Life is full of occasions to show your generosity. It could be someone's birthday, an anniversary present, dinner with friends, a romantic evening or simply a gesture of thanks. There are plenty of occasions where we can show someone how much we appreciate them. Personally, I just like to spoil my husband, a chocolate lover par excellence. For me it is a way of showing him I care about him. Whether I go on a weekend break or just my weekly shopping in my local supermarket, I always have a chocolate treat for him when I come back.
Personally, I am not a big chocolate fan, or at least I was not until a friend of mine came back from Belgium bringing me a little box of treasures; Leonidas chocolates. It was the first time I sat to literally devour a whole box of chocolates and they were absolutely gorgeous. They just melted in my mouth slowly releasing unknown flavours... it was Nirvana! After that experience I can say I was hooked to luxury chocolate, specially Leonidas who's shops I looked for in every city I visited in Europe.
When I moved to France I discovered that French chocolatiers had no reason to envy Belgian chocolate. Almost by accident one day I landed in a small town east of Lyon called Bourgoin-Jallieu. The town was largely empty except for a small gathering of people in a building off the main square. Curious as I am, I headed straight there and just went in the building as if was one of the invited guests to the event. After being served a glass of champagne at the entrance, I could not believe my eyes... I had landed in a Chocolate Convention and this was the final event where the best chocolate makers from France had done their best work and were ready to be judged on who was the best. In front of me there were a dozen chocolatiers each explaining their creations carefully arranged on white linen tables. When the chocolatiers finished their introductions, the guests were invited to try the chocolates!!! I just could not believe my luck, the most delicious chocolates at my disposition, made by the best and for free! And whenever my glass of champagne was empty like magic it appeared again replenished. It was a wonderful night. I made a few friends among the chocolatiers who even gave me little boxes with chocolates to eat later. When I went back to my hotel, I realised I had a week worth of chocolates!
A few years later, still bewitched by luxury chocolates I took "chocolatier" classes in France with one of the best "chocolatiers" in the area, unfortunately it was not a success and my efforts to make delicious truffles, or a good ganache failed monumentally. So I decided to leave the speciality to the specialist and just buy my chocolate from my favourite's chocolatiers rather than experimenting in making my own culinary disasters.
These are some luxurious chocolates that you can buy online, either to indulge yourself or to have delivered to your friends and relatives for the holiday season.
Leonidas Belgian Chocolate
Leonidas chocolates: “Our philosophy is still that you shouldn’t have to be rich to enjoy really good chocolate.”
Leonidas Belgian Chocolates:
1 lb Classic General Assortment
Leonidas is a world-renowned chocolate maker, selling over 100 different kinds of Belgian chocolate through 1,400 outlets around the world. However, regardless of where they are made, they are always made according to traditional methods, using only the finest ingredients. And now you do not even need to move from your chair to taste these sinfully delicious treats.
Leonidas General Assortment...with a well balanced and representative selection of Leonidas' fresh butter creams, smooth truffles and delectable pralines The package in Leonidas' signature wrapping paper and ribbon holds approximately 28 pieces - Net weight 1 lb. When you taste these chocolates, your taste buds will finally know true chocolate heaven.
Liquor Filled Chocolates
Very Special Liquor Filled Chocolate Bottles 48 piece Holiday Gift Box
Chocolates are the perfect present for anyone. These delicious liquor filled chocolates come individually wrapped. 12 Remy Martin, 12 Kahlua,12 Grand Marnier,12 Jim Beam Makes a great holiday gift for that special someone.
This Grand Assortment Liqueur gift box contains gourmet liquor filled chocolates, each bottle is approximately 2 inches high.
Coffee Beans Covered in Chocolate
Dark Chocolate Covered Gourmet Coffee Beans From Costa Rica
This one is for coffee fans. 100% gourmet Costa Rican coffee beans are delicately dipped in creamy dark chocolate. Artisan made with the purest chocolate: no preservatives, milk or fat other than natural cocoa, an enticing aroma and crunchy texture. They are packed in a special zip-lock bag to assure freshness.
They are the perfect combination of chocolate and pick me up to get anyone through the day with a smile and plenty of energy. You can just pop it into your mouth and eat it like candy or enjoy them while you are drinking coffee or a cup of hot chocolate.
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Grand Ghirardelli Chocolate Gift Basket
From the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, San Francisco's first chocolatier. This luxury assortment of Ghirardelli chocolate candies in different flavours and sizes, together with delicious cocoa, is a chocolate lover's dream come true. It is one of the chocolate gift baskets with the best reviews on the net, it has 5 stars for fast delivery, great package, and of course, best content.
The Ghirardelli Chocolates are made with 100% West African cocoa bean from Ghana, because of the high quality of cocoa beans in the region.
Baileys Original Irish Cream Chocolates Holiday Gift Box By Turin Chocolates 1lb 1.6 Ounces
This is the perfect gift for that special someone in your life that loves Baileys Irish Cream and chocolate. Each beautifully decorated gift box comes with approximately 51 pieces of decadent Baileys Irish Cream filled chocolates. This is not flavoured Baileys; it is real Bailey's Irish Cream.
The Baileys original Irish Cream contains cream, spirits, whiskey, and chocolate flavours, so it is not surprise that adding more chocolate to the equation we have a deliciously mouth watering chocolate. So, If you like a Baileys on the rocks as an after dinner drink you will love these chocolates as a treat to go with your coffee after a meal.
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Did you know?
Theobroma Cacao is the tree that produces cocoa beans, and it means “food of the gods.” Carolus Linnaeus, the father of plant taxonomy, named it.
A few tips to remember:
- Younger people tend to prefer milk or white chocolate while older people usually prefer dark chocolate.
- Chocolate contains compounds that make you feel good as it causes the brain to release chemicals that enhance mood and increase pleasure.
- In a recent Men's Health survey, women listed chocolate as among the sexiest gifts they have ever received from a man.
- Women crave chocolate more often than men do.
- Dark chocolate contains chemicals that lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.