Christmas is round the corner! I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. I get to wear cosy jumpers, sip tea all day, and make plans to see friends and family. What’s not to love?
That said, I have taken to doing a little bit more hosting than I did at the start of my 20’s. And when I have friends and family over, I like planning what snacks to have out, how to decorate my home, etc. etc. Being more ethical around Christmas is definitely easier than it was before, but it does take some planning!
That’s why I’m delighted to see Liberation Foods has teamed up with Tesco finest* Christmas range, to bring Fairtrade snacks and foods to the supermarket! Here’s why they’re the best festive treats around…
Fairtrade Chocolate Caramelised Cashews with Cranberries
Inside this silver pouch lies snacking heaven. I’m serious – I love dark chocolate. I love caramel. I love cashews. Oh and I love dried cranberries!
In my family home, we always had mixed nuts to share around Christmas – but these ones are so much better. The cashews are coated in a caramel made with Fairtrade honey and sugar, and they’ve been cooked in traditional copper pans which retains the flavour and texture of the nuts. A packet costs just £4 or they’re on offer – two for £6!
Alongside the delicious taste is a pretty lovely backstory too. Liberation Foods is the UK’s only farmer-owned nut company, and they’re the ones behind this Fairtrade Chocolate Caramelised Cashews with Cranberries* deliciousness. Their nuts bring extra income to farmers and their communities in countries such as Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Costa Rica.
The cashews come from two cooperatives with whom they’ve been working for over 10 years: Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (India) and Coprolef (Burkina Faso). The farmers own a 49% of the business – giving them a say in the running of the company too.
And while Tesco also stocks Liberation Foods’ Fairtrade natural cashews* throughout the year, this festive edition gives farmers an extra boost in income over the Christmas period!
What’s on my festive treat table?
So, this year I’ve stocked my festive treat table with:
- My jar of Fairtrade cashews, cranberries, and chocolate*
- Iced ginger biscuits that I make by hand
- Stollen bites (my parents’ favourite Christmas cake!)
- An array of candles for that hygge feeling
- Cups of Christmas tea (a lovely spicy treat for the cold weather)
- And of course, a traditional red poinsettia (making sure it’s Fairtrade of course!)
As you can probably guess by now, I’m a bit of a minimalist when it comes to decorating my home. Christmas is no different – my treat table has a few candles and I let the treats speak for themselves!
I also have a few small silver strings of tinsel that I like to wrap around my bookshelves or hang on the wall, as well as a Swedish paper star. (I’ve secretly had the star hanging in our bedroom for the whole year, but it gets a little jazzed up at Christmas as I like to put twinkling fairy lights inside it).
To keep things sustainable, I keep all of my decorations in a stationery drawer across the year, so I can re-use them rather than throw them away. I also use rechargeable batteries for the fairy lights – I haven’t bought new batteries in years!
And finally – as I write this, I haven’t yet got my tree, but you can bet I’ll be getting a real one. There’s obviously good arguments for both real and fake trees, but the real ones definitely seem more sustainable to me!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Liberation Foods. All views and opinions expressed remain my own. This post contains affiliate links (denoted with '*').