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    Posted February 29, 2012 by
    Seattle, Washington
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Fair-trade chocolate challenge

    Seattle represent! Theo Chocolate & Caffe Vita Gooey Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Theo's submission was a winner of the CNN chocolate challenge! Read more about the winning entries.

    TheoChoc is sales and marketing manager at Theo Chocolate in Seattle, Washington, and says the company learned about the iReport ethical chocolate challenge from Theo fans who encouraged them to submit a recipe. 'We submitted an iReport because we love producing delicious recipes with our chocolate. We strongly felt that fair trade and organic chocolate should be featured in your ethical chocolate challenge since the two certifications respect both people and the planet.' The company added Caffe Vita coffee to a recipe it had developed to 'give the cookies a Seattle emphasis.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    As the first bean-to-bar maker of organic, Fair Trade and Fair for Life certified chocolate in the United States, Theo Chocolate (www.theochocolate.com) is founded on the belief that all life on our planet is interconnected. We are fully committed to partnering with cocoa farmers to help them by providing the technical assistance they require to increase capacity through improved yields, improve quality to increase crop value, gain access to markets, earn a living wage and have access to education for their children.


    Sourcing fair trade certified cocoa requires proactive relationship building. We visit farms and co-ops on a regular basis to understand the needs, challenges, and methods of our valued farmer partners. Fully committed to transparency, we share our business model and decision making process with farmers, our own employees, and consumers alike. Traveling and building relationships takes effort and resources, which can be challenging for a small company. However difficult it may be, we wouldn't do it any other way.


    We open our Seattle-based factory doors to consumers as we share our artisan methods and commitment to social and environmental accountability. We believe that this understanding is reinforced in many ways, including the eating of chocolate! Come see for yourself and visit us for a tour. (https://www.securedata-trans13.com/ap/theochocolate/index.php?page=10)


    Our team of chocolatiers created this special cookie recipe to highlight our 70% Dark Organic and Fair Trade certified chocolate and our city's coffee culture with the inclusion of Fair Trade certified coffee beans (we like Caffe Vita's [http://caffevita.com/] Theo+Vita blend!). Savor the Gooey Double Chocolate Mocha Cookie - your tastebuds and your conscience will be delighted.


    Gooey Double Chocolate Mocha Cookie


    14 oz. Theo 70% dark chocolate
    1 stick butter (114g)
    4 eggs, room temperature
    1 ½ C sugar (400g)
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    ½ C all-purpose flour
    ½ tsp. salt
    ½ tsp. baking powder
    2T finely ground Fair Trade coffee/espresso beans
    6 oz. Theo 70% dark chocolate, chopped


    Melt the 14oz. of chocolate and butter together in microwave or in a heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water.


    Beat eggs and sugar together until thick and pale, either with a mixer or by hand, about 8 minutes.


    Mix vanilla into egg mixture. Fold in cooled chocolate mixture. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together, add the ground coffee, and fold this into the chocolate mixture along with the chopped chocolate.


    Right away, drop rounded tablespoons of batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake 350F about 8 minutes. Do not overbake! The cookies will be slightly puffed and very fragile at this point.


    Remove from over and allow to cool. These are delicious when still slightly warm but perhaps even better after resting overnight!

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