Seven Minutes in Heaven

After some pretty heavy blogs, something light and sweet. Very sweet. And delicious. In fact, the makers of Rescue Chocolate say it is “the sweetest way to save a life.” That’s their tag line and it is appropriate because 100% of all net profits are donated to No Kill groups. And during the month of May, my favorite charity, the No Kill Advocacy Center, is the beneficiary. But more importantly, my package of Rescue Chocolates—one of every flavor—arrived today.

At the risk of sounding like a commercial, there are so many great things about them. First of all, the chocolate bars come wrapped in a beautiful box. They really are stylish to look at; you almost don’t want to break into the packaging. Second, they support only No Kill groups, so animal lovers can buy with a clear conscience. Third, they are cruelty-free, as the chocolates are vegan (without sacrificing taste) so you can eat with a clear conscience. All great reasons to buy, gift, and consume Rescue Chocolate. But, of course, when it comes to chocolate, it’s not the packaging or anything else that makes you want to buy it, it’s the taste. And when it comes to taste, I have two words: Oh my.

Our plan to have one per day disappeared as soon as we opened the first and took a bite. Within seven minutes, the four of us (my wife, two kids and I) had tasted (“devoured” is the more appropriate word) Foster-iffic Peppermint which is a minty dark chocolate with crunchy cocoa nibs, Peanut Butter Pit Bull which is a dark chocolate bar with crispy peanut butter, Pick Me! Pepper, a dark chocolate bar with pepper after tones (“just the right amount of heat”), The Fix, a pure, rich dark chocolate, Bow Wow Bon Bons in four different flavors, and Wild at Heart, heart-shaped filled with raspberry ganache.

Our favorite was Peanut Butter Pit Bull. Since becoming vegan some 20 years ago, I’ve been in search of the perfect vegan peanut butter cup because Reese’s used to be one of my favorites. I no longer miss them. Peanut Butter Pit Bull didn’t last 20 seconds, with normally thoughtful kids and thoughtful parents pushing other hands away and tearing the candy bar apart in a mad frenzy. My other favorite was Pick Me! Pepper, which did have just the right amount of heat, but don’t just get those at the expense of the others. My advice: do what we did and get one of each.

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If you order before May 31, you’ll also help the No Kill Advocacy Center work to end the systematic killing of animals in shelters. What could be sweeter than that?