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CERTIFICATIONS & FREE FROMS

Are your products nut-free?

All of our chocolate products are made in a nut-free facility.

Is your chocolate dairy-free?

Yes, all of our chocolate products are free from dairy and made in a dairy-free facility.

Which PASCHA products are certified gluten-free?

All PASCHA products are certified gluten-free by the Celiac Support Association. You can read more about this certification on our Certifications page.

What other ingredients are you FREE FROM?

In addition to being free from the Top 8 allergens (milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans), our products are FREE FROM the following:

  • gluten
  • oats
  • barley
  • carrageenan
  • coconut
  • sesame
  • sulfites
  • mustard
  • legumes (including peas)
  • sunflower*
  • cherries
  • raspberries
  • kiwi
  • grapes
  • rice*
  • sage
  • sorghum

* our Rice Milk Baking Chips (both dark and white) contain both rice and sunflower lecithin. They are made in a separate facility from our other dark chocolate products.

Sunflower is also present in the facility where our Mini Bars and Chocolate Fruit Spread are made.

What is a dedicated manufacturing facility?

PASCHA Chocolate is produced in a facility which is FREE FROM all eight major food allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, shellfish and fish.

These allergens account for 90% of the allergen reactions in the US. A dedicated facility means our products are not subject to cross-contamination, and provides the greatest assurance that our chocolate is safe.

Do you use soy lecithin or another emulsifier?

All of our PASCHA products are free from any additives used to emulsify, with the exception of our Rice Milk Baking Chips, which utilize sunflower lecithin.

Is your sugar refined?

We only use organic cane sugar which is free from various synthetic processes such as the application of pesticides.

Which Pascha Chocolate Products are certified Vegan?

All PASCHA products are certified vegan. To read more about the vegan certification, please go to our Certifications page.

Which Pascha Chocolate Products are USDA Certified?

The following PASCHA products are certified to be organic by USDA:

  • 3.50z Dark Chocolate Bars (all eight varieties)
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (all three flavors)
  • Dark Chocolate Mini Bars (all three flavors)
  • Rice Milk Baking Chips (both varieties)

To read more about the USDA Organic certification, please go to our Certifications page.

Which Pascha Chocolate Products carry the Non-GMO Project verification seal?

The following PASCHA products are certified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project:

  • 3.5 oz Dark Chocolate Bars (all eight varieties)
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (all three flavors)
  • Dark Chocolate Mini Bars (all three flavors)

To read more about this certification, please go to our Certifications page.

Which Pascha Chocolate Products are Kosher Certified?

All PASCHA products are kosher certified. You can read more about the kosher certifications on our Certifications page.

Which Pascha Chocolate Products are made using Fair-Trade ingredients?

PASCHA strives to utilize fair-trade ingredients wherever possible. These products are currently certified fair trade:

  • 3.50z Dark Chocolate Bars (all eight varieties)
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (all three flavors)
  • Dark Chocolate Mini Bars (all three flavors)
  • Make Me Smile! Chocolate Fruit Spread (both varieties)
  • Rice Milk Baking Chips (dark chocolate variety)

To read more about the fair-trade certification, please go to our Certifications page.

Which Pascha Chocolate Products are made with UTZ Certified Cacao?

The following PASCHA products are made with UTZ certified cacao:

  • 3.50z Dark Chocolate Bars (all eight varieties)
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (all three flavors)
  • Dark Chocolate Mini Bars (all three flavors)

To read more about the UTZ certification, please go to our Certifications page.

Is there any forced child labor involved in producing your cocoa beans?

No, we only work with certified Fair Trade beans from known producers.

INGREDIENTS & IN YOUR KITCHEN

What is the best way to melt Pascha Chocolate?

We receive this question a lot, so we developed these instructions for you so you can utilize the melting method that suits your needs best.

Together with our friends at Go Dairy Free, we developed this list of melting options; please use the method that suits you best.

THE BEST WAY TO MELT CHOCOLATE

Equipment: Whisk and a double broiler OR two pans or metal bowls, where one can fit inside of the other.

