CHOCOLATE. Need we say more? Actually yes – because a run-of-the mill bar of Hershey’s pales in comparison to the sweet cocoa ambrosia listed below. All of the chocolate snacks included on the list are kosher-cerfitied and some combination of organic, fair trade, cane-sugar sweetened, and vegan. So go ahead and get your fix.
Chocolove – Made in Colorado, these chocolate bars are organic, kosher (Scroll K, Denver), and come in a variety of different flavors from ginger to orange peel, to toffee and almonds. They are also some of the most beautifully wrapped chocolate bars we’ve ever seen. And to top it all off, the folks at Chocolove include in a bonafide love poem inside each wrapper. Better than a golden ticket.
Dagoba – These chocolates are made by an Oregon-based company with organic, certified fair-trade and KSA kosher, and the bars come either plain (milk or dark chocolate) or infused with bits of dried cherry, hazelnut, spices – the Chai is especially delicious – coffee, hot chili, or mint. Dagoba also makes amazing hot chocolate mix.
Equal Exchange – This Massachussetts-based fair trade organization doesn’t just sell coffee anymore. Their chocolate bars and hot chocolate are made with organic ingredients and are certified by the Kashrut Council of Canada. They also happen to be delicious – their dark chocolate bar with almonds is particularly delicious.
Lake Champlain – This Vermont-based company makes both convential and organic chocolates, all of which are certified kosher. Their chocolate bars come in several flavors (like caramel, fruit and nut, and peanut) and are shaped like little nuggets, which makes biting in feel all the more decadent.
Late July Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cookies – The cocoa flavor in these cookies stands up to any bar of chocolate – and there’s even more chocolaty-goodness (in creme form) inside! These cookies are certified by the OU and are also organic.
Santa Barbara Chocolate – This online chocolate store works directly with cocoa growers, in order to make available the world’s finest and most sustainably harvested raw chocolate ingredients. Their white, dark, and delicious milk tempering chocolate, is prized by everyone from leading local pastry chefs in California to national vendors of some of the most prestigious desserts and confections.
Seeds of Change – These chocolate bars look and taste like treasure from a far-off country. Their Santa Caterina bar is filled with exotic bites of mango, toasted coconut, and cashews and, like all their chocolate bars, is certified kosher and made with organic ingredients.
Sunspire – These chocolate bars (and baking chips and candies) have it all. They are certified organic and kosher (OU), come in a variety of yummy flavors like raspberry, peanut, and peppermint pattie, are sweetened with natural cane juice and organic sugars, offer vegan-friendly options (and are kissed by the California sunshine).
Terra Nostra – These chocolate bars are organic, certified kosher and sinfully rich. Terra Nostra is also founding member of Equitable Trade, which gives farmers fair trade benefits with organic chocolate production, and offers several vegan bars. Terra Nostra will soon introduce a line of truffles to go with their bars, specializing in pomegranate and ancho chili flavors.