Sharing is caring. Which is a great way to go for your Valentine – a chocolate bar you can truly share. 🙂
Divvies chocolate bars are already marked to split in half. Yes, it’s true, the half marked “mine” is a bit bigger than the half marked “yours.” Ahem. But if you’re a kind person and you gift this bar to someone, then it looks like you plan to eat the smaller half. If you’re a kind person…
We tested out the Divine Chocolate and Benjamint Crunch. Both dark chocolate varieties were smooth and tasty. Definitely a thumbs-up for Valentine’s Day. Divvies chocolates are ALL 100% free of nuts, dairy and eggs. So aside from the bars, you even have the option to try chocolate hearts, a chocolate dinosaur and rock candies.
Divvies also makes cupcakes, popcorn and cookies – which are vegan.
If you want to find Divvies, use their store locator to see if a Whole Foods or Giant near you has the goods. If not, buy online directly from the company!
Sibu Sura Chocolates are another local company we were excited to find at EXPO. They’re based in Myersville, Maryland and their line of Fair Trade chocolates are insanely decadent and are from a single-source origin in Peru.
With one bite, you know you’ve found something quite special. Sibu Sura’s Funky Bars are not simply flavorful, they are soulful. The richness of the chocolate is so potent, you can almost inhale it as the delicate confection melts against your tongue. I liked the Dark Raspberry Pop best, but the other flavors were all wonderful too. As far as which one you should try first… what do you like? Spicy? Fruit? Straight-up chocolate? Go with the thing that sounds best!
All but two of their chocolate bars are vegan-friendly, so you can log on and choose from”Funky Bars” in Dark Raspberry Pop, Dark Ancho Chili, Dark Cherry N’ Almond, Dark Island with coconut, pineapple and macadamia nut, and Decadent Dark. Sibu Sura also offers other chocolaty goodies, such as Cocoa Nib Coffee, Cacao Nibs and chocolate by the block for home dessert projects.
Sibu Sura’s website lists several retailers around the country where you can find their products. You can also shop online, too. If you’re thinking ahead to the holidays, these would make wonderful gifts for co-workers, family and friends – anyone who truly appreciates high-end, sophisticated chocolates.
Our friend Emily truly has a gift. She can take chocolate and make anything delicious. I know, you’re thinking – duh, it’s chocolate. But seriously, not all chefs are as masterful with chocolate as Emily. Just take her Passover treats as an example – Matza Crunch Clusters.
I’ll admit, it’s an oddity how much I like matza. Most people say that is tastes blah. Maybe I just have happy associations with it. As a girl, I grew up two blocks from a large Jewish synagogue in Penna. Next door to that was a kosher deli, and the owner, Mr. Kaplan, was always kind to me. Every time I went in, he had something tasty for me to try and it was in his deli I learned to love matza.
But I digress – Emily’s Matza Crunch is so much more than just the sum of its parts: roasted matza farfel and pecans, enrobed in rich, dark chocolate. It’s sweet and salty at once and the recipe is pretty much fool-proof, as she shared it with me. All you need to do is roast in the oven, warm chocolate in a slow cooker and stir. This is a super recipe for the family to help with!
If you’d like to try Emily’s Matza Crunch Clusters, click over to the Sister Eden blog. The recipe is live there and this treat is sure to be the highlight of your Passover Seder meal.
Not celebrating Passover? Seriously, try this candy anyhow! Emily’s gift for chocolate makes it a sweet treat that anyone can love! The simplicity of the recipe combines to a luscious candy that, personally, I’d be happy to eat any time of year.
Of course, I have been known to eat plain matza all year long, too… like I said, it’s an oddity!