Chocolate can fit seamlessly into a healthy and balanced eating pattern, so try incorporating it into these flavorful snacks. Whether you prefer chocolate-covered fruit or a nutty and satisfying energy ball, these tasty bites are everything you need to enjoy chocolate at snacktime. Make recipes like Dark Chocolate Cashew Clusters and Caramel Delight Energy Balls for a pick-me-up that’s choc full of deliciousness. See 21 healthy chocolate snacks that taste like dessert, HERE.
From the the tantalizing cacao blends of South America to the velvety richness of Belgian pralines, chocolate making is a serious work of art. Elevate your Valentine’s Day celebration with one of these 10 finest, most luxurious boxes of chocolates global artisans have to offer. Click, HERE, to see the finest, luxurious chocolates.
Otis Spunkmeyer is looking to help operators make Valentine’s Day extra special by offering the Otis Spunkmeyer Sweet Discovery Double Chocolate Pink Cookie. The deep, dark, double-chocolate cookie dough is studded with both chocolate chips and candy-coated pink chocolate gems for a festive look and rich flavor. Otis Spunkmeyer celebrates Valentine’s Day with Double Chocolate Pink Cookie. Otis Spunkmeyer cookies are simple for operators to bake and sell, and they can also be the foundation for an extra special decorated sweet such as:
Top with strawberry frosting and raspberry preserves for a double-chocolate berry treat
Marshmallow fluff sandwiched between two cookies, rolled in graham cracker crumbs makes “no campfire needed” s’mores
Decorate with vanilla frosting and pink sprinkles for a classic spin on a sweet treat
Otis Spunkmeyer’s 1.33-ounce, frozen cookie dough pucks ensure consistent baking every time, regardless of staff culinary skill level.
How can it be Easter season already when there’s almost a month to go before Valentine’s Day? Welcome to the wacky world of warehouse shopping. Of course Costco’s got its chocolate bunnies out already, and yes, it’s living up to its reputation as being the premier retailer of bizarre buys by offering an enormous one that’s got social media all a twitter — or a TikTok or an Instagram, as the case may be. Commenters are remarking not so much on the size — the bunny is two feet high if it’s an inch — but on the cost of the item. After all, at $63.99, it costs even more than an annual Costco membership. When determining the actual value you’re getting for your money here, the most pertinent factor isn’t the bunny’s height but how heavy it is and the one offered for sale at Costco weighs in at 4.4 pounds. This works out to about 91 cents per ounce of chocolate. Yes, you can find chocolate rabbits for cheaper — one of the least expensive ones we’ve found comes in at around 44 cents per ounce. Despite how goofy the Costco bunny looks, it does appear to be a fairly upscale brand of chocolate as it comes from a Canadian chocolatier called Rochef (with an “f” at the end, so no relation to the Italian brand Ferrero Rocher). Some of the chocolate figurines sold on Rochef’s website retail for over $3.50 per ounce, while even its chocolate bars cost around $1.75 per ounce. Even so, some Instagram commenters seem skeptical about how good the chocolate could be, perhaps because many Easter candies of similar appearance tend to be of poor quality. The rabbit reviewer, however, describes it as “insanely creamy and delicious” and concludes the video by declaring it to be “one of the best chocolates I’ve ever eaten.”
Prepare to be captivated by the exquisite collection recognized as the New York Times’ Wirecutter Best Chocolate Box. This best-selling Black Box 16 is a testament to the commitment to exceptional quality, showcasing original flavor profiles and beloved confections, all lovingly handcrafted in Recchiuti’s San Francisco kitchen. Check this out, as well as other chocolates at RECCHIUTI CONFECTIONS, (click HERE), handcrafting chocolates and confections for over 25 years.
“Dandelion Chocolate has stood out in the new crop of bean-to-bar chocolate makers in America. And while the chocolate bars are exceptional, equally exciting is the way chocolate is used in their café, deliciously crafted into cakes, brownies, and cookies, as well as blended into one of the best cups of hot chocolate I’ve ever had”, says David Lebovitz, Chef and author. Check out the hot chocolate, HERE.
The BEST chocolate chip cookies! And why choose one when you can have them all?!? Classic Cookie Assortment includes one of each of the original 4 cookie flavors: Chocolate Chip Walnut, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip. Each gift box contains either four, eight or twelve 6-ounce cookies, packed in beautiful cellophane bags with hand-tied blue ribbons. For more info, go the the Levain website, click HERE.
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Got one person on your list that you have no idea what to get? Not anymore! The best chocolate gifts are great for everyone — because a bite of something sweet is welcome at any celebration, whether it’s the holiday season or someone’s birthday. We included one-of-a-kind boxed chocolates that they’ve probably never seen before plus chocolate-loaded desserts and classic, chocolatey favorites (chocolate-covered strawberries, luxurious hot fudge and more). Fun, novelty items make a unique Christmas gift that’s sure to get a good laugh (and taste delicious, too) while an extra-large assortment is a chocolate gift that just keeps on giving. For gift ideas, click HERE.
