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Chocolate Butter

We all love Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread), but why does spreadable chocolate have to involve nut butter?  Why not make chocolate butter with decadent, creamy cow’s milk butter?  Sorry nuts, we don’t need you anymore!  Deep dark chocolate and spicy cinnamon mixed with salted butter yields a chocolate spread that will be your morning toast’s new best friend.  The chocolate butter has no added sugar and you won’t miss it.  It’s all about the chocolate flavor!

Dark chocolate cinnamon butter is so simple to make, which is a good thing – once you serve it, the requests for chocolate butter won’t stop!

Moms Make a World of Difference

fair trade chocolate

You can use any chocolate or cinnamon in this recipe – I’ll never know.  But, I want you to consider using Fair Trade products.  This year, Mother’s Day and World Fair Trade Day fall on the same weekend.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that women in other parts of the world don’t have the same rights and freedoms that we have in the United States.  Did you know that the Fair Trade certification is an important mechanism for protecting and empowering women in agricultural communities around the world?  In addition to freedom from harassment and other social requirements, Fair Trade certification ensures that women have a voice, a vote, and a leadership role in their communities.  You can visit Fair Trade’s site to learn more about the women of Fair Trade and to sign a Mother’s Day card that will be distributed to moms in Fair Trade farming communities around the world.

I used two Fair Trade ingredients to make this dark chocolate cinnamon butter:

Guittard, 70% Bittersweet Cocoa Baking Bars, Semi Sweet, 6oz Package (Pack of 4)

Guittard makes some of my favorite chocolate.  When I was baking at my mom’s in NY last month, I shopped at three different stores until I found this chocolate to use (this was before I knew it was Fair Trade certified).  I don’t settle for mediocre chocolate in my baking.  Now, I feel even better about using it.

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Frontier CO-OP Ceylon Cinnamon, 1.76 oz

Frontier makes a wonderful cinnamon (read the Amazon reviews), and it’s worth the extra money to know that they are treating people right.

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FairTradeBrunch

This year, Fair Trade USA is hosting their first Fair Trade brunch.  It’s a Pinterest party that will be full of Fair Trade brunch ideas for Mother’s Day.  Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting that you just make butter.  The party starts on May 1 (my birthday!!) and on that day I’ll share the recipe that I used this butter on and share the link to the party for more ideas.

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Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup salted butter room temperature

Instructions

  1. Mix the chocolate and cinnamon into the butter until they are completely combined.
  2. Pack tightly into a small ramekin.
  3. If not eating immediately, store in the refrigerator and bring back to room temperature before using.

I am lucky to have this post sponsored by Fair Trade USA – a group that I believe in and support.

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