Kosher Chocolate

What does it really mean to be kosher chocolate?  Is it all about ingredients, or about preparation?  How do you know if it's kosher?  There are many, many kosher dark chocolates out there.  Does kosher make them healthier?

After Eights are kosher
Photo by Lindsay Silveira, under license

OK, there's a trick question in there.  Kosher is about both preparation and ingredients.  The facility and all the equipment used in preparation, as well as the processes used to create the products, must be inspected, reviewed, and certified to be kosher.  Additionally, ingredients of each product must be checked and approved for kosher certification.

Certification

OU Kosher Symbol
Scroll K kosher symbol

There are a good handful of certifying organizations in the US and around the world.  Each manufacturer may be certified by a different organization, and so may be marked with a different kosher certification symbol.  These two sites provide pretty good lists of symbols, certifying agencies, etc.:

Products

Many well-known manufacturers produce kosher dark chocolate products, which include Cadbury Royal Dark; Hershey Bliss dark and Special Dark; many Godiva and Dove products; everything from Chocolove, Daboga, Lake Champlain, and Ghirardelli; and After Eights, one of my all time favorites.  And there are plenty, plenty more!  Here are some kosher dark chocolate products.

Hershey Bliss is kosher
Photo by DeusXFlorida, under license

Health Benefits?

Dagoba dark chocolates are kosher
Photo by Travis Crawford, under license

Is kosher dark chocolate any healthier than non-kosher?  Not necessarily.  But many people seek out kosher food because of the extra oversight of ingredients, supervision of preparation processes, inspection, etc.  While this benefit might be most pronounced with meat products, there could also be some health or safety advantage to eating kosher.


Kosher Dark Chocolate


Lang's Chocolates Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Lang's Chocolates Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Packed with energy and covered with rich dark chocolate these coffee beans have their own unique crunch. Enjoy your morning coffee with the indulgence of chocolate without the coffee mug.

8 oz package, $16.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Santander Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Super roasted beans of the world’s best coffee grown in the Colombian Andes, coated with 53% cacao chocolate rich in floral aromas and hazelnut touches.

1.87 oz (53 g) box, 12 box case, $41.04

Shipping:  Ships to US addresses.  Warm Weather:  Recommends Ice Pack shipping, expedited shipping, Monday through Wednesday shipping.



Lang's Chocolates Almond Stuffed Medjool Dates in Dark Chocolate

Lang's Chocolates Almond Stuffed Medjool Dates in Dark Chocolate

Juicy, almond-stuffed dates hidden in gourmet 73% Cacao Belgium chocolate.

32 piece container, $46.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Smith Organic Chocolates Peanut Butter Balls

Smith Organic Chocolates Peanut Butter Balls

A "homemade" peanut butter center is dipped in dark chocolate, then topped with crushed organic peanuts.

8 oz package, $18.50

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Bodega Chocolates Mocha Latte Drink Mix

Bodega Chocolates Mocha Latte Drink Mix

For a creamy, rich, and delicious ice blended or hot chocolate drink.

14 oz package, $12.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Lang's Cocoa Drink Mix

Lang's Cocoa Drink Mix

The summer heat is relentless and the thought of something cooling is intoxicating.  Grab some of Lang's Chocolates Cocoa drink and mix it with ice and milk in a blender. Let the sound of the blender be music to your ears as your mouth waters for the refreshing drink.  This cocoa drink comes in a mason jar mug that will surely become your favorite drinking glass.

18 oz package, $15.50

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Seeds of change Cranberry Pecan Bar

Seeds of Change Cranberry Pecan Bar

61% Dark Chocolate, cranberries, orange oil, pecans and a pinch of cinnamon. The taste of New England Autumn in a decadent, dark chocolate, organic, kosher certified bar!

3.53 oz bars, 12 bar case, $51.46

Shipping:  Ships to US addresses.  Warm Weather:  Recommends Ice Pack shipping, expedited shipping, Monday through Wednesday shipping.



Endangered Species Spider Monkey

Endangered Species Spider Monkey

70% dark chocolate with Goji Berries, Pecans, and Maca.  Organic, Kosher, and Gluten Free.

This product is not always available.

3 oz bars, 12 bar pack, $26.99

Shipping:  Ships to lower 48 US addresses.



Hershey's Special Dark Bar

Hershey's Special Dark

Hershey's describes the Special Dark as "A special blend of rich, delicious, velvety dark chocolate that offers a mildly sweet taste that milk chocolate lovers are sure to cherish."  For the milk chocolate lover who is not sure how to get started with dark chocolate, the Hershey's Special Dark is it.

1.45 oz bars, 6 bar package, $5.99
Ships to US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and other international addresses.

1.45 oz bars, 36 bar box, $21.47
Worldwide shipping available.

2.6 oz bars, 18 bar pack, $25.55
Ships to Lower 48 US addresses only.

Special Dark Kisses, 12 oz bag, 4 bag pack, $34.95
Ships to all US addresses.



Hershey's Bliss Dark Bars

Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolate

This dark chocolate comes on soft and creamy. The intense taste melts slowly on your tongue, delivering a feeling of complete satisfaction. It's rich without being overpowering. Well-balanced. Subtly sweet. Decadently perfect.

1.3 oz bars, 24 bar box, $23.56

Bite Size Pieces, 9.6 oz bag, 4 bags, $39.95

Shipping: Ships to Lower 48 US addresses only.



Hershey's Extra Dark

Hershey's Extra Dark

Wonderfully smooth, rich 60% dark chocolate from a select blend of cacao beans for just the right balance of taste, aroma and sweetness.

3.52 oz bars, 14 bar package, $32.17

Individual Pieces, 5.1-Ounce Pouch, $5.99

Shipping: International shipping possible.


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