Carina Finn’s, in Bon Appetit, all-time favorite chocolate Advent calendar comes from La Maison du Chocolat, a storied French chocolatier that specializes in pralines. The 2023 calendar is designed to look like a very chic snowflake, and comes with a ribbon loop, so you can hang it on your wall (or a very sturdy Christmas tree). Each day comes with one or two expertly crafted gourmet chocolate treats. For other favorite Advent calendars, click HERE.
Tiffany Hopkins, as published in Bon Appetit, loves giving holiday gifts. This year, she’s getting everyone a chocolate gift! Things get stressful when you’re shopping for a hard-to-please sister, an in-law you don’t know very much about, and a mom who tells you “I don’t need any gifts, because you are my greatest gift.” (Thanks, Mom, but that’s not helping in this situation!) To be clear though, this is not a cop-out. She intends to get very creative here. She’s learned that the best chocolate gifts go beyond the standard cliche of chocolates—think Japanese chocolate-infused strawberries, artisanal hand-painted bonbons, and thick, gooey chocolate chip cookies delivered from one of New York City’s most iconic bakeries. Click HERE, to see some of the very best chocolate gifts around, all of which are BA editor–approved.
The Hershey Company is headed to the bakery again with its newest flavor of Kit Kat bar. Kit Kat Chocolate Frosted Donut flavor will roll out on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, to fill your fall with sweet, cozy flavors. Kit Kat says the experience of eating the new, permanent flavor, is like “biting into a fresh donut, with smooth milk chocolate layered delicately on top of donut flavored creme.” Kit Kat Chocolate Frosted Donut will be available in standard and king sizes. “We know fans love our bakery inspired flavors like Kit Kat Birthday Cake – and we thought, ‘who doesn’t love a classic chocolate frosted donut?!’” said Alex Kuzior, associate Kit Kat brand manager. “The Kit Kat Chocolate Frosted Donut Flavored Bar is a sweet addition to our permanent flavor portfolio and every bite delivers upon a delightful experience, reminiscent of a freshly baked donut from your favorite hometown bakery.”
Costco is known for many things, from the ever-popular $4.99 rotisserie chicken to the enticing free samples and of course, the food court pizza. But at one point, a certain chocolatey dessert was also a customer favorite. When Costco stopped selling the All-American Chocolate Cakes in 2020, customers were left disappointed, and even began circulating a Change.org petition to bring them back. Eventually, Costco ended up reintroducing them in miniature form. Though they aren’t a year-round staple, the Mini All-American Chocolate Cakes do regularly come back, and are currently on sale at Costco. Spotted in early September by Instagram account costcoaisles, the Mini All-American Chocolate Cakes are being sold in packs of six in Costco’s bakery section. Though some customers in the comments reported having trouble finding them at their own store, they seem to still be available over two months later, judging by a more recent Instagram post. If you’re craving them, just be sure to get them before they go out of stock.
Beyond satisfying sweet cravings, dark chocolate is also a skin-saving elixir offering a host of advantages that extend far beyond the taste buds. For example:
Improved Blood Flow.
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Hot Chocolate is an incredibly versatile drink. It tastes great, regardless of whether you’re making it from scratch or relying on a handy packet of Swiss Miss powder. On top of that, there are tons of ways to amp up your hot chocolate game. For instance, you can add a candy cane to your mug for a minty holiday twist on the drink. Or, you can simply top it with marshmallows or whipped cream for an equally delicious sip. Besides some of these more classic hot chocolate recipes you can follow, you can also try adding a scoop of peanut butter to your hot chocolate. Then, pop your hot chocolate in the microwave for a delicious drink that’s reminiscent of a melted Reese’s peanut butter cup. What could be better? Here’s how to make a delicious peanut butter hot chocolate, along with why peanut butter and hot chocolate are such a great combination to begin with (click HERE).
Shoppers are talking about the new double chocolate croissants that were recently spotted in the store by a fan account on Instagram. According to the comments below the post, many shoppers who have yet to try the new croissants are incredibly excited to get their hands on them. This makes sense considering regular Trader Joe’s chocolate croissants — which feature a plain pastry with melty chocolate inside — were already incredibly popular with shoppers. Now, the store seems to have taken the chocolatey goodness up to the next level, with the new croissants including not only gooey chocolate inside but also chocolate-flavored pastry on the outside. If you are ready to get in on the double chocolate goodness, then you’ll find these new croissants in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s stores across the country. One box of four croissants sells for $5.49, making the new double chocolate croissants cheaper per pastry than similar items from popular coffee shops. And if Redditors are to be believed, Trader Joe’s croissants are even better than those from “local French bakeries.” What makes Trader Joe’s frozen croissants so good is they are frozen raw before they are proofed or baked. So to make them, you have to let them sit on the counter to rise for a few hours and then pop them in the oven to bake until they’re golden. This makes for a perfectly fluffy and bakery-quality croissant each time. You can choose to make only one or make the entire pack. If you have leftovers, no worries — simply pop the stale croissants in the oven to bake again for five minutes, and they are as good as new. Or you can also use your leftover croissants in other creative ways.
