“ Brand: Doves Farm „
Doves Farm Plain Chocolate Drops
I first saw these on a website which is one of my favourites called Goodness Direct.
The chocolate drops were plain chocolate which I like and were also fair- trade which is something I feel passionate about, so I ordered some as part of an order I do regularly with this company.
The family who created Doves Farm first started farming in 1958 and they developed an interest in sustainable organic farming in the 70s. In this respect they were at the forefront of what has now become a common direction for new companies and I remember when I was a new mum enjoying serving their delicious biscuits to my young toddlers which I found in my local health food store. Since then their range and availability has grown and their flours, biscuits, and cereals are now widely available in supermarkets.
Doves Farm is a company who have specialised in the sale of wheat based flours since 1978 and they have a staff of 60 based in Wessex. They started initially by installing stone grinding equipment in a barn on their organic wheat farm. This supplied specialist bakeries and health food stores with stone-ground flour.
This was followed in 1985 by the production of whole-wheat digestives biscuits and in 1990 they started production of organic breakfast cereals. In 1996 they started production of spelt grain and a new equipment system was purchased to ensure gluten free flour could be produced for celiacs.
In 2003 fair-trade ingredients were sourced for the bakery and fair-trade biscuits were launched and in 2005 they launched the production of Ethical Organic Flour and cereal biscuits.
Now all 350 acres of their land is organic and all the fields have a grass margin around them providing habitats for bird and beetles who feed on the insect pests which could damage crops.
Recently they have started to sell a range of baking accessories to complement their flours and it was the plain chocolate drops which really caught my eye.
Made with 40% cocoa these are tiny little drops of chocolate which taste delicious!
You can use them in baking (they make excellent muffins and cup cakes) and also you can sprinkle them onto your cereal, which I do each morning, and then you get an intense chocolate taste but without the calories as you only need a few. I've been raving a lot on here about the cereal Liz's Granola which I eat most mornings and these are fantastic sprinkled onto it. They just give a chocolate flavour which is delicious. Another great idea is to sprinkle them on hot chocolate with whipped cream
If you visit their website at www.dovesfarm.co.uk you can see all their range of products and they have some great recipe ideas too.
I think that the fair-trade label means that you are helping to support farmers and growers by making sure they are paid a guaranteed price for their product so that they can earn a decent wage and support their families.
These chocolate drops are made from cocoa obtained in this way and they are vegan, vegetarian, organic, wheat free, gluten free, nut free, soya free and fair-trade. Sadly not free they come in a tub size of 130g and they cost £2.65 from Goodness Direct and they are also available in health food stores.