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Product Review: Rescue Chocolate
by Marla Rose
Rescue Chocolate was founded by Sarah Gross in 2009 after she met and fell hard for a beautiful, crop-eared pit bull up for adoption named Mocha who pulled at her heartstrings across the screen at PetFinder.com
with her irresistible warm brown eyes. Sarah found herself returning to
Mocha’s profile again and again until finally, even though she wasn’t
planning for a dog, she arranged to meet with Mocha and her foster
mother. Well, as the cliché goes, they met and fell in love and that
same day, Sarah became Mocha’s adoptive mother.
A few months after this fateful meeting, Sarah was preparing to take
Mocha out on a walk and had popped some dark chocolate in her mouth
before leaving. By the time she returned from their walk, Sarah had the
genesis for her unique and life-saving venture: combining her love for
chocolate with her passion for Mocha, she would put the two together to
improve the lives of many more animals like the one who was so recently
homeless herself. Rescue Chocolate
was born on that day and has gone on to improve the lives of so many
other animals through their education efforts and the fact that 100% of
net profits are donated to sanctuaries, shelters and other animal charities.
A vegan, kosher line with organic and Fair Trade chocolate with seven
bar flavors as well as a variety of bon bons, minis and collections, Rescue Chocolate
keeps its mission front-and-center while never forgetting that good
intentions alone will not be enough: no one will continue to support
waxy, bland chocolate no matter the mission and thankfully, Sarah and
her executive chef do not disappoint on this end, either. They have
crafted some remarkable dairy-free chocolate that stands on its own but
also creates good in the world. The fun and clever bar flavors all
address a different fix-able issue: Peanut Butter Pit Bull helps to counter some myths about this much maligned breed; Pick Me! Pepper encourages adoption over purchasing animals; Foster-iffic Peppermint draws attention to the need for foster care for homeless animals; The Fix emphasizes the importance of spaying and neutering to help solve homelessness; Feral Mission Fig educates about TNR for feral cats; Fakin’ Bacon is dedicated to animal sanctuaries, and Forever Mocha, named after Sarah’s inspiration and companion, highlights the importance of a lifetime commitment to the animals we adopt.
I met Sarah recently and grudgingly agreed to try some of her
chocolates. Just kidding. I did so without a grudge of any kind. I was
nice enough to share with my family.
Peanut Butter Pit Bull
What goes together almost as well as chocolate and a mission? Well,
chocolate and peanut butter. Here, creamy chocolate encases rich,
smooth peanut butter that is perked up with little crispy bits of
toasted rice and a subtle dash of salt. My son said, “I like this. I
like it a lot.” I agree. This is a bar for anyone wanting something
that tastes familiar and for anyone who thinks that they don’t like
Pick Me! Pepper
I had a little trepidation about this one. I like pepper and I like
chocolate but I tend to like them apart from each other. Here, though,
I wasn’t bothered because the pasilla and mulato peppers were so
understated that they just elevated the whole bar, with a less creamy,
more dense chocolate than the Peanut Butter Pit Bull, to a beautifully
melded symphony. This is a bar for the connoisseur.
Okay, I was nervous about this one, too, because I don’t like coffee. I
love dogs named Mocha, though. Once again, Sarah and her Rescue Chocolates
were able to win over my reservations without much effort at all. This
is a sumptuous chocolate with crunchy, tiny bits of hazelnut praline
and coffee distributed about. As with Pick Me! Pepper, the flavor was
subtle, though in this bar, it is a bit more prominent, still crafted
with a balanced hand and palate. Chocolate is the star but there is no
missing the coffee melting into a sweet mocha in your mouth and the
bits of praline. It reminds me of a coffee shop in bar form. It is
delicious and almost makes me understand why people like coffee.
Almost. I think I will stick with this bar, though. This is a bar for
coffee lovers and even those who are not, apparently.
This is the no-frills, 75% dark chocolate large bar for those who love
their chocolate straight up and without any fuss. This is
straightforward, dark and an excellent delivery vehicle of chocolate
into your system for those days when you just have to get to the good
stuff without anything standing in your way. This is a bar for those
who simply love chocolate as is and don’t need any pomp and
I love Rescue Chocolate bars
almost as much as I love their mission and that is only possible
because their mission and work is so impressive. Do yourself and the
homeless animals a favor today and order some Rescue Chocolate today.
Vegan Street received this product for free to review and this was my honest evaluation.
2013, 2014, Vegan Street