Make this Easter taste better than ever with our guide to delicious goodies by big-hearted social enterprise brands. From mixing up your own cocktails with a gin that funds clean water projects, to a classic egg hunt using chocolates that change people’s lives, we’ve thrown in some fun ideas for ways to enjoy them too.
Chocolate champions: Harry Specters
Award-winning chocolate makers Harry Specters should be your go-to for great Easter eggs. They’ve hatched a range that has the wow factor with both delicious flavours and amazing hand-decorated designs, plus a special social impact. The company creates employment, training and development opportunities for people with autism.
Their Chocolate Bunnies – available in milk, dark and white – and Easter Chocopops make perfect prizes for Easter games too. Lay on a traditional egg hunt, hiding the chocolates around the house and garden for kids to find with or without clues, or get creative by putting a Easter twist on classic party games such as musical egg baskets and an Easter piñata.
Stir it up: Refuge Hot Chocolate
If there’s ever a time to overdo your chocolate consumption, it’s Easter weekend, so why not wash down your chocolate eggs with some luxurious hot chocolate by Refuge? To whip up a batch for you and your brood, just follow these steps using their Hot Chocolate Blend:
- Spoon 4 tablespoons of the hot chocolate blend into a microwavable mug and add 125ml of double cream.
- Heat in the microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds (based on a 900w microwave).
- Remove the mug from the microwave and stir well until blended.
- Heat again for a few seconds if you want to make it a bit warmer.
- Finally, drink and enjoy knowing every mug supports an anti-human trafficking charity.
Cracking condiments: Rubies in the Rubble
Providing the British weather plays ball, Easter is the perfect time for the first BBQ of the year (albeit maybe just with the immediate family!). Take your burgers and hot dogs up a level by topping them with Rubies in the Rubble sauces and relishes. Their flavourful recipes are made using surplus ingredients – perfectly edible fruit and veg that was heading for landfill because of imperfections, inefficient storage or similar reasons.
From classic tomato ketchup to piccalilli relish to aquafaba mayo, a jar or two on your table will make a delicious addition to your spring BBQ and spark conversations about reducing food waste at the same time.
For something special to ‘cheers’ with, stock your drinks cabinet with One Gin’s premium Sage Gin. It’s made up of a palate-pleasing mix of fresh English sage, juniper and citrus and (at least) 10% of profits from sales go towards projects that help bring clean, safe water to the world’s poorest communities.
Enjoy it in a classic gin and tonic or as a base for homemade gin cocktails. We recommend this zesty South Side Soda recipe for Easter garden parties:
- Shake 50ml Sage Gin, 25ml lemon juice, 20ml sugar syrup and 6-8 mint leaves together with cubed ice.
- Pour 120ml soda into an empty glass bottle (a milk bottle is perfect) or a tall glass then strain in the cocktail.
- Garnish with mint sprigs and serve with a paper straw or a reusable one.
(Recipe and photo originally posted here.)
Beer drinkers might prefer to raise a Toast (Ale). Their waste-busting range of craft ales and lagers is brewed using surplus fresh bread from bakeries and sandwich makers, while profits are donated to Feedback, a charity that’s also committed to cutting down food waste.
Our Exquisite Gift Box is stacked with tempting treats ideal for sharing with family at Easter or for sending to loved ones you can’t spend the holiday with this year. As well as a few of the products mentioned above (there are two Toast Ale beers and a Pear and Fig Relish by Rubies in the Rubble among the stash of goodies), discover a wine by a social enterprise vineyard, coffee by the UK’s largest Fairtrade hot drinks brand, and many more great food and drink items with an even greater impact.
Until June, we are donating all profits to FareShare who are helping get food to the most vulnerable during Covid-19.
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