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While visiting Whitecliff Vineyard up in New York I was browsing the gift shop and came across chocolate…shocking that I would be drawn to such a thing, I know.

Upon further inspection this wasn’t just any old chocolate. It was Rescue Chocolate.

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Although the bar wasn’t cheap, I noticed that 100% of the proceeds go to animal rescue groups. Being an animal trainer, this is a cause so near and dear to my heart I snatched up the “Forever Mocha” flavor and away I went.

“With Forever Mocha, we remember that our animals will love us forever. All dogs and cats deserve permanent, loving, life long homes.”

I was intrigued by this concept so went home and visited the Rescue Chocolate website. It was there that I learned that the organization is based in Brooklyn, NY and was founded by a woman named Sarah Gross, who decided to combine her love of shelter pets and chocolate to make a difference.

The organization’s mission is to not only raise funds to help rescue organizations but to shed light on current issues surrounding pet overpopulation as well. Each month they pick a different organization from around the country and donate their proceeds.

As if this wasn’t a good enough reason to buy it the chocolate itself is fantastic. The “Forever Mocha” was delightful dark chocolate with coffee flavor and crunchy hazelnuts throughout.

The other flavor options include:

  • Peanut Butter Pit Bull (crispy peanut butter and chocolate, countering the negative public image of the pit bull-type dogs)
  • Pick Me! Pepper (sweet ’n spicy dark chocolate with peppers, highlighting the advantages of choosing pets from animal shelters instead of breeders or pet stores)
  • Foster-iffic Peppermint (dark chocolate with peppermint, highlighting the need for people to provide foster care for shelter animals as they await their forever homes)
  • The Fix (plain 72%, highlighting the importance of spay and neuter)
  • Mission Feral Fig (fig, cranberry, almond, and spices, highlighting the humane solution for feral cats, TNR)
  • Fakin’ Bacon (smoky, sweet and salty, a salute to farm animal sanctuaries and compassionate gourmands)

Fig, cranberry and almond? Sounds amazing!

You can order any of these tasty treats right from their website. They would make great stocking stuffers!


It’s true that all animals deserve to find a loving, caring, forever home. I’m glad that there are organizations like this that are helping to make that happen.

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