Skip to content

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Fair Trade Chocolate

Posted in Caro Diario.(dear diary..), Country House Living, cucina, cucina povere, Holidays, La Dolce Vita, recipes, slow food, special occasions, the Mediterranean diet, Uncategorized, and Upcoming Appearances

Copyright 2013, Art of Living,PrimaMedia,Inc/Maria Liberati

Editor: Maureen Beam


Man cannot live on chocolate alone; but woman sure can.
Author Unknown


International Women’s Day has been celebrated in honor and recognition of women internationally, since the early 1900s. The first celebrations were in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. Each year, themes and activities vary, but International Women’s Day continues to be a global day of celebration for women and their valiant efforts to gain equality in all aspects of life.


Here is a tantalizing recipe designed to add to your celebration.


Cioccolatini (little chocolates)

*16 ounces fair trade baking chocolate

*1/4 cup raisins

*1 tablespoon sesame seed oil

*4 tablespoons ground hazelnuts

*1 tsp vanilla

*1 cup brewed espresso coffee

*1 tsp powdered unsweetened organic powdered cocoa

Let raisins soften in cup of espresso for 15 minutes. Melt 2/3 of chocolate in microwave. When melted remove and quickly place in remaining chocolate and oil and stir. Add in vanilla. Drain raisins. Place cocoa powder on flat dish and dip raisins in powder, place them in melted chocolate. Place melted chocolate mixture in small baking cups. . Top with hazelnuts and place in fridge for 2 hours.

Where can you purchase fair trade chocolate?


If you are interested in purchasing your own fair trade chocolate, then here are a few suggestions.


  • Alter Eco Americas
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Cal Poly Chocolates
  • Chocolove
  • Coco-Zen

For more recipes get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning Book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition

cover- book 2nd edition-001 Basic Art of Itallian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions

Get digital version exclusively with Kindle

Join me  on Friday, May 17th with other Celebrity Chef Judges Joseph Poon and Darryl Harmon at the  Taste of the World Event held at the Pearl S.  Buck Foundation..for a great cause and it will surely be a delicious day!

Translate »

Designed by Brian Hanshaw

%d bloggers like this: