Halal Chocolate – Ahhhh Delicious!

Muslims needn’t compromise on taste or cultural values when it comes to chocolate from Lang’s Chocolates or fellow chocolatier, Sacred Chocolates. Both halal certified by IFANCA, these chocolates are the perfect gift for your next dinner party or celebration. Order a few boxes to have on hand the next time you visit a Muslim home and you’ll be gifting the ultimate in high quality and good taste.

Pure and wholesome halal ingredients go into making Lang’s premium chocolate confections, handmade in the heart of Pennsylvania and shipped to your door. Last Ramadan Lang’s introduced their unique confection of almond-stuffed dates ensconced in premium Belgium chocolate with great success. And in case you’re wondering, Chocolate Liquor, which is defined as the liquid or paste that is produced when cocoa beans are roasted and ground – a basic for all chocolate – contains no alcohol. Lang’s Chocolates, which have been halal certified, will indicate so in the product description. For a dynamic Islamic school fundraising project contact them through their website www.langschocolates.com.

Muslim raw food enthusiasts have much to celebrate as well. Sacred Chocolate is raw and prepared below the usual 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The traditional method of making chocolate involves removing the outer skin in the process losing some of cacao’s nutrients. With Sacred Chocolate, the beans aren’t roasted, none of the cacao bean skin is lost and neither are the nutrients in it. Sacred Chocolate sweetens its products with maple sugar instead of cane sugar. For a complete listing of IFANCA halal-certified products, please visit www.IFANCA.org


Pine River Cheese Products Go Halal

From humble beginnings in 1885, the cheesemakers of Pine River Cheese & Butter Co-operative have built a reputation for their unique brand of high quality aged Cheddar Cheese. Fiercely independent and one of the few remaining farmer’s co-operatives, Pine River Cheese has been owned and operated by the dairy farmers of Bruce County, Ontario for five generations. Now select products have been certified as halal for Muslim consumers in Canada. A complete list of their halal cheese lineup is available at www.ifanca.org


IFANCA Certifies BI Nutraceuticals (WEST)

BI Nutraceuticals now offers several hundred IFANCA halal-certified food and dietary supplement ingredients, ensuring that ingredients are manufactured in keeping with Islamic dietary restrictions. Certifications such as this are perceived as an important value addition not only amongst Muslims but amongst consumers who are particular about the quality of their food.

As part of the halal certification process, BI Nutraceuticals said that IFANCA had inspected all of its manufacturing facilities. “The Muslim faith is an important demographic focus for BI and we feel it critical that our ingredients meet the strict dietary standards of our customer base,” said George Pontiakos, President and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. “Demand from manufacturers for halal-certified ingredients is growing exponentially, especially as halal-certified products continue to be sought out not only by the Muslim community, but also by a diverse group of individuals who view the certification as a symbol of superior quality.” The company said a list of its halal-certified ingredients is available upon request.


SAFC® Expands IFANCA Halal-Certified Line of Flavors & Fragrances

ST. LOUIS, USA – SAFC Supply Solutions®, a focus area within SAFC, a member of the Sigma-Aldrich Group, has added an additional 200 IFANCA halal-certified food-grade products to its extensive flavors & fragrances (F&F) aroma chemicals range. This addition expands SAFC Supply Solutions’ halal offering to over 550 products, enhancing its position as a premier supplier of halal certified aroma raw materials to the marketplace.


Mead Johnson Nutritionals Halal-Certified Too

IFANCA certifies several Mead Johnson Nutritionals products for certain markets excluding North America. For a list of its halal-certified products such as its Enfamil and Enfalac brand offerings visit www.ifanca.org. Mead Johnson Nutritionals supports the aim of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes (WHO Code), which ensures safe and adequate nutrition for infants, whether they are breast-fed or formula-fed, by providing adequate information and appropriate marketing and distribution. In 1983, Mead Johnson became the first U.S. infant formula manufacturer to implement specific policies and directives in support of the WHO Code. Mead Johnson Nutritionals and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have joined in a three-year initiative designed to facilitate the transformation of basic research into innovative pediatric nutritional products.


Sunsweet Growers Inc. Halal Certified by IFANCA

Sunsweet Growers Inc., the world’s largest handler of dried tree fruits including cranberries, apricots and prunes, added IFANCA halal-certification to its list of credentials. A grower-owned marketing cooperative representing more than one-third of the prune market worldwide, Sunsweet processes more than 50,000 tons of prunes a year.

Sunsweet processes and markets the dried fruit production of more than 400 grower-members. After nearly nine decades, Sunsweet boasts an enviable brand recognition of 85 percent in American households, placing it in the very top rank of long-standing successful American products. Each day, an average of 40,000 cases of Sunsweet products are sealed and marked for worldwide distribution. For a complete list of Sunsweet Growers halal-certified products, visit www.ifanca.org.


Sun-Maid Growers of California IFANCA Halal-Certified

Founded in 1912, Sun-Maid Growers of California, the world’s largest producer and processor of raisins and other premium quality dried fruits, is now IFANCA halal-certified. Sun-Maid’s raisin sales of over $200 million and 200 million pounds annually are approximately half “Sun-Maid” retail consumer products and half ingredient products for such items as cereals, breads, and a variety of other food products. Located in Kingsburg, California in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley’s raisin producing district, Sun-Maid products are distributed throughout the United States and in more than 50 countries. For a complete list of Sun-Maid Growers of California halal-certified products, visit www.ifanca.org and select Sun-Maid Growers of California from the drop down menu.


Sun-Maid Spice Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Bars


  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) spice cake mix
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup Sun-Maid raisins
  • ½ cup pecan pieces (optional)
  • 2 tbs to ¼ cup decorative or coarse sugar (optional)



  1. PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Spray baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. COMBINE eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla powder in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat on low, until combined.
  3. ADD spice cake mix and brown sugar. Beat on low until dough comes together. (Dough will be dense.)
  4. STIR in oats, raisins, and pecans separately.
  5. SPREAD dough into prepared pan.
  6. BAKE for 20-25 minutes; let cool. Cut into bars to serve.


Optional: Sprinkle desired amount of coarse or decorative sugar over dough mixture for added decoration before baking.