Shorts: Passover

Can you stomach a Bartons-free Passover?

Don’t expect any Bartons mints or chocolate-covered macaroons at the end of your seder this year.

The venerable kosher chocolate company “may be history,” according to a leading kosher industry expert.

Founded in 1938 by Viennese chocolatier Stephen Klein, the company — whose goodies have long been a staple of many a Passover meal and have also been the selling point of many Jewish nonprofit fundraising sales — may be melting down.

That’s despite a front-page New York Times story last month noting that candy sales in general are growing.

Children here had already gone door-to-door collecting Passover orders for their day schools when, earlier this month, a letter went out from fundraising company Miss Chocolate stating that current economic conditions have forced Bartons to cut down on production levels.

Menachem Lubinsky, editor of Kosher Today and founder of the KosherFest trade show, says the situation is more extreme.

“Bartons didn’t put out anything this year for Pesach, to the best of my knowledge,” said Lubinsky.

An unnamed representative of Bartons said that there would be no one available to speak to the media for the next two to three weeks. Officials at Miss Chocolate declined to comment.

According to the letter it sent out, Miss Chocolate will supplement the chocolate it did manage to get from Bartons with products from another manufacturer, Barricini, under Kof-K supervision. Miss Chocolate also promised to donate an additional 5 percent to organizations that fundraise through it as an apology for the switch.

While the Bartons Web site is mum on  the cuts, it states that it is no longer accepting online orders. — new york jewish week

On Passover, stay hydrated with coconut

For the first few days of Passover, you’ll probably be too busy to exercise. But after the last guest has left, you might be angling for a run to burn off all the seder calories.

While it’s important to stay hydrated during exercise, water doesn’t always do the trick. Energy drinks contain electrolytes to replace those lost in sweat — but most also contain flavorings that may not be kosher for Passover.

This year, runners can rest — or, well, exercise — easy. Certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, ZICO Coconut Water is also kosher for Passover in its unflavored, “natural” version, which has no additives.

ZICO contains five electrolytes and more potassium than a banana. Unlike coconut milk, it is made from young, or “green” coconuts that have not developed “meat,” so it has no fat.

For more information, including locations to buy ZICO Coconut Water, visit www.zico.com.