Cocoa Uses

10 Creative Ways to Use Cocoa Powder

 

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Following are 10 delicious and creative ways to add cocoa – which is heralded for its numerous and wide-ranging health benefits – to your daily life this winter and beyond:

1. Cocoa-fy your coffee

Want to give your cup of joe a boost of beneficial antioxidants? Add one tablespoon of cocoa powder to a mug of hot brewed coffee and sweeten as normal. Warning: Your morning java just became even more addictive.

2. Sprinkle over fruit

Chocolate and fresh fruit are a perfect pairing. They not only complement each other flavor-wise, they’re both rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Simply sprinkle a tablespoon of cocoa powder over a bowl of nature’s candy and prepare to indulge in an even sweeter treat!

3. Boost your salads

Can’t handle the idea of another boring salad? We don’t blame you! End the monotony by adding some partially ground cocoa beans, known as nibs, to a mixture of lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers, carrots and any other veg you have in your repertoire.

4. Enhance trail mix

Those same cocoa nibs that took your salad to the next level also make an excellent addition to homemade (or store-bought) trail mix. Simply combine them with nuts, dried fruit and other tasty ingredients such as yogurt-covered raisins for a smart and satisfying snack.

5. Amp up cereal

Move over berries and banana slices. There’s a new topping in town! It’s cocoa powder, and it could be coming to a cereal bowl near you. A few tablespoons can make any morning better – and healthier, to boot!

6. Elevate your yogurt

If you’re yogurt fan (and really, who isn’t?), cocoa powder is a wonderful way to top off the tasty treat. And if you want to get creative, consider layering cocoa powder, fruit and yogurt to create a delicious, nutritious parfait.

7. Improve smoothie recipes

Gather your favorite smoothie ingredients, a few tablespoons of cocoa powder (or some nibs) and your blender. You know what comes next… a creamy, chocolatey smoothie that will leave you wanting more.

8. Make peanut butter better

Most of us would like to personally thank the culinary genius who first realized that peanut butter (or any nut butter) and chocolate are a delicious, decadent flavor combination. Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to your creamy (or crunchy) spread and prepare to enjoy the ultimate peanut butter sandwich. And it’s okay to throw in some banana slices for good measure!

9. Make your own exfoliating scrub

Mix a tablespoon of cocoa powder with equal parts coconut oil, honey and sugar until a paste forms. Apply the blend to your face, and allow it to set for approximately 20 minutes. Gently massage your skin while you rinse off this delicious DIY mask, and kiss those dead skin cells goodbye!

10. Smell it

Trying to stave off your sweet tooth? According to Health.com, taking a quick whiff of cocoa powder may help you combat cravings for sweet treats. That’s because the scent of the stuff activates the same neurotransmitters that are stimulated during chocolate consumption.

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Consumers Demand Hershey Stop Buying Child Labor Cocoa

Thousands of Consumers Demand Hershey Stop Buying Child Labor Cocoa Before Halloween.

Raise the Bar, Hershey! Campaign – Petition:
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Growing campaign on Change.org calls on Hershey to commit to buying Fair Trade cocoa by Halloween; activists release video highlighting Hershey’s “child labor chocolate”
WASHINGTON, DC – More than 30,000 consumers have joined a popular campaign on Change.org calling on Hershey to commit to buying cocoa certified as being produced without child labor, forced labor, or trafficked labor in time for Halloween.
Raise the Bar, Hershey!, a coalition of organizations fighting the rampant and ongoing labor abuses in the cocoa industry like child slavery and child labor, is leading the campaign on Change.org following Hershey’s continued failure to make reasonable efforts to keep labor abuses out of its supply chain. Raise the Bar, Hershey! has also produced a mock-commercial which reveals the exploitation behind the “child labor chocolate” many trick-or-treaters will receive this Halloween.
“A decade ago, Hershey signed an agreement, now known as the Harkin-Engel Protocol, in which they promised to help fight child slavery and other abuses in the cocoa industry,” said Elizabeth O’Connell, Fair Trade Campaigns Director at Green America, and member of the Raise the Bar, Hershey! coalition. “Yet it has done far less than other chocolate companies to address these abuses. This Halloween, thousands of consumers are telling Hershey they’re fed up with cocoa tainted by the abuse of children.”
News of the online petition campaign’s success will increase pressure on Hershey. In addition to the petition and mock commercial, Raise the Bar, Hershey! is planning a-call-in day, a Halloween costume contest to call for Fair Trade cocoa, and rallies at Hershey stores in New York, Chicago, and Niagara Falls.
“What the consumers and activists of Raise the Bar, Hershey! have accomplished is remarkable,” said Amanda Kloer, Director of Organizing for Change.org. “With limited resources but with strategic planning and execution, they’ve recruited more than 30,000 supporters, developed a brand-jamming video, and launched a social media campaign. Change.org is about empowering anyone, anywhere to demand action on the issues that matter to them, and it has been incredible to watch this timely campaign take off.”
Live signature totals from Raise the Bar Hershey campaign:

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ARTICLE LINK:  http://www.globalexchange.org/news/thousands-consumers-demand-hershey-stop-buying-child-labor-cocoa-halloween