I love holidays, but more and more I’m saddened by the overuse of food color used to create treats to celebrate. I truly believe if people understood the issues surrounding those deep, dark colors, they’d think twice about using them.  Even back in the 80’s, when my kids were small, I knew something wasn’t right when after eating a small slice of a green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday cake, my son became ill and vomited everywhere (which of course stained everything it touched), but worse, for the next week, his bowl movements were a deep green…that’s not normal.

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be celebrated with bad chocolate and unnatural food coloring

In the last year, I’ve become more educated on the issues surrounding food coloring, especially red food coloring, and have switched to all-natural, vegetable coloring and natural sprinkles. I no longer buy food or treats with artificial coloring and am thrilled to have found baking colors and sprinkles that look fabulous and don’t have the terrible properties of their unnatural counterparts.  The cookies in the graphic above were decorated with the natural coloring – we need to change our mindset and appreciate pale colors!

Fair Trade Certified Chocolate in Natural, Organic, and Vegan Varieties

Fair Trade Certified Chocolate in Natural, Organic, and Vegan Varieties

Additionally, I’ve grown to appreciate fair-trade chocolate after learning the truth about our “cheap” chocolate sources. I’ve come to appreciate a small amount of really great chocolate instead of a volume of crappy stuff.  Plus, I’m doing my part to ensure the health and well being of the people growing and harvesting the chocolate a world away.

Luckily, fair trade chocolate and natural coloring are readily available online at The Natural Candy Store. Yes, I’ve mentioned them before and they’re still my go-to place for vegetarian, vegan, organic, and natural sweets.  They do also specialize in gluten-free and Feingold for those with special needs.

The natural Candy Store Logo

I’ve ordered many times from The Natural Candy Store and my order has always been packed well and arrived on time. I’ve loved nearly every item I’ve purchased with only one or two I didn’t reorder.  I love having a store with great selection and fabulous prices to shop from with reliable service.


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