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It's time for chocolate

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It's time for chocolate

[caption id="attachment_1029" align="alignleft" width="208" caption="Mmmmm ...."] Mmmmm ....[/caption] Valentine's Day is one of my favourite days. No, it's not because of the sap and mush (ugh!), but because for about a week surrounding Valentine's Day, it's OK to eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner (well, maybe just lunch and dinner). With delicious chocolate goodness abound this time of year, it's important to remember to consume with a conscience. Look for chocolate with packaging that states your goodies are Fair Trade Certified, which means that cocoa farmers receive fair prices for their goods. Also, keep your eye out for the words Certified Organic, meaning the cocoa was grown without using pesticides and fertilizers. Rainforest Alliance Certified is another term to look for on chocolate products, meaning the cocoa plants used were grown in the shade, allowing for wildlife habitat to remain protected and preserved. Brands like Green & Black's, Cocoa Camino and Organic Fair will do the trick. Oh, and when you're buying your sweetheart flowers, make sure they're grown locally and organically (ask your florist for a locally-grown boquet, or look for the words "grown in Ontario" - or whatever your province - on the package). Or, visit your local farmer's market where flowers are sure to have come from local farms. What type of chocolate do you buy? Want to look hot this Valentine's Day? Here are some amazing expert tips and tricks.
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