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Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. The lights! The family! The fun! The chocolate! For a family member or friend who loves food, the gift of chocolate is really the best gift you can buy. There are also so many options out there that it can be a little overwhelming when you first start shopping for Christmas chocolate. How do you know if the gift you choose will truly knock it out of the park? Read on to find out how to pick the very best chocolate for your loved one.
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Choose Something Christmas-y
When you’re buying a Christmas gift, it’s always a good idea turn to something festive. You don’t have to choose a boring old box of chocolates — it’s Christmas after all! Instead, pick up something that’s decked out in red and green, made to look like Santa Claus, or in the shape a Christmas tree. When it comes to Christmas chocolates, the more festive, the merrier. Your loved one is sure to love something that fits right in with the joy and happiness of the season.
Consider Your Loved One’s Preferences
It’s also important to think about your loved one’s preferences when choosing the perfect Christmas gift. After all, there’s so many different options to choose from, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate — and that’s not even considering all of the add-ins you can choose. Nut clusters, fruit, caramel, and cream, the list goes on and on.
If you aren’t sure about your loved one’s preferences when it comes to chocolate, don’t hesitate to ask. Drop it casually into conversation or ask someone who might know the inside scoop. If you still aren’t sure, choose a box that contains a variety of flavors. This will ensure your loved one will have at least a few of her favorites to enjoy.
Check for Quality
Another important consideration is the quality of the chocolate you choose for your gift. Of course, you also want to pick it the highest quality chocolate possible and we’ve got some tips to help you. First, take a look at the list of ingredients. High-quality chocolate should have a few simple ingredients: cocoa butter, cocoa powder, and sugar. In fact, it shouldn’t have many more ingredients than these. Lower-quality chocolates include a bunch of extra ingredients, such as vegetable oil, corn syrup, and more. These ingredients are added to lower costs, but can effect the overall taste of the chocolate — and not in a good way.
One quick and easy way to test the quality of the chocolate you buy is to break it. Yes, that’s right. Ask for a sample and listen to how it breaks. High-quality chocolate should break with a crisp and clear snap. If it crumbles or bends before breaking, it isn’t good quality chocolate.
Lastly, check the chocolate you buy for freshness. Always look for a sell by date or ask the chocolatiers how long ago the chocolate was made. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that chocolate typically lasts six to 12 months. Lastly, be sure to inspect the chocolate. Avoid any chocolate that has white spots or discoloration. Instead, high-quality chocolate has a glossy finish that’s not tacky or sticky.
Get Something Personalized
The best way to make your chocolate gift feel like it’s really meant for the one you love is to put a little creativity into it. If you’re shopping at a chocolate shop, consider getting your gift personalized. Most chocolate shops allow you to choose your own box or add a personalized note.
Or, make it your own by ditching the box altogether. Make a DIY gift that will really blow your loved one away by adding a few personalized touches. Place your chocolate treats into a Christmas mug, a glass vase, or a mason jar. Decorate the mug or jar with Christmas ribbon, a piece of holly, or a pine cone — or a mix of all three.
Don’t forget to include a heartfelt personalized note that tells your loved one just how much they mean to you. Not only will your loved one enjoy the personalized touches, she’ll also be able to use the mug or vase year after year, long after the candies are gone.
A gift bundle featuring a 24-piece assorted chocolates gift box with the best-quality chocolates you can buy is sure to light up the one you love this Christmas. We’ve partnered with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to provide delectable chocolates that will make a big impression this holiday season.