All week long at the Teelie Blog, we are celebrating World Chocolate Day, the one day in the year when we can indulge in the world’s best chocolate treats. World Chocolate Day or International Chocolate Days is an annual celebration of chocolate. But did you know that there are more than one Chocolate Days? The U.S. National Confectioners Association has declared September 13 as International Chocolate Day, as it is the day Milton S. Hershey of the world-renowned Hershey chocolate empire was born. To celebrate the occasion, we’re sharing with you five fun facts about chocolate before we dive into our list of favorite chocolate gifts to give this season.
- Fact #1: Cacao beans, from which chocolate comes from, are packed with phytonutrients, which act as antioxidants, and are great sources of iron, copper, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reported.
- Fact #2: Most white chocolate isn’t actually chocolate and are made using cream or other dairy products, NDTV reported. So if you want the full chocolate experience, go for dark or milk chocolate instead.
- Fact #3: The cacao tree from which cacao beans are harvested, was first cultivated up to 3,000 years ago by the Maya, Toltec, and Aztec peoples, according to Britannica.
- Fact #4: Chocolate is the only edible material that melts at 93° F, a little under the human body temperature, as per the Chocolate Collective UK.
- Fact #5: Dark chocolate can improve mood and provide “cognitive enhancement,” as per a scientific study, Everyday Health reported.
Chocolate Delights for World Chocolate Day
1. Simply Chocolate Deluxe Splendid Sweets Basket
This World Chocolate Day, lovers of sweets can indulge in this delectable basket of sweets from Simply Chocolate. This easily giftable set features a deluxe collection of decadent sweets including white chocolate cranberry cashew bark, milk chocolate caramel pecan clusters, chocolate sea salt caramels, chocolate dipped apricots, chocolate covered pretzels, grahams, OREO cookies and much more. Its contents have a little something for everyone! Discover an array of assorted dark milk and white chocolate covered pretzels, foil wrapped milk chocolate Oreo cookies, double dipped chocolate covered apricots, cashew cranberry white chocolate bark, dark chocolate almond bark, milk chocolate caramel pecan clusters, dark chocolate nonpareils, chocolate covered toffee sea salt cashews, dusted chocolate peanut butter toffee balls, dark and milk chocolate covered graham crackers with gingham design drizzle, chocolate sea salt caramels, and dark chocolate drizzled sea salt caramel corn, all wrapped up in a wood slat basket with faux leather handles and tied with a Simply Chocolate logo ribbon. Shop at Simply Chocolate.
2. Simply Chocolate Divine Distinction Gift Tower
Discover the tower of any chocolate lover’s dreams with the Simply Chocolate Divine Distinction Gift Tower, which is great for gifting during graduation or promotion. Wrapped in distinctive black and gold boxes, this set features dark and milk chocolate covered graham crackers with gingham design drizzle, dark chocolate caramel pretzel clusters, butter almond toffee squares, tuxedo decadence nuts mix, milk and dark chocolate dessert truffles, and milk chocolate almond bark. Definitely a reward for any chocolate lover who deserves it. Shop at Simply Chocolate.
3. Simply Chocolate Deluxe Sumptuous Snack Basket
Feeling snacky? Treat yourself to the Simply Chocolate Deluxe Sumptuous Snack Basket this World Chocolate Day. This set of decadent treats is a great gift to yourself or to your loved ones with its hand-dipped and decorated items that everyone will surely enjoy. Discover two large rocky road apples with dark chocolate drizzle, large peanut apples with dark chocolate drizzle, eight chocolate caramel pretzel rods (with two toffee crunch, two mini dark choc chip
two Oreo, and two dark chocolate enrobed with white jimmies), four pretzel twists milk chocolate with white and dark drizzle, three dark chocolate with dark chocolate drizzle grahams, and three dark chocolate with white drizzle grahams. Shop at Simply Chocolate.
