This refers to the 2022 recommendations: see 2023 highlights here, and full list here.

Easter is almost here! Maybe you’re getting started with buying Easter eggs and bunnies. Perhaps you’ve heard, though, that 20% of the world’s cocoa is produced by children - you want yummy chocolate treats, but that’s not something you want to support! What to do?

Three adjacent logos: Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ.

Fortunately, you can look for these logos on Easter chocolates: they tell you someone’s been checking no kids were working on the cocoa farm. They also mean that the parents have been paid a bit more, so they’re less likely to need to put their kids to work just to keep the family afloat. We’ve put together a list of all the things we’ve found for sale this year that have one of those certifications - there’s a lot!

Here’s a taster of what you’ll find!

  • Looking for packaged eggs for the kids? Try The Warehouse. They have boxed eggs from Waikato Valley and licensed products (Barbie, Hot wheels etc.) from Park Avenue.
  • Want a bit of luxury? Look for the Chocolatier boxed sets at New World, Countdown and Fresh Choice.
  • Looking for bunnies? Look for Hamlet or Klett bunnies at Countdown or Fresh Choice, or Kitkat bunnies pretty much anywhere.
  • Need eggs for an Easter egg hunt? Look for Smarties or Milky Bar boxes of 8 at most supermarkets and The Warehouse or buy one of the bags of Waikato Valley eggs (available only at The Warehouse).
  • Wanting to fill a bowl with mini eggs to share with visitors? Your most affordable option is the Kmart own brand range, otherwise check out the Countdown own brand range (also available at Fresh Choice). Both come in plain milk, popping candy and caramel flavours.

If you’d like to see more options, check out our full list (also available as a summary pdf or as a table) - there’s a lot more to see there!