Recipe contributed by Philip Gelb, vegan chef and caterer. Using mortar and bricks, the Jewish slaves built the pyramids. The haroset reminds us of the mortar, a symbol of unrewarded toil. We remember how our ancestors’ work enriched the Egyptians’ lives and challenge ourselves to think about the ways that we currently benefit from exploited labor. On Passover, we eat chocolate haroset to remember all the trafficked and enslaved children in the Ivory Coast who toil in the cocoa fields, harvesting the cocoa pods from which our favorite chocolates are made. For Jews, the descendants of slave laborers who build the pyramids, such profit should never be sweet. We eat haroset that is made with fair-trade chocolate, the only chocolate that is free of child labor. We take the sweetness of this haroset as a symbol of resistance and the possibility of liberation for all.
- 1 cup toasted, chopped nuts (pistachio, walnuts, pecans or a mix)
- ¼ cup dried sour cherries
- ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
- Pinch allspice
- 1 ounce fair-trade 71% chocolate, shaved
- 2 tablespoons Port (or kosher-for-Passover wine)
- Mix all ingredients together. Let chill for an hour before serving.