4. Knipschildt Chocolatier Signature Collection
Those who are looking for a chocolate adventure this World Chocolate Day should consider the Knipschildt Chocolatier Signature Collection, with up to 25 pieces of artisan hand painted chocolates that will captivate even the most discriminating chocophiles. Designed by renowned chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt, this box features his creations that combine exquisite old European craftsmanship, intriguing avant-garde flavor combinations and state of the art handpicked natural ingredients to create artistic customized chocolates. Each piece in this indulgent box is hand painted and packed into unique, sustainable boxes that’s perfect for gifting to any chocolate lover. Discover the array of flavors, including the Hannah® Caramel in 71% Ecuadorian single bean dark chocolate topped with Hawaiian Sea Salt, Jeanett® Garden Mint infused white chocolate ganache in white chocolate, Patricia® Tangerine and ancho chili white chocolate ganache in 71% Ecuadorian single bean dark chocolate, Viva® 71% Ecuadorian single bean dark chocolate bonbon, Aurora® Hazelnut milk chocolate ganache in milk chocolate, Asta® Elderflower jam and milk chocolate ganache in 71% Ecuadorian single bean chocolate, Kelly® Strawberry and lemon-thyme white chocolate ganache in 65% house blend dark chocolate, Eva® Rosemary infused caramel in milk chocolate topped with mushroom salt, Ana Carlota® Madagascar pickled green peppercorn white chocolate ganache in 71% Ecuadorian single bean dark chocolate, topped with Cyprus black lava salt, Cecilia® Caramel infused with locally grown lavender in white chocolate, and Sofie® White chocolate ganache with lemon and marzipan enrobed in dark chocolate. Shop at Simply Chocolate.
5. Neuhaus Les Tresors de Neuhaus Chocolate
Discover an array of delightful flavors in the Neuhaus Les Tresors de Neuhaus Chocolate collection, created by five Belgian top chefs. This sophisticated collection features thirty pieces of exquisite flavors, including Chef Lionel Rigolet’s dark chocolate from Vietnam, Chef Thierry Theys’s silky hazelnut praline, Chef Peter Goossens’s velvety pecan nut praline, Chef Tim Boury, Caramelia chocolate with caramel from Isigny, and Chef Yves Mattagnes’ voluptuous hazelnut praliné made with gianduja bianco en milk chocolate from Venezuela. Shop at Simply Chocolate.
Affordable Chocolate Picks on Amazon
1. GODIVA Chocolatier Chocolate Gold Gift Box, Assorted, 19 Count
Featuring 19 pieces of gourmet chocolates artfully paired with ganaches, nuts, and more, this gold gift box from Godiva is a great treat for yourself or your loved ones. Discover an array of ganaches, luscious caramels, smooth pralines, and other delectable fillings sitting beneath assorted milk, white, and dark chocolate shells. It comes in an elegant gold box that is ready to gift, no wrapper needed! Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Brilliant gift! Tip that the entire underside of the box has the map of which candy is which. Lift the box up high and you’ll notice it.” Deborah Newhouse
2. Ferrero Golden Gallery Signature Fine Assorted Chocolates, Candy Gift Box, 24 Count, 8.4 oz (240g)
Indulge in this set of 24 individual chocolate works of art presented in an elegant golden tray within a luxurious gift box from Ferrero. Each piece in this collection is made from the highest quality ingredients, ensuring freshness that will impress even the most discerning chocolate lovers. Discover an array of refined shapes, tastes and textures in this box that’s perfect for gifting or sharing. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Had originally bought as a gift. Had forgotten to take them with me for the party. Decided to try them and boy was I happy I did. These are so darn good. They came well packaged and hadn’t melted at all. I am a hazelnut fan anyway and these didn’t disappoint. Would recommend!” Susan Meade
3. Lindt Swiss Luxury Selection Assorted Chocolates, Chocolate Gift Box, 14.6 oz Gift Box
Open up a box of elegant European style pralines crafted with exquisite milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate in eight different recipes! The Lindt gourmet box of chocolate is great as a thinking of you gift for chocolate lovers. Its boxed chocolate packaging adds elegance to any occasion and every piece embodies the passion and expert craftsmanship of Lindt Master Chocolatiers, offering a unique chocolate experience like no other with its distinctly smooth and rich gourmet taste. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Lindt chocolate is great, and this product is great as well. Gave this as a gift and got some for myself too. It was well-packaged with an ice-pack, insulation and arrived well.” Shierly F.
