Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ c. sugar
  • 1 c. oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. clove
  • 1 can pureed pumpkin
  • 1 c. Equal Exchange Organic Chocolate Chips Semi-Sweet or Bittersweet

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set the oven rack at the second lowest position. Grease and flour a Bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, blend the sugar and oil. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  4. Begin adding the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, alternating with the pumpkin, and blending as you go. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Fill the Bundt pan with the batter.
  6. Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Food.com

Infographic: Small Farmer Tea Vs. Conventionally Traded Tea

At Equal Exchange, we believe that “Fair Trade” means “small farmer,” and our relationships with tea growers reflect that. Our tea comes from democratically organized small farmer groups, not plantations or estates. We work directly with farmer groups to pay them a fair price for their tea, offer affordable credit and solve problems collaboratively. The traditional tea market favors large plantations and their wealthy owners, and puts workers in poverty, without agency and with little hope for their futures. Check out this infographic to see how our alternative model is better for farmers – and how the typical tea market (including the Fair Trade tea market!) is hurting them.

Fried Eggs with Coffee-Chipotle Mole

 

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Fried Eggs with Coffee-Chipotle Mole

Course Breakfast

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Puree the tomatoes, brewed coffee, onion, garlic, chipotle peppers and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a blender until smooth.
  2. Simmer the puree in a heavy skillet and stir occasionally until thickened. Stir in the chocolate and add salt. Remove from heat.
  3. Fry eggs in 2 batches in 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, until cooked the way you like them.
  4. Plate the eggs and add sliced avocado. Top with sauce as desired.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Epicurious

Crispy Homemade Hashbrowns

Crispy Hashbrowns
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Crispy Homemade Hashbrowns

Course Breakfast
Keyword Olive Oil

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wash, peel, then grate your potatoes into large shreds using a box grater. Wrap the grated potatoes in a sturdy paper towel or tea toil and squeeze out all the moisture. This is key to making your hash browns crispy!
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the grated potatoes. Spread them evenly, a quarter- to half-inch thick. Add your salt and pepper – or any other seasoning you prefer.
  3. After a few minutes, lift up the edge of the hash brown with a fork. Is it golden brown on the underside? It’s ready to flip! Use a large spatula to flip it over, or divide it into halves or quarters. Cook until the underside is golden brown.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Simply Recipes

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
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Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

Course Breakfast
Keyword Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ c. flour
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ c. milk
  • ½ c. Equal Exchange bananas mashed
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ c. Equal Exchange Organic Chocolate Chips Semisweet or Bittersweet

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  2. Mix milk, banana, egg and vanilla until well combined. Stir into the bowl of dry ingredients. Fold in ¼ cup of the chocolate chips.
  3. Spray your griddle with cooking oil and place over medium heat.
  4. Pour batter onto the griddle into the pancake size you desire. Make a stack of small ones, or a few extra large pancakes! Cook for about 2 minutes, or until the tops begin to bubble. Then, flip the pancake and cook for another minute or until golden. Work your way through the batter, reapplying cooking spray as needed.
  5. Top your pancakes with more chocolate chips and serve.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Food.com

Our Coffee Roaster

 

Take a journey through the Equal Exchange Coffee Roasting process and learn what goes into making your morning brew.

New Federal School Fundraising Rules & Fair Trade Solutions

Last year, new federal rules on school fundraisers and snacks went into effect nationwide. These guidelines regulate the food available to kids throughout the school day, from the cafeteria to the vending machines. This includes – you guessed it – food fundraisers like bake sales and candy bar sales.

The goal is to curb the amount of sugar or unhealthy foods that kids may be consuming at school without their parents’ knowledge, which is something most parents can get behind!

Still, the new rules have left some groups at a loss for fundraising tactics. After all, bake sales and candy bar sales have been a reliable way to raise money for years. But this is actually a great opportunity to reexamine our school fundraisers in general, from the nutrition, to the quality, to the sourcing of the products we sell.

Let’s face it: the conventional candy bars we used to love are poor quality, and filled with artificial ingredients and preservatives. Worse, many conventional chocolate products are part of a problematic supply chain that includes forced child labor on cacao plantations in West Africa. When I stop to think about that one, I have to ask: shouldn’t there be federal school rules that ban any products made by exploited children?

It will probably take some time for regulation to catch up with those standards, but in the meantime, you can set a high bar for your school and your community by choosing organic, fairly traded products for your next school fundraiser. Equal Exchange’s catalog fundraiser contains real, organic, delicious chocolates made with high quality ingredients. My favorite, the Panama Extra Dark, contains a total of four ingredients (and I recognize them!): organic chocolate liquor, organic raw cane sugar, organic cocoa butter and organic ground vanilla beans. It’s that simple.

