In 2009, Salvation Army International Development (SAID) UK stated that 12,000 children have been trafficked on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast of Africa, where half of the world's chocolate is made. SAID UK states that it is these child slaves who are likely to be working in "harsh and abusive" conditions for the production of chocolate, and an increasing number of health-food and anti-slavery organisations are highlighting and campaigning against the use of trafficking in the chocolate industry.
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Although chocolate has been eaten since at least 1400 B.C., the way we eat it is a relatively recent invention. Ever taken a bite of unsweetened baking chocolate? Gross. Just try to imagine sipping a hot, frothy drink made of the stuff, maybe with some ground chili peppers for flavor. It's not something I'd look forward to as a treat, but that's how the Mesoamericans were enjoying it.
Commercially-made candy bars and dark chocolate truffles are made with far more ingredients than they need to be, which is not only unhealthy, but (in my experience) interferes with the chocolate taste that – call me crazy – I want. (Looking at you, Godiva) I may be a total chocolate snob, but I want my chocolate to taste like… well, mostly chocolate. When I bite into most grocery store chocolate, I can practically taste my blood sugar spiking. Ick.