24K Gold-Coated Chanukah Gelt
'Tis the season.
Introducing a mindful take on the classic Chanukah treat. Our bestselling 49% dark+oatmilk chocolate – four ingredients only; rich & creamy; like a “bittersweet”, though not at all bitter, and far from too sweet – is slowly hand-poured into individual gelt coins, then lovingly coated in 24-karat edible gold leaf.
Rest assured: this gold is real. Like all material luxuries, it passes through the human system with no lasting impact whatsoever, imparting only the initial dazzle and thrill of its own consumption.
The chocolate, however, may linger. We crafted it as an invitation to pause, amidst a holiday and time of year so richly immersed in the insatiable lure of consumerism.
We hope these golden-coated chocolate coins may remind us of a universal currency we each carry: the sweetness of a single moment, unfolding like chocolate, melting and melding from breath to breath.
Slow nibbles suggested, up to 8 seconds per bite.
Single-origin, organic Haitian cacao, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter, organic gluten-free oats, 24-karat edible gold leaf.
Made in a fully vegan, gluten-free facility powered by 100% renewable wind energy.
PISA, or Produits Des Iles SA, is at the forefront of transforming the cacao processing and export landscape in Haiti. Before PISA stepped in, the norm in Haiti was for large exporters to buy unfermented, dried, low-grade cocoa from smallholder farmers at prices that didn't meet even the commodity market standards. This all changed in 2013 when PISA introduced a centralized processing facility, the first of its kind in Haiti, marking a significant shift in the country's cacao production.
Their vision was inspired by Haiti's neighbor, the Dominican Republic, known for its high-quality organic cacao. Under the guidance of Aline Etlicher and Fenise Pierre Antoine, PISA set out to mirror this success in Haiti. Their approach is inclusive, working with over 1,000 organic-certified smallholder producers, including 495 female producers in 2022 – a standout figure among a traditionally male-dominated industry. They buy wet cacao directly from these farmers at premium prices, process it centrally to enhance its quality, and then sell it as a superior product in the specialty cacao market.
PISA also played a pivotal role in establishing APROCANO, a producer association that oversees technical assistance and certification programs. Despite the considerable political and social upheavals in Haiti, especially in 2022, PISA persists in its remarkable mission to deliver top-notch organic Haitian beans to the craft chocolate market. Their cacao continually stands out, with a flavor profile that spans notes of classic chocolate, to almond butter, blackberries, blueberries and vanilla cream. We also love to note, thanks to the wonderful annual transparency reports from our sourcing partner Uncommon Cacao, that 95% of the central fermentation facility’s power is sourced from renewable solar.
Each gelt package contains 2-3 servings. Since our gelt is slowly handcrafted, the number of pieces per package will vary depending on weight, with each package containing 6-8 pieces total (60g).
You may also notice small visual imperfections. (Thank you for noticing!) These are normal – a stamp of authenticity that your gelt truly originated from our slowcocoa studio with the care and love of our small team of craft chocolate-makers, and without the aid of industrial machinery, artificial ingredients, or anything that did not pass through our .
Rest assured any visual discrepancies will not affect the same delicious taste or flavor you can expect from all slowcocoa gelt.
Kindly note: rather than individually wrapped in landfill-bound aluminum foil, our gelt are lovingly packaged in a certified home- or industrial-compostable baggie with 2-3 servings of pareve/dairy-free, richly delicious and mindfully handcrafted chocolate. Even the adhesive on the labels are certified compostable. For the best aftertaste, we appreciate your care to please compost or recycle the empty package.