Kekeo searches the world for the finest craft chocolate bars and bring them right to your doorstep monthly. From rich dark Peruvian chocolate bars to new start-up chocolate bars on the come up, you never know what you’ll get inside the box! Each month they will curate 4 to 5 premium specialty crafted chocolate bars. Looking to give a chocolate enthusiast a gift? Start with the Kekao Subscription Gift. You prepay for a selected amount of months and leave the rest to them! They search the world for the finest craft chocolate bars and bring them right to your doorstep monthly. Who doesn’t love chocolate? For more info, click HERE.
THE phrase “gut-friendly foods” tends to conjure images of difficult-to-pronounce kefir, kimchi and kombucha. But it turns out something as simple as a chocolate bar could actually have real benefits when it comes to your insides. According to Dr Megan Rossi, a gut health scientist and dietitian, this is due to plant chemicals known as polyphenols, which are found in certain cocoa-based sweet snacks. They have been found to support the growth of beneficial bacteria, and ultimately help protect against inflammation and illness. Fiber also plays a major role in choccy’s gut-boosting properties. Dr Rossi, founder of The Gut Health Doctor, said: “Cocoa may even influence the growth of certain microbes in our guts.” But not all confectionery is created equally, the expert warned. While some can be advantageous, others can actually worsen your gut health thanks to ingredients like emulsifiers. If you’re reaching for a sugar hit but don’t want to wreak havoc on your stomach, Dr Rossi recommends Lindt Excellence Dark 90%. To learn about more chocolate bars that are good – and bad for your gut, click HERE.
Dark chocolate, with its rich and complex flavor profile, has earned its place as a beloved indulgence for cacao enthusiasts and foodies alike. Whether you’re savoring a small square after a meal or using it as a key ingredient in your culinary creations, there’s no denying the allure of this cocoa-infused delight. From its intriguing history dating back to ancient civilizations to its modern reputation as a potential health booster, dark chocolate has more to offer than meets the eye — or, should we say, the taste buds. If you’re a fan of rich, velvety goodness that only dark chocolate can deliver, you’re in for a treat. TheDailyMeal.com has embarked on a delicious journey to uncover the 20 best dark chocolate brands out there. From bittersweet bites that make your taste buds dance to indulgent bars that practically redefine decadence with fruity notes, they’ve tasted and ranked them all. Join them as they take you through the good, the bad, and the downright divine in the world of dark chocolate. Click, HERE.
Chocolate is already a crowd-pleaser. It has a rich and creamy texture, a perfectly sweet flavor, and it goes well in everything from indulgent chocolate layer cakes to savory mole sauces. One would be hard-pressed to find a way to make this popular confection even better, but it turns out that there is a way: Make it holographic. Click, HERE, to find out how!
There’s nothing better than a nice warm cup of hot chocolate. But there are actually a lot of things that can make a mug of hot cocoa even better. If you’re entertaining guests, we suggest putting out a whole spread—or bar—of toppings, mix-ins, and accompaniments. Your guests or family might be expecting the most obvious ones, like whipped cream or mini marshmallows, so allow us to inspire you with 20 imaginative ingredients to include in your hot chocolate bar. To see the options, click, HERE.
Icebox cake fans and cookie pie crust lovers are in mourning: Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers are no more. Introduced in 1924 and responsible for popularizing icebox cakes, the cookies were “delisted” this year according to a representative from Mondelez International, Nabisco’s parent company. And to rub salt on the wound, the reliable alternative, 365 by Whole Foods Market Brownie Cookie Thins, is also no longer being carried by the grocery chain. But all is not lost! For icebox cakes in particular, almost any cookie or cracker can be used to assemble the no-bake desserts, and there are plenty of alternatives to make chocolate cookie crusts for pies and cheesecakes. Here’s a rundown of some of the options, along with our top pick as a near dupe for the Famous Chocolate Wafers. (R.I.P.) Click, HERE.
The Hershey Company and Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products have released limited-edition Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars and Hershey’s Kisses, featuring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With the help of 21 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses candies foils, wizards, witches and Muggles alike can celebrate their Hogwarts House with Sorting House foils, relive memorable quotes from the series with Magical Moments foils and find other foils featuring objects from the series, including the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry’s birthday cake and more. The limited-edition Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars feature imprinted images on the milk chocolate, such as wands, brooms and eyeglasses. The 12 package designs highlight significant symbols from the film series, including the Hogwarts Express, Hedwig the Owl, Ron Weasley’s flying car and more. The limited-edition Hershey’s x Harry Potter bars and Hershey’s KISSES candies are available now at retailers nationwide in individual bars or six-packs of 1.55-ounce Hershey’s bars and 9.5-ounce bags of KISSES candies.
