Day 1 – valentines chocolate bar – Fair Trade Love

First day_ Valentines Day and we think about all those we love and all the sweetness in our lives. Here are a few facts I learned about this holiday that first started in a romantic nature in the High middle ages. In the 15th century it formed the tradition as we know it to include love letters, confections and Flowers. I love this holiday …. I love anything that changes our focus on showing our appreciation and adoration to those we love. “St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote her a letter “from your Valentine” as a farewell” ** This makes me think of many of our artisans that marriage ceremonies seem like unreachable dreams due to the costs associated. There are so many I hope we reach still suffering in religious or other forms of persecution and suffering. Valentines, as you know, is also day one of the 365 day challenge to purchase with purpose! So we are starting in honor of Valentines Day with Chocolate!!!!!! This holiday seems to celebrate chocolate second only to love! 😉

Product 1 is Sweetriot’s Pure 70% Dark Chocolate bar. I do not normally purchase dark chocolate so I was very pleased to report I LOVED it! It was so good! Our 8 year old son and his friend both loved it to so its officially Mom tested and Kid approved as well! I purchased it at Central Market by HEB grocery store so very easy to pick it up! It was a little costly almost 3 dollars but you are getting a great tasting bar and the assurance that you are purchasing this sweetness for a purpose. I read the back of the chocolate bar and found the company to be a kindred spirit – sharing my heart for creating a company that gives back. I have posted their story in the picture below. So 3 hearts for our first product and cuspids arrow has certainly hit us finding a like minded company in sweetriot!

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Credit where Credit is due…
** Wikipedia

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