Fudge for Let’s Make Christmas Gift Swap:
Earlier this year, Vanessa, fresh back from a trip to Uganda asked us all if we’d like to take part in a gift swap for Ndali Vanilla. She’d been learning about vanilla and specifically about the Ndali estate in Uganda. And, to raise awareness of Fair Trade and the issues facing the Ugandan farmers she set up a vanilla gift swap, sent us all samples to use and asked us to blog.
I went off to Sicily and while I was there, was invited to go to Milan. Without checking my diary and in my excitement I said yes…and then realised I’d double booked myself and should actually have been at Vanessa’s event.
So, this is a VERY belated short piece about Fair Trade and the Ndali Vanilla, as well as my entry for this year’s Let Make Christmas Gift Swap. The issue that Fair Trade tries to address is exploitation of third world workers. By guaranteeing a fair price for products, direct to farmers, they ensure that the farmers are able to build their own businesses rather than relying on charity. It’s not exactly rocket science – but, of course it does mean the price to us, the consumer is likely to be a little bit higher.
I think everyone would agree it’s a price worth paying. I can’t believe anyone would endorse exploitation of work -directly or indirectly. But, for some reason, while we might be incensed at it happening in the UK, it seems easy to forget when buying goods made thousands of miles away.
For that reason, we should all look for the Fairtrade sign on goods we buy (or ensure that they are produced ethically). And, if it costs a little bit more, accept that actually all we are doing is paying a fair price.
My White Chocolate and Vanilla fudge is a flavour combination I have been keen to try. And, when I started to research the ingredients I discovered that by adding grated chocolate at the end of the process, the texture of the fudge would potentially be improved (and the likelihood of burning the chocolate minimised).
So that is what I have done here. Adding the chocolate at the end makes the fudge crystallise really quickly and does give a wonderful flavour and texture. And, using a fresh vanilla pod creates a wonderfully intense scented sweet. If you don’t like the little black flecks, then of course you can use essence – just remember to add it AFTER the fudge has cooked to keep the aroma strong.
If I’ve got time I might just try another flavour too, otherwise, this will be my entry for Vanessa’s Let’s Make Christmas 2012 Event