Toblerone, the renowned Swiss chocolate brand, has announced a new version of its iconic product. For its new range of confectionery, the brand has abandoned its legally protected triangular shape. The Swiss chocolatiers will be hoping the move can put the wind back in the brand’s sails following the disappointment of losing its Matterhorn branding. The new Toblerone Truffles will sport the brand’s signature smooth center with crunchy almonds and nougat but will instead be cast in diamond shaped casing. Each chocolate will come individually wrapped, allowing customers to take a couple with them on the go. UK customers will be able to purchase a 180g box from all major retailers, with prices starting at £6.09. For die-hard Toblerone followers, a 400g box of Toblerone Truffles are available on the brand’s website with options for personalization. The thoughtful gift would set you back £21. For those who like a challenge, the 4.5kg bar is available for £73.99. At 78cm long, the bar is meant for sharing.
Chocolate fills many roles: for some, it’s a sweet treat; for others an ingredient. But for the finest chocolatiers, it’s an art form. The artisans behind the best chocolate brands in the world take that approach when crafting bean-to-bar sensory experiences, each with their own unique culinary flairs and adherence to using the best cocoa from Switzerland to Venezuela. Among these, you’ll find in-house specialties in traditional practices or chocolate makers with a world-renowned sense of inventiveness. Whether crafting smooth or sharp, caramel or truffle, indulgent or health-conscious treats, these are the finest chocolate brands in the world. You’ll find these finest chocolate brands on EliteTraveler.com (click, HERE).
Let’s face it, dark chocolate isn’t for everyone. It seems like people either love it or hate it. However, the many people who are fans of this richer, stronger-flavored form of chocolate swear it is the ultimate chocolate indulgence and are constantly seeking out the best dark chocolate bars. If you’ve always been loyal to milk chocolate, trying some premium dark chocolate brands may prompt you to rethink your stance. Especially when you consider the health benefits that dark chocolate can offer as a nice bonus. Here are the picks, as per PARADE.COM, as the best dark chocolate bars, leading up to the one that tops the list. (Any of these are terrific options, though, and the one you like best will depend on personal preference and the percentage of cocoa content your taste buds can handle.) Click HERE.
Kinder Chocolate, the flagship offering of the Ferrero confectionery brand, will be available in the U.S. for the first time starting in August. Catherine Bertrac, senior vice president of marketing for Kinder and mainstream chocolate for Ferrero USA, said the company has been gearing up for its biggest U.S. launch over the last several years. “It was time to complete our Ferrero legacy of what we call the legacy portfolio of Kinder,” she said. Ferrero’s Kinder brand launched in Europe in 1968. Kinder chocolates first came to the U.S. five years ago with the introduction of Kinder Joy. Kinder Bueno was introduced in 2019, and then seasonal products started appearing in 2020.
With so many different chocolate companies offering up boxes upon boxes of their wares, it can be hard to even know where to start. Your choice may be dependent on the flavors you like, the flavors the recipient likes (if you’re gifting), the occasion, and even your level of risk (there’s a lot of weird chocolate on the market now). Thankfully, those at ROBB REPORT were willing to do the hard work of tasting loads and loads of chocolate in a conference room to make your life a little bit easier. In pursuit of the best chocolate in every category—from white to dark, fruit-flavored to caramel, and everything in between—these are the brands they deemed to be the crème de la crème of cacao. Proceed with caution, because eating one single piece can quickly snowball into sampling the entire assortment. Here’s the list but you can find more details HERE.
Best Overall Chocolate: Thierry Atlan
Best Milk Chocolate: zChocolat
Best Dark Chocolate: La Maison du Chocolat
Best White Chocolate: Jacques Torres
Best Belgian Chocolate: Neuhaus
Best Sea-Salt Caramels: Fran’s
Best Peanut-Butter Chocolates: John Kelly
Most Adventurous Chocolates: Vosges Haut-Chocolate
Best Fruit-Flavored Chocolate: andSons Chocolatiers
Chocolate lovers have been amazed after learning the story behind M&M’s and what the brand name actually stands for. The chocolates’ name stands for Mars and Murrie after chocolate heirs and business collaborators Forrest Mars Sr. and Bruce Murrie. Bruce was the son of Hershey executive William Murrie, while Forrest was the son of Mars founder, Frank C. Mars. The story started when Forrest E. Mars fell out with his dad, the original owner of Mars. The Mars company started before Hershey’s, by Frank C. Mars, and his son was really good at coming up with chocolate bars. The son visited Europe where he reportedly spotted people enjoying chocolate covered in candy coating. Not wanting to share his idea with his dad when he planned to bring the idea to the US, he turned to his family’s rival, Hershey’s. He went to Hershey’s, introduced himself as the son of Mars and told them he didn’t want to give the idea to his father, and proposes they work together. The guy who was running Hershey’s, his last name, Murrie, agreed but said he’d have to work with his son. So he worked together with the son of the Hershey executive, and they created M&M’s, naming the brand after themselves – Mars and Murrie.
