Valentine's Day Decadence: PETA Honors Local Candy Store for to-Die-for and Delicious Dairy-Free Assortment
For Immediate Release:
January 31, 2019
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Bethlehem, Pa. – In time for Valentine’s Day, PETA has selected the Top Vegan Chocolate Boxes from stores across the U.S., and Bethlehem’s Vegan Treats has secured a spot on the list, thanks to its sinfully delicious Ultimate Fatally Yours gourmet chocolate box. Presented in a custom-designed heart-shaped box, this limited-edition assortment features 18 handmade chocolates with gold-leaf accents and spooky names—such as Chocolate Hazelnut Praline–Filled Swiss Chocolate Skull, Blood-Red Velvet Brain, and Black Coconut Ash Chocolate Soufflé–Filled Eye—plus a notebook-and-pen set “to jot down thoughts of love, secrets or revenge.”
“Vegan Treats’ dangerously decadent concoctions could have you vowing, ‘Till death do we part,'” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA encourages people to have a heart this February and opt for 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 Divine Treasures in Manchester, Connecticut; Harbor Candy Shop in Ogunquit, Maine; Ethereal Confections in Woodstock, Illinois; No Whey! Foods in Lakewood, New Jersey; Rose City Chocolatier in Martinsburg, West Virginia; UliMana in Asheville, North Carolina; 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”—named Vegan Treats’ Peanut Butter Bomb a Top Vegan Sweet Treat for Valentine’s Day in 2017. The group offers free vegan Valentine’s Day dessert recipes on its website along with a selection of sweet gifts from the PETA Catalog.