The best part about it? Each ingredient was ethically sourced from small-scale farmer co-ops, grown by adults who were paid a fair price for their crop and who are able to improve their communities through Fair Trade premiums. That means that their kids can go to school, too – not to work on a cacao plantation.

Don’t worry – an Equal Exchange fundraiser does fit in to the new federal rules. Food fundraisers are allowed as long as the food is “not intended to be consumed in school.” Because our products are ordered from a catalog by adults, kids aren’t selling candy to other kids who are hungry for a school snack. It’s safe to say our chocolates are “not intended to be consumed in school” – that is, unless you’re a teacher who orders a box of Organic Chocolate Minis for your desk drawer!

Organic chocolate bars are just the beginning of our fundraising selection. Our catalog is also filled with organic, Fair Trade coffees, teas, cocoas, nutritious snacks and even handmade artisan crafts! Let’s embrace these new federal school fundraising rules and try something that is healthier, tastier, better for the planet and better for our kids.

Learn More about Equal Exchange School Fundraising 

6 Ways To Promote Your Fundraiser At Back-To-School Night

How many families participated in your last catalog fundraiser? If you’re like most communities, participation probably ranged from 20-50%. It’s disappointing when you work hard to run a school fundraiser and don’t see the support you expected. Sometimes this happens because parents get sidetracked or feel too busy, and sometimes the catalog simply never makes it out of their child’s backpack!

That’s why Back-to-School Night is the perfect time to kick off your school fundraiser. With parents, teachers and students all gathered together and excited for the coming year, you can make an impression and generate enthusiasm for the fundraising weeks ahead.

1. Prepare your pitch. Be ready to tell folks what you’re raising money for, why it’s important to the kids and the community and how much you’re hoping to raise. Envisioning the goal helps people feel motivated and committed.

2. Display products. Order a few of our products and arrange them on a table to give parents a chance to see and hold the items in the catalog.

3. Offer samples. Break up a few chocolate bars and brew some coffee, tea and cocoa to give parents a delicious taste of what’s to come in the fundraiser. You can order Equal Exchange-branded cups online or by calling Customer Service at 774-776-7366.

4. Make something yummy. Bake cookies or other treats with Equal Exchange ingredients to show their versatility (and deliciousness)!

5. Start selling. Offer packaged coffees and chocolate bars at your table to get some products into the hands and homes of parents and teachers. It’ll help get folks talking about how great the products are and will get them excited to order more!

6. Distribute catalogs. Make sure parents have a catalog! Keep a stack on hand in case they want to bring one to the office or share with a friend. (This is a great opportunity to encourage folks to share your school fundraiser with your wider community, too.)

These are just a few of the ways you can get people excited about your school fundraiser – try them all, choose a few or get creative in your own way. Good luck!

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
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Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Course Dessert
Keyword Chocolate, Cookies
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ c. unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • ½ c. light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp. Equal Exchange Organic Baking Cocoa
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. of your favorite ice cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add butter and sugars to a large bowl and mix on medium speed with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat until well incorporated.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa powder and baking soda in a separate bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
  4. Switch the hand mixer to a low speed and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. The batter will be thick – mix only until everything is combined.
  5. Spoon the cookie dough onto your baking sheets and bake for 9 to 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  6. While the cookies are cooling, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop ice cream into balls – as many sandwiches as you want to make. Once you have all your scoops, immediately put the baking sheet in the freezer.
  7. When the cookies have completely cooled, remove the ice cream from the freezer. Using a piece of parchment paper and your palm, gently push down on each ice cream ball to flatten it slightly and fit the width of your cookies. Place the pressed ice cream balls between two cookies, firmly but gently enough not to break the cookies.
  8. Serve and enjoy! Or you can wrap them in parchment paper, plastic or foil to preserve them in the freezer until needed.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Inspired Taste

Frozen Hot Chocolate

 

Frozen hot chocolate
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Frozen Hot Chocolate

Course Dessert, Drinks
Keyword Cocoa
Servings 1 glass

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. milk
  • ½ c. Equal Exchange Organic Hot Cocoa
  • 1 ½ c. crushed ice cubes
  • Whipped cream optional

Instructions

  1. Pour milk into a blender.
  2. Add Equal Exchange Hot Cocoa Mix and crushed iced.
  3. Blend at low speed to break up the ice, then switch to a high speed until the mixture is smooth and slushy. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Food.com