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Top 10 Chocolate Holiday Gift Guide
Whether you are looking for impressive presents, delightful stocking stuffers, the perfect hostess gift or sweets to accompany your holiday party, we have it all. Visit us in the Next Door to peruse our entire bounty of seasonal treasures.
Grown-Up Gelt for Chanukah
Celebrate the tradition of Chanukah gelt a bit more deliciously! Gold and silver dusted disks from Veruca Chocolates in Chicago, are formed to look like Judean coins circa 40 B.C.E. Available in two sophisticated flavors: dark chocolate with crunchy nibs and dark chocolate with crystals of sea salt. A great gift for every day of Chanukah.
Our favorite artisanally-made “bean to bark” from Springfield, Missouri has returned to the Deli with much anticipated delight. Layers of dark single-origin dark and white chocolates topped with all-natural crushed peppermint from Denver’s Hammond’s Candies. Made with complex 72% dark chocolate from Mababu,Tanzania and cocoa butter from the Philippines (which is pressed right in their shop!). Makes a cheerful gift or an indulgent confection to keep all for yourself.
NEW! Zingerman’s Hot Cocoa Tin
Available on our menu, now available by the tin. Warm-up after a day of sledding and building snowmen with a frothy mug of the Next Door’s most popular hot cocoa for over 15 years. Add your favorite kind of milk to make our chocolatey classic at home. Sip while decking the halls or pair a tin with a package of Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory Marshmallows for a comforting and indulgent gift for the cocoa lover in your life.
Books by Chocolate Experts!
Bean to Bar Chocolate, America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution
Explore the American craft chocolate movement through Megan Giller’s beautifully styled field guide. Filled with fun facts about chocolate history, details on chocolate production, tasting & pairing guides, recipes, and interesting anecdotes about some of the country’s top chocolate makers. A fascinating chocolate compendium for both the beginner and aficionado alike.
Shawn Askinosie’s Meaningful Work, A quest to do great business, find your calling, and feed your soul
Written by our favorite criminal defense lawyer turned chocolate maker Shawn Askinosie and his daughter Lawren. Caring and compassion; cacao and cost accounting; monastic monks and ethically-grounded ways to make money; the impact of direct trade and the inspiring work of Tanzanian farmers—Shawn’s inspiring vocation come alive on every page of Meaningful Work. Whether you’re looking for help in making your work and life more meaningful or already feel you are flourishing this book is a must read. Shawn is fond of saying of his business “it isn’t about the chocolate, it is about the chocolate”, I think it would be apt description of the book to say it isn’t about the work he does, it is about the work he does.
Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat:
Coconut Milk & Vietnamese Chocolate Bar
The cacao grown in the Ben Tre province thrives in the shade of towering coconut trees, so it was only a matter of time before founders Vincent Mourou and Samuel Maruta developed this well balanced 55% dark chocolate and coconut recipe. Initially creamy and sweet with only a hint of fresh coconut, slowly giving way to clove, cinnamon, dried plum and a touch of acidity. A complex, creamy chocolate bar sure to charm even the hard to please connoisseur on your list.
Béquet Confections’ Caramels
From tinkering in her home kitchen to an award winning confection maker, Robin Béquet’s caramels, from Bozeman, Montana, are some of the best in the country. A hefty half-pound bag of smooth, buttery rich caramels with notes of brown sugar. Available in an assortment of flavors. They are an all around crowd pleaser – delightful for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers – so you might want to pick-up another bag, trust me, you will thank me later.
Chocolate Dipped Toffee Macadamia Nuts
Made by Michigan native and self taught chocolate maker, Chuck Siegel in a small chocolate shop in San Francisco. Fresh and full flavored macadamias are roasted to perfection, then coated in a crunchy layer of butter toffee, dipped in rich milk chocolate and finished with a dusting of cocoa powder. A decadent nosh for your next festive party.
Northern Italian nougat
The Barbero family has been making hazelnut torrone for five generations in the town of Asti since 1883. Industrial makers tend to crank out batches at lightening speed. Not Barbero. This classic nougat takes seven hours to make and incorporates real egg whites. All of this makes the confection crisp & gently crumbly in texture and loaded with the region’s famous flavorful hazelnuts. The special hazelnuts are roasted in house every morning, then hand selected and folded into the nougat. Available as is or smothered in layers of dark chocolate. Packaged in their keepsake gift-worthy tin.
Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory:
Original Zzang! Bar 6pk
There is no mystery as to why the Original Zzang is our candy company’s most popular candy bar: it starts with honey nougat made with natural peanut butter rolled in silky muscovado brown sugar caramel, combined with big Virginia peanuts, and finished with a dip into a rich bath of 64 percent dark Colombian chocolate. Makes a great stocking stuffer, addition to a gift basket or refueling snack while wrapping gifts.
Box of Chocolates
Who doesn’t love a special box of handmade confections? The Next Door’s truffle case is a treasure trove of handmade confections from near & far, from traditional to wild. We have pre-assembled collections available and staff ready to help you craft your perfect custom box of truffles and caramels. Here is a seasonal list to get you started:
Grocer’s Daughter Peppermint Honey Caramel:
Soft caramel infused with peppermint, lightly sweetened with star thistle honey, all dipped in dark chocolate.
Chocolat Moderne’s Maple Magic:
Maple caramel blended with warming spices cardamom, cinnamon, clove and a sprinkle of sea salt dipped in velvety chocolate.
Chocolate in Chelsea’s Orange Cardamom:
Dark chocolate ganache brightened with orange zest, cardamom and orange oil all dipped in dark chocolate
Sweet Gem Confections’ Cranberry Pâte de Fruit:
Juicy French-style fruit candy made with tart & sweet cranberry purée balanced by a coat of rich white chocolate.
Chocolate in Chelsea’s Dark as Coal Rolled Truffles
Pure dark chocolate blended with cream to make an ultra smooth ganache and rolled in cocoa powder. For the naughty or nice on your gift list. Ten per pouch.
Sweet Gem Brandied Cherry 5-piece Box
Juicy hand picked Michigan cherries soaked in a bath of brandy and dipped in velvety chocolate. A special and decadent seasonal treat.
Chocolat Moderne 9 piece Assortment
A selection chocolate bonbons filled with a variety of ganaches, pralines and caramels. Perfect for those with too many favorite flavors.
The above list is only a small selection of the items on my wish list this year. So if you need more suggestions, visit us in Zingerman’s Next Door to choose from our extraordinary assortment of goodies.
Yours in Chocolate,