Li-Lac Chocolates: The Kosher Advantage

Kosher is a niche market that continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Companies recognize the value of the kosher logo as an extremely important tool to enhance their products’ marketability.

“Often labels will sport an ‘O’ with a ‘U’ inside. This is the stamp of approval of the largest kosher-certification body, and basically means there’s no need to read the label….”  –Wall Street Journal

The Leader in Kosher Consumer Products

Working with OU will propel your brand’s to the top of kosher consumers’ consciousness.

Li-Lac chocolate making OU kosher certification

Li-Lac Chocolates is Manhattan’s oldest chocolate house – a New York tradition since 1923.

“Kosher certification, especially from that well-known and trusted kosher agency, opens new markets and creates growth potential that otherwise wouldn’t exist. In addition, being Kosher certified is a sign of quality and provides customers with reassurance that the company maintains certain high standards,” declared Anwar Khoder, Li-Lac’s Master Chocolatier. Li-Lac Chocolates received its certification on August 1st, just in time for the holiday gifting season.

List your brands part of the “Featured Company” feature on our website and communicate directly to the kosher consumer, newly certified companies are announced via email to our subscriber list of 30,000 kosher consumers.

Kosher Certification in a Nutshell

Kosher supervision means that a qualified Rabbi or Rabbinic organization supervises the production of a food item to insure that the product is kosher (prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary law). In general, supervision focuses on two areas:

  • a) Ingredients – All ingredients and sub-ingredients used in a product must be kosher.
  • b) Equipment – Equipment must have a kosher status and cannot be used for both kosher and non-kosher production.



Company Story

Li-Lac Chocolates dates back to 1923 when George Demetrious, a native of Greece who studied the art of chocolate making in France, emigrated to New York and opened his shop at 120 Christopher Street in the heart of Greenwich Village. During the 1920s, Greenwich Village was a destination for artists, intellectuals, and innovators. It was in this context that Mr. Demetrious applied his chocolate-making expertise, creating and perfecting his recipes for such items as Almond Bark, Butter Crunch, Hazelnut Truffle Squares, Legendary Fudge, and other favorites, steadily building a loyal customer following among his quirky and demanding neighbors. Over the ensuing nine decades, Li-Lac became a New York favorite. When trendy ingredients and mass production emerged as the model for the modern chocolatier, Li-Lac remained true to its history and tradition, eschewing automation and trendiness.

Deemed “stubbornly old fashioned” by the Wall Street Journal, Li-Lac Chocolates is one of the few old-school chocolate companies to survive into the modern era.

 In 1996, the Li-Lac won an award for the “Best Raspberry Truffle in the Tri-State Area.” With their dual leadership, Li-Lac Chocolates continued to grow but never at the expense of freshness or quality.   

When you are in New York City, we hope you get a chance to stop by one of our five locations, sample our chocolate, and get a sense for what fresh, gourmet chocolate was meant to taste like!

We make old-world artisan chocolates in small batches using original recipes, time-honored techniques, and quality ingredients. Our selection of fresh chocolate – more than 140 items – is one of the largest selections of fresh gourmet chocolate in America. Every delicious item is made by hand, locally in New York City, and guaranteed for freshness.

 Li-lac Chocolates OU kosher certification