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Chocolate Passover Gifts
Passover Chocolate Gifts Of Love
Passover is a wonderful Jewish holiday steeped in the tradition of story telling, love and family. It is a reminder of a heritage who's roots are both bitter and sweet and the Passover Seder is the gathering of friends and family to remember the past and honor their ancestors, enjoy the today and those they hold dear and look to the future generations to grow and learn with honor and pride.
All of the foods eaten at Passover tell the story of the bitterness of slavery and the sweetness of freedom. There are songs and prayers. Boo's and Cheers. And there is chocolate. I remember the chocolate always symbolic of the sweetness of the holiday. Nowhere in the movie the Ten Commandments does Moses pass out chocolate bars when he proudly presents the commandments and leads every one to freedom. And yet the chocolate tradition of Passover is a wonderful gift to bring to a seder.
Since Chocolate itself is somewhat of a religion in my family - we really love it! - it seems like the perfect gift for this Jewish religious celebration.
Some Jewish families celebrate in a very strict and orthodox fashion, staying true to the rituals their ancestors thousands of years ago also followed, some families find a more conservative approach that honors the ancient rituals and yet have a more modern approach. Some will eat only Kosher for Passover foods and some will not. The honor comes from the remembrance and the time to remember traditions and pride in their heritage.
Bringing chocolate gifts to a seder is bestowing your wish of a sweet life on family and friends - what could be a greater wish than that for those you love!
Just a warning, you don't have to be Jewish to fall in love with these typical Passover Chocolate gifts!
They are delicious all year round and it doesn't have to be a holiday to serve them or indulge in some of these chocolate goodies.
Delicious chocolate jelly rings, marshmallow twists, chocolate covered macaroons and bon bons, and of course, chocolate covered matzo.
You can bring them in their individual boxes or pile them high on a serving tray - what a wonderful chocolate gift surprise.
Kosher For Passover Certified
Kosher chocolate gifts are not necessarily "Kosher For Passover" chocolate. Depending on how strictly the family observes the Passover traditions, be sure to check for this seal of approval. On Passover Jewish people should not eat foods that include grains and foods cooked with any grain would be off limits. Think about wheat and corn and legumes as grains and how many foods and sweets have corn syrup in them.
Kosher For Passover means that a Rabbi has supervised the cooking and handling of the product that you buy and given it his official Thumbs Up!
If you aren't sure how religious the family or friends are that you are buying the chocolates for, go for the Kosher For Passover Certified sweets, you just can't go wrong then.
Chocolate Jelly Rings
Chocolate covered jelly rings are the star of the show. Everyone loves them. I cannot remember a seder without them but the truth is, my family eats them all year long!
They are in your candy aisle. They are in every chocolate buy in bulk store. Everyone loves chocolate jelly rings. My family loves the raspberry jelly rings but they are also available in orange. If you aren't sure - go raspberry!
Bringing chocolate jelly rings to the Passover seder whether in a box or on a tray absolutely ensures you will be everyone's favorite holiday gift giver.
Passover Seder Traditions
Passover Seder traditions are part of the table setting during the holiday celebration. The seder plate includes all the foods that tell the story of the holiday and includes the symbols of bitter tears, sweet freedom, sacrifice, life and honor.
You don't have to follow the strict letter of the Passover law to enjoy the traditions of the holidays and family celebrations.
The Seder plate is traditional on the table filled with symbolic foods to celebrate Passover
Even the children get involved in the seder whether you observe very orthodox or reform
Passover matzo is a must for the seder - it is symbolic of the only "bread" that could be made while in the desert on the way to freedom
A wonderful guide to encourage families to celebrate in their own special way and understanding Jewish traditions
Every Passover seder has a Haggadah that tells the story of Moses and Passover. Many are in Hebrew and English so everyone can follow along.
Chocolate Covered Macaroons
Macaroons are wonderful and delicious and not just a Jewish thing! People of all religions and traditions love macaroons and they also happen to be a staple for the Passover seder.
Kosher for Passover macaroons are commonly seen in cans in wonderful flavors like almond vanilla, chocolate, chocolate chip and this year I even found Red Velvet and Banana Split macaroons.
You can buy them already chocolate covered for Passover but traditionally for my family and friends I buy them non-chocolate covered in the can and dip them myself in chocolate for that additional yummy chocolate coating. I have to buy dozens of macaroons because I share them with everyone this time of year not just at the Seder.
