Our chocolate changes lives

Monday Apr 04, 2022

From the Fairtrade farmers producing our cocoa to the improved packaging, there’s a lot that goes into making our hollow eggs top of the chocs for growers and the environment.

Supporting Fairtrade

Fairness and supporting the farmers who grow our food is at the heart of our business, and nowhere more so than with our chocolate. That’s why 100% of our cocoa – not just in our Easter treats, but in everything else we sell – supports Fairtrade. This means that farmers get a fairer deal, and also actively promotes sustainable farming, helping to fight climate change. We’re really proud that, over 20 years ago, we were the first retailer to sell own-brand Fairtrade chocolate. And since 2017, all the cocoa we use – from chocolate sprinkles to chocolate chips – is sold on Fairtrade terms, putting around £450,000 a year into the pockets of farmers across West Africa and Central America.

Packaging without plastic

We’ve gone to great lengths to make sure it’s not just our chocolate that makes a difference. We’ve removed the plastic inner packaging and windows from Co-op hollow chocolate egg boxes – we did this last year too, and it saved more than 14 tonnes of plastic from being disposed of. So, when you buy one of our hollow chocolate eggs, you won’t only be changing lives by supporting Fairtrade – you’ll also be helping to reduce plastic waste.

Take your pick

This year we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you a mouthwatering line-up of Fairtrade chocolate Easter treats, from our luxurious chocolate eggs to our triple-chocolate swirl cone. The choice is yours!

1 Co-op GRO Choc Orange Egg-splosion, 150g
Our new GRO egg is milk-free and vegan. It’s decorated with honeycomb and orange kibble pieces, which give a lovely citrussy hit.

2 Co-op Irresistible Raspberry Ruby Egg, 295g
Decorated with freeze-dried raspberry pieces and crunchy cocoa nibs, this gem of an egg is hand-finished with a shimmered raspberry ganache mini egg in its centre.

3 Co-op Irresistible Hot Cross Bun Egg, 175g
Hot cross bun lovers won‘t want to miss this one: creamy chocolate infused with Valencian orange oil and spices, studded with golden raisins and hand-decorated with a white chocolate cross for an artisan finish.

Dive in…

This showstopping cake is made using 100% Fairtrade chocolate, including melted chocolate in the sponge for added richness. It’s easier to make than it looks and will have everyone coming back for more. Find the recipe here.