12 April 2009

Easter Special - Green Column &Tutorial - by Giulia Mauri

Happy Easter my Dears!

Nice to have you here again!
This week we I have an Extra Special Green Column - Tutorial for you all!

a. Overview

Every Easter millions of chocolate eggs are sold in supermarkets chains.
This sales represent, in the UK, 10% of the chocolate industry sales per year.
The competitive market urges the chocolate companies to design bigger and flamboyant packages in order to excite children and their parents and to boost their profits.

Even if, in recent times, some chocolate companies have updated their packaging making them more eco friendly (using recycled plastic or Fsc card), the Easter egg you end up buying is excessively wrapped up in plastic, and tin foil and card that can't be recycled in your local county, so it ends up in our landfills.

Do not forget also that the Easter eggs you find in the supermarket shelf were transported by lorry for miles and miles, and the ingredients to make your chocolate eggs come from overseas lands too.

b. Are you really buying chocolate?

No. Commercial milk chocolate Easter eggs only contain 20% cocoa. (Dark chocolate contain about 50% of cocoa). The remained 80% / 50% is a mixture of Palm Oil*, Vegetable Fat, Soya Lecithin, Nuts, Emulsifiers (E442, E476) and Flavorings. Does this sounds normal?

Palm Oil*: has a huge environmental impact in the world. The Tropical Forest is been cleared every day to create palm oil plantations causing also many problems for the local fauna. Check out this article for more detailed information.

So, what can you do?

c. Choose a Green Easter!

Make your Easter Extra Special this year, making your own chocolate eggs!


1. Find a Easter mold.


It can be an Egg, a rabbit, a chick, anything you wish! Be creative!

2. Break the chosen chocolate into pieces (choose some tasty organic or fairtrade choccolate!)

and gently melt in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water. Stir until smooth, then take off the heat and leave until cool, but still runny.

3. Spoon a quarter of the chocolate into one of the egg moulds and spread thickly over the inside with a flat pastry brush. Be sure to cover the sides well, as this makes it easier to join the edges. Check that the chocolate is even by holding the mould up to the light. Repeat with the other mould.

4. Leave in a cool place to set, then chill for 5 mins. Putting the egg halves in the fridge once the chocolate has set makes it easier to add another layer of warm chocolate. Don't leave the moulds in the fridge too long otherwise the as condensation could cause the chocolate to discolour.

5. Re-warm the remaining chocolate and repeat the process for each side of the mould. If you would like to decorate your egg, save some chocolate for later. Use a knife to scrape away any excess around the rim of the mould to give a clean, straight edge. Turn out each half onto a sheet of greaseproof paper, carefully pulling away the mould until it releases itself. Place one half of the egg on its back, brush the chocolate around the edge of the egg. Place the other half on top and press together. Leave in a cool place to set firm.

6. Decorate your egg


Using the remaining choccolate, decorate your Easter egg stucking sweets, nuts, seeds, sugar letters or icing.

5. Wrap it up!
You can place your egg into a reusable basket, wrap it into some tissue paper, or even a new kitchen cloth and retty bow, that can be given as a present with the egg.

Please note: After a few days, your Easter egg will start to take on a slightly mottled appearance. This is simply the fat and sugars changing with air temperature, it's absolutly normal, harmless, and safe to eat!

I really hope you enjoyed this Green Column - Easter Tutorial.


Wish you all a very Happy Easter!

Fondly,
Giulia

4 comments:

  1. I Love this article! Thanks for sharing :)
    Very interesting information. Next year I shall definitely make my own Easter eggs with my kids. I was wondering, were did you buy your mold? Are they quite easy to find? Thank you!

    Mary

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  2. They are so cute!

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  3. great article. thanks for sharing guilia!

    - Sam

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  4. Such a great idea!

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