There is a new fad involving eating butter with chocolate going around the Internet, and people are really divided over what to think of it. Both delicious in their own right but how does a mélange of the two even work? Turns out that eating slabs of butter with solid chocolate is completely normal in France. It all started when a France-based American mom shared how French children like to eat baguettes with a stick of butter and chocolate slab sandwiched inside. Her caption states, “French kids don’t have an after school snack…they have a gouter!” She then shows herself cutting into a fresh baguette and then putting a tablet of chocolate and a stick of butter inside to create a sandwich-dessert of sorts. It quickly caught on, with people loving the simplicity of it while enjoying the refreshing take on an after-school snack.
Both cheese and dark chocolate are known for pairing well with wine, and both are considered essential elements to include in a thoughtfully executed charcuterie board — although not necessarily together. But seriously, why not together? Indeed, thanks to the role of fermentation in their respective manufacturing, both feature complex flavor notes, including in the ranges of sweet, fruity, tangy, woody, nutty, and bitter. And these various nuances can play off one another in wonderful and sometimes surprising ways. And let’s not forget, of course, that individually, both cheese and dark chocolate are considered to be “feel-good” foods because both have been shown to light up the brain’s reward center. Accordingly, to enjoy them together would tend to present the prospect of even greater pleasure. For more specifics, click HERE.
A life-sized chocolate bust of Britain’s King Charles III weighing 23 kilograms (more than 50 pounds) has been unveiled by confectionery brand Celebrations to mark the forthcoming coronation. A team of sculptors and chocolatiers led by master chocolatier Jennifer Lindsey-Clarke took 130 hours across four weeks to make the model, using more than 17 liters (4.5 gallons) of melted chocolate, Celebrations said in a press release on Wednesday. This is equivalent to about 2,875 individual Celebrations chocolates. The ornamental shoulder pieces decorating the King’s uniform were modeled from individual Twix, Milky Way, Galaxy and Bounty chocolates, with the King’s collar made from Maltesers Teasers. One of each of the Celebrations chocolates, including Snickers, was used to create the medals on his chest.
Barry Callebaut has unveiled the next chapter of its development of ruby chocolate in releasing it for the bakery and snacks market in the form of baking chocolate chips for its North American region. Since gaining its formal launch in 2017, the much-heralded series, which has been claimed as the fourth category of chocolate, has gained broad global applications in ranges including Nestle’s flagship KitKat, through to its use across ice cream and wider confectionery markets. The ruby chip will fall into the premium category of the firm’s comprehensive Intense Indulgence solutions portfolio, which represents the attitude of customers who are dedicated to enjoying life to the fullest and seeking products that are a feast for the eyes and taste buds.
The company’s latest box of chocolates would crush Forrest Gump. It weighs in at 5,616 pounds. The giant box of chocolates that measures more than 30 feet long and more than 15 feet wide and filled with enormous chocolate candies weighing in at 11 to 38 pounds each was created during an event Monday as Russell Stover employees worked to break the record for the world’s largest box of chocolate. The previous record held by U.K. chocolatier Thorntons was a mere 3,725 pounds.
Krispy Kreme’s doughnuts are getting cookie-fied once again. The chain is teaming up with longtime collaborators Oreo and Chips Ahoy to debut a sweet new slate of doughnut flavors. The Cookie Blast collection features four new doughnuts and, though the brands have worked together before, features two full-sized Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies stuffed inside, the first time the doughnut chain has featured the Chewy version of the cookie brand’s products. Check out the new doughnuts, HERE.
“Costco bakery just brought out a peanut putter chocolate cream pie for the first time ever and I am screaming,” as revealed on an Instagram post. “Peanut butter pie is my all time favorite and this Costco pie is four and a half pounds. It is huge. It has a buttery graham cracker crumble crust. And the center is the perfect peanut butter, chocolate mousse combo. This one is dangerously delicious.” The pie is available for just $19.99, and if you were to cut the sizable dessert into eight slices that would be less than $3 per slice. The Instagram post showcasing the new treat from Costco has been met with nearly 1,000 comments. Many people expressed their eagerness to get their hands on the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie.
All of the best 3D printers print from some form of plastic, either from filament or from resin. But an upcoming printer, Cocoa Press, uses chocolate to create models you can eat. The brainchild of Maker and Battlebots Competitor Ellie Weinstein, who has been working on iterations of the printer since 2014, Cocoa Press, will be available for pre-order, starting on April 17, 2023 via cocoapress.com. (the company is also named Cocoa Press). To learn more, click HERE.
