Passover Seder

We know you know how to throw a traditional Passover Seder for the first or second night of Passover. If you're not hosting one of these seders, why not host host a seder for another night of Seder and make it a bit more sweet? Plan a chocolate theme Seder!

Every year for the Passover Seder we retell the story of the hardships that were faced as the Jewish people escaped from slavery to seek freedom. As we recall the hardships, we also must realize that Passover is a celebration of that freedom. Here is a special celebration Seder to help us remember how sweet freedom is.

Invitations
You can start with a fun chocolate theme invitation from Party411.com and invite your guests to "Come and celebrate the sweet taste of freedom!" They will know this isn't your traditional Passover Seder.

Or create your own invitations by gluing an empty (but intact) Hershey bar wrapper to the front of the invitation and adding the text below the wrapper.

Better yet, use a personalized candy bar from Party411.com and mail it with your invitation in a padded envelope.

Chocolate Seder Decorations
For your centerpieces, along the center of the table have a few vases full of chocolate roses (kosher for Passover of course). Or, fill vases with different kinds of wrapped candies for your guests to nosh on at the party.

Or if you'd like the hostess as the cutout, use the cutout holding armfuls of chocolate. Include a speech bubble letting everyone know how sweet it is to celebrate Passover together!

Your Chocolate Seder
In planning this Passover Seder (written by Cheryl R. Skolnick), be sure to have an abundance of the various chocolate products listed below. (Some of these foods are not kosher for Passover, so you may want to consider doing it before Passover instead.)
  • Kiddush over chocolate milk (Kiddush)
  • Wash the face (Urechatz)
  • Green M & M's (Carpas)
  • Break middle chocolate matzo (Yachatz)
  • Story (Magid)
  • Wash face (Rachatz)
  • Eat chocolate matzo (Motzi Matzo)
  • Bittersweet chocolate (Maror)
  • S'mores (Korekh)
  • Chocolate fondue (Shulchan Orech)
  • Afikomen (Tzafun)
  • Grace after sweets (Barech)
  • Sing down (Hallel)
  • Conclusion (Nirtzah)
KIDDUSH
Blessed art Thou, Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, creator of cocoa beans of the tree. Blessed art Thou, Eternal our G-d, Ruler of the Universe, who chose us from all congregants and exalted us among congregations by giving us this holy confection. With pleasure you gave us this festival for enjoyment; as this day - the feast of chocolate; the season of our bondage (to the soap) you have chosen us to remember chocolate, the way it was.

WASH THE FACE (URECHATZ)

EAT SOMETHING GREEN

Blessed are you, forever our God, King of the World, creator of green M & M's.

Break the Middle Matzo (Magid, Yachatz)
Ha Lachma Anya - This is the chocolate of affliction that are our forefathers used in South America. All who have a craving, let them come and eat (because after a little of this you will become sick!). All who are needy -- they don't need this. Now we are here, hopefully next year we will be in Hershey Park. Now we are thin -- next year, if we eat all that is planned, we will be fat.

FOUR QUESTIONS
Why is this night different from all other nights?
  1. On all other nights, we eat peanut butter, chocolate, or a combination of both. On this night, why only chocolate?
  2. On all other nights we eat chocolate of any kind (Hershey, Nestle, Willy Wonka). On this night, why only Hershey?
  3. On all other nights we don't even have chocolate fondue, why all of a sudden this change?
  4. On all other nights we eat complete, well-balanced meals, why do we eat only dessert dinner tonight?
ANSWER
TEN PLAGUES
1.Thirst
2.Cough
3.Fat
4.Zits
5.Cavities
6.Worms
7.Indigestion
8.Cramps
9.Diarrhea
10.Diabetes

DRINK SECOND CUP OF MILK
Blessed art Thou, Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, creator of cocoa beans of the tree.

WASH THE FACE (RACHATZ)

MOTZI MATZO
Lift three matzot and say: Praised be You, Creator of sweets and calories who has sanctified us by commanding our sweet tooth to eat of this delicacy.

EAT THE BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE (MAROR)

EAT THE S'MORES (KORECH)
As a reminder of those many nights of camping around the fire when our bellies were full and we ate more anyway, we use this sandwich.

SHULCHAN ORECH

REDEEM AND EAT THE AFIKOMEN (TZAFUN)

GRACE AFTER SWEETS (BAREKH)

SING DOWN (HALLEL)

CONCLUSION (NIRTZAH)

I am ready to fulfill the commandment of drinking the last of the Four Cups. This recalls God's promise to the people of Israel, as it says, "Drink milk with chocolate so you will not be thirsty as you were before I took you out of the land of no-milk".

Blessed are Thou, Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, creator of cocoa beans of the tree.

Now our seder is completed, every law and custom fulfilled just as we have merited to observe it this year, may we continue to do so in the years to come.

You are pure, dwelling on high, raise up your chocolateless people. Soon lead the thirsty of your flock redeemed to candy land with joyous song.

Party Favors
After indulging your sweet tooth for the entire evening it would be wise to offer a "treat bag" with toothpaste, a toothbrush, dental floss, and some sugarless gum (once again, kosher for Passover)! Or forget about clean teeth and send everyone home with a Seder plate made from chocolate! (delicious and available on a variety of websites online)

Your guests will love celebrating Passover in a fun and different way! Have fun, from the Party Girl and the Party-ettes!