Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hauser of Belgium

There is a big chassidic contingent to my family, most of which live in Belgium.  Recently, one of them came over and brought some chocolates with her.  I was somewhat hopeful because the chocolates were Belgian, but not too hopeful because they were specifically kosher.  There is no reason that kosher chocolates should not be good -- it's not like any of the ingredients involved are restricted.  Probably a fair amount of good quality chocolate winds up getting a kosher certification.  But Hauser chocolates completely fit the stereotype of awful kosher chocolate that they are worth a write-up.  (As an aside, there seems to be an unrelated Hauser Chocolates based in the US.  As far as I can tell, there is no connection between the two.)

to me, a box of chocolates is like life: without it i'd be dead.
Receiving something like this is always incredibly stressful.
First of all, these are ostensibly flavored bon bons.  There was a little booklet that explained which shapes were which flavor.  But let me assure you -- they all tasted exactly the same.  And not good.

This also suffered from the sugar bloom (or is it fat bloom?  I can never tell) one often sees on kosher chocolates.  I don't know why this is.  There are many potential causes for this, and I don't know what happened in this case, but it noticeably messes with the texture.  It becomes waxy, grainy, and unpleasant.
even from this low-quality picture, it's easy to tell that it's low-quality chocolate
That white, dusty-looking stuff on the chocolate is a problem.
It's hard to describe exactly what goes on in certain kosher dessert manufacturers.  But many of us who have some experience in the matter have had the experience of taking a bite out of a dessert and exclaiming that it was egregiously kosher.  For any of you who want to know what that means... try Hauser chocolates.

Bottom Line: Egregiously kosher.


  1. My guess (from reading this post) is that those chocolates were trying to be pareve chocolate (aka no dairy). I think that the major problem with "kosher chocolate" is when it tries to have no milk. In my experience, dairy-containing kosher chocolate is fine.

  2. Yes, you are right. These definitely were pareve. But there are plenty of great vegan truffles and bon bons. And I have also had plenty of bad dairy kosher chocolate. But I think you are right that the heart of the problem is that kosher chocolate makers just haven't figured out pareve the way vegans have.

  3. there is an unbelievable kosher, Belgian, non dairy chocolate that is heavenly and fresh. The name is Symphony. I bought it on amazon by the seller "belgique" they are worth living for!!

  4. i will have to check that out! seems like a pretty excellent use of amazon prime to me!