Emanuel traveled to Madagascar to help select the beans used in the Zeke Bar.
Oncologist, bioethicist and super healthcare wonk Ezekiel "Zeke" Emanuel can now add one sweet line to his resume—his own namesake artisanal chocolate bar.
Emanuel, one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act and now head of the medical ethics and health policy department at the University of Pennsylvania, partnered with Askinosie Chocolate to create the Zeke Bar. His confection is 75% dark chocolate made from only single-origin beans and cane sugar; it's organic, vegan, certified kosher and gluten-free.
Emanuel traveled with Askinosie chocolatiers to the Sambirano Valley in Madagascar to source the criollo beans to create the bold and fruity chocolate bar, which packs 240 calories into a 50-gram serving. The Zeke Bar retails for $12 and was released this month.
This isn't Emanuel's first foray into the culinary world. In fact he's a bit of a foodie and wrote a cooking column for the Atlantic magazine back in 2009 and 2010, complete with recipes. Caribbean goat curry was one of his offerings, along with rugelach and pie crusts.
Askinosie Chocolate is a small-batch chocolate factory in Springfield, Mo., that sources 100% of its beans directly from farmers and works with cocoa farmers on four continents.
The company, which shares profits with the farmers, was named by Forbes as one of the 25 Best Small Companies in America in 2016.
And, despite those ubiquitous contentions that dark chocolate is good for you, Outliers duly notes that the Zeke Bar carries no health claims.