Guilt-free fudge

You are in for a treat — I’m going to share with you a recipe for the most guilt-free chocolate fudge that I’ve found yet:

  • 3 cups Fair-Trade sugar
  • 1/4 cup Fair-Trade cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 50g New Zealand butter
  • 1 cup New Zealand milk

Recruit your kids to help with the mixing and sampling on a cold winter afternoon.

Admittedly, the total cost of this fudge is about $5, which could have been halved by purchasing sugar and cocoa from a large multi-national company that cares primarily about profit margins (but then it would not be guilt-free). However, the selfishness of insisting on paying the absolute minimum for the ingredients to make a luxury treat when I know that my choice will reinforce the poverty of some farmer elsewhere in the world caused me to ‘waste’ my money on Fair-Trade ingredients. (See Proverbs 24:11-12 about our responsibility to act according to the knowledge we have of injustice.)

Maybe I am a fool, certainly the Rich Dad/Poor Dad devotees will classify me as a poor Dad who is teaching my kids lousy money management principles. Or maybe I am making attempts to invest in a portfolio which is Creator-guaranteed and gives an amazingly good dividend (Matthew 6:19-21).

There is obviously more to social justice than buying Fair-Trade products, we must consider all that God has given us and how much of that should be used for our own needs and what can be used to alleviate the needs of others. There are no rules in this, though a good guide is the principle of fair distribution as explained by Paul in 2 Corinthians 8:13-14. Remember the poor.