This is a gift that is always appreciated no matter how religious the Seder is or what religion everyone is that is there.
This is a photo of my second batch of hand dipped chocolate macaroons, proudly displayed before anyone woke up and could start eating them.
Chocolate Gift Plates
If you are going to bring some chocolates to the Seder, a great gift giving idea is to bring them on a fun holiday theme plate or platter. If the family is very religious they may want to know that no other food has touched the plate beforehand. If they are more conservative or reform they will just really appreciate the thought behind the personalized plate as well as the delicious chocolates on them.
Pile the plates with an assortment of chocolates or buy a few plates and keep the individual chocolate candies separated, either way this is a delicious and appetizing way to bring a holiday present.
Even if you are not going to a seder but want to give a friend or family member some chocolates in honor of the holiday, this is a great way to present them your hand picked gift.
So Many Chocolates To Choose From
There are so many wonderful Chocolate gifts to choose from. They don't have to be expensive and are probably easier to find than you would think! Most supermarkets devote a whole aisle to Kosher for Passover foods about a month before the holiday. No aisle is complete without the chocolate goodness and desserts everyone will crave after all the food they eat during the seder.
Choose one box or bring them all home to surprise your host and hostess. Wrap the box with a bow or arrange them on a platter, everyone will be eating them up in no time at all.
My Favorite Chocolate Gift Ideas For Passover
Most of these are just my favorite chocolate treats any time of year but they are also wonderfully and traditionally part of a great gift idea for Passover seders and family and sharing any time of the year.
Raspberry Jelly Rings - My family's absolute favorite chocolate gift idea
Chocolate marshmallow twists are my personal favorite. Some people love to pop them in the refrigerator for a chilly treat
Marshmallow and chocolate bon bons in delicious flavors are perfect for Passover
There are many wonderful Kosher For Chocolate Bars in lots of different flavors
My Mom loved holidays and especially Passover. She invited the whole family over, her brothers and their children (my aunts, uncles and cousins), my grandparents and really made every Passover holiday a special time of sharing. It wasn't a very religious celebration but did incorporate a bit of religion and prayer in English and Hebrew, a lot of tradition, tons of home cooked food and a lot of laughter and fun.
My Mom made me by hand the Seder plate in the center of the photo. She handcrafted the ceramics and painted and decorated this treasure just for me. I will always love it and I know she would definitely approve of it being surrounded by gifts of chocolate, family and love!
Candy Fruit Slices
If you want to add a little color to your Chocolate Gift for Passover, you can add these delicious fruit slices (no not real fruit!). Instead they are sugary coated and beautiful colors of sweet tasting candy for those who are not chocolate eaters (I know it's hard to believe there are such people!) or those allergic or just to add another great dessert to the tray.
I know these are also not made only for Jewish people on Passover but for some reason they are totally Passover traditional. Every seder. In fact I think, every Jewish holiday there are sugary fruit slices in green, orange, yellow and red just waiting for everyone to say "Ooooh fruit slices I want one".
Help Yourself To Some Chocolate!
So the whole platter is set down before you and you get to choose any candy you want from the dish.....
Which Candy Will You Choose?
Happy Pesach Everyone
If you have never gone to a Passover seder before, don't worry about how to greet your host and their guests. Happy Passover or Happy Pesach (Pesach is Passover in Hebrew pronounced Pay SaCh) with a smile and a chocolate gift says everything.
You may hear guests saying "Gut YomTov" and that means Happy Holiday and is perfect for every Jewish holiday.
Jewish holidays are like all holidays, rooted in family, tradition and sharing love and a lot of food!
From the chicken soup, gefilte fish, boiled potatoes, brisket and kugel the Passover holiday is guaranteed to have everyone full before the meal is even over.
Don't worry though, because magically when the chocolate desserts come out, everyone has just a little more room for them!
On The Chocolate Trail
This is a great book by a Rabbi that combines Jewish traditions and chocolate connecting people all through the world. Great stories, fantastic recipes, history and rituals from thousands of years ago up to modern day chocolate adventures.
A delicious look at Jewish tradition and chocolates all over the world. Great recipes and photos too.
Have you ever brought a gift to a Passover Seder? Don't you think chocolate gifts just go with every holiday! Let us know some of your great Passover gift ideas - we love to share.