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Sweeties: Rescue Chocolate

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Chocolate is a serious topic round these parts, and we have to say, Rescue Chocolate is a habit worth adopting. Speaking of adoption, 100% of their profits are donated to animal rescue organizations!! Yes, you read that correctly – 100% donated! Ahem. Don’t act like you’re not impressed!

Rescue1_lrEach flavor highlights a different rescue-related issue: Peanut Butter Pit Bull (crispy peanut butter and chocolate, countering the negative public image of the pit bull-type dogs); Forever Mocha (hazelnut praline and coffee, highlighting ways to help people make and honor a lifetime commitment to their pets); Foster-iffic Peppermint (dark chocolate with peppermint, highlighting the need for people to provide foster care for shelter animals as they await their forever homes); Mission Feral Fig (fig, cranberry, almond, and spices, highlighting the humane solution for feral cats, TNR); The Fix (plain 72%, highlighting the importance of spay and neuter); Fakin’ Bacon (smoky, sweet and salty, a salute to farm animal sanctuaries and compassionate gourmands); and Pick Me Pepper (sweet ’n spicy dark chocolate with peppers, highlighting the advantages of choosing pets from animal shelters instead of breeders or pet stores). There are also smaller candies like the Bow Wow Bon Bons and Wild at Heart Raspberry-Filled Chocolates, plus seasonal goodies. Right now there are chocolate bunnies waiting to hop into your Easter basket, as well as Passover cashew-clusters.

Not only are these candies bringing attention to animal rescue, they are freakin’ delicious – and eco-friendly!! The chocolate is organic and fair trade, and all bars are certified kosher. Wrappers are recyclable and they use biodegradable peanuts for shipping.

Rescue Chocolate was founded in January 2010 and is based in Brooklyn, NY. Each month a different animal rescue organization is selected to receive a donation from chocolate sales.The list of animal rescues that has been helped by Rescue Chocolate is truly incredible! I’d post it here, but you’re be scrolling for ages. When you have an hour to read them all (okay, maybe ten minutes), you can click here. You will see breed-specific dog groups, SPCAs, Humane Societies, No-Kill shelters, farm animals sanctuaries and more.

Rescue2_lrAll this talk about what a good thing you’ll be doing when you eat Rescue Chocolate almost made me forget – this stuff is ssooo tasty!! We’ve eaten each flavor by itself and we love using the Foster-iffic Peppermint in coconut ice cream.

Where can you find these wonderful bars, you ask? At the moment, you’re going to need to go online if you are in Maryland like us. Buy directly from Rescue Chocolate or use their handy reference to see if any of the stores selling their sweeties are close to you.

Sweeties: Haute & High Class Chocolates

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Is your Valentine really classy? We’re talking uptown, chic, high-end, all her purses come from Susan Nichole type gal or a guy who wears only tailored shirts and has a collection of Etsy cufflinks made from vintage coins. You know who we mean.

Guess what: we’ve got the perfect vegan chocolate for the glam. It’s called Vosages and even as I type the brand name, I feel a little weak in the knees. Vosages is the chocolate of queens and kings, in our opinions. It is exotic, luxurious and absolutely decadent.

And Vosages has a page devoted to vegan chocolates & bars. Yes, there is a truffle collection. It is mouth-watering.

vosages_lrThis brand of chocolate was introduced to us by our friend Emily. She showed up one day with a copy of their catalog. Talk about food porn. The photography is delectable. You may want to eat the pages it’s printed on. No joke. But we didn’t get to try these truffles for several years, till another friend, Brittany, presented them to us as a gift.  And yes, Vosages vegan truffles are ALL THAT.

Chocolate and coconut milk, agave nectar and dried fruit create two varieties of alluring, sensual truffles:

Coconut Vegan Truffle  100% dark chocolate ganache blended with organic agave nectar and organic coconut milk and rolled in organic coconut flakes

Açaí Vegan Truffle 100% cacao dark chocolate ganache blended with organic agave nectar, Brazilian açaí and organic coconut milk and rolled in pomegranate powder

There are six of each. And no matter how much you love your Valentine… the reality is that you may eat all these before he or she can even open the box.  Twelve truffle collection is $25.00 and available online from Vosages. Vegan bars are available online and at Whole Foods.

Oh – we got so wrapped up in the chocolates, we forgot to mention that Vosages is a green company, through and through! This woman-owned company is based in Chicago.Their eco-initiatives can be seen in their ingredient sourcing, energy use, packaging and employee facilities. Really, it’s just one more reason to love Vosages.

Share the love with Vosages elegant confections. And stay classy – very classy, in this case!

Sweeties: Easy Vegan Love

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It’s not every day you walk into a store like Target and see a display of non-GMO, vegan, made-in-the-USA chocolates, all wrapped up in a cute Valentine’s Day box. But we did. Here in Maryland, Target is carrying a selection of Valentine’s Day candy from Seattle Chocolates. What a treat! This is easy vegan love, folks.

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More good news – Seattle Chocolates are kosher, gluten-free and sourced responsibly. In 2014, they began using only Rainforest Alliance cocoa. By 2015, their entire line will be certified and bear the Rainforest Alliance seal. A worthy goal.

And what about the candy itself? The individually wrapped Dark Chocolate Truffles with Cocoa Nibs are hand-packed. The candies are rectangular and firm – the centers aren’t gooey. Instead, it’s dense, heavy chocolate flavor. The ingredients list is simple and short. This is a chocolate-lover’s truffle – not for someone who like sugary-fake chocolates. We loved them. The truffles melt in your mouth into a mess of chocolate-y heaven. It’s almost a buttery sensation. Yum.!

If your Target doesn’t have Seattle Chocolates, you can shop online or try their handy state-by-state locator for a dealer near you. This is sure to delight your sweetie. Show him or her how easy it can be to share vegan love!