Healthy vegan palm oil free chocolate spoons | lollipops are a great way to feel goood about eating chocolate!
Our family has been on a path to more sustainable living for two years. In that time, I have quite literally been mind-blown about how much there is to learn about common practices in our food industry. healthy vegan palm oil free chocolate spoons | lollipops were created as a need for our family to stop supporting unsustainable and unethical candy companies.
Our family is not zero waste, vegan, or anywhere near perfect. We are simply curious about how we can do better and teach our children to avoid systems that are detrimental to our beautiful earth. We always strive to do a little better than the previous year. And this year, we discovered right before Halloween – candy is filled with a big environmental offender: palm oil.
And here is where I get to be the bearer of bad news. It’s close to impossible to find candy that doesn’t contain it.
What is palm oil and what’s the problem with it?
Palm oil is a processed tree oil ingredient that is in most of our food and cosmetics, unnecessarily. More than 50% of the products in the store contain palm oil.
Palm oil production is growing rapidly, and forests are being eradicated to meet the “need”.
Replacing tropical forests and peatland with palm oil trees is devastating the environment, wildlife and people’s quality of life.
To make room for palm crops, huge areas of tropical forests and other ecosystems where conservation is important are being stripped bare. Critical habitat for orangutans and many endangered species – including rhinos, elephants, and tigers – has been destroyed. Forest-dwelling people lose their land, local communities are negatively affected.
All of this devastation for a cheap additive in our already highly processed food?
What is palm oil added to?
It’s almost impossible to find processed food / hygiene products in the store that don’t contain palm oil.
- Baked goods like bread, cookies, and muffins
- Protein bars and diet bars
- Coffee creamers
- Body wash
- Face cleansers
What are other names for palm oil?
Palm oil and its derivatives can appear under more names than just “palm oil.” While some of these ingredients – like vegetable oil – aren’t always made from palm oil, they can be:
1. Elaeis guineensis
2. Etyl palmitate
4. Hydrogenated palm glycerides
5. Octyl palmitate
6. Palm fruit oil
7. Palm kernel
8. Palm kernel oil
9. Palm stearine
12. Palmitic acid
13. Palmitoyl oxostearamide
14. Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3
15. Palmityl alcohol
17. Sodium kernelate
18. Sodium laureth sulfate
19. Sodium lauryl lactylate/sulphate
20. Sodium lauryl sulfate
21. Sodium palm kernelate
23. Stearic acid
24. Vegetable fat
25. Vegetable oil
Did you know it’s the only purpose in our hygiene products is to cause them to “lather?”. They do not even offer our skin any benefits. Read my post on how to make your own earthy autumn body wash for more information.
Dig a little deeper
We decided to become committed to finding an ethical chocolate company because we all know we aren’t just going to live without it.
And at the same time, we certainly aren’t going to support to worst offenders!
Thank goodness, we discovered Pascha Promise chocolate! This post isn’t sponsored. This is just an honest find that we love.
Look for yourself to see why you may want to choose Pascha next time you need a chocolate fix.
DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY:
The chocolate is amazing on its own, but even better – we’re able to use it in recipes ! And all you need to do to make lollipops is to melt your chocolate bar into a double boiler, and pour the chocolate into a mold. It’s so easy, and we can enjoy our hot cocoa spoons this time of year.
What you need
- 1 Pascha chocolate bar of choice
Prepare your lollipop mold by placing it on a flat surface, and placing your lollipop sticks directly in the center of each mold.
Melt your chocolate bar over low-medium heat in a bouble boiler over the stop top. Do not place chocolate directly in a sauce pan as it will burn. If you do not have a double boiler, make one by using a heat resistant point over top of your sauce pan. It has to be large enough to sit on top of the water in your pan.
Stir chocolate consistently, and keep an eye on it to be certain it doesn't burn. It should melt slowly.
When almost completely melted, turn off heat and continue to stir.
Pour the melted chocolate into your candy molds. Make sure your chocolate has completely covered each lollipop stick.
Let lollipop sit for two hours or until chocolate is completely cooled and solid. You're welcome to move it to the fridge to speed the process along.
Once cooled - carefully remove lollypop from mold and enjoy!
We store ours in the fridge for up to two weeks
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