Alert
Close

Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'

My Generation

Chocolate Charity

Every sweet bite is a donation to charity

Chocolate is treasured the world over. It can bring a smile to a child’s face, woo a romantic interest and even improve your health. But did you know that it can also save a life?

Just ask Debby Langsam and Joal Fischer. The pair spends months crafting gourmet sweets and then they pour the profits into local charities. Some of the money finds its way to a nearby hospital call center that connects doctors to trauma patients in need. Other earnings go to support a non-profit group that feeds more than 700 people every day.

But these real-life Willy Wonkas were not always in the bittersweet business. Both retired doctors, it started off as a hobby and, in response to requests from friends to buy their chocolates, Debby and Joal founded Barking Dog Chocolatiers in early 2000. They took their gourmet gift boxes to local restaurants and soon their cocoa company was catching on. While the charity aspect of their work is a reward in and of itself, their second act finds both Debby and Joal living the sweet life in a career they truly enjoy. “I really want to be there,” Joal says. “I really want to do this.”

My Generation  got a tasty peek into the recipe book of these charitable chocolatiers.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Donate to Drive to End Hunger

featured online
community volunteers

Honor Our Soldiers

Stop by to recognize those who have served our country, past and present. Discuss

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Payless

Members enjoy special savings on rental cars from PaylessCar.com.

Dunkin Donuts

Members can get a FREE Donut with purchase of a L or XL beverage at Dunkin' Donuts.

Repair Pal

Members save 10% on auto repairs, up to $50, at RepairPal Certified Shops.

Member Benefits

Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change. Join Today