipping combinations to try.

Is your mouth watering yet?  If these recipes didn’t overload you with deep dark chocolate deliciousness, I don’t know what will.  But don’t think need to make them all this weekend.  Pin these fair trade chocolate recipes for later when you need a delicious treat to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, a Holiday party, or New Year’s Eve soiree.  Have a great chocolate recipe?  Share it with us @LCChocolates and #ILoveLCC!