Method:

  1. Heat water to 125ºF to 150ºF (50-65ºC) either on the stove-top in your bottom pan or in an electric kettle (pour the heated water into your bottom pan or bowl). Kettles like this Cuisinart that can heat water to 150ºF exactly are priceless!
  2. Place chopped chocolate or chocolate chips in the top pan or bowl, and place that pan or bowl right in the pan with water. Yes, it can touch the water – in fact, you want the water to go part way up the sides.
  3. Whisk as the chocolate melts. It will take just about 1 minute for the chocolate to melt completely.

 

Pros: Allows for a slower melt to prevent scorching and degradation; Keeps chocolate at a consistent melted temperature while dipping; Doesn’t require specialty equipment; Can be done on or off the stove-top, so you can use the melted chocolate in a better work space, if desired; Chocolate still melts relatively quickly.

Cons: None that I’ve found!

Dip Tip: If dipping truffles or other goodies in the chocolate, leave the set-up as is while you dip. The water will stay warm enough to keep the chocolate at the perfect, melted temperature.

 

TRADITIONAL: DOUBLE BOILER

Method: Place water in the bottom of the double boiler so the top of the water is 1/2 inch below the upper pan. Place chopped chocolate or chocolate chips in the upper pan, and then place the double boiler over low heat. Stir the chocolate constantly until it is melted. The water in the bottom of the double boiler should not come to boiling while the chocolate is melting.

Pros: Allows for a slower melt to prevent scorching and degradation.

Cons: Need specialty equipment; hard to make a makeshift double broiler where the top pan doesn’t touch the water; can be challenging to keep the stove-top at just the right temperature, particularly with electric.

 

TEMPERED: HEATED CREAMY BATH

Method: This is a standard way of melting chocolate when making truffles or fudge. Place finely chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl. Heat coconut cream or milk until hot, but not yet boiling, and pour over the chocolate. Let sit for 30 seconds. Whisk vigorously until the chocolate is fully melted and incorporated.

Note: If you are dairy-free, please use coconut cream or a non-dairy milk such as hemp milk.

Pros: Lower likelihood of scorching than The Microwave method.

Cons: Chocolate pieces have to be very small, or it may not fully melt; Getting cream/milk to the perfect temperature can be finicky; Only suitable for recipes where the chocolate will be incorporated with a type of milk/cream.

 

CHEATER: THE MICROWAVE

Method: Place chopped chocolate or chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH, uncovered, for 60 seconds. Whisk the chocolate vigorously. If not completely melted, microwave on HIGH for 15 seconds. Whisk vigorously. If not yet melted, repeat the heating and whisking in 15 second intervals until just melted. Do not overheat – not even a little.

Pros: Quick; No specialty equipment needed.

Cons: High risk of scorching the chocolate; Can degrade the chocolate; May need to reheat if using the chocolate for dipping.

What is Lucuma?

Lucuma is a sweet Latin American superfruit that has a low glycemic index and creates a rich caramel (non-dairy) note. Lucuma is also high in antioxidants and micronutrients. In our Lucuma Bar, we replace half the organic sugar with this delicious superfruit.

What are Goldenberries?

Also known as Cape Gooseberries, Goldenberries are chewy superfuits native to the Andes. They are bright yellow in colour and extremely sweet when ripe with highly beneficial nutrients such as protein, minerals, vitamins and beta-carotene.

What are Cocoa Nibs?

Cocoa nibs are the central part of the cocoa beans and, following a process, they are peeled from their shells and crushed into smaller pieces. They are also considered as a superfood rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Where can I find the ingredients for your products?

As the ingredients vary for each our chocolate products, please visit our website and click on the INGREDIENTS tab.

Where can I find the nutritional information for your products?

As the nutritional information vary for each our chocolate products, please visit our website and click on the NUTRITION tab.

FINDING PASCHA CHOCOLATE

Can I buy PASCHA Chocolate products online?

Yes! We have our own online store, or you can check out our 'Where to Buy' section to see if one of them carries our products!

My favorite PASCHA retailer doesn't carry PASCHA products. What can I do?

We recommend seeking out the grocery manager and personally asking them to consider carrying PASCHA Chocolate. To make it easier, please print this page and provide it to your grocery manager.

Are PASCHA Chocolate products available internationally?

For our international customers, outside the United States, we recommend ordering from Vitacost. Vitacost ships to over 160 countries. Additional shipping information from Vitacost is located on their website here.

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