4. Chuao Chocolatier Share the Love Assorted Mini Gourmet Chocolate Bars Chocolate Gift Box, 36-Piece
This ultimately sharable box of chocolates is a crowd pleaser with up to 14 flavors ranging from sweet to savory and salty. This collection provides smaller portions of the brand’s most popular flavors. Fine artisan chocolatiers all over the world know that small batches make for better chocolate, which is why this is made that way. This collection features bars that are only 60 calories and filled with flavor combinations– just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. The best part? It does not contain artificial preservatives, additives, colorings and flavorings, only natural goodness! Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “The firecracker flavor is AMAZING! These are fabulous dark chocolates. No waxy finish. Wonderfully creative flavors.” Ed
5. Ethel M Chocolates Classic Collection 32-Piece Chocolate Assortment
Whether for special occasions or when you simply want to say sweet nothings, the Ethel M Chocolates Classic Collection is here to make every moment sweeter. This collection features chewy caramels, peanut butter, lemon satin creme, pecan caramel rapture, raspberry satin creme, coconut delight, and more. This 32-piece collection features a wonderful assortment of customers’ favorite pieces, which is why it’s one of the brand’s best selling gifts. Every piece in this collection is made in small batches in a solar-powered factory with no preservatives, using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Great gift for your loved one or a chocolate lover. Packaging includes pictures with good descriptions. A definite re-order.” Scot
Elegant Celebratory Gifts for Chocolate Lovers
1. Harry & David Chocolate Treasure Box with Wine
Surprise your special loved ones with this elegant keepsake wooden chest overflowing with indulgent sweets and a bottle of Southern Oregon wine. Let them discover the buttery Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn and rich signature truffles from Harry & David, which offers gourmet treats that pair beautifully with its Royal Crest Red Blend wine. This collection features dark chocolate covered popcorn, chocolate decadence cake, milk chocolate malt balls and mini mints, dark chocolate bars, and signature chocolate truffles. Shop at Harry & David.
2. Harry & David Truffles and Wine Gift
Plan a romantic night with your chocolate loving partner with the Harry & David Truffles and Wine Gift, which features rich, smooth, and beautifully decorated signature chocolate truffles in coffee, cherry, raspberry, almond, all dark, milk chocolate. Every truffle in this collection is filled with a special chocolate blend that melts in your mouth, especially when paired with the Harry & David™ Beeson Tempranillo, which comes with this set. Shop at Harry & David.
3. Harry & David Ultimate Chocolate Tower
Make a grand gesture with the Harry & David Ultimate Chocolate Tower, an ultimate gift that features five boxes stacked high with well loved chocolate goodies such as silky milk chocolate-covered cherries, signature chocolate truffles, irresistible Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn, a rich mini chocolate decadence cake, and much more. Discover an array of milk chocolates featuring medallions, almond truffles, dulce de leche pears, molten chocolates, almond cups, hazelnut cups, salted caramel cups, crème scrolls, crème sea shells that will delight with every bite. Great for gifting during any holiday. Shop at Harry & David.
4. Harry & David Belgian Chocolate-Dipped Dried Fruit and Nuts
Fruit and nut lovers will go nuts over this collection from Harry & David. A great gift for those who like sweet and savory snacking, this delightful tray of treats comes overflowing with premium dried fruit and nuts dipped in silky Belgian chocolate. Discover dipped apricots, pineapple, pecans, cashews, and much more in this collection, which is great as a gift for a hostess or for sharing with friends and loved ones. Shop at Harry & David.
5. Harry & David Premium Milk Chocolate Gift Box
A treat for any occasion big or small, the Harry & David Premium Milk Chocolate Gift Box is sure to make any chocolate lover smile with its wide array of chocolates crafted using the finest ingredients. This set features solid medallions, almond truffles, dulce de leche pears, molten chocolate, almond cups, hazelnut cups, salted caramel cups, crème scrolls, and crème sea shells. Shop at Harry & David.
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