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Marjorie Ingall on ethically-produced gelt

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Veruca Chocolates’ Hanukkah gelt, at left, and the more familiar variety.(Tablet Magazine)

Gelt, a Hanukkah mainstay, has come a long way. As Marjorie Ingall reports, there are a number of options a Jewish consumer to put the right spin on their Hanukkah experience.

Single-origin chocolate from Mexico and the Caribbean is less likely to use slave labor. (“But it tends to be a little more granular and perhaps less sophisticated,” Prinz said regretfully. “It can be more flavorful, though.”) One company that uses certified fair trade West African chocolate is Divine Chocolate, which is co-owned by Kuapa Kokoo, a cooperative in Ghana that’s democratically run and makes sure workers’ children attend school rather than work in the fields. Divine Chocolate, conveniently enough, has just partnered with Rabbis for Human Rights to sell fair trade kosher Hanukkah gelt. (Use promo code FTJUDAICA at checkout and Divine Chocolate will also donate 10 percent of all sales to Fair Trade Judaica, and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a wire-and-bead Fair Trade menorah hand-crafted in South Africa.) A Bay Area company called Mama Ganache sells fair-trade gelt as well—it’s certified organic, and the dark chocolate is vegan, but it doesn’t have kosher certification.

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