Rose City’s ‘Vegan Cordial Cherries’ Among ‘Top 8 Vegan Chocolate Boxes’

Valentine's Day Delight: PETA Honors Local Chocolatier for Delicious, Dairy-Free Assortment

For Immediate Release:
January 29, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Martinsburg, W.Va. – In time for Valentine’s Day, PETA has selected the Top 8 Vegan Chocolate Boxes from stores across the U.S., and Martinsburg’s Rose City Vegan Chocolatier has secured a sweet spot on the list, thanks to its Vegan Cordial Cherries. The award-winning assortment features ripe cherries marinated in kirsch and covered with rich dark chocolate.

“Rose City’s sumptuous chocolate cherries are the perfect treat to top off an animal-friendly Valentine’s Day,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA encourages people to have a heart this February and opt for swoon-inducing vegan chocolates that show a little love for everyone.”

Not only are vegan chocolates and other desserts free of saturated animal fat and cholesterol, they also spare animals immense suffering. In the dairy industry, calves are torn away from their distraught mothers shortly after birth. Male calves are often sent to the veal industry, while females endure the same fate as their mothers: repeated artificial insemination in order to produce a steady supply of milk until their bodies give out and they’re slaughtered for cheap meat.

Other chocolate boxes on the list are from Harbor Candy Shop in Ogunquit, Maine; Divine Treasures in Manchester, Connecticut; Ethereal Confections in Woodstock, Illinois; No Whey! Foods in Lakewood, New Jersey; UliMana Chocolate in Asheville, North Carolina; Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates in Petaluma, California. The companies with winning boxes will each receive a framed certificate.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—also offers free vegan Valentine’s Day dessert recipes on its website along with a selection of sweet gifts from the PETA Catalog.

All the winning boxes can be ordered online. For more information, please visit or click here.

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