Cacao, along with religion, are connecting ancient rituals and today’s concerns through chocolate seders. The explored theme is that as part of the Jewish Passover celebration (beginning this evening at Sundown) of Jews escaping slavery in ancient Egypt observants find links from their history to the abuse of children and adult workers who struggle to survive on the path from harvesting to relishing chocolate.
Among the prominent proponents of the connection is Rabbi Deborah Prinz, author of On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao, as well as a supporting Haggadah, generally the libretto for the evening’s seder ritual.
The idea of a chocolate seder is not Prinz’s alone to push.
Nor does the celebration of chocolate and the seder have to be about connecting the tears of yore to the sadness of today. It could also be about the food (and not just in the way of the older religion outdoing Easter chocolate bunnies and eggs of its offspring). It can just be about adding intriguing recipes to family traditions, whether it is chacatzo, chocolate charoset, chocolate mousse pie, matzo meal chocolate chip cake, or a flourless (flour and most other grains are not allowed) chocolate roulade.
The idea is to celebrate, connect family, and enjoy. All of which is made better — as everyone knows — with homage to chocolate.