Delicious to eat, yet notoriously tricky to shift from your couch or clothes, here’s how to remove chocolate stains from every surface of your home. Chocolate may be one of the tastiest substances on earth, but it’s also one of the messiest – and most likely to leave a permanent mark on anything from t-shirts to carpets and couches. The reason it tends to hang around longer than other foodstuffs? Chocolate is made from a potent combination of fat (butter or milk), which can leave an oily residue on fabrics; and tannins – dark natural pigments also found in tea and red wine – that can discolor them. So, when you’re looking for cleaning tips to banish chocolate marks, you need to make sure you’re tackling both elements of the stain at once. With this in mind, the experts tell how to remove chocolate stains quickly and effectively. Read on to discover how to get everything from your child’s favorite top to your living room carpet looking spotless and chocolate-free (click HERE).
Li-Lac Chocolates is Manhattan’s oldest chocolate shop, having survived decades of change in New York City. Since Li-Lac opened in 1923, owners have stuck to the founder’s original chocolate recipes while adding new confections along the way. Today, Li-Lac makes its legendary fudge, butter crunch, and truffles, as well as over 1,000 specialty molds for occasions like Easter and Thanksgiving. The company has six locations in New York City, with all of its ingredients made inside its Brooklyn factory. For more information, visit Li-Lac Chocolates and to watch an amazing video of the history of Li-Lac and how they make chocolate click HERE.
When you throw “chocolate” and “perfume” in the same sentence, your stomach might start to do the wave. But what if Erin Jahns told you some of the most popular and beloved fragrances ever created had the note subtly woven into them? (Think Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille, Mugler’s Angel, Byredo’s Velvet Haze, and the like.) She’ll be proving that the good-enough-to-eat perfume movement happening right now is spiked with 12 chocolatey scents that pretty much scream longevity and also happen to be surprisingly more subtle than you’d think. Curious to see which chocolate perfumes she routinely recommends and would actually wear? Click HERE.
We all want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a sweet treat, but getting that same old box of grocery store chocolates every year isn’t so impressive. Gifts should be unique, fun and just right for the person you’re gifting to. Valentine’s Day coming up on February 14 is all about chocolate, and it can be hard to keep the chocolate theme and still make it a thoughtful surprise. Whether you’re looking for boxes of chocolate, cakes or something totally creative, the gifting experts at Reviewed have compiled a list of delicious chocolate gifts for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day. Click, HERE, to see the 21 chocolate gifts.
Krispy Kreme has leveled up its love for Valentine’s Day this year. The chain announced new heart-shaped donuts, which are “choc-full” of Hershey’s chocolate. The limited-edition boxes are available starting Jan. 30 at participating shops across the United States. Each Valentine’s Day dozen box is made up of the four heart-shaped flavor variations: the Hershey’s Pick You, which is dipped in chocolate icing and topped with a decorative buttercream rose; the Hershey’s Double Chocolate Kiss comes filled and dipped with milk chocolate and topped with mini milk chocolate kisses; the Hershey’s Strawberry Dream is decorated with red icing and white chocolate chips and topped with sprinkles; and the Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Caramel Kreme, which is filled with the brand’s signature cream and topped with caramel icing, drizzles of chocolate, semi-sweet chips, and sprinkles.
When the famous Swiss chocolate company was originally founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1845, its specialty chocolate confectionery shop employed a modest 10 people. Over 175 years later, the Lindt company has grown rather spectacularly to more than 14,000 employees with nearly $5 billion dollars in annual sales, according to Statista. Much happened in the intervening years. In fact, when the first storefront opened on Marktgasse in the old town section of Zurich, there was no Lindt attached to the name. Rather, it was Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann and his father David Sprüngli who started the chocolate making tradition, opening their first factory only two years after the confectionery debuted, per Lindt. How Lindt’s Lindor chocolate is a whole other story! Find out, HERE.
Ethel M® Chocolates announces its 2023 Valentine’s Day offerings including two new limited-edition premium chocolates sure to excite chocolate lovers and gift givers. The new gourmet chocolates, Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Satin Crème and Milk Chocolate Bananas Foster Truffle are handcrafted with decadent flavors to create a mouth-watering experience. The Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Satin Crème balances tart sourness, milk sweetness, and bittersweet cocoa with 100% blood orange juice blended with a signature, creamy satin crème center and wrapped in a dark chocolate shell. The Milk Chocolate Bananas Foster Truffle features white chocolate banana ganache layered with buttery rum caramel, wrapped into a milk chocolate truffle, and finished by hand with colored cocoa butter. In addition to the chocolatier’s new products, Ethel M Chocolates will offer customer-favorite gift options including the five-piece Love Collection, Large and Small Design-Your-Own Heart Boxes, Large and Small Heart Gift Boxes, and gift baskets including Ultimate Chocolate Lovers and Splendid Sweets, perfect for any chocolate afficionado on your Valentine’s Day gift list.
