For many of us, waking up on Christmas morning with that giddy feeling of excitement is one of childhood’s best memories. The anticipation of opening presents is downright delicious! And for good reason – giving chocolate coins as a holiday gift is a tradition dating back to the early 1900s. Now, children all over the world look forward to unwrapping this tasty treat.
You may be all grown up but the good news is chocolate has grown up, too. No longer a gift for kids only, chocolate makes an ideal gift for everyone on your list – from your aunt who has everything to your discerning foodie coworker. Why?
Chocolate is endlessly versatile. It can be whimsical and fun, molded into festive shapes such as Santas, reindeer and snowmen. Chocolate can be sophisticated and sassy with complex, melt in your mouth flavors such as grand marnier, cappuccino or marzipan. Chocolate is perfectly content to stand alone but also works quite well when combined with fruits and nuts such as pecans, cashews and almonds, and peaches, pears and apricots.
Perhaps chocolate’s greatest accomplishment is transcending dietary restrictions. Vegan and sugar free chocolate is available for those who need to avoid dairy or sugar but who still want to enjoy that rich, satisfying taste that is uniquely chocolate.
Chocolate has also found its way into an increasingly popular holiday tradition – New Year’s gifts. While gift giving on January 1st might seem like a new trend, it actually dates back before the birth of Christ. Celts and Romans exchanged gifts at this time, wishing one another an auspicious New Year.
Today, chocolate is the perfect gift to a New Year’s Eve celebration as a host or hostess gift. Edible chocolate champagne bottles with matching champagne glasses brimming with elegant truffles are an entertaining and memorable way to get the party started.
No matter what your holiday gift giving traditions might be, giving the gift of silky, smooth, gourmet chocolate is always in style.