When the Hadhad family started Peace by Chocolate in Antigonish, N.S. in 2016, the Syrian family had a goal to give back to the community that brought them to Nova Scotia and the country that welcomed them.
Peace needs love – in all its forms. Share with the world if you agree. We are honored to launch our #Pride bars series. Available while supplies last – online order only. https://t.co/ffs3TqnDiN #peaceneedslove #HappyPrideMonth pic.twitter.com/p1nHBjjuSw
— Peace by Chocolate (@Peacebychoco) June 16, 2018
After creating their Peace Bars with the first one titled Wantaqo’ti, which is the word “peace” in the indigenous Mi’kmaq language, the company has now created Pride Bars to support the LGBTQ+ community and continue to share their message of “peace.”
Tareq Hadhad, founder of Peace by Chocolate, told Yahoo Canada News that $1.00 from each bar sold will be donated to Phoenix Youth Programs of Halifax, a local non-profit group.
The bars have received attention on social media because Peace by Chocolate moved beyond a Pride Bar with a rainbow flag – they have created six bars to represent the LGBTQ+ community, including the Trans Flag Bar, the Bisexual Flag Bar and the Asexual Flag Bar:
This is fantastic! A chocolate company run by Syrians who had to flee the war to Canada makes their "Peace" chocolate ("one peace won't hurt") into Pride chocolate by selling it in wrappers that have: pride, trans, asexual, bisexual & pansexual flags. https://t.co/8P4Yqs1vHv
— La_Lynne (@La_Lynne) June 21, 2018
On #WorldRefugeeDay we celebrate the wonderful Syrian-Canadians like 'Peace By Chocolate' who have joined our country and our communities and have already given back so much. Canada is so lucky to have you all! #PrideMonth https://t.co/hnFOv0Ir90
— Jackie (@Jackstar009) June 20, 2018
My son is transgender and we love this!
— DCI Mom (@shingashong) June 20, 2018
The asexual flag bar is amazing. This collection has really expanded by knowledge of Pride culture.
Also please distribute to Manitoba retailers. It will make things much easier for me!
— Mary-Ellen Wayne (@maryellenwayne1) June 20, 2018
So glad you’re part of this country now. Keep setting this wonderful example.
— Tracey (@firemare66) June 20, 2018
You made me cry! Thank you so much for caring for us. ☺️
— Dr K Alexander, MD FRCSC (@drkimalexander) June 21, 2018
Thank you so much for including the asexual flag!! We often get left out of these kind of things, this is awesome! 💜
— Barbsart (@barbs_art) June 21, 2018
The Hadhad family arrived in Canada after a 2012 bombing in Damascus, Syria which resulted in the family losing their home and their 20-year-old chocolate factory. The community of Antigonish sponsored the family and helped them build a chocolate factory.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared the Hadhad family’s story at the Leaders Summit on Refugees at the United Nations in 2016. The Hadhads have become ambassadors for newcomers to Canada and the Antigonish community.
The Pride Bars are only available until the end of July, while supplies last, through the company’s website.