To celebrate the winter Broadway season in New York City, Serendipity3, home of the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, has teamed up with Some Like It Hot, the new hit Broadway musical comedy, to create a spicy rendition of its iconic frozen beverage available now through the end of January. The “Some Like it Frrrozen Hot Chocolate” ($27.95) features a frosting and Red Hot candy rimmed goblet filled with Serendipity3’s iconic blend of cocoas infused with ancho chili, sriracha sauce, cinnamon and allspice. The limited-edition dessert is topped with a cloud of whipped cream, hot salted Sriracha milk chocolate shavings, a drizzle of Sriracha sauce, spicy gummy pepper candy and a “Some Like It Hot” stirrer that changes colors based on temperature.
Paige Bennett, as posted on INSIDER.COM, tried and reviewed six different brands of chocolate-chip cookies from the grocery store. She loved the texture of the soft-baked option from Pillsbury, and was surprised by Keebler’s. Out of all the cookies, she stuck to her childhood preferences and crowned Chips Ahoy the winner. Read more, HERE.
There’s nothing like chocolate. Few can argue the fact that, of all the flavors possible in the universe, none are so ubiquitously craved as chocolate. Dove is a recognizable brand, and no, we’re not talking about skincare products. We are, however, talking about self-care of the highest order, coming in the form of chocolate. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel-filled, or crafted into truffles, Dove meets all your chocolate needs. TheTastingTable.com put the brand to the test by running out and finding a variety of their products, tasting them, and ranking them from worst to best. While we all have our quirks and preferences about our ideal flavors and textures, TheTastingTable.com had to try to be objective. Though they’d be lying if they said that even the “worst” isn’t pretty darn great! Check out the list, HERE.
Tate’s Bake Shop introduces new Cookie Bark in two flavors – Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt, and Milk Chocolate with White Chocolate Drizzle. New Cookie Bark takes the brand’s signature crispy chocolate chip cookies and covers them in rich chocolate. Here’s a closer look at the brand’s first-ever Cookie Bark flavors: Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt Cookie Bark features thin, crispy chocolate chip cookie pieces covered in dark chocolate and sea salt. Milk Chocolate with White Chocolate Drizzle Cookie Bark takes thin, crispy chocolate chip cookie pieces and coats them with milk chocolate and a white chocolate drizzle. Tate’s Cookie Bark can be found at tatesbakeshop.com and on shelves at stores nationwide for a suggested price of $6.49 per 5-ounce pouch.
This holiday season, whether you’re looking for an indulgent Holiday Gift for a special Human in your life or a new go-to snack to satisfy a sweet tooth, enjoy giving back while indulging with Hu’s simple ingredients and unbeatable taste. From now until December 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET, 40% of all sales at Hu Kitchen via this LINK will directly support underserved youth through the USTA Foundation.
For a very limited time, you can snag this sweet-treat set that’s one of Amazon’s best-kept secrets for only $20! The Popbar Hot Chocolate Sticks are a mouth-watering gift set that’s perfect for anyone you adore that has a sweet tooth! With six delicious chocolate on a stick, you can shake things up with their three flavors dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate; you’ll never run out of those rich flavors to enjoy! Both kosher-certified and gluten-free, these can even be a wonderful gift for those with dietary restrictions! Per the brand, all you have to do is fill up a mug of hot milk, place the hot chocolate stick in the cup, and stir for up to two minutes. Then you’re set to have the most relaxing and delicious cup of cocoa!
Prides Crossing Confections started a block away in Beverly Farms, MA in 1982 and found their home about 20 years ago just over the tracks in the Prides Crossing train station where they reside today. What separates them from other chocolate shops is that the over 100 varieties of chocolate are all done by hand, cut by hand, and made in small batches. Their most popular seller is their Turtles, a layer of creamy caramel sandwiched between two layers of chocolate with your choice of nut, (almond, cashew, macadamia, or pecan),– and absolutely delicious! Of course, there are other delicious assorted chocolates, found on their website, for shipping. For more info, check out their website at PridesCrossingConfections.com.
If you have a sweet tooth, chances are chocolate brands are high on your snack radar. And if you agree that chocolate might as well be the eighth wonder of the world, keep reading. Per Insider, the chocolate industry is a more than $100 billion business, and to keep that business alive requires a lot of cocoa beans. According to the National Confectioners Association, it takes 400 cocoa beans to make just one pound of chocolate — and a cacao tree will, on average, produce some 2,500 beans a year, or about six pounds of chocolate. To put this into context, for Valentine’s Day alone, an estimated 58 million pounds of chocolate are sold every year (via Good Housekeeping). As for chocolate makers, as with any food product, some brands are killing it in this space, while others aren’t quite living up to the hype. Our Tasting Table taste testers hit the ground running to round up 20 chocolate brands with the end goal of ranking them from worst to best. Check out the results, HERE.
The James Beard Foundation award-winning pastry chef extraordinaire has dropped a bomb just in time for the holiday season. His lineup of high-end hot chocolate bombs will remind you of the best cup of scratch-made cocoa. Confections are sold at seven retail locations throughout New York City, as well as online. Check out all his hot chocolate selections, HERE.
It’s tough to go wrong with chocolate, which makes it a great gift for pretty much anyone in your life. And if you buy the fancy stuff from bean-to-bar chocolate makers or chocolatiers, it often comes in a beautiful box or wrapper that’s ready to be gifted. To help you get started on your search, FORBES.COM rounded up standout options from some of their favorite chocolate companies. While you’re at it, pick up some bars for yourself (and tell yourself that extra chocolate is better than paying for shipping). Click, HERE.
If you’re a hot chocolate superfan, then you’ve probably encountered hot chocolate bombs, which straddle the line between homemade and boxed hot cocoa in the most delicious way. These “bombs” are spheres of glossy tempered chocolate that are filled with hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, and other treats. When they’re added to a mug of warm milk, the chocolate orb melts, revealing all the fun treasures inside. If you love hot chocolate bombs, you may have wondered why chocolate giant Hershey hasn’t marketed its own version of the trendy treat until now. In a case of “better late than never,” the confectioner unveiled its new Hot Chocolate Bombs. The bombs, filled with cocoa and either mini marshmallows or cinnamon chips, should be just the ticket for sipping on while wrapping holiday gifts or tucked into a Christmas stocking. The bombs are available nationwide during the holiday season.
There’s nothing cozier than a big mug of hot chocolate, bundled up by the fire in the middle of winter. And if you’re not up for making a hot chocolate recipe from scratch, the best hot chocolate mixes are here to help. From sweet and marshmallowy cups to decadent mugfuls rich with chocolate flavor that double as a great Christmas treat (or, honestly, any time of year!), GOODHOUSEKEEPING.COM picked the best store-bought hot chocolate for any palate. Check them out, HERE.
This fall, Dr. Bronner’s is launching a new flavor of its delicious, organic, fair trade, and vegan Magic All-One Chocolate pairing organic peppermint with 70% dark chocolate and sweetened with lower-glycemic coconut sugar. The latest offering—Cool Peppermint Cream—delivers a lively, lightly sweet mint taste alongside a decadent cocoa experience featuring a unique blend of cocoa from Ghana and Ivory Coast, coconut sugar from Indonesia, cocoa butter from Congo, and bourbon vanilla from Madagascar. Dr. Bronner’s Cool Peppermint Cream Magic All-One Chocolate flavor was created to honor the company’s legacy of peppermint products and its socially and environmentally responsible supply chain. All of Dr. Bronner’s chocolate, now available in seven flavors, is made from cocoa beans grown using regenerative organic farming practices that have lasting positive impacts on farmers, their communities, and the land. Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Chocolate was created to address and model solutions to the ecological and social harm prevalent in the conventional chocolate industry.
With fall in full swing and winter quickly approaching, the season for hot chocolate is officially upon us, which means it’s time to polish your mugs in preparation. This sublime drink originates in Mexico. The Olmec people drank hot chocolate as early as 1500 B.C., per Smithsonian Magazine, but theirs looked a little different than ours does today. While most of us like a sweet sip, the Olmecs’ hot chocolate was bitter. They would harvest and roast their own cacao seeds. If they did add a sweetener, it was to ferment the drink. Today, we have the convenience of grocery stores that sell a variety of premade mixes. To fully prepare you for hot chocolate season, MASHED.COM rounded up the top mixes of the year. Whether you like your hot chocolate dark and creamy or rich and full of marshmallows, they’ve got you covered. These are the best hot chocolate mixes of 2022 (click HERE).
Macalat is Made Organic and Without Sugar or Bitterness — A Fermented Mushroom Extract is the Secret Ingredient. Certified Organic, Sugar-Free, 70% Peruvian Cacao, Plant-Based, Zero-Net Carbs, and No Coconut Sugar. Bitter Free. How is that possible? Macalat is a first-of-its-kind, sweet, velvety smooth 70% couverture dark chocolate. Organic Heirloom Peruvian Cacao formulated with other superfood inclusions: Maca, Lucuma, Vanilla, Monk Fruit, and Cinnamon, which result in Macalat’s gentle caramel-like sweetness. The final touch is a marvelous mushroom extract that assures a smooth sweet finish, without the least bit of bitter. The Chocolate Wizardry is self-evident as Macalat melts and swirls in your mouth, releasing and revealing a symphony of chocolate flavor in all its super goodness. Made without Coconut Sugar.
Yes, a